Friday Funday: 3 Googley Ways to Have some Summer Fun Now.

Looking for a little break from the reviews, marking, reporting, prep, and generally work in general, well look no further. Below you will find hours for wasting time, escaping, or  recharging, depends on your mindset. Brought to you by Google.

1.  Experiments with Google: You may have heard of Google Quick Draw or Emoji Scavenger hunt but these just scratch the surface of the Google Chrome Experiments available showcasing web browser based experiments, interactive programs, and artistic projects. Enjoy the journey down the rabbit hole into the web-based, VR, AI, and AR world. One of my new favorites is the Morse Code Experiment, check it out. 

2. Google Doodle Games: Google Doodles are more than amazing pieces of art celebrating holidays and icons figures. The best ones are interactive but the trouble has always been that they are only there for a day. Great news, now you can turn back the clock into the archive of Google Doodle interactive games. Check out a few favorites below.

Rubix Cube: See if you can complete the digital version. 

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Basketball: With the NBA Finals going on, kids would love to see if they can sink 3s like Steph Curry. 

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Birth of Hip Hop: My favorite by far. Not only does the intro provide a great history lesson but the game is just pure fun. 

Pony Express: Fun racing game that is as expected, addictive. 

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Pac Man: An oldie but a goodie. 

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3. Let me Google That for You: This is my favorite resource for responding to people who have questions that a simpple Google Search can solve. Have a little fun and start responding with one of these linked in your responses to emails which ask simple questions. Be aware, people’s responses to this may vary.   

Popular Questions:

How to upload a word file to google Docs.

How do I create a short URL?

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Keep it Together: with Google Keep

Meet Google Keep, in my opinion, Google’s most underrated collaborative task management tool which embeds various forms of media including audio, photos, annotations, among others. Think collaborative Post-it notes with embeddable media. What really sets Keep apart is the syncing capabilities between other Google products, the mobile app, and of course the ability to search within Keep. 

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If you have students working in collaborative teams Keep could be used to assign tasks with a checklist and due dates including integrated links to resources. All this in one place, in real time, and shared with all members of the group. Imagine this, in one place, amongst all your teams/groups. 

Try getting started by: 

  1. Creating a weekly to do list: 
  2. Adding notes from a conference, book, or YouTube Video you’re watching
  3. Expand on those notes by opening Keep in Google Docs
  4. Share a shopping list
  5. Add a photo to share with annotations 
  6. Record a voice recording. Keep will translate to text. 
  7. Translate Handwriting to text (Android Only) 
  8. Set a reminder based on a time and date
  9. Set a reminder based on a location 

For example: 
1. Create a list and click on the reminder icon at the bottom left of the list. 

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2. Select “Pick Place” 

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3. Add a location. Whenever you or collaborators on this list come within close proximity to the location, they will receive a notification which will remind them what is on the note/list. 

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4. When you’re finished, you should see the location at the bottom of the note/list. 

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If you would like to learn more about how to leverage Google Keep as a task management and idea capturing tool, check out my "Keep it Together: with Google Keep" workshop