Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Google Goggles -

Oh, my Gosh,
In my previous post, I included a video on Google Wave.
I was going to shut down my computer lid and go do some holiday baking, but I followed another link and found this brand new app from Google called "Google Goggles". It allows you to take a picture on your cell phone and Google will search on the picture for you - no typing or voice. Thankfully, they will not do a search, YET!, on a picture of a person because of privacy issues.
Anyway, take a look at this. I like the fact that in the future you can take a picture of a tree leaf or a flower, and Google may be able to identify it for you.I never can remember names of plants that I see and would like to get for my backyard perennial garden.

Now I really am going to go do something else besides stare into this computer screen. I need more balance in my life!
I hope you enjoyed learning about these Google apps. It also makes me a bit afraid!

The Google Wave is Here!

Whether we like it or not, Google Wave, a sort of real-time collaborative email program, is here and catching on. On Twitter, I saw several educators begging to be invited. I was not one of them. I have all I can handle with getting Google Apps for Education set up and getting kids and teachers used to using it.
However, it is important to be aware of these tsunami technological trends.
I got a message in my email that John Sowash, the Electric Educator, was now following me on Twitter. I am flattered; John is a Google certified educator as well as a technology guru at his high school in Southfield, Michigan. While scanning through his very excellent blog located at:
I came across this video he embedded in his blog explaining Google Wave. I decided to follow his example and include it in my blog. It takes about 7 minutes to view, and it's packed with info, but it's a starting point. I hope you enjoy it. Right now, I think you still need an invitation to be part of "the wave". I'm sure it will be more widely available in the near future, so get ready. Even if we don't use it, you can bet our students will be.

Well, it's our first snow day. I think I'll shut down this computer lid and go do some baking for the holidays.