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#TechTipTuesday - Google Takeout

As the school year comes to an end you may find yourself moving to a new place, or perhaps you just want a nice clean backup of everything you …

Google Lens will let smartphone cameras understand what they see and take action

At Google’s I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new technology called Google Lens. The idea with the product is to leverage Google’s computer vision and AI technology in order to bring smarts directly to your phone’s camera. As the company explains, the smartphone camera won’t …

Google Assistant

There Are Only Lines

It has been a good school year if you see and understand the world in new ways — teachers, students, the entire community of learners — as a result …

Pedagogy

Pexels 2.0

Pexels 2.0 - The best free stock photos in one place. (Web, Stock Photography, and Design Tools) Read the opinion of 70 influencers. Discover 22 …

Espresso Ideas: What About The Mind? (Rethinking Makerspaces and Learning Spaces at Schools)

Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas)<p>Schools are embracing the idea of makerspaces …

Makerspaces

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You must be signed up with G Suite for Education to access SketchUp for Schools. It’s free, and here’s how to get started.<p>In the meantime, give …

#TechTipTuesday Adventuring into podcasting

I have been experimenting using Anchor.fm as a podcasting tool, much to my enjoyment I might add.<p>However in this generation of SnapChat like …

The Google Assistant -- get help anytime, anywhere

• <b>By:</b> Google, Inc.<p>Meet your Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.<p>Whether you …

5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - Teacher Tech

5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know<p>This is a little cheating as some of these features are new so you could not have known!! Google Slides …

Google Drive

Google Classroom: Turn in Group Work with a Google Form - Teacher Tech

Yes, students should be collaborating. G Suite is designed around collaboration so this makes students working together a lot easier. Weirdly, Google …

Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or …

Instagram

Mother's Day

Your regularly scheduled Sunday Post will return next week.<p>Taking time today to celebrate Mother's Day with my wife (@technokato) and mother …

Bennett from the Bleachers: Some parting words from a sentimental columnist

Home <b>›</b> Column <b>›</b> <b>Bennett from the Bleachers: Some parting words from a sentimental columnist</b><p><i>on</i> May 12, 2017 • ( 0 )<p>Bennett Durando <br>Sports …

College & University

Twitter announces a new deal for year-round NFL content that includes live video, but no games

Twitter lost the deal to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games this year to Amazon, but today the company is announcing a new multi-year agreement that will bring live football programming to its service. According to the NFL, Twitter will stream official NFL video and other content to …

NFL

Instagram launches mobile web sharing to pursue global growth

Instagram wants to be the photo app for the whole world, even if you can’t or won’t download it. In pursuit of international growth where networks are slow and data is expensive, Instagram has given its mobile website a massive upgrade that adds core features of the main app, including photo …

Instagram

Snapchat adds new creative tools as its rivalry with Instagram intensifies

Infinite snaps, loops, and the magic eraser<p>Snapchat added a set of new creative tools to its arsenal today amid a growing rivalry with Facebook’s army of clones, most notably Instagram. Coming to the ephemeral messenger today are snaps with unlimited viewing time, the ability to “draw” with emoji, …

Snapchat

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Many educators that seek to incorporate design thinking and collaborative processes into teaching and learning are looking to the unique culture …

Startups

Create your own Lit Trips (and more) for Google Earth

Recently I shared a blog post on how to use Google Lit Trips in the new web-based Google Earth. Lit Trips are a great way to put students in a story, …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson - Educating the Heart with Nature Art

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of …

Creativity

Who Owns the Learning in Your Classroom?

<i>It took me years to transform my instruction toward a more student-centered approach. This is my story where I share my journey toward student</i> …

Teaching

Web clipboard to be removed from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on September 13th, 2017

article<p>en_US<p>https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/05/web-clipboard-to-be-removed-from-google.html<p>G Suite Update …

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.<p>A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents <i>mean</i> to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we <i>actually</i> send: that we value achievement and happiness …

Life-altering protip: YOU CAN BACKSPACE ON THE IPHONE CALCULATOR!!!!

While my transition from Android to iOS went without any significant hiccups, one thing that has been driving me nuts for months is that I never figured out how to properly use the Calculator app in the iPhone, especially when it comes to backspacing. But as it turns out – there is a secret gesture …

iOS

You weren’t bad at math — you just weren’t looking at it the right way

What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a sprawling mess of symbols? The distinction matters a great deal, because your mathematical worldview is inextricably tied to your success in the subject.<p>We are all familiar with the …

Mathematics

9 Great Apps and Websites That Integrate with Google Classroom

You may be familiar with Google Classroom-integrated apps and sites, or you may be wondering what integration even means. Either way, our breakdown …

Apps

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class.

If you haven't heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook …

🎨 How to make a colorful Venn diagram in Google Drawings... (works in Google Slides, too) #googleEdu #gsuiteedu #ClassyGraphics https://t.co/Afl5qTzrCA

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