April 13, 2014

So you've been invited to a Hangout on Air. Now what?
(How to Set Up Email & Phone Notifications)

So you've been invited to a Google Hangout on Air and you've already (1) created your Gmail account, (2) upgraded to Google Plus, and (2) installed your Hangout plug-in.

Now what?

Well, you want to make sure your Google Plus settings are configured so that you'll receive email and/or phone notifications of Hangout and Event developments.

Here's a notifications tutorial, presented below in four different ways. Feel free to learn from and share in whichever of the four ways you prefer. 

1. Google Slides

Here are the original instructions I created on Google Slides (share with attribution).

This is my favorite presentation method because I can change the original slides, and this embedded slide show automatically updates.

2. Animated gif 

I saved each of the Google slides above as jpegs and uploaded them to gifmaker.me. Free and easy and customizable.

Download gif, with attribution.
Control-click (Mac) / Right-click (pc) over image.

Animated gifs are great for rapid learners who need just a little help figuring things out, or as a quick visual refresher.

3. Slideshare

I saved the jpegs as a PDF document and uploaded it to Slideshare.

Slideshare has been called The Quiet Giant of Content Marketing by Forbes Magazine. It seems to be a rock-solid favorite for educators. I like it too.

4. Written instructions 

Go to Google Plus, and 

1. Click on settings (hover your cursor over the left side to view the pull-down menu bar).

2. Select "Who can send you notifications".

3. Customize "Who can hang out with you".

4. Check the box "Get Notified about Hangout Requests", and Save.

5. Scroll down in settings to Receive notifications by email or phone.

6. Check boxes for Hangouts and Events notifications as desired.Have fun hanging out!

Old-school, and very effective, in my opinion. :)

How do you learn best? Which of these presentation methods do you prefer? A combination, perhaps?

Have fun hanging out on air!


April 07, 2014

Three Time Saving (and Stellar) Sites for Educators and Students Doing Research

Preparing for the #edchathi April Twitter chat today. The topic is: 

"Time Saving Tips for Educators"

 I'll be recommending 3 time-saving sites for teachers and students doing research.

Won't you join us? The #edchathi chat will be from 6:00-7:00PM HST. If you miss it, the chat will be archived here.

I enjoy using these three time-saving sites daily and I highly recommend them! Not only are they time-savers, but the content they contain is top-notch.

1. One-stop Creative Commons Search

Need photos you or your students can reuse without violating copyright? Check out searchcreativecommons.org for finding creative commons images on multiple websites.

2. Add 'Pinterest' to your Google search

You'll find the best of the best sites, collected by people passionate about a topic.

I recommend starting out by searching Boards (rather than pins or pinners). However, these pinners are goldmines of educational ideas.

3. LibGuides Community website

LibGuides is a content management system vetted by librarians and used by thousands of libraries worldwide, from K through university. You must have a subscription to create a LibGuide site of your own, but anyone can access the resources via the LibGuides Community website.

Many more time-saving tips for educators will be shared! Check out the  #edchathi chat! tonight, and every first Monday of the month, 6-7PM HST.


March 29, 2014

5 Tech Tools, Innumerable Possibilities -- from the Hawaii #GafeSummit

Five tech tools -- innumerable possibilities.

I think our teachers and students will absolutely love these tech tools!

I learned about them at the Hawaii #gafesummit, which was a delightfully surprising experience.

Have you had any experience with these tools?

1. PearDeck

I learned about this very promising now-in-private-beta tool from +Chris Bell's demo slam.

PearDeck is "an interactive presentation system for active classrooms". It's made especially for 1:1 Chromebook classrooms.

It's a start-up by 3 Iowa City teachers whose web-based gradebook ActiveGrade, LLC, was acquired by Haiku Learning. A talented trio indeed!

According to the web site, "Pear Deck makes it easy to plan and build interactive lessons directly from your Google Drive that promote active learning in the classroom. As students interact with the lesson, real-time data provides instructors the feedback they need to adapt teaching on-the-fly."

This video gives a nice overview of the product.

Here's a review: ActiveGrade founders create new education startup Pear Deck, Silicon Prairie News, March 3, 2014.

I installed the Pear Deck Beta Preview app and since PearDeck is not yet available, I applied to join the Beta ASAP. :)

I hope to hear from PearDeck soon!

2. Photo Sphere

I learned about Photo Sphere for Google Maps 'Up, down, and all around. Immersive 360º views', from Googler +Evan Rapoport. Photo Sphere is an Android camera app. (Hopefully an iOS version will be available soon.) 

You can explore the gorgeous photospheres in Google Maps | Views and also join the Google Maps View G+ community. The official hashtag throughout the social networks is #photosphere. Check out this 360º photo of Kula, Maui, by Ed White. So peaceful.

Photo Sphere would be perfect for any place-based student project, as would Tour Builder and Google Map Engine.

3. Tour Builder

Tour Builder, also in Google Maps, is a browser-based tool to 'put your story on the map'. This would be an engaging way for our students to document and share their Maui field trips, as +Pete Hansen and his seventh graders have done with Waihe'e Ridge Hike. Great photos!

Tour Builder looks simple to use and is recommended by Google Lit Trips founder Jerome Burg.

4.  Google Maps Engine

I was blown away by +Molly Schroeder's "Pack Your Bags" Demo Slam. She had asked participants to fill out a Google Form describing their favorite vacation spot.

Molly compiled the data into a map, using Google Maps Engine. Impressive!
Molly describes the process of importing data into Google Maps Engine, in this tutorial.

Google Maps Engine is a fantastic tool for making all kinds of crowdsourcing comparisons, across the curriculum and across the globe. So powerful!

5. Eye-Fi

Eye-Fi for Android is an SD card for instantaneous wireless transfer of photos. The card creates its own WiFi signal!

I first heard about Eye-Fi via  +Veronica Partida's tweet during the Summit.

Then coincidentally, +Chad Nacapuy described Eye-Fi in detail in our weekly Google Rocks! Hawaii hangout. Bonus: +Michelle Carlson Colte and +Sean Connors chimed in with how they would use Eye-Fi in their classrooms. Check it out:

Eye-Fi would be fantastic for our students' photo projects, again, across the curriculum. What a timesaver!

Yes, 5 tech tools, innumerable possibilities.

... Google is so bright, I gotta wear shades. :)