Friday, December 16, 2011

Google Tips

Yesterday's  U-32 Google Apps miniWorkshops were quite successful; Intro to Google Apps, Google Mail/Contacts and Google Forms were all offered as options. We plan on continuing with these after the holiday break, stay tuned for more information. 

Google is continually adding and improving on their many applications, here are a few which you may find useful in your classroom or for your own personal productivity. 
  • You can now save all of your Chrome Browser settings, favorite bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, etc... and access them from any computer. Google Chrome Blog: Get your personal Chrome experience on all your devices:
  • Multiple Google Accounts using Chrome (beta)...
    • With today’s Stable channel release, you can now add new users to Chrome. Adding new users lets you each have your own personal Chrome experience, and lets you each sign in to Chrome to sync your stuff. To add a new user to Chrome, go to Options (Preferences on a Mac), click “Personal Stuff,” and click “Add new user.” Check out our latest Beta blog post for a few quick tips. (from Google Chrome Blog)
  • Google Stock Photos  Google has added an option for  "Stock Photos" and made it available for Google Docs, Presentations (the new version) and Google Spreadsheets. A handy way to quickly get clip art type images. As a person who generally dislikes most clip art, the images here are not bad. I find the choice to select images from Picasa a better option as it allows classrooms/schools to create and share their own "stock photos." Why not have students draw, scan, photograph their own artwork as stock photos and upload them to a Picasa Album and share with the school or district? 

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