NY/NJ Google Apps Summit at Kean University

 

Registration has opened for the first ever NY / NJ Google Apps Summit. Kean and the School for Global Education and Innovation are proud to sponsor this event at the University’s STEM Building on March 22 and 23, 2012.

The event has three conference strands:

  1. Google Apps for Education Overview
  2. Technical Deployment
  3. Using Google Apps for Education in the Classroom

We also have planned to accomodate differing tech abilities by noting which sessions are designed for:

  1. Basics
  2. Tips and Tricks
  3. Getting Geeky

Sessions will be presented by:

  1. Google Apps Certified Trainers
  2. Google Certified Teachers
  3. Area administrators and classroom practitioners
  4. The Google Apps for Education Team

Please consider joining us for both days (3/22 8:00-4:00 and 3/23 8:00-12:00) for a cost of $200. (https://sites.google.com/site/nynjgs12/registration)

Please contact me directly at lisa dot thumann at gmail dot com if you have any additional questions, but more information on the Summit can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/nynjgs12/home.

Twitter hashtag #NYNJGS12


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NY / NJ Google Apps Summit comes to Kean University

Please save the date!!

Registration will open on January 3, 2012 for the first ever NY / NJ Google Apps Summit. Kean and the School for Global Education and Innovation are proud to sponsor this event at the University’s STEM Building on March 22 and 23, 2012.

The event has three conference strands:

  1. Google Apps for Education Overview
  2. Technical Deployment
  3. Using Google Apps for Education in the Classroom

We also have planned to accomodate differing tech abilities by noting which sessions are designed for:

  1. Basics
  2. Tips and Tricks
  3. Getting Geeky

Sessions will be presented by:

  1. Google Apps Certified Trainers
  2. Google Certified Teachers
  3. Area administrators and classroom practitioners
  4. The Google Apps for Education Team

Please consider joining us for both days (3/22 8:00-4:00 and 3/23 8:00-12:00) for a cost of $200. Registration opens on January 3, 2012. You’ll find registration information listed here, on the Google Apps Education site or you can contact me directly at lisa dot thumann at gmail dot com and I will gladly send you the link.


Twitter hashtag #NYNJGS12

Google Chrome: The Power of the Omnibox

What’s an Omnibox? I have always referred to the bar at the top of a browser where you type in a URL as the “address bar” But I was informed that in Google Chrome, that bar is so much more. It’s the Omnibox. It can:

  • Search the web and visit addresses
  • Search for apps, bookmarks and browsing history
  • Create bookmarks
  • See security, pop-up and extension alerts
This week was the first two of six Chromebook events I am helping to lead with Lucy Gray, Joe Donahue and the Google Apps Team. We presented in Boulder on Monday, Chicago on Wednesday and next week, we’ll be heading to Austin and New York.
My topics were actually Gmail and Calendar, but we were also responsible for demonstrating some of the amazing things you can do with the Chromebooks or even just Chrome. Over the last month or so, I have been exploring the Apps and Extensions in the Chrome Web Store.
Here are my favorite Apps and Extensions:
  • Scratchpad – A simple note-taking app. Take notes offline and optionally syncs to the cloud when you’re online.
  • goo.gl URL Shortener – Shorten url with goo.gl, the Google URL shortener, and share with many different service!
  • Screen Capture – Capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. Support horizontal and vertical scroll when capturing whole page, with an all new autosave capability.
  • App Jumper App Launcher – Quickly launch Apps from browser toolbar. Organize Apps and Extensions into Groups. Manage Apps and Extensions with ease.
  • SdTimer – Great in-browser timer which can count down from any time. Shows time on tab title and buzzes once done.
  • Chrome 2 Phone – Google Chrome to Phone Extension enables you to send links and other information from Chrome to your Android device.
If you haven’t already, take 15 minutes and explore the Chrome Web Store.  I can honestly say now that Chrome is my browser of choice.
Do you have any Apps or Extensions that you like and think I should share with the educators at the Chromebook Events?

Utilizing Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

During the first of four days of Google sessions at Google Days in Minot, ND this week, the Gmail team announced a new feature in Google Calendar. This new feature would allow people to view available time slots that you have set up on your calendar. They are able to select that time slot and it will be both reserved on their calendar for you and will conveniently appear on your own Google Calendar as well.

For step-by-step directions, visit http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-appointment-slots-in-google.html.

Source: http://http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/

It was finally on Thursday, during the 3-hour working session at the end of the day that I finally got a chance to sit down with some of the attendees and work with this new feature.  Using Appointment Slots was relatively easy. The directions at http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=190998 took us through the steps to develop the schedules for each of the labs.

We used Appointment Slots at #gdminot to set up Calendars for teachers to sign up for the different computer labs in the building. So, we actually needed to make a unique calendar for each of the labs, yet we wanted to have all the calendars showing together when we embedded it on the Google Site. The issue that we ran into was that Google Sites  wouldn’t allow us to embed multiple calendars.

How to embed multiple Google Calendars:

  1. Click to the right of your calendar, click the drop down menu and click calendar settings
  2. Click the link for Customize the color, size and other options
  3. scroll down to the bottom of the page and on the left select all the calendars you want to include
  4. Scroll back up and click the update HTML button
  5. Cope the code to your clipboard
  6. Open your Google Site and go to the page you want to embed the calendar on.
  7. Click edit
  8. Click the Insert menu and scroll down to More Gadgets
  9. Click on the Featured gadgets and select the “Embed Gadget”
  10. Click the “select” button
  11. Paste the HTML code in the blank box
  12. Change your width to 800
  13. Change the height to 600
  14. Click the checkbox that will include the scrollbar
  15. Click OK
  16. Save your page to view changes.
I know this seems like a few too many steps, but it was worth it to see all the calendars in one place. Give it a try!

Google Apps adds the EDU Category to their Marketplace


I was happy to see that today, via the Official Google Enterprise Blog, Google announced a new category in their Marketplace.

Here’s just a few of what is already available in the new EDU category:

  • Haiku: an LMS that allows teachers to create media-rich class websites, give and auto-grade assessments, annotate assignments and interact online with students.
  • Brainpop: an app that offers animated, curriculum-based content that enhances student learning in numerous ways, from illustrating complex concepts to reviewing before a test.
  • DreamBox: a tool that helps students learn math through interactive lessons and gives teachers reporting dashboards to monitor individual student progress.

There are two Google webinars that are coming up soon that you may want to consider attending or plan to view the archive of. They are:

Manage your school in the cloud with the Google Apps Marketplace
Featuring classroom management tools Haiku and Learnboost
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST
Register here (https://googleonline.webex.com/googleonline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=575427854&source=gct)

Help students learn more effectively with the Google Apps Marketplace
Featuring web-based learning tools Grockit, BrainPop, and DreamBox
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
4:00 p.m. PST / 7:00 p.m. EST
Register here (https://googleonline.webex.com/googleonline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=570677445&source=gct)

With over 10 million users in Google Apps Education Edition, Google said this is only the beginning.

Spontaneous Professional Development

Tomorrow at the NJECC monthly meeting I’m going to speak for a bit about “Spontaneous Professional Development”. With the budget cuts in NJ schools this past year, many educators don’t have funding for PD. Our meeting this month will be about how schools are dealing with the cuts, what types of PD their districts are spending money on and of course, how we can harness the power of our networks to bring in free professional development virtually.

I hope I don’t put myself right out of business.

Here’s the slides I will be sharing along with a list of the resources I will be talking about. (Please leave a comment if you have others to add as we would all benefit from your resources.)

Feel free to follow the #NJECC hashtag on Twitter during tomorrow morning’s meeting.

Using Google Apps to Foster Global Collaborations #globaled10

I was honored to present for the Global Education Conference today. Here are the slides I shared and the accompanying links. The archive of the webinar will be posted soon at http://www.globaleducationconference.com/recordings.html

These are the links I shared during the webinar today.

Places to look for Global Collaborations:

List of Educators on Twitter:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pM_ZE5BS0SgqDabnhl8Z2aA&hl=en#gid=0
Add your name to the list:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pM_ZE5BS0SgqDabnhl8Z2aA&hl=en

Educators who attended the Webinar and are looking for Global Collaborations:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Au4tGyN-X4T0dENEQjlnVUN5UlBQamlsZU9zb3NfSVE&hl=en&output=html
Add your name to the list:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dENEQjlnVUN5UlBQamlsZU9zb3NfSVE6MQ

Additional Resources: