Google Released A New App Called Google Photos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Whoah. Ok. Just downloaded this app. Stay tuned for a rAPPido Review next week… but so far, it offers way more functionality than the built-in photo app: I built a quick collection and it automatically turned my photos into a movie, offering me soundtracks and export options. It is free but as always, I wonder what the privacy policy is…

Can’t wait to play around with it!


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What Schools Can Learn from Google About Nurturing Creativity | Edudemic

I have been seeing this article kick around for a few days now and have had a hard time clicking on it as it references yet again the monolith that is Google and using it as an example for schools, which I think is problematic at best, terrifying at worst.

But…yes. There are some interesting ideas that have come out of the big G. Like the idea of 20% of employee’s time being devoted to personal projects (that align with Google’s business goals of course.)

The article below gives the case for implanting an “Innovation Day” at the school once a term where students work on a project of their own choosing (that aligns with the school’s chosen theme of course).

The first thing that came to mind was a way to launch our Makerspace, or at least a way to introduce the tools and resources available at the school outside of the context of the rigid curriculum demands.

What do you think? Let me know!

Google participates in a practice called Innovation Time Off, in which employees can work on projects so long as they align with Google’s mission and goals.


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iOS8: Set DuckDuckGo as your Default Browser

I saw this tip in this article that features 35 tips for iOS8 and thought I would pluck it pout of the line up and emphasize it. We forget that as great as Google is, it is not the only search engine in town, nor is it the one that respects your privacy very well – it is notorious for tracking searches, profiling its users as well as targeting search results depending on the suer (which can admittedly be good or bad, depending).

Here is what MACworld says about DuckDuckGo:

Privacy could be the next big issue that divided Apple and Google – and one of the ways Apple has set itself on the ‘privacy-respecting’ side of things is this small concession to iOS users: you can now set DuckDuckGo (a search engine that doesn’t track your searches, doesn’t profile its users, and shows the same search results to everyone) as the default search engine on your iPhone or iPad.

To chane your default browser just go to settings–>Safari–>Brwoser and choose the best one for you!

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Here is a screenshot of a search in DuckDuckGo:

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Google must respect ‘right to be forgotten’

Random thought: This kind of legislation is very interesting as it indicates a subtle shift in the conversation about who’s responsibility it is to protect people’s personal information and reputations.

It is common knowledge (I hope) that nothing comes for free. Services like Google and Facebook offer their services in exchange for you freely giving over your data. At least that is the way it has been. Is this right? Is there enough transparency? What is the agency of the individual to be able to control what people see and what they don’t see?

There is also the problem that there might be information online that we do not control (such as the Spanish man who brought the original suit discussed in the article below) – articles, fake profiles, etc. Who’s responsibility is it to take down this information? Is it a breech of freedom of expression or a “right to be forgotten”?

Big questions as the norms of privacy stretch and distort into…what? I guess we will see.

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Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo can be made to remove irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday.

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

To make up for last week’s April Fool’s, here is a real article about all the amazing things you can do with Google docs via Mary-Kate. I for one, will be referring back to it for a while- after a cursory glance, I am intrigued by the ability to embed presentations as well as use Polyline for drawing.

Check it out!

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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Students Sue Google for Monitoring Their Emails

Ever write an email about wanting chocolate and have an ad for Dairy milk appear above your emails?

Check out this very interesting case, especially for our school which also uses Google’s Apps for Education

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A group of students are suing Google alleging that Gmail’s scanning of their emails violates their privacy.

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Google field trip & 13 Things You May Not Know About Google

photoLast Thursday our Code Club went to visit the Google office here in Montreal, thanks to our partner in crime Monica Dinculescu, who has generously volunteered to guide us in our quest to code.

After we tore the students away from the floor in the lobby, which is laid out like a huge map of Montreal (they wanted to find their streets), the students were wowed by all the benefits available to the employees:

  • Food! The google office has one large cafeteria where healthy lunches are served for photo-1free every day. They also have two mini kitchens always stocked with coffee, tea and snack items. Also for free. I spied a whole row of Lindt dark chocolate bars. Just that prompted me to consider a career change…
  • A Gym
  • A garden room, complete with garden furniture, swinging chairs and chaises longues.
  • A Nap room
  • A climbing wall
  • A game room
  • A fix-it bar (apparently being a programmer does not necessarily mean you are good at hardware)
  • A 3D printer which our guide Monica had printing a squirrel
  • A Google earth display on five large computers, which you could work with a joy stick
  • The workspaces where teams working on the same sort of things were grouped together. This was by far the neatest- the spaces were open and personalized with plenty of windows. Some had standing desks, some had nerf guns for impromptu battles. Talking to Monica, she told us that Google employees did not need to keep regular hours- she could come in and go home when she wanted. She could even work from home, as long as her work got done. The students were able to see that being a programmer was not a lonely endeavour, no longer the purview of the Geek leaving in his mother’s basement. It was a dynamic yet despite the toys, a serious work environment.

At the end, Monica asked the group who would like to work at Google. Let’s just say that not only the students raised their hands!


Below is an article that gives some interesting facts about Google in a hand dandy infographic format!

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Google has infiltrated most of our lives these days. Not just in the search realm, but in terms of calendars, maps, images, and social connections and more.

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