Monday, March 27, 2017

Best Google April Fools Videos

Each year Google releases a new set of prank videos for April Fools Day. I always look forward to these videos as they are so well produced and poke fun at current trends and technology and even at Google itself. Even better though, they provide more professional development materials for me.

Here's what I mean…

Technology training can be challenging for novices as well as seasoned users. There is a lot of content to cover and new features to learn. Depending on the school, organization, or event, the training may also last a long time, from a full day inservice to a 5-day bootcamp.

During any professional development training it is important to break things up, add some variety, and most importantly have some fun and laugh. Google's April Fools videos are perfect for that! As often as I can I try to insert one or more videos into the PD session depending on which ones relate to the content we are learning.

These videos can also be great for your next training session, or staff meeting, or technology instruction for your students, or even as examples of parody videos for your language arts or media classes.

Thankfully Google keeps producing new videos each year to add to this collection. I can't wait to see what they have made for us this time! In the meantime, see below for my top 20 favorite Google April Fools videos (in no particular order) and the PD topics they best relate to. Hopefully you can use these yourself to make your next teaching or learning experience more engaging.

1) Gmail Motion
(Topics: Gmail)



2) Introducing Gmail Tap
(Topics: Gmail, mobile)



3) Introducing Gmail Blue
(Topics: Gmail)



4) Smartbox by Inbox: the mailbox of tomorrow, today
(Topics: Gmail, Inbox)



5) Being a Google Autocompleter
(Topics: Search, Artificial Intelligence)



6) Introducing Google Nose
(Topics: Search)



7) Chrome Multitask Mode
(Topics: Chrome browser)



8) Levity Algorithm
(Topics: Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Slides)



9) Introducing Google Actual Cloud Platform
(Topics: Google Drive, Cloud)



10) Launching: Google Apps for Business Dogs
(Topics: G Suite, Gmail, Hangouts, Google Docs)



11) Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911
(Topics: YouTube, viral videos)



12) The YouTube Collection: The Magic of YouTube in Your Hands
(Topics: YouTube)



13) Google Cardboard Plastic
(Topics: Google Cardboard, VR)



14) Google Maps 8-bit for NES
(Topics: Google Maps)



15) Introducing realBooks
(Topics: Google Play Books, mobile)



16) Introducing Style Detection for Cloud Vision API
(Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud)



17) Introducing the self-driving bicycle in the Netherlands
(Topics: Self-Driving Vehicles)



18) Introducing new delivery technology from Google Express
(Topics: Google Express, Drones)



19) Introducing Dial-Up mode
(Topics: Google Fiber, Connectivity)



20) Introducing the Google Fiber Bar
(Topics: Google Fiber, Connectivity)



Bonus: New Videos for 2017












Conclusion

I can't wait to see what new videos Google creates for this year! I will continue to update this post with new videos over time. If you have a favorite prank video from Google that I missed, please let me know about it in the comment below.


Post by Eric Curts. Bring me to your school, organization, or conference with over 50 PD sessions to choose from. Connect with me on Twitter at twitter.com/ericcurts and on Google+ at plus.google.com/+EricCurts1


4 comments:

  1. One of the best pranks, because the prank is on Google...we can really use this one https://youtu.be/HQtGFBbwKEk

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  2. I just showed the Tap video to some of my students. They just about lost their minds. Only one recognized LL Cool J. I left the date up for the cloud video and only 1 has caught on.

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