Did you know that you can embedd a Google Calendar into your website/portal? I love how easy it is to simply log into one calendar, add content and instantly have it show up in the calendars you have embedded in your sites without having to upload anything! I use it to schedule classroom visits with teachers I am currently training, as well as to post the dates of training sessions. When teachers visit my site, they instantly have a view of the calendar and any upcoming events. This is a great tool that makes my life so much easier.
Did you know that Google Shoppping is a quick and easy way to find all of the products you need on one handy page? You enter in your search terms and Google shopping creates a list of the item along with a picture, price, reviews and availability location. Another time saver from Google - especially with the holidays just around the corner.
I absolutely feel the same way!! Did you know that doing an image search in Google, in combination with the "capture" tool on SB Notebook is a real time saver!
When I am creating a SMART notebook presentation, and I need a picture that demonstrates a concept, I just do a Google image search and see what pops up!
It is actually pretty fun to type in a word like "collaboration" or "internet safety" and see what picture pops up.
Then, I simply use the SB floating capture tool to capture that image to show students or teachers that image.
Also, there are 3 settings for the image search tool to help "filter" out web image content. I really do recommend a moderate to high setting for security.
Did you know that Google+ is rapidly growing and a great way to meet others from around the world who share the same interests as you? Adding people to your "circles" allows you to create a great network of support resources and friends. You can share resources, photos, ask questions, and even "hangout" together in a live setting. It is a great compliment to those who already use Twitter to network with others.
Did you know... that the possiblilities for using Google docs are endless? Whether using presentations, documents, or spreadsheets, this basic tool has been invaluable to me as a collaboration vehicle with people across the United States. Last week I used a Google document and Skype to collaborate with individuals I'm training in Delaware to develop a training agenda. (Hmmm. Now that I think of it, I could have used Google Chat instead of Skype!) The beauty of the Google doc is that they can now go in and continue work at their convenience and continue the collaboration asynchronously. We've also developed presentations and calendars calendars collaboratively.
A very beneficial and practical use of a Google spreadsheet has been scheduling online visits with out of state participants. I just set up the dates I'm available, and they sign up with a time. This is a copy of last year's sign-up. http://bit.ly/swvQW5 This may seem trivial, but it has been a huge timesaver. I'm using a similar format this year in Google docs for 15 in-state participants to sign up for face-to-face classroom visits each month.
With my Year 2 Delaware group, we created a spreadsheet of facilitation tips, strategies, and sponges. It has been an invaluable tool for them and me... and it continues to grow!
DID YOU KNOW....
You can do an Advanced Search in Google Images and place the emphasis of the pictures on Faces?
Go into Advanced search and check the box that says Type of Images (check face). I searched my name and found my face
DID YOU KNOW...
When building a Google Site you can set the website so it will be viewed correctly on your phone.
Go into Manage Site, then General scroll down to Mobile and check automatically adjust site to mobile phones. Pretty cool (thanks for the tip Blanca).
Did you know....
You can set up tabs on your iGoogle page. This can be a great way to organize resources for your classroom. You might name your tabs different subject areas or topics. You can now add gadgets to the separate pages such as RSS feeds with feeds coming in for that specific topic.