Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Google Apps - for iPads? (NEW TODAY)

In night class so I have to sneak this post.  Here is the link to read more about it.

Short version - there are some great new GAFE apps for your iPads and you super powerful Android devices.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SO much more than HANGING OUT!

Video calling can provide incredible learning opportunities for our students.... and for us! In the beginner's guide below, there are some great ways to integrate Google Hangouts and Google Hangouts on Air, from virtual speakers to getting immediate tech support from our Instructional Tech/ LINC Team!

What Is a "Hangout?"

A Hangout is a web-based tool created by Google for communicating through video.

Who Can Start One?

Anyone with a Google Plus account. Start your Google+ account using these instructions.
Which Hangout is For You?
Type
Hangout
Hangout on Air
Perfect for...
  • Live broadcasting a visiting speaker in one classroom to the whole school
  • an easy way to record anything directly to YouTube… seriously, it does it FOR YOU.
  • Virtual speakers visits. SO easy- Check out SAPPINGTON’s NASA visit!
  • Presentations of student learning-- you’ll be a hero to parents who can’t make it in, but don’t want to miss their student’s performance!
  • Join Google+ Connected Classroom to attend virtual field trips to museums and zoos all over the world.
  • Features
    • 10 active participants.
    • Screen share possible (show someone what you’ve got open on your screen)
    • Can comment and text along with video call.
    • Share Google Drive documents within the call.
    PLUS the Hangout features:
    • 10 active participants, but a million people could watch the live broadcast via Google+ and YouTube.
    • Schedule your broadcasts in advance.
    • Automatically records to your YouTube Channel
    • Can be published to the whole world or to just invitees.
    How to Hangout
    1. Log into your Google Account.
    2. Click on your +YOUR NAME at top
    3. From your Google+ page, click on the HOME drop down, then select HANGOUTS.
    4. Along the top menu, select VIDEO HANGOUT.
    5. Click Start a video hangout.
    6. Invite people by their email addresses and then click invite.
    7. Wait for your invitees to join (they will get email and Google+ invites).
    8. HANG OUT!
    9. Click on the red phone icon to hang up when done.

    Prefer video support? Check out this guy’s tutorial.
    1. Log into your Google Account.
    2. Click on your +YOUR NAME at top
    3. From your Google+ page, click on the HOME drop down, then select HANGOUTS.
    4. Along the top menu, select HANGOUT on AIR.
    5. Click Start a hangout on air.
    6. Name it and schedule it (now or later).
    7. Invite people by their email addresses and then click invite.
    If you don’t want your video to go to full public view on YouTube, click the X on the public tag in audience. Now, your video will still go live to Google+ and YouTube, but only viewable by those invited via email.
    7. Wait for your invitees to join (they will get email and Google+ invites).
    8. HANG OUT!
    9. Click on the red phone icon to hang up when done.
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    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Improve Communication by Linking Google Folders with your Schoolwires

    Connect Google Drive Folder to Schoolwires Page
    This is a great way to update information to share with your students, without having to edit Schoolwires on a regular basis. You can drop files to distribute into you Google Drive folder and parents and students can easily access these files by clicking on your Schoolwires page!

    Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to link a Google Drive folder to your Schoolwires page or follow the steps below.

    Connect a Google Drive Folder to Your Schoolwires Page
    This is a great way to update information to share with your students, without having to edit Schoolwires on a regular basis. You can drop files to distribute into you Google Drive folder and parents and students can easily access these files by clicking on your Schoolwires page!

    PART 1: Getting the URL from Your Google Drive Folder
    1. From your GoogleDrive, find the folder you would like to share with students. To the right of the title, find the downward arrow and then click on it. Hit SHARE, then click SHARE again.

    2. Once you are in SHARED SETTINGS, click on CHANGE for Shared with Specific People.

    3. Adjust your change setting appropriately, then click save.





    Blue options mean that the link is visible to people WITHOUT the @lindberghschools.ws email. You will need to select this if you want parents to be able to view the folder contents.

    The red options require someone to be logged in as a Lindbergh community member. Perfect for ONLY student visibility.

    The black option is my email invite ONLY.







    4. Highlight the “LINK TO SHARE” URL and then COPY it (you will need it later in Schoolwires).

    PART 2: Creating a LINK from Schoolwires to your GoogleDrive
    1. Go to Lindbergh Schools site. Click on Staff, then Schoolwires, then Site Manager in the top right.



    2. From your Site Manager page, click on NEW PAGE.

    3. Select FLEX PAGE from the Available Page Types and click save.














    3. Type in an appropriate name. This will be what students see from your Schoolwires page. Click SAVE when done.

    4. The new page title will now show up with your other pages. To the right of the new page, click on the ACTIONS button, then select PAGE OPTIONS.





    5. Place your mouse into the “Map Page to Web Address” field and then PASTE the URL from your Google Drive folder (see Part 1, Step 4). If nothing pastes, go back and repeat all steps in Part 1 and then this step again. Click SAVE.

    6. Verify that the new page now has a blue arrow to indicate it is a link.  
    7. The final (and most important step) is verifying that the link goes where you want it go and looks how you want it to look for students. Visit your Schoolwires page as a parent/student would and click on the link. If it goes where you wanted it to go, CONGRATULATIONS! If not, email Colin or Elizabeth for help!




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    I have been resisting using emoji for too long for no good reason.  All that changed today.  Google has released a new product that will help all of us communicate in a more meaningful and efficient way.

    Why not download and get to work!


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