Category Archives: Google

Doodle 4 Google – Canada 150

This one is generally for the Canadians. Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for Google.ca homepage for a day. If you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this summer and the winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.

See the link below for entry details.

The URL: https://doodles.google.ca/d4g/

eBooks from Google Slides

ebookI’ve always been a fan of finding ways to use applications in ways other than those intended. I stumbled on this idea that I had not thought of — to use Google Slides to lay out content, then export as a PDF eBook. Kasey Bell’s ShakeUpLearning.com outlines the easy steps so that your students might start publishing their own ideas and work. I suppose the same thing could be done with Microsoft’s PowerPoint…

The URL: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/how-to-create-an-ebook-with-google-slides/

Google Maps lets you search for the Loch Ness Monster

lochnessIn March 2015, Google teams mapped out Loch Ness with StreetView along the shoreline and underwater. This article from The Verge offers some tips on looking for the Loch Ness Monster on the 100th anniversary of The Surgeon’s Photo of Nessie. (It was proven a fake photo in the 70’s…) Whether or not you find her, you may appreciate the stunning beauty of the shoreline and surrounding area south of Inverness.

The URL: http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/21/8463031/google-maps-loch-ness-monster

Google Earth Pro

googleearthproI got wind of this a couple of months ago and it appears to still be available. The Google Earth that we’ve been using has not been the professional version. I always suspected that there was more to the experience. Now anyone can download the pro version which comes with a suite of professional-grade features, like a map-making tool. Previously over $400/year, there is no cost to this version.

The URL: http://gizmodo.com/google-earth-pro-is-now-free-1682987518