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Tips & Tricks for Your Google Search

On the surface, Google Search seems like a very simplistic tool…but did you know there is much more to it than typing in some keywords and hitting “enter”? In fact, you can use Google to search filetypes, within a url, conversions, current time, flights, and more.

Here is an interactive infographic that David Andrade posted on his blog last week. Created by OnlinePhD.org, the infographic goes over ways to make your Google Search as effective as possible:

EDIT: A day after we published this post, Edudemic released a related list called 181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time. This list covers Google Search tips and also touches on specific tricks for using Google in an educational setting, Google Docs, Google+, Google Calendar, Gmail and more. Read them both and really become a Google wizard!

Introducing Google Drive

Google has announced the arrival of its file sharing service, Google Drive. Similar to other cloud file sharing services like Dropbox and Evernote, Google Drive allows users to upload files that are stored in a cloud storage system. These files are then accessible from any device where Google Drive is installed (mobile devices, desktop, laptops, tablets).

What sets Google Drive apart from the other aforementioned services? For starters, Drive is integrated with Google Docs and the tools that come with it. Any file uploaded to Google Drive can be available for collaboration, and files can be edited directly from Google Drive. Another perk is that files from Google Drive can be accessed through an internet browser–no software install needed! This way, you can access your files on any given computer with internet access. Google Drive also uses text recognition (as Evernote does), making the process of searching through your documents for something much less tedious. It seems as though Google Drive may be the best of all worlds!

The features and space do come at a cost, however. Google Drive gives users their first 5GB free (comparable in space to an inexpensive USB flash drive). If they feel they need more room to store files, upgrade options are as follows:

  • 25GB = $2.48/month
  • 100GB = $4.99/month
  • 1TB = $49.99/month

Source: Google Drive is here! Really!…

Google Apps and Tools meet Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy


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Google Presentation Archive from ISTE 2011

Last month the International Society for Technology in Education Conference was held in Philadelphia. During the conference, there were quite a few presentations focusing on Google Apps for Education– an archive of which is available here. There are some very interesting presentations made by Google employees, as well as certified teachers and trainers, about using different Google Apps tools. Some highlights of the archive include:

The presentations cover just about every aspect and tool in Google Apps. Many have notes which the speaker has written to guide the presentation. These notes can be accessed (if existing) in the lower left corner of any slideshow presentation under Actions > Show Speaker Notes.

All of these presentations are useful and interesting, no matter your amount of experience with Google Apps. A big thanks to Dave A. for leading us to these great resources.

Google Plus in the Classroom

In case you missed it, Google has announced that they will be releasing their own social networking site. The project, which is called Google+, is currently available on an invitation-only basis and is not yet available to the public. Still, many people have been able to try it and are saying Google+ could be a very useful tool in education.

A Wired Campus article by Jeff Young highlights the following key features on Google+, which may be beneficial to both students and faculty:

  • Google+ allows “selective sharing”, meaning that users can choose which circles of friends they would like to share specific content with. This feature could come in handy when professors would like to add their students as friends, but are concerned with respecting their privacy or personal lives.
  • Friend circles could also work as small group communication, possibly for class projects.
  • Google+ “hangouts” (casual video conferencing) can be used in place of office hours or face-to-face tutoring.
  • One assistant professor at UT Dallas even predicts that Google+ may be an alternative to the traditional LMS.

It’s hard to tell exactly what Google+ has in store for education. Since the social networking site is still in the developing stages, it may take some time before it’s widely used in the classroom. The site is expected to be released for public use on or before July 31st, 2011.