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Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

It’s been almost two weeks since the launch of the “field trial” of Google’s new social network, Google Plus. As the hype grows, more and more people are receiving their invitations to the service, and in turn, there are an increasing number of discussions about how Google Plus might work for teaching and learning. (Take … Continue reading Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers? →

Education in the Age of Google and Wikipedia

If you’re still wondering about the implications of the effects of technology on learning, take a look at this brilliant video by Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist who studies the effects of media on society. The envelopment of sites like Google and Wikipedia into our daily lives has completely changed our relationship with information. What … Continue reading Education in the Age of Google and Wikipedia →

Does Apple’s New iCloud Offer Anything New for Education?

Apple is holding its big developers’ conference this week in San Francisco, and the event kicked off on Monday with a keynote unveiling some of the new products and features Apple has in store. This includes upgrades to both its Mac and mobile operating systems. Apple also introduced a new product, iCloud that will store … Continue reading Does Apple’s New iCloud Offer Anything New for Education? →

Weekly News Roundup

Microsoft announced this week that it has agreed to acquire the popular VOIP service Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype has become an important tool for educators bridging classrooms around the world, and the acquisition may boost Microsoft’s status in the education sector (provided, of course, Skype still works on Apple computers). According to the June … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Is Your School Ready for Google’s Chromebooks for Education?

At Google IO this week, Google announced a “new kind of computer” and a new program aimed at schools: Chromebooks for Education. These new devices look like laptops, but they run on Google’s new operating system Chrome OS and are truly Web-based and Web-centric. There is no local storage and there is no software. In … Continue reading Is Your School Ready for Google’s Chromebooks for Education? →

Is Google’s Science Fair Just a Marketing Ploy?

The New York Times‘ Claire Cain Miller published a story this weekend entitled “Promoting Science, and Google, to Students,” which looks with skepticism at Google’s first ever Global Science Fair. The story is positioned, in part as a follow-up to a story from February documenting the decline of science fairs — just as President Obama … Continue reading Is Google’s Science Fair Just a Marketing Ploy? →

Finally! Patient Tech Support for Parents

The joke about children figuring out how to set up TiVo better than their parents can be funny — until it’s downright frustrating. For all of us who’ve had to walk through the fraught process of helping our parents set up e-mail accounts, send videos, search for information, or even change the desktop image, Google … Continue reading Finally! Patient Tech Support for Parents →

Google and Amazon Battle Over the Book Market

Following in the heels of Google’s big headliner about its new eBooks software yesterday, Amazon announced its own web-based e-reader, according to the Wall Street Journal. From the article: Asked how the new Amazon feature might change the competitive landscape, Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung said, “Google eBooks is a competitive offering.” A key difference for … Continue reading Google and Amazon Battle Over the Book Market →

5 Free Google Tools for Educators

Google has irrevocably changed our lives. People will argue adamantly on both sides of the Google fence — whether its omnipotence is harnessed for the good or for the evil. But in the education space, at least, I’d like to point out a few free and useful Google tools for educators. Google Earth. Explore remote … Continue reading 5 Free Google Tools for Educators →

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