Showing posts from October, 2018

Google Cloud Print for Schools

It came up while working with PS/IS 157 training this Saturday with the Google PD Trainer Series. Google has a way to wirelessly link classic printers so you can print form anywhere in Google Chrome.

You're at home working on your lesson in Google Docs for the the next day and you want to be sure you have a copy on your desk. Google Cloud Print. You need 60 copies of a worksheet you made in Google Drawing for tomorrow but you know the copier will be backed up with a line in the morning. Google Cloud Print. You are in another section of the building and not at your desk with your desktop printer but you need to print a a Google Sheet. Google Cloud Print. 

While I'm one for going paperless I do recognize some people's addiction to paper artifacts. Here's how you can set up Google Cloud Print to take advantage of cloud printing. Google provides some good instructions as well.

There are some caveats to keep in mind when you do this.

1. You must have a computer actually hoo…

Visual Program - A response to "Why it's a bad Idea" by Mike Hadlow

After reading Mike Hadlow’s post on his blog titled “Code Rant: Visual Programming - Why it’s a Bad Idea” I feel I need to respond. Mike references block based coding such as the education tool “Scratch” from MIT. He points out three reasons why he thinks block based coding is bad. "1. Textual programming languages obfuscate what is essentially a simple process. 2. Abstraction and decoupling play a small and peripheral part in programming. 3. The tools that have been developed to support programming are unimportant."
What he doesn’t take into account is how we learn to code and think computationally. There is a process of learning how to identify a problem, pull a problem a part, break it down into abstract representational ideas, and build a step by step procedure to solve the problem. These parts can be looked at using a design thinking flow where we continually reconsider what we are doing and if out solution works. As we teach young students how to think computationally…

Shift+Z - Tag Files and Folders to Multiple Locations

While training this past weekend I shocked some veteran trainers with a little trick. While I didn't know the ins and outs of the trick, together we explored the feature (Thank you Santi, Stephanie, Anthony, and Cindy). So from our collaboration here's a neat trick to further help organize your data in Google Drive.

Ever needed to have a file or folder in two places at once? Perhaps you have your way of working and structure to your files but some one else needs to see those files in their own file structure. Welcome to Shift+Z for Google Drive.

We look at and think of files and folders in a tree structure. This has been the structure of computer files since early on. But it's not actually how Google stores your files and folders. Google files are stored in a massive database rather than a traditional hard drive structure with indexes to addresses on a physical memory of your items. This database structure allows a lot more flexibility of your data. It's also stored in…