I’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/
Here’s a great collection of cheat sheets for those using Google Apps. There are several other resources on this site as well that you might want to check out. These cheat sheets would be suitable for professional development or classroom use.
The URL: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/google-cheat-sheets.html
In 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
Have you seen this site yet? I just stumbled on this collaborative space that was created to celebrate the many Apps and Extensions made by developers which serve the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. The site goes on to explain, “To this end, we have developed this searchable resource to locate tools that serve the particular challenges anyone might face while working in Chrome. On the right, you will find more information about this site, including definitions of terms and more information about the Chrome browser and assistive technology.”
The URL: http://www.chrometoolbox.com/home
Long time Teacher List member, Joel Heffner, told me that if I haven’t seen this one yet, you’re gonna like it. Well, I hadn’t seen it and I do like it! The site invites users to “Easily turn Google Spreadsheets into Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff.” And it works well – just download the template and follow the instructions. Be sure to check out the other gadgets too – like the trivia game that looks like a gameshow teachers love to emulate in the classroom…
The URL: http://flippity.net
This one is pretty self-explanatory. We all know The Google is huge but how huge is it? Check out this interactive infographic that loads live data about what’s going on with Google.
The URL: https://www.buddyloans.com/blog/google-in-realtime/