Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories
Jun30

Take a Voyage with Google Earth’s Guided Stories

Google have released a brand-new version of Google Earth for your browser. You can now tour the world in Google Earth using the new Voyager mode. Voyager is a collection of map-based stories written by Google Earth partners that is updated weekly. Please note. To use this new feature, you’ll need to use the Google Chrome Browser. To get started, visit Google Earth. Or go direct to Voyager here. You can then choose a subject...

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Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio
Mar13

Storyspheres – Make your own VR Photospheres with extra audio

Story Spheres is an interesting way to add stories to panoramic photographs. It’s a simple concept that combines the storytelling tools of words and pictures with a little digital magic. To use, you first need to upload a Photosphere, a 360-degree photo you can take on your phone or tablet using Google’s Photo App or similar program. Once uploaded, you can add dialogue, sound effects and even a music track (if it’s rights-free)....

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Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios
Oct06

Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing storybooks to life with 3D models. While investigating new Augmented Reality apps for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled...

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Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions
Oct03

Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions

Want to take your class to the International Space Station? Well now you can, with a Google Expedition! Google Expeditions is a new virtual reality teaching tool that lets teachers lead their class on immersive virtual trips all over the world. Take them to look at historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit a real space station! What Does it Do? The Google Expeditions app allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead...

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Google’s Made with Code Project Aims to Get Girls Coding
Jun20

Google’s Made with Code Project Aims to Get Girls Coding

Google has just launched Made with Code, an initiative aiming to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. These efforts are based on Google’s new nationwide research, which shows that Computer Science exposure is crucial in pre-college years, parental encouragement is key and that girls who have positive perceptions of CS as a career, and understand its potential...

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Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin
Jun04

Explore World War 1 and 2 Images with History Pin

Seventy years ago this week, Allied forces were preparing for the D-Day Landings in Normandy that would eventually turn the tide of World War 2 . This year we are also commemorating the start of the First World War in 1914. Many schools are covering one or both of these events in their lessons and there are some good online resources to help teach them. One site I’ve written about before is called HistoryPin and it’s well...

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Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images
Feb02

Google Makes it Easier to Search for Creative Commons Images

Google Images has always been a great place to find images, but it does cause problems since they may well be covered by copyright rules. You have been able to search for Creative Commons, and copyright-free, images using Google Images but the feature has been a little hidden. Thankfully, Google have now updated the search tools to make it a little easier to filter by the Usage Rights, and find images you are allowed to reuse and...

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Smart Announces Smart Amp – cloud collaboration with Google
Nov23

Smart Announces Smart Amp – cloud collaboration with Google

SMART released some very interesting news yesterday when they revealed that they have joined up with Google to to create a comprehensive software solution for education that brings people, student devices and learning environments together. SMART amp™ collaborative learning software is a cloud-based solution hosted on the Google cloud that takes advantage of Google’s newest cloud services. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive...

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Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View
Sep18

Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View

This week, 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands for the first time. It was here he made many observations and discoveries that would later provide the evidence for his famous Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. If you would like to follow in Darwin’s footsteps, and take your class on a trip to the Galapagos islands then there’s now a way to do it without breaking the bank. Google (who...

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The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources
May22

The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources

I was lucky enough to be invited to deliver some training at the International School of Geneva this week. One of the Keynote speakers was Steve Crossan, Head of the Google Cultural Institute who was talking about some of their recent developments. I had heard of some of their early projects such as the Google Art Project or World Wonders, but I hadn’t seen some of their newer resources. And they looked stunning! With a team of...

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Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map
Dec12

Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map

Here’s another cool resource that would be great to show as part of a lesson about Earth and Space (or populations). The “Black Marble” shows the Earth in darkness with all the city lights twinkling away – showing just how spread out we all are in some parts of the world, and how concentrated we are in others. A NASA satellite captured the nighttime views with a special on-board camera. Apparently it took 312...

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Explore the World on your IWB with the Google World Wonders Project
Jun01

Explore the World on your IWB with the Google World Wonders Project

Your classroom interactive whiteboard can provide a window on the world, and that’s definitely true when used alongside this new project from Google. The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online and into your classroom. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, Google have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the...

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