The Productive Scholar – BONUS: Google Drive for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Productivity Bonus! Registration required
Topic: Google Drive  for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Information google-driveSessions
Wednesday, February 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Monday, February 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Mark Ratliff (OIT/ATS)
McGraw Center Classroom, Frist 330

Please click on one of the above links to register for a Google Drive Information session.

Topic description: In this presentation, Mark Ratliff (OIT), will provide an overview of the recent launch of Google Drive for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students, including how to request an account, the account provisioning process, available apps, and cloud storage. Mark will also address questions related to University IT policy and the launch.

Speaker: Mark Ratliff, is the Associate Director for Academic Technology Services in the OIT. Mark’s recent projects have focused on evaluating enterprise IT services hosted in “the cloud”. Mark led the effort to upgrade Princeton’s video asset management system and is also involved in rollout of OIT’s new Drupal web content management system, both of which make use of cloud based services. Mark is also leading the technical effort to build the Open Access Repository for faculty journal articles.

Want to learn more about Princeton Google Drive and creating an account?  Check out the OIT video tutorials here.

Screencast: Google Plus Hangouts and Extras.

In this second post on Google Plus, we focus on the Hangouts feature, which is essentially a free videoconferencing service offered to all Google Plus users. Below are 2 screencasts, the first  demonstrating Hangouts and Hangout Apps, and the second demonstrating Extras. Since Google Plus’s redesign at the beginning of April 2012, Extras is being phased out by Google, in the interest of making more features available through the new Hangout Apps feature directly. A Googler named Chee Chew explains the thought process in a Google Plus post at

Hangout apps allow you to draw collaboratively, visit and watch videos as a group, and share documents, amongst other options. Since Hangouts with Extras essentially offered just those options, it makes the distinction redundant now, though as demonstrated in the second video, the link for Extras is still available as of April, 2012.

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The Productive Scholar: Ben Johnston on using maps in teaching.

Thursday, Thursday, April 19, 12:00 noon, Frist Multipurpose Room A

Using Maps in Teaching with Ben Johnston

In this session we will investigate the use of Google Maps and Google Earth as a teaching  tool. Google Maps have become so common on the Internet partly because they are so easy to create. It is just as easy to plot your own locations on these maps and store information about those locations. Google Maps can be used as a way to organize location-related research notes or as a research archive on which an entire class can collaborate and compile, mapping out for example all references to locations in a novel or mapping the locations of historical sites. The WordPress plugin, WPGeo will also be presented in this session.  The WPGeo plugin, available to all blogs on the campus WordPress platform, allows one to associate locations with blog posts and create cumulative maps displaying all the locations described by posts. In this way, a map can easily be used as a navigational element for the blog.

About the speaker:

Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist at OIT’s Educational Technologies Center and manager of the Humanities Resource Center in East Pyne.  Ben has been involved with educational technology for over twelve years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research.

Screencast: Revisiting Google Plus after a major interface redesign

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: 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.

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