Don’t lose your work when the browser crashes

It happens from time to time – you are responding to a forum post, writing an elaborate set of directions or asking a detailed question online and your browser crashes. You open it back up and all your hard work is gone! Some sites and newer HTML5 apps don’t suffer from this problem, rather they cache the info as you go but for those of you using Moodle – Marlboro College students I am looking at you – and other forums this extension may just save your day. It simply sits in the background and saves your work as you go. Browser crashes – no big deal – open the page back up and as long as the extension was running your content will be there. Don’t wait until you lose work to take the 2 minutes to install and configure this extension!

 

Textarea Cache Saves Text Entered into Web Forms, Blog Comments.

Official Google Blog: Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99… 100.

Official Google Blog: Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99… 100..

Now with screen sharing goodness!!  YES!  And Hangout recording – Imagine bringing in a guest speaker, have the discussion, the questions, the answer, any video, documents shared all recorded for playback at anytime!

The title from the Google Blog Post refers to the number of features they have added to G+ since launch!

Not seeing the Hangout w/ Extras?  Launch a normal hangout, copy the URL from the popup page and paste it into a new window adding extras/ after the hangout/

Original link https://plus.google.com/hangouts/94509ed90a1b5eb3778eb2ac6444a68e8d08ba1a?hl=en&authuser=0#

With extras

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/extras/94509ed90a1b5eb3778eb2ac6444a68e8d08ba1a?hl=en&authuser=0#

 

 

 

 

More schools going Google

Last week we recieved word that Marlboro College was ranked 5th for Most Accessible Faculty.  Now Google  has released info on Google Apps usage for Education and Marlboro finds itself in good company

We’re proud to see such historic institutions moving to the world of 100% web. Here are just a few of the schools from this year’s “Top 100” that have gone Google:

 

  • Yale University
  • Northwestern University
  • Brown University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern California
  • Wake Forest University
  • William and Mary
  • Brandeis University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Maryland
  • Boston University
  • Rutgers University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Marlboro College*

More at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/tradition-meets-technology-top.html

And even better – if you register for Newsweek by Friday google will give you a free years access

*Added by me.

Lunch Bytes Fall 2011

Cape Neddick Light House

A new semester, a new series of Lunch Bytes has been scheduled. Everything happens in Staples. Grab some food and stop in anytime between 11:30 and 1:30. Can’t make the scheduled time? Feel free to email to request a one-on-one session covering any of the listed topics.

 

 

 

Scheduled so far –

9/16 11:30 – 1:30 – Q&A: Moodle(Courses) and Google Docs, Bonus topic- Smartly using your bookmark toolbar

9/20 11:30- 1:30 – Tobias Gelston / Lunch Bytes
Description – Q&A: Moodle(Courses) and Google Docs, Bonus topic- Google Calendar Fun

10/04 11:30 – 1:30 – Tobias Gelston / Lunch Bytes
Description – Q&A: Mid-term grade system, Bonus topic- Managing Facebook

Future sessions to include detailed look at Moodle and Google Docs integration, Photo books as fun holiday gifts and more.

No Child Left Standing

A coworker(when I taught HS) called “No Child Left Behind,” “No Child Left Standing!”

As we get ready for the 93rd year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?

As long as we embrace (or even accept) standardized testing, fear of science, little attempt at teaching leadership and most of all, the bureaucratic imperative to turn education into a factory itself, we’re in big trouble.

The post-industrial revolution is here. Do you care enough to teach your kids to take advantage of it?

From http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/09/back-to-the-wrong-school.html

Offline Gmail support now in Chrome

Offline Gmail interfaceGmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available. More than just an offline app, the streamlined user interface, based off Gmail’s popular tablet interface, provides extremely fast response time with a pure, email focused experience.

To start Offline Gmail after installing, open a new tab in Chrome; In the new tab pane you will see a Gmail Offline Icon. Click on the icon, and Offline Gmail will load.

Offline support for Calendar and Docs is said to be coming soon.

Google Search Tips

 

A few quick Google Search Tips – A nice follow-up to the earlier post :)

site: – Using this limits your searches to just a particular website.

e.g. “car news site:www.consumerreports.org” tells Google to search only Consumer Reports’ website for pages that contain the words “car” and/or “news” and their variants—”cars,” for example.

-word – This tells Google to ignore Web pages that contain certain words.

e.g. “homer -simpson” will find websites that mention Homer, but ignore pages that contain “Homer Simpson” or text such as “My report to Homer included a mention to George Simpson.”

+word – This limits your search to the exact word.

e.g. “+hope” finds pages that contain only “hope,” not “hopeful” or “hopeless” or any other variation of the word.

“string of words” – Using quotation marks around your search terms in a Google search box tells Google to look for Web pages that contain only that exact phrase on a Web page.

e.g. ” “car news” ” finds Web pages that has “In other car news today…” but ignores a Web page that reads, “In my car today, I found a newspaper.”