This week’s screencast is a brief introduction to Google’s Social Network known as Google Plus.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Frist Multipurpose Room A
The Chrome Browser and Chromebook
Angel’s presentation slide deck is available here.
A laptop that only takes seconds to boot up and runs one application, a browser, which in turn offers applications on the web. A laptop that has no ability to save files locally or even download software, because it’s all done in the cloud. A browser that uses apps that allow you to interact with different types of media, including rotating 3D models, without having to install plug-ins. A browser that has language translation built into it. We just described Google’s Chromebook and Chrome Browser.
In this Productive Scholar, the Chromebook and the Chrome browser will be discussed in terms of their roles in education and the Chromebook will be demonstrated. Come see what is so revolutionary about the way the Chromebook operates differently from other laptops, and find out why Google’s Chrome browser became the world’s most popular web browser, if only for a day (http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/21/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-thanks-bric/).
About the speaker:
Angel Brady is an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This week we had three interesting events offered by the Educational Technologies Center.
First, in an ETC spotlight on Tuesday, John LeMasney gave an overview of Picasa, Google’s image and video cataloging tool. In the session, John showed users how to metatag, geotag, caption, and enhance media items. He went over Picasa’s face recognition, moviemaking, publishing, and album making features. Finally, he demonstrated Picasa’s key functionality: searching for items in large media catalogs using filters, keywords, and flags. Here’s the entire session for your review.
On Wednesday, during the Lunch & Learn session, Yannis Kevrekidis, Garnet K.-L. Chan, Curt Hillegas spoke on Princeton University’s most recent research computing activities. From the abstract: “Computational modeling and analysis continues to grow as the third paradigm of research alongside experiment and theory. Princeton University’s research computing activity has grown to keep pace with and provide leadership for this international trend including faculty across many disciplines and departments. We will highlight two professors’ work – Professor Garnet Chan from Chemistry and Professor Yannis Kevrekidis from Chemical and Biological Engineering – to show how computational science and engineering is enabling and accelerating scientific discovery. Curt Hillegas, director of research computing, will also talk about the central HPC resources that are available to the University community and how to access them.” Here is the session for your review.
On Thursday, during the Productive Scholar session, Shaun Holland and Sean Piotrowski talked about using gaming to engage students in the classroom. They presented the idea that games and services like Foursquare, Minecraft, and Portal provide good examples of collaborative engagement that can be applied to the classroom because these games appeal to an average student’s sense of achievement, competition, and challenge. This presentation demonstrated some popular forms of gamification in higher education and real world examples to apply to one’s teaching. Here’s the entire session for your review.
In this screencast, John LeMasney describes the basics of using Google Docs Themes and Animations in Google Presentations. By adding themes to apply a look and feel that reinforces your content, transitions to enhance the visual appeal of your content, and animations to help create anticipation in your slides, you can potentially make your presentations more enjoyable and effective.