Last week, two related things happened. First, I published a screencast about Google Plus according to a schedule we worked out early in the semester. That video is here: http://blogs.princeton.edu/etc/2012/04/09/etc-screencast-intro-to-google-plus/. Then, Google launched its redesigned interface for Google Plus, which made almost everything in that video useful only in the sense of nostalgia and retrospection. So, this week, we are offering this new screencast that introduces the new interface. Note that the functionality is almost completely the same, though the places where you get to that functionality has all changed.
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.
Use Google SketchUp to create, modify and share 3D models for free.
John LeMasney is a father, artist, designer, consultant, technologist, open web advocate and open source evangelist living and working in New Jersey.
He is the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University, responsible for training and presenting to faculty and students about the effective use of technology for communication, work, teaching and learning. He tries to help people get things done.
John received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 1998.
He received his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (communication) with honors from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ in 2009.
You can see his design work in a daily design blog at http://365sketches.org
Google Fusion Tables is a new (and free) tool by Google that allows for you to plug table data into Google and with no coding experience visualize the data. You can add other peoples’ data to your tables and visualize the results or you can even share your table data with others. You can build public data sets and visualize them as maps or charts in a matter for seconds. You can also add people to collaborate or review and edit your data tables. To use Google Fusion Tables, all you need is Google account. To check out the tool, click on the following link: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/