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!
I have been reviewing many questions recently about storing data in the Cloud. With so many districts moving to Google Apps I decided to put together some resources on data ownership and privacy. I hope you find this helpful:
Who owns the data that organizations put into Google Apps?
They keep your data as long as you require them to keep it.
You should be able to take your data with you if you choose to use external services in conjunction with Google Apps or stop using our services altogether.
The best tool for taking your data with you is Google’s Data Liberation Front at http://www.dataliberation.org/. You can even use this tool to export all of your Google Docs out of your personal Google Account and import them into your school Apps account.
In Google’s Security Whitepaper, they cover, in detail, some of the issues we find ourselves talking about with Administrators and even Board of Education members before we can utilize Google Apps. Some of these issues include:
Google corporate security policies
Systems development and maintenance
Google Apps is a technology platform schools can trust
They offer Google Apps Education Edition to schools for free. It’s also completely ad-free — which means your school’s content is not processed by Google’s advertising systems.
To reduce exploit risks, each Google server is custom-built with only the necessary software components, and the homogeneous server architecture enables rapid updates and configuration changes across the entire network when necessary.
I’m hoping folks will find this information useful as they field questions from their colleagues and possibly even parents of the students they work with.
Demonstrate a proven background in professional development or technology training
Demonstrate areas of expertise in educational technology
The requirements for maintaining certification include:
Acting on behalf of Google
Log training events (3/quarter) – attendance, topics, dates
Stay up to date with all the latest features/releases
Participate in the community
Maintain qualification (additional exams)
I’m excited to bring this to the Center and to New Jersey. I hope that being connected to this new community of learners will give me new ideas, inspire me to stay current, and open the door to additional collaborations.