We also have planned to accomodate differing tech abilities by noting which sessions are designed for:
Tips and Tricks
Sessions will be presented by:
Google Apps Certified Trainers
Google Certified Teachers
Area administrators and classroom practitioners
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.
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:
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?
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.
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:
Click to the right of your calendar, click the drop down menu and click calendar settings
Click the link for Customize the color, size and other options
scroll down to the bottom of the page and on the left select all the calendars you want to include
Scroll back up and click the update HTML button
Cope the code to your clipboard
Open your Google Site and go to the page you want to embed the calendar on.
Click the Insert menu and scroll down to More Gadgets
Click on the Featured gadgets and select the “Embed Gadget”
Click the “select” button
Paste the HTML code in the blank box
Change your width to 800
Change the height to 600
Click the checkbox that will include the scrollbar
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!
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.)