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Gboard: Don’t know how I lived without it

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I am a bit mobile keyboard challenged. While I type like a maniac, I’m what anyone would call a slow texter.  I have trouble with tasks others find simple–finding the perfect emoji, as well as basics like copying and pasting.  So, for me Gboard is a major keyboard shift. Last week, the Official Google Blog […]

A next chapter: Editions at Play

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In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Camp Google

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There’s a new (free) camp in town.  No bus necessary.  Camp Google is designed to engage kids ages seven through ten in creative science activities. Each week students explore provocative questions and themes with experts across the globe, courtesy of such impressive partners as: Khan Academy National Geographic Kids NASA National Park Service This week is […]

Google+ Community News: Now we can poll!


For those of us who are fans and users and builders of Google+ Communities, Googler Dennis Troper just announced a very handy new polling feature for Android and the web. (iOS will be coming very soon.) Polls can now be created from either a personal profile or from a Google+ Community page. You may embed […]

Google Classroom announced (sign up to text drive!)

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The Official Google Blog announced today a preview of its new Classroom, a free and also ad-free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite.  I am hopeful that this will prove the answer to my hopelessly messy Drive issues and a serious organizational and communication solution for my our classes. The post shares that Classroom […]

Google Slides and images news


Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: […]

Google search by usage rights


It just got a lot easier for students to find copyright-friendly content using Google Image Search. Here’s how: After entering a search term, click on Search Tools.  A pull-down menu appears offering a variety of options: not filtered by license, labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for commercial […]

Google’s Reverse Image Search now pops up in Chrome


There are those times when a student wants to use and cite an image, but the original creator of the image and other important details are not exactly easy to identify. Google’s reverse image search is a wonderful tool, but it’s a two-step process, requiring you to open Google and drag the image, or copy […]

Advanced Power Searching with Google

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Serious about search? Wanna put your tactical talents to test? If so, register now for the Advanced Power Searching with Google Course, hosted by Google senior research scientist, Dan Russell. The course begins on January 23rd and runs through February 8th. Course materials will be released in two batches: Challenges 1-6 and Assignment 1: Wednesday, January […]

PLN news: TLChatLive & our new TLChat Community


On Monday, December 10th (2nd Monday of the month), the topic for our live TLChat was Supporting Teachers with the Common Core. In case you missed this nearly overwhelming share festival, visit the archive of nearly 500 tweets. Here’s a little summary of a few of my favorites: @NikkiDRobertson: TLChat is always going on 24/7 […]