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Thanks for the plug, George.
Steve,  "good eye" on looking out for interesting articles, as usual. I've
used many of the products on Google Educator page, including  Google Doc and
Google spreadsheets, in my school, and they certainly don't replace the need
for a fully functioning productivity suite. And the privacy concerns is
something that I think about to.   However, they have some interesting
features that add some new possibilities for education, and I have found
some techniques that I feel addresses my privacy concerns.

Also,  I know I mentioned the Google sponsored blog,
www.InfiniteThinking.org before, but at the risk of repeating myself,  I
certainly would encourage those looking for good technology integration
tools to check out the wealth of links in the PAST blog entries, especially
the show notes!  I have learned of so many cool sites suggested by the
edubloggers working on this project.
For example,  check out all the geography resources (especially Juicy
Geography) mentioned in the show notes of the video on October 10

http://www.infinitethinking.org/2006/10/itm-1-calling-planet-earth_10.html

And how many of you know that, along with Wikipedia, there is also a Simple
English Wikipedia, which might be much more appropriate for some educational
projects.  I had never heard of this until I read Tom March's post
http://www.infinitethinking.org/2006/11/consider-simple-english-wikipedia.html

Google's direction to us as correspondents has been to make sure our post
are about "LEARNING"  rather than about TECHNOLOGY,  and that they NOT push
Google products.  I think you will find this true if you look through the
blog post.  TAlthough, the videos each feature a Google products,  you will
notice that the Episodes are also  filled with valuable learning resources
and examples that have nothing to do with Google.

This has been a fun project to work on, and I've tried to include examples
from Vermont schools whenever possible.  So PLEASE  PLEASE PLEASE send me
some inspirational stories or examples of LEARNING with technology at your
school that I can write about.
Also  add "COMMENTS"  to the I-tunes feed  or the blog comments.  More
comments = more evidence to Google  that our Infinite Thinking blog project
is worth continued support.   I think is, and hope you will find it a
quality resource.

Also... sneak preview... I believe the next episodes is going to feature
Vermont in its virtual fieldtrip!  When it comes out, let's generate some
hometown pride!

Lucie







On 12/5/06, gr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> And when you're on the google educators page click on the link for the
> Infinite Thinking Machine and see the latest posting from Lucie deLaBruere
> Technology Integration Specialist from the St Albans City School
>
> Gr
>
>
> George Raynak
> Technology Director
> Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
> 100 Robin Hood Drive
> Swanton, VT 05488
>
> p 802.868.4967 x 14
> f 802.868.4265
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Cavrak [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:59 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Google Advances Online Software Crusade
>
> Google Advances Online Software Crusade
> By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
> Dec 3, 11:39 PM (ET)
> http://apnews.excite.com/article/20061204/D8LPQDDO0.html
>
> (AP) Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki helps
> student Allison Wyndham at a...
> Full Image
>
> PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Google Inc. (GOOG), a company synonymous
> with searching the Internet, hopes to define far more of the world's
> computing experience with a helping hand from schoolchildren.
>
> For several months, it has been giving away to all takers an online
> word processor, spreadsheet and other programs that can perform tasks
> usually handled by desktop software. Offering a convenience that
> worries some privacy experts, the programs automatically store
> everything in Google's vast data centers so the information can be
> retrieved on any Internet-connected computer.
>
> As it tries to usher in a new era in computing, Google is promoting
> its software applications in kindergarten through high school
> classrooms, where kids who have grown up with the Web are more likely
> to experiment with different technology.
>
> ...
>
> Microsoft offers a discounted version of Office to students and
> teachers for $149 - significantly less than the $400 for the full
> standard edition.
>
> But free software is tough to beat. Wojcicki spent about $4,400 to
> license 70 copies of Microsoft Word earlier this year, before Google
> launched its educational push.
>
>
> -> http://apnews.excite.com/article/20061204/D8LPQDDO0.html
>
> and
>
> -> http://www.google.com/educators
>



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