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Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do.


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Engagement is immediate when using Google Earth, but how can it be used in Science, ELA, or even Art? This session presented by Michele Davis, education specialist for Technology and Innovation in Education, at TIE Conference 2014 in South Dakota showcases many of the incredible ways to use Google Earth: Google Lit trips, animal tracking, panoramic photos, Google Sky, etc.--and activities to make your content come to life.

Michele Davis GE- Here you will receive access to some of the greatest uses of Google Earth for the classroom. She provides ideas for ELA, math, fine arts, science, social studies/History, and much, much more.

I promise you will find resources to excite and engage your students!

Jeanne Rogers

Love that "New"!

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Apr 16, 2014

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New changes to the "add an image" for Google Mail (Gmail).


Once you select the icon, a window appears providing you with a choice to select your photo from your Google collection or albums as well as to upload from your computer or a web address.

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You may also select to add the photo as an attachment or inline.

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Jeanne Rogers

Alternatives to YouTube

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Apr 10, 2014

There are many discussions and posts within the Community regarding the use of YouTube in the classroom.  It seems the use of videos that last 30 minutes or longer are not as effective as they once were.  Kids attention spans have definitely been affected by the use of electronic devices.  YouTube offers a wide variety of video and offers the ability to embed the video into Google Drive.  There are also many varied videos on current educational topics; The Flipped Classroom is one example.


Is YouTube blocked in your school?

YouTube for Schools

SafeShare.TV - The Safest Way To Share YouTube videos


If you are working at a school that blocks YouTube, consider checking out this shared Google Doc, Eighty Alternatives to YouTube.

Google Glass, a wearable technology product from Google, is now being used in some classrooms. Google Glass is operated by voice commands, which direct the technology to call up information, and the device also has recording and photo capabilities.

A unique feature of Google Glass is its facial recognition technology, which allows teachers to look at students and take attendance, creating a database to access each student’s academic record just by looking at them.

Margaret Powers, a technology coordinator at a private school near Philadelphia, is beta testing Google Glass in her classroom and is keeping a blog to share her experiences. And, what is she learning?

  • Teachers can wear the device and record their lectures while they’re teaching
  • It features Google Translator, which allows the student to translate texts immediately
  • Students could record their activities while working on a project
  • It provides new opportunities for creating visually-stimulating presentations, webinar screenings, and out-of-class learning opportunities.

One drawback Powers found was that while wearing the device, students can pull up anything from around the web on it’s the device’s tiny screens, allowing them to look at what’s in front of them while also accessing whatever they need from the internet.

Want to see what other people are doing with Google Glass? Follow the hashtag#GlassEdExplorers on Twitter.

by onlineuniversities.com

Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection.

The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Here are 100 great tips for using the documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google Docs.

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

They fall under the headings of:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Productivity hacks
  • Features and Tools
  • Collaboration
  • Files, Folders, and Filters
  • Organization
  • Edits
  • Synchronization
  • Searches
  • Presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Tasks

I hope you find this beneficial for your 1:1 classroom.

Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

You and your students can follow Project Loon at https://plus.google.com/+ProjectLoon/ - a google+ Hangout. Follow the project through videos, photos, and blogging. It is truly amazing!!

Marcia Torgrude

Google Debuts Oppia!

Posted by Marcia Torgrude Feb 27, 2014

Today Google launched a new online education tool called Oppia, currently an open source project with the goal of making it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities that others can learn from. Called explorations, these activities can be built and contributed to by multiple people from around the world through a Web interface, without any programming required.


Here is how Google describes its latest venture:

Oppia does this by modeling a mentor who poses questions for the learner to answer. Based on the learner’s responses, the mentor decides what question to ask next, what feedback to give, whether to delve deeper, or whether to proceed to something new. You can think of this as a smart feedback system that tries to “teach a person to fish,” instead of simply revealing the correct answer or marking the submitted answer as wrong.

Visit this website to view an Oppia Tutorial and a list of all of its features.

This is a good tutorial:


These are great step by step directions, Create a Google form - Drive Help.


Other Thinkfinity posts on Forms:

Customizing Google Forms

Which Google Docs Templates Will You Use?


Just a reminder that Google Forms can be used for many things including surveys.  A good tool to use for creating quizzes and by using Flubarro you will have an electronically graded set of papers!

Flubaroo- Grading Made Easy

Assessments Made Easy…. With Google Docs

Jeanne Rogers

Make the World Better

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Feb 25, 2014


This year marks the 7th consecutive year for the Doodle 4 Google art contest.  The theme this year is " If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."  The contest is open to K-12 students in the United States.  Enter this competition by going to the site for information regarding the application form.  Doodle your version of the Google logo based on the theme above.  You may submit your entry online or through the USPS.  The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $55,000 technology grant for their school.  Submission deadline is March 20, 2014.

Jeanne Rogers

Google Science Fair 2014

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Feb 21, 2014

googlescifair14.JPGIt's that time of year for the Google Science Fair!  This is an online global science competition open to students ages 13-18.  Students are encouraged to change the world through scientific inquiry.  Not only will the students learn about their topic, but they will have the opportunity to develop other skills through their exploration.


One of the sponsors for this is our very own Thinkfinity content partner, National Geographic!

Jeanne Rogers

Google at FETC 2014

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Feb 2, 2014


Google's involvement at FETC 2014 was well noted.  Google was one of the Platinum Sponsors for this conference. The Google Team presented throughout the day on a variety of Google topics. The team, made up of Google Education Trainers and staff, gave a number of short sessions in the training theater in the Google booth. Turn An Entry Doc Into A Launch Pad For A Google Docs Workflow Solution, presented by Ann Witherspoon, has been included for your use.


Jeanne Rogers

Google Clean Up

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Jan 12, 2014

I've just read Jane Brown's blog post, Review, Remove, Reorganize, Renew, Relax, and have been inspired.  I know lots of tips and have read a lot about deleting old accounts that you no longer use, changing one's password and so forth.  However, I began thinking about the convenience of using Google and that perhaps I've neglected a much needed clean up of Google Drive.


Google Drive has made it so easy to save files one finds on the web, save photos from email messages, not to mention all the documents I seem to create and leave for another day.  And so, it is time for a Google clean up.


I suggest making folders and place your saved items in the appropriate folder. You will still see a complete list of documents, presentations, forms etc. which you can sort in various ways.  However, you can use the folders as a tool to group your items. Organize your files into folders will provide great direction, as will, Organize files in Drive on your iPhone and iPad and Google Drive and Docs: Managing Your Files.


I don't know why I find it is so difficult to 'recycle' or 'trash' an item. Guess I'll need to work on that next.

Here's a good tip from Richard Byrne: Make Copies of Google Documents Shared With You As "View Only."  Screenshots and directions are provided.  By sharing "view only," the original documents or presentations will not be able to be altered.  This is really great for those sharing directions with students.  However, students will be able to make a copy and then alter it.  Consider creating a template for a book report or lab activity sheet, share 'view only'.  Students are able to copy the template, complete, and share back with you.

eSchool News posted information about Google providing virtual field trips through their Connected Classrooms platform, November 27, 2013.  Google is hoping to increase the collaboration between teachers and encourage the development of digital skills in students.  Connected Classrooms is a program that connects k-12 teachers with not only resources for virtual field trips, but also best practices and teaching strategies. The virtual field trips are live events and a calendar is available for those hoping to plan ahead.  Look for recorded virtual field trips available through YouTube.

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