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
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
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!
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
Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
100 Robin Hood Drive
Swanton, VT 05488
p 802.868.4967 x 14
From: Steve Cavrak [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:59 AM
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Subject: Google Advances Online Software Crusade
Google Advances Online Software Crusade
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
Dec 3, 11:39 PM (ET)
(AP) Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki helps
student Allison Wyndham at a...
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
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.