How to carry out an online survey using Google Docs
Sep21

How to carry out an online survey using Google Docs

Here’s a short guide on  how to carry out an online survey using Google Docs. I’ve put a link into the Guides section of this website. For example this would be alternative way to collect class data about variation which might be easier than having one computer in the corner that each students goes to in turn to add their information, or having lots of different spreadsheets that have to be cut and pasted into one master...

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Google Chart/Graph Tool
Sep04

Google Chart/Graph Tool

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter recently, I think it’s been around for a while but I’ve missed it previously. Google has produced an online chart editor that lets you create charts and graphs and then embed the resulting image into your blog/website etc. There’s lots of options to play with, and you can tweak your graph to your hearts content. Go take a look at : http://imagecharteditor.appspot.com/...

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New Google search by image
Jun16

New Google search by image

I was told about a neat little application last week called TinEye. With it you could upload an image and TinEye would tell you all the sites that used that particular image. I thought it could be useful for teachers to check where students got particular images for coursework – it should be possible to backtrack and find the source. It reminded me a little of the Google Goggles app for the iPhone which would search based on a...

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Tracking Blogs with RSS in Google Reader
May29

Tracking Blogs with RSS in Google Reader

There are some excellent blogs out there with a wealth of information for teachers. The biggest problem is keeping track of them. It can be very time consuming to go from blog to blog to see if there’s any new content. A much better way is to get the blogs to come to you. And you can do that very easily using a Blog reader and RSS. RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you...

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How Now Google Cow
Apr04

How Now Google Cow

Just a quick post to point out that if you haven’t seen Google Body Browser, it now comes with added Bovine goodness. (Firefox 4 or Chrome needed to access) In addition to the female body that was used in the beta version, you can now explore a male body and even that of a cow. I heard initially that this may have been an April Fools prank, given the day it was released, but someone from Google tweeted me to say it was staying....

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Smart Notebook Search Engine
Mar26

Smart Notebook Search Engine

While at the Teacher 2 Teacher conference, it was a pleasure to meet up with Obe Hostetter, who runs the Smartboard Revolution Ning. Obe has created a very useful search engine for finding Smart Notebook files – this used to be featured on the Smart Website but I can’t find it anymore! You can access the Search Engine Here  ...

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Firefox 4 and Google Body
Mar23

Firefox 4 and Google Body

If you were interested in running Google Body when I wrote about it a few months back, but couldn’t get it to work in your current browser then there’s some exciting news. The new version of Firefox – version 4 – was released yesterday and this version supports OpenGL which lets the Body Browser work. If you haven’t seen Google Body, I wrote about it here. Science and PE teachers should definitely check...

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Google Image Slideshow
Mar22

Google Image Slideshow

Google Image Slideshow is a simple tool allows you to easily generate and view an online image slideshow based on search results from Google Images. http://theslideshow.net/ If you are using this in the classroom – be aware there is you can’t preview the images you are going to get in the slideshow website. I’d suggest doing the same google image search first on the regular google image search page to check no...

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Google goes off-road with Street View
Mar02

Google goes off-road with Street View

Google Street View has got to be one of the most amazing projects available on the internet. It still amazes me that from my home computer I can tour cities like Rome or New York and move around as if I was there. But on the whole the places you could see were only those accessible from the road, since their special camera cars could not get everywhere. Although you could take a look at the penguins in Antarctica, which was great...

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What Was There – Historical Google Maps
Feb27

What Was There – Historical Google Maps

What Was There is an interesting site that looks like an alternative to History Pin which I’ve written about in the past. History teachers in particular should take a look! It allows visitors to upload historical photographs of an area and tag them with a location and year. These are then displayed on a Google Map. From the Explore Photos page you can move around the world to find places you’re interested in and then view...

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Google Fractal Viewer : Julia Map
Feb01

Google Fractal Viewer : Julia Map

Following on from the Google Art Project, here’s another cool Google utility I hadn’t seen before. It’s called Julia Map and it’s a way of exploring Fractals in HTML5 on your computer. Julia sets are fractals that were studied by the French mathematician Gaston Julia in the early 1920s. Fifty years later, Benoît Mandelbrot studied the set z2 − c and popularized it by generating the first computer visualisation....

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The Amazing Google Art Project
Feb01

The Amazing Google Art Project

Today Google unveiled the Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Basically its Google Street view inside various art museums. You can move around the halls and explore all the artwork in detail. Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including, Altes...

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