Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hipster Google 2 - Even More Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

A couple years ago I shared my original "Hipster Google" post, where I listed a collection of lesser known Google tools. The idea was to have some fun with the "hipster" theme, where something is cool because very few people know about it. Like a band that hasn't become popular yet, or a restaurant that is hidden away, or a style that is not mainstream.

At that time I put together a collection of Hipster Google tools that weren't as popular as the "big ones" such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, and such. Even though these Google tools may have flown under the radar, they were still valuable for use in the classroom.

Well since then, so many new unique Google tools have come out! I have done my best to grab these new tools as they came out and add them to my ever-growing list in Google Docs. However, I did not update my original blog post to share these new tools in detail. So I figured it was time for a new entry to share all of the awesome new Hipster Google resources!

You can see the original list of Hipster Google tools in my blog post from a couple years back: "Hipster Google - Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of".

And below you can see a new collection of lesser know, but awesome, tools. As always, chances are you will have heard of some of these, but hopefully there will be a few new ones on the list for you to explore. If we all try hard enough we can get schools using these all around the world, and they won't be Hipster anymore. But for now they are, so put on your slouchy beanie and thick-framed glasses and have fun!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

What's New in Google - March 2019

Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from March 2019, and see great ideas and resources!

Because of a number of conferences and trainings in the last few weeks, we did not hold our normal monthly Google User Meeting. However, I still wanted to share out all of the new updates from the month, so I have included them below.

We will be back on track with live Google Hangout meetings at the end of April. The monthly meetings are hosted by the Google Educator Group of Ohio, but are open to anyone from any location. The purpose of these meetings is to:
  • Connect Google-using educators
  • Share the latest Google Apps news and features
  • Provide tutorials, demonstrations, and how-to’s
  • Share best practices of how Google Apps is being used within schools
  • Ask questions and get answers
The video from the meeting is recorded and available for later viewing for those who cannot attend or connect live. See below for 17 new Google updates and 27 Google resources for your class from March 2019.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Introducing the Control Alt Achieve Podcast

I am so excited to announce the launch of the Control Alt Achieve podcast!

Most anyone who knows me well, knows I am a big fan of podcasts. At the moment I am subscribed to over 200 podcasts on a wide range of topics from educational technology to science to movie reviews to "The Weirdest Thing I Learned this Week". Now obviously I can't listen to them all, but it is great to know there is always a good episode of something available anytime I want.

As much as I love listening to podcasts, I have also enjoyed making them. I have actually been part of two shows in the past.

A few years ago, from 2011 to 2013 I joined up with my friends Eric Griffith and Sean Beavers to record "The State of Tech" podcast where we explored a different edtech topic each episode, and highlighted awesome things happening around Ohio (the "State" of tech, get it?)

Even further back, from 2007 to 2009 I did "The Treasure Chest" podcast where I shared technology resources and websites aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards. To keep with the theme of the title, I started each episode with a hearty "Ahoy there mateys! This be the Treasure Chest. Arrrrrr!"

As you can see, the bar has been set high.

Well I am so excited to be back with a new podcast. See below for details on what the Control Alt Achieve podcast will be, and information on how to subscribe and stay in touch.