How do you Google? [Infograph]


Like that? I turned a noun into a verb. Seriously though, Google is the go to first stop for just about anyone who needs to do a little research, find some information about anything that comes to mind. Google eve offered a free 6 hour class to those who wish to become “Pwer Searchers in September of 2012. Even though that class is over, you can still a bunch of their tips right here. The long short of it is most people don’t Google as well as they can. The good people at Hack College created an infograph to show you some little known features that Google can offer. So click past the link to see the infographic in all its glory.

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GoogleDrive – Offline usage and better than ever


Earlier this year I wrote how I really like Microsoft Word (or any word processing app on my computer) over Google Drive (previously known as GoogleDocs). I argued that while GoogleDrive offered offline editing, you couldn’t create documents while you were offline and for me this was a deal breaker. While I am still a fan of standalone word processing apps like Word and LibreOffice, I am slowly changing my tune. This summer Google unveiled a feature that will let you create word processing documents (only word processing documents mind you) offline. While I wish there were more features with Google Drive and it looked a little nicer this is a big step in the right direction. Read on past the break to see how you can tap into this feature yourself.

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Blockly from Google – Better wait a bit


Blockly is basically a project developed by Google meant to help students learning the logic of programming (much like Scratch or App inventor ). I heard about from Freetech4teachers and was pretty excited to see how Google was going to inspire new and inexperienced programmers like myself. Richard Byrne suggest it might be a good introduction to if/then statements. I can’t disagree but there are better solutions out there. Well it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped.

I won’t be using Google-Blockly anytime soon because it is just too bare bones. It doesn’t offer the depth of features and options that Scratch does. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be better later on, just right now it is a new project and has a lot of growing to do. To get a sense of what it offers check out the images below. I’ll keep my eye on it but for now download Scratch if you’re looking for a visual programming language.


Here is a quick maze game that you can interact with. The goal is to program the person to get to their destination. Not a lot of choices to chose from. What I like about Scratch are the multitudes of ways you can solve problems through programming and the rich community and examples it offers. Blockly does not have this . . . yet.


Blogger – How to set up your class blog


Setting up your class blog with is a breeze. There is potentially one thing that could cause problems, but I will get to that after the break. Blogger is the second most popular blog platform in the world (after wordpress). Thanks to its ease of use and very visual and easy to navigate settings. It does not offer the power or options as but still many people use it (including my wife). Read on past the break for all the how to goodness.

*NOTE* and are the SAME. There is no difference between the two anymore as Google owns them both.

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