Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Google Slides, which is their version of presentations, is adding more features all the time. Some of the most recent changes are being able to more easily see the name of the person who is editing a slide, being able to add content to a custom theme by just right-clicking and saying "Add to Theme", and being able to reuse custom themes by clicking "from another presentation" on the themes pop up window. For details on how to use these new features, check out the Google Blog article, "Real time text cursors and other enhancements in Slides".
Another newer feature is how you access your various Google Tools from the home page. When you log into Google, you now get the Google search bar, your frequently used web sites AND access to your various tools all on the same page. I find this very convenient.
One feature I would like them to add is that I can customize order of the tools. I would like to be able to either select the tools that appear at the top OR have the ones I use the most automatically appear there based on my usage statistics. For any Google product, you can submit suggestions through their Feedback link. This is located by going to the gear button in any tool. It is either directly listed on the gear options OR you click on Help and then you see the link on the next popup window. You type in what your suggestion is and then you are able to send them a screenshot showing them exactly what you mean. This is so easy! I just submitted my feedback, so we will see if they can engineer that feature.
Be on the lookout for more changes in the Google products. Just as I enjoy seeing the seasons change, it is fun to see the Google products change and improve.
Monday, September 23, 2013
As in most districts, ours is struggling with tight budgets. Gone are the days when we are able to attend conferences. I still need to learn about new technologies and how to best use them to impact student learning.
I am always interested in ways to more efficiently share information that I find. Once example is this blog post about how to connect your Diigo account with your Twitter account and your Blogger account. This allows you to easily share finds which you post on Diigo. You can also send it out in a Tweet or post your description to your blog. I plan on giving these a try .
How do you use personal learning networks to share with others?
For ideas on getting started with personal learning networks, check out the Connected Educator Month .
Thursday, January 3, 2013
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Richard Byrne, author of the blog, Free Technology for Teachers, has created a new guide for people who are just getting started with Google Sites. If you are creating a site with Google, this would be helpful as you get started. It includes directions and screenshots for adding images, videos, pages, and much more. Check it out. It is a Scribd document which you can print or read online.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Apps in Education
One of the time consuming tasks for teachers is finding iPad apps that work with their curriculum. Here is one site that lists the apps by subject area. They also have a category for special needs. This is very helpful for teachers as it saves them the time of having to search through the iTunes store trying to find apps that work. If you have another site that lists iPad or Android apps with reviews by an educator and categorized so that it is easy to find useful apps, please post them in the comments below.