Computational Thinking for All Educators

Recently there has been a lot of talk about "coding", and about the difference between "coding" and "programming".  In several of the articles I read discussing these issues, a free Google online course was mentioned:  Computational Thinking for Educators.  So I went to investigate.  The "real time" experience of this course is over, but all the materials are online, and you are welcome to explore it at your leisure as a self-study program.  The course was designed to help Humanities, Math, ...

Google in the Alphabet soup

At the beginning of August, Google announced that it planned to create a new public holding company: Alphabet Inc. to reflect its new operating structure. In an official Google blog, its CEO Larry Page said the business is proposing a structure in which the business funnels some profits into its more speculative ventures, like driverless cars (Google X) or Calico, which aims to extend the human lifespan. The Google name will not die. Divisions under the "Google business" will included search, ...

Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

Referencing Posters and a Google+ Profile

On a recent  ECIS  Moodle Librarians forum (Resources -> Referencing and researching tools) uber- Librarian -- Katie Day (at UWCSEA East, Singapore)  wrote: "Nadine Bailey and I have been creating three sets (MLA, APA, Chicago) of 6 referencing posters (Book, Website, Video, Journal Article, Newspaper, Image) to display in the library and in classrooms. ..Here are the MLA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6120087177992120897 Here are the APA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6122679974404608401 (Update: Chicago posters are here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6124093680931163329) There is a Creative Commons label on them, so feel free to use and modify... It is important to note these ...

Googling 2013: questing knowledge?

The end of a calendar year (at least in Gregorian system that dominates most of the globe) is the time for reflection, statistics, and resolutions:  global issues vie, in retrospective summary, for comparative significance.  Bloggers, talk show hosts, prime time news shows are busy ranking and assessing. Globally, they ask, what are the most important news stories? Scientific discoveries? Sports events…”? and so on. Who is better to judge the real significance of news stories, though, than The People?  This is ...

Adding on at the Google Art Project

Recently, 4 new videos from the Google Art Project dropped into my email. (You remember the launch of Google Art Project last year? We wrote about it here.) "The original Art Project counted 17 museums in nine countries and 1,000 images, almost all paintings from Western masters. Today, the Art Project includes more than30,000 high-resolution artworks, with Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way. In other words, the Art Project is no longer just about the Indian student ...

A Google a Day

Do you believe in learning through play?  Do you believe that "Practice makes perfect"?  Do you think you're pretty good at finding information on the Internet? You (and your students) might be interested in the Google a Day puzzle. Screen shot from splash screen at http://agoogleaday.com  Click on the image to see it full size   "There is no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer. A Google a Day is a daily search puzzle that can be solved using your creativity ...

Feed Inspiration – The Only Way to Get Students to Read Around Design Technology…

One problem students often have is that they get so busy that they end up not reading around any of their IB subjects and this is often to the detriment of a specific subject. It is strangely most true of Design Technology - as we all know trying to design in a vacuum is almost impossible and to be honest in this day and age almost reprehensible when you consider the amount of information so readily accessible. However all that ...

Summer Inspiration – Mobile Phone Projects – Nexus One…

Well the summer is almost fully upon us - and thoughts maybe turning to Internal Assessments and projects that we can change or run through next year. One excellent IA which can bring in a number of unit areas including :- 1) Design Process - with such areas as incremental, divergent, convergent thinking etc... 2) Product Innovation - looking at innovation and how mobile phones are placed into markets... 6) Product Design - ergonomics and anthropometrics a great area to base an IA ...

Google and Bunsen

Chances are you will have used google today .... and chances are you will have seen the traditional google logo replaced with a bunsen burner, kettle, test tubes and so on. Somehow (and I am still trying to figure out how to do this!) you can get the 'google bunsen logo' to turn into an animation, as the following youtube clip shows. yPJ3JUUwhA8 For more information on Robert Bunsen, click here to read the related wikipedia article on him.