Gleanings from the EdTech Summit
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Kamloops EdTechTeam Global Summit featuring Google for Education conference in October. I was joined by the Learning Commons Team as well as Kathy Kanda, Heather Douglas and Shannon Beglaw.
The two day event was well attended and offered some great workshops on Google-related technology resources. All levels of tech were welcome from beginners to geeky. The speakers were Monica Isabel Martinez, Kim Randall, Michelle Armstrong, Donnie Piercey, James Sanders, William Lewis, Tracy Poelzer, and Davis Carlson. Each speaker opened our eyes to the opportunities that abounded to do with everything Google.
The virtual book called “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” gives a brief taste of what the conference delivered in the way of knowledge and training for educators and Google enthusiasts. The workshops on Google apps and extensions were my particular favourite.
If you haven’t already explored the Google Chrome WebStore, it offers many apps and extensions that you can add to your Chrome browser. I have included some hyperlinks to demonstrate just a smattering of what is possible with Chrome apps and extensions. To access these links you will need to download Chrome on to your computer. The links are:
*Explain and Send Screenshots : Capture a webpage, write text and arrows and share it safely
*goo.gl URL Shortner : Shorten lengthy URL so that they are more managable to share
*TabJump : Ever closed a tab by accident or can’t find the right tab, this app helps manage your tabs
*WolframAlpha Search : Computational knowledge search engine
*Boomeranggmail: Lets you write your email and defer sending it
For More Info on Chrome: Chrome and Plugins
When searching online using Google Chrome you can eliminate a lot of the results that you get by using the Google search operators. These Youtube tutorials are great for students and parents to make their Google searches more efficient. The hyperlinks to each of these Youtube videos have been changed to Quietube links for your viewing pleasure.
Title: Conducting a Google Search by Color
Video Length: 6:09
Title: Conducting a Google Search by Image and Other Media
Video Length: 3:56
Title: Conducting a Google Search by Filetype
Video Length: 4:40
Title: Conducting a Google Search by the ‘OR’ Search Operator
Video Length: 5:04
Title: Finding Content within a Page using Ctrl (PC) or CMD (MAC) + F
Video Length: 7:06
Title: Searching Using the ‘Site:’ Operator
Video Length: 5:58
Monica Martinez Google site is to be found here.
Source material for this article:
Martinez, Monica. Monica’s Google Site 101. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.