Showing posts from April, 2014

Google Certification Programs Updated and Open for Business

Many people ask me about Google 'Certifications' ~ the difference between all of them, what it takes to become either a Trainer, Teacher, or Other? Recently, Google reopened the Google Trainer Application and modified the test taking requirements. Additionally, several 'Teacher Academies' are planned for this year with an open application now through May 14th for Atlanta and Mountain View. So what's the difference and what should you know?

First, if you need to learn the Google Apps, start at the EDU Training Site Here you can learn about the Google Tools and find many resources. If you are already familiar and are thinking about becoming Google 'certified' then you'll want to visit the Certification Page to access everything you need for become a Google Educator, Google in Education Trainer, and/or Google Certified Teacher.

Below I will provide key detai…

How To Bypass Google Drive Viewer and Create Direct Download Links

Google Drive has revolutionized the way we share files and collaborate with others. You can upload and share almost any file format you can think of and the people whom you share the file with can easily preview a file, even without installing the needed software on their browser via Google Drive Viewer (PSD and CAD files anyone?).

This is an awesome feature, but there are cases where you may want to share a direct download link instead of taking the user to the browser viewer. Say for example, you need to print a document and the only printer available is connected to a shared PC. If you don’t want to login to your Google account on other computers, a direct link would come in handy.

Amit of Digital Inspiration has found a way to skip the web viewer and allow users to download a file automatically. Currently, Google Drive doesn’t have an easy option to generate direct links through the web UI. To do this, you simply need to edit the URL generated based on the patterns below.

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Google Certified Trainer Application is Open Today through May 16th

If you have been working on your GCT application or it has been ready and waiting for the window to open, that day has arrived!  Today through May 16th you can submit your Google Certified Trainer Application.    For this application you will need to submit:

Google Qualified Educator Status (passed the 5 exams)Resume referencing your speaking and training experienceReferences from 3 previous training events.Case StudyTraining Video If you have attended a GCT Bootcamp you probably are already close to being ready to submit if not completely!  Please let us know when you are accepted!
If you want to become Google 'Certified' but are not ready to commit to training outside of your organization consider applying to Google Teacher Academy ~ several have been announced for this year.
Everything you need to know can be found at:

Google Apps Is Free but Don't Sell it That Way

by Allison Mollica ~ AM Technology Edu

Schools that 'go Google Apps' often use  'free' as the selling point to persuade their administrators or constituents.  It is true that organizations are saving thousands to millions of dollars moving their local infrastructure to the cloud (the same way companies did back in the early 1900's with power when the power companies came along).  They do it for many reasons just like companies did for power ~ it is economical, reliable, scalable, efficient, etc...

Just remember, that with Google Apps for Education you are getting a sophisticated collaboration and sharing network, access to dozens (hundreds actually) of applications using 1 account, 1 login, 1 password.  Instantly, barriers and challenges are removed for teachers, tech integrators, tech administrators and students.  Everybody wins.
Google Apps for Education removes barriers to using technology in learning environments whether they are virtual or physical.  There is …

How To Serve HTML and JavaScript enabled Web Pages via Google Drive

Yes, you read the headline right. You can host your HTML websites with Google Drive!

I'm not sure if any of you have attempted to upload HTML files on their Google Drive (only to end up seeing the source code instead of a web page) but it is actually possible to use Google Drive as your web server. There are just some tweaks you need to do in order to make it work and don't worry they are not very technical.

If you are a teacher handling basic web design and development, this is revolutionary as your students will be able to see their outputs live on the internet and even share it with their parents or friends without having to pay for monthly hosting. If you remember Geocities before, this is a very good alternative. Novice developer for family sites can also use this feature.

Below are the steps on how you can host HTML pages in Google Drive:

There are only 2 things you need to remember in order for your websites to show up on the internet. First, all files and folders must …

EdListen: 2014 VT Google Summit Reflection

EdListen: 2014 VT Google Summit Reflection: This is just a recap of the awesome stuff we learned at the 2014 Vermont Google Summit. Saturday. from +Bjorn Behrendt