Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#TechTipTuesday - Google Team Drive

I was recently introduced to Google Team Drive via @AveryHoneyBees and @Cmcgee200 

The concept is brilliant, instead of one person owning the Google Drive files and sharing them, the files own themselves and you grant access to those who need the files.

Ways to think about how you might benefit from this brilliant tool:

  • Create a Grade level Team Drive and relocate you shared files to that folder. IN this way if you ever change to a new grade level as an educator you can simply be added to a new tema drive with all your digital resources at your fingertips. No need to ask for a person to share all their documents with them and vice versa.
  • Department Team Drive - Have shared documents that you all use on a regular basis, add them to a team drive and grant access to all members who need to be able to view make copies and edit the documents. If they ever shift to a new department you can remove their access and grant access to whomever steps into their new role in your department.
  • Admin Teams - Tired of always having to ask that other admin to share a file with you? Just create a single Admin team drive and upload the files. Give access to whomever needs them and revoke access should they ever move up/out/or into a new position. 
  • The possibilities are endless (be sure to share how you are using Team drives in the comments of the blog or tweet me @TheTechSpec
If you are wondering where to create one of these new Google Team Drives look no further than your Goolge Drive.

 If you do not see this feature within your Google Drive reach out to your nearest Technology Support person and ask them to activate it for your school today.

As always, 
Stay tuned and stay connected.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#TechTipTuesday - The NEW Google Earth

Google Earth is back and in 3D.

That's right, one of my Social Studies teacher's favorite tools is back and it's got a some awesome new features. 

Quick run down of new features:

1.Orbit in 3D: Start with a view of the world from outer space then zoom in to any location in the world and view the space in a new 3D model.
2. Knowledge Cards: While visiting new locations around the globe check out the built in 'knowledge cards" about the area. Information about the area will pop as you explore.
3. Voyager: Not sure where to start? Check out Voyager, curated spaces and adventures from the many places around our world. Check out built in cards, pictures and more
4. Feeling Lucky: Not sure what to check out? Click on the Feeling lucky link and let Google take you to a random location in the world and discover something new.

This great new tool is accessible to anyone with a web browser, no application needed. Just load Google Chrome and visit https://www.google.com/earth/

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#TechTipTuesday - Clips

Apple has recently released a new app called Clips

Today I explored the many different functions it had to offer. Check out the video at the end of the post.

To sum the application up I would say it is a fantastic video editor for the SnapChat generation.

The basic concept: Capture and create a video "Story" disassociated with a single social media platform. 

Record live using the app or add video or pictures from your camera roll.

Some top cool features: 

  • Live subtitles of what ever you are saying.
  • User friendly interface
  • Fun filters

Some ideas on how this tool may be useful to you:
  • Capture moments throughout your day in a single place creating a story of your day
  • Upload your captured Clips at the end of your day when you can reflect back on the day instead of missing out on the moments you are capturing.
  • Great tool to capture the learning experience each day to upload a single post
Happy Clipping...