Google plans YouTube clean-up, ready for kid customers

Jennifer Carey:

Perhaps an argument for unblocking YouTube at your school!

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Image of movie girl, courtesy of ShutterstockGoogle’s so keen on getting underage advertising targets children onto its services, it’s even mulling how to clean up the swamp that is YouTube.

According to a report from The Information, the data-dealing big boy is contemplating how to roll out the child-sized red carpet with these new offerings:

  • A dashboard for parents to watch over their kids’ activities,
  • A child-safe version of YouTube that would wall off racy videos and comments, and
  • A new requirement that people share their age when they sign up for accounts on devices powered by the Android mobile operating system. Right now, age only comes into play with accounts started on PCs.

Details, such as the timeline of when we’ll see these things, are scarce.

But the Wall Street Journal did speak to someone familiar with Google’s plans who confirmed that the company earlier this year was working on a preteen version of…

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Creative Commons and Cultural Heritage

Jennifer Carey:

These are some great thoughts about presenting cultural documents and artifacts to the public and how they should be licensed. Interesting ethical questions and dialogue.

Originally posted on Archaeology, Museums & Outreach:

Java PrintingI am very pleased to present a post and resource links on Creative Commons by my colleague Jason Baird Jackson.  More and more cultural heritage professionals and students are faced with questions about how to best present original documents for public access and the proper citation and use of internet files.  Jason provides a solid introduction and valuable links to Creative Commons licenses that are relevant today and will be increasingly important in the immediate future.

Creative Commons and Cultural Heritage

by Jason Baird Jackson

Do public archaeologists, heritage professionals, museum practitioners, and graduate students need to know about the Creative Commons? I think so. Robert Connolly does so as well, which is why he thought to ask me to contribute a short note to his blog. After you have learned a bit about it, I hope that you too will see the relevance of the tools provided by the…

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Can you use this picture?

Jennifer Carey:

Teaching students what images & videos they can and cannot use is the next level of digital literacy! I discuss this in my posts “How to find License Free Content for School Projects” and “How to Find License-Free Content for School.”

Originally posted on History Tech:

In the brave, new world of social media, mashups, and instant information, it becomes very easy to intentionally or unintentionally use the intellectual property of others inappropriately.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of flow chart, an infographic perhaps, to decide how and when to use images that you might find online?

Thanks to The Visual Communication Guy, there is such a thing. The Guy created a very handy guide that will walk you and your students through the process of deciding whether you should or shouldn’t use a specific image.

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Get the full version here.

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Walk the Ocean Floor with Google Maps Street View

In a project sponsored by Google and Catlin Seaview Survey, Google Maps now offers “Street View” of the Ocean Floor. A majority of the images have been collected off the coast of Australia and the Caribbean. Scientists in America will be exploring fish-eye under water photography this week in the Florida Keys. 

You can read more about the project via the Associated Press or this summary by Scientific American. You can peruse the collection of underwater Street View images (with more coming) here.

 

The Underwater Museum of Isla Mujeres, Mexico Courtesy of Google Maps

The Underwater Museum of Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Courtesy of Google Maps

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NPR Releases “NPR One” a Channel Curated for You

I’ve been enjoying the last week listening to NPR One, an app from public radio that gives you a personalized channel. Now I can listen to local news or my favorite shows (Planet Money, This American Life, and more) right on my phone or iPad. This is a surprisingly elegant streaming service. Check out the service via their free iOS and Android Apps.

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Why the Facebook Messenger app is not the privacy nightmare people think it is

Jennifer Carey:

There’s a lot of hysteria going around, ironically on Facebook, about it’s new messenger app. Here’s some sober information.

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Facebook MessengerThere’s good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn’t the privacy nightmare that some people think it is.

Facebook is gradually forcing users of its mobile app to download the Facebook Messenger app to their smartphones and tablets in order to continue using the chat feature.

This move has led to a backlash against the social media giant, and it’s not just because Messenger is a separate app that takes up a lot of extra device memory.

Messenger offers much more than the traditional chat available on Facebook.com, including the ability to place calls, send videos, and send messages from the home screen without opening the app.

Although the Messenger app is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, the main source of user angst comes from the lengthy list of app permissions you have to approve before you can download the…

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Educators to Follow on Twitter this Year!

It’s already time to set up your classes and start planning lessons. If you are looking for some good ideas, check out these great teachers on Twitter! This list is by no means exhaustive. Just some great educators that inspire me every day!

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@Sarahdateechur – Sarah Thomas serves as a teacher and technology liaison at the John Hanson French Immersion School in Maryland.

@JediKermit – Quinn Rollins is a Social Studies teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a brilliant LEGO enthusiast!

@KVroomEDU – Kelsey is the Director of Educational Technology at the Urban School in San Francisco, California. She is an emerging ISTE Leader and a superstar in the Independent School World.

@DigitalTeacher – Cheryl Davis regularly posts tools related to Apple and Google.

@iamDrWill – Will Deyamport wrote his dissertation on using Twitter for Professional Development! So, he is the literal expert on the topic!

@DevorahHeitner – Devorah is one of the best resources out there on Digital Citizenship and navigating a world of Digital Natives.

@DrTonyWagner – Wagner’s groundbreaking work “Creating Innovators” has been the talk of education. He regularly tweets out articles and thoughts on “breaking” education.

@TheTechRabbi – Talk about an avid online learner. The Tech Rabbi is one of the few educators I know who devours technology literature faster than I do!

@AmyBurvall – Amy is a History Teacher and maker of creative music videos.

@THEJLV – Jose Vilson is a math teacher and education advocate. His posts have made me think more about disparity in education than any other.

@TomWhitby – Tom is a veteran teacher of more than 34 years and regular contributor to Edutopia as well as founder of #edchat.

@iPadWells – I met Richard Wells at an iPad Summit. His work in New Zealand with iPads and Social Media is inspiring!

@ShawnMcCusker – A Social Studies Teacher and Tech Director in Illinois, you will learn something new form Shawn every day!

@MossPike – Moss Pike is an inspiration education technology enthusiast. You will learn about tablets, google, MOOCs, social media, and more on his posts!

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Fly Through Pyongyang North Korea with This Amazing Video!

Vimeo highlighted this amazing video that includes a fly through of Pyongyan, the capital of North Korea.

Enter Pyongyang from JT Singh on Vimeo.

This video is the single most significant multi-­media contribution to transcending clichés about North Korea as a society defined by reclusiveness and destitution. To travel there is to witness a proud civilization, though one caught in a Cold War time-warp. Korean cultural traditions are meticulously preserved and displayed in authentic richness. Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.

The explanatory text on the website includes interviews from the creators.

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5 Ways to use Google Presentations NOT as Presentations

This is reblogged from my post on Edudemic. It is a part of my Google Drive series that includes “10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs” and “5 Time Saving Ways Teachers can use Google Forms

If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with your students that have nothing to do with public speaking. Here are some fun exercises you can try in your classes.

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Visual Note/Flash Cards

Imagery is a powerful tool in all subjects. Using Google Presentations, students can create their own visual note cards to help highlight their understanding of concepts and ideas. Because they can use it collaboratively, they can not only put together their own collection but build a classlibrary of cards that are handy for review. For example, if you are teaching students about plants you can provide them several diagrams that they label themselves and share with the class.

Visually Outline a Project

Presentation slides are a great way to engage in pre-writing exercises. Using shapes and bubbles, students can build venn-diagrams, sketch out ideas, or create a storyboard that visually outlines their ideas. Because they can work collaboratively, students can use this tool on broader group projects or share their pre-writing exercises for peer-review and critique. Using the “comment” feature, students and teachers can engage one another in a discussion on the document as students modify their ideas and mold their finished product.

Create Visual Prompts & Virtual Discussion

If you’ve ever used Voicethread then you’re familiar with the idea of providing students with a visual prompt and then allowing them to discuss the image. Using a Google Presentation, you can do a similar project; post an image, diagram, cartoon, or other image and invite students to write comments, share links, and engage in discussion. This is a great way to teach children to “read” an image as part of a homework or group assignment.

Create a Repository of Images with Citation

Citing images properly is a key skill in the 21st century. Using a “Title Only” slide, students can build a visual bibliography in which they store images along with the accompanying citation. This is especially useful if students putting together a group project; they all have access to and can edit the same document. In addition to the citation, students can include relevant notes about the image. Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) has a great video tutorial on How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research.

Digital WorkBooks

This project is primarily geared towards elementary students. You can use Google Presentations to create and share a Digital Workbook that includes images, hyperlinks, videos, and places where they can fill in the blank or write a response. This is a great way to make homework more dynamic and interactive or guide their exploration of the web.

This is only a short list to help get you started. While slides can be a tremendous presentation tool, it can be even more useful for in other areas of learning from scaffolding projects to collaborating with peers.

To learn more, EdTechTeacher has a Google Apps for Education section on their web site as well as a great resource for App Recommendations.

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5 Time Saving Ways Teachers can use Google Forms

This is reblogged from my original post at Edudemic. It is part of my Google Drive series which includes “10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs.”

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One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. I have seen educators and administrators use Google Forms in the most creative and inventive ways. If you’re just starting with Google Forms, here are five ways that you can use them to streamline your classroom!

Collect Contact Information

At the beginning of the year, I find that a great ice-breaker with my students is to share a Google Form that asks their name, contact information, and something unique and interesting about themselves. Not only do I get pertinent information (like which email they check), but I also learn a little bit more about my them.

Similarly, it is often necessary to collect information from parents for special events. For example, if you are taking a field trip with your class, a Google Form is a quick and easy way to collect emergency contact information from parents/guardians. Again, the information is gathered into a Google Sheet so you don’t have to spend time entering data later and you can electronically store and share the information with other chaperones – no more clipboards or manila envelopes!

Bell Ringer & Exit Ticket Activities

Google Forms are a great medium to engage students in bell ringer and exit ticket activities (a means to gauge what a student has learned at the end of a lesson). With a bell ringer via a Google Form, students have something to engage with right away when they enter your classroom. Some teachers elect to create a simple check-in (how are you feeling this morning?) or a reflection on the previous night’s homework. Likewise, if you want students to check in before leaving class with an exit ticket, a Google Form is a great way to check for understanding. You can ask key and reflective questions about the topics you covered that day. If you build your form as fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice, you can even use a tool called Flubaroo to automatically mark it!

Collect Homework

Collecting homework is often an onerous task. Google Forms can help to organize the process. If students are answering exploratory questions, they can do this via a form that you create so that you have all of their responses timestamped and in one place. Even better, if students are working on projects that they post online (a blog post, a video, an audio recording) then a Google Form can allow you to collect the web links to their completed work. This is a great way to organize creative projects that can otherwise be cumbersome to track.

Survey & Check-In with Students

Touching base with students on a regular basis is crucial but can be difficult to do. Google Forms provide a great medium for you to check in with your classes and get individual responses. “How is the pace of the course?” “What has been your favorite lesson and why?” Using a check-in system regularly allows students to feel that you are invested in them and their education; it also provides a safe place for them to leave meaningful feedback such as what elements of the course are challenging, how they interact with their peers, and best ways to engage them in learning.

Creating Rubrics

Google Forms can also be used to create rubrics for assignments, speeding up your grading and allowing for consistent feedback. Again, because the data aggregates into a spreadsheet, it’s easy to transfer that information directly into your gradebook. Here is a great video from the Google Guru that shows you how to set up a grading rubric:

There are a lot of great things that you can do with Google Forms, and this is just a quick and simple list. Play with Google Forms to figure out new and interesting ways that you can employ them in your classroom and at your institution. To get started, check out this video tutorial from EdTechTeacher.

Looking to learn more about Google Apps? Space still available in EdTechTeacher’s August 7-8 Google Infused Classroom workshop in Los Angeles.

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