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Google Gab- Google Reader

30 Sep

Today’s installment of Google Gab comes a day late.

So far I have covered Google Search and iGoogle.  Today I will discuss the the tool I use as much as iGoogle and Google Search- Google Reader.  Google Reader is a great way to organize the blogs that you read.  I figured it would be much easier to show how to use it than to explain it in words.  Then I found a couple of excellent YouTube videos showcasing ways to use Google Reader and how to set it up.  So, why reivent the wheel??  Here are some excellent tutorials on all things Google Reader!

Very Basic Tutorial on How to use Google Reader

Adding Subscriptions

Viewing RSS Feeds

For more Advanced Users- Organizing your feeds

A special thanks to expertvillage for the tutorials.

You can also add you Google Reader to your iGoogle! I have mine fed there and I can keep track of all of my blogs on my iGoogle page.  To add this, go to your iGoogle Page and click on “add stuff”.  Search for Google Reader and follow the  prompts.

**Please note-  My schedule has done a lot of changing.  From today on, I will post Google Gab Tuesday evenings.  Thanks to all of you who are subscribing or coming back each week!


GoogleGab- Search

8 Sep

Welcome to the first edition of Google Gab!  Today I am going to start with the basics of Google- Google Search.  There is so much more to Google search than most people realize.  Most people know how to type what they want information on and then they muddle through millions of listings trying to find “the right one.”  There are more ways to use Google search to speed up the process.  You can use it as a calculator, dictionary, thesaurus, unit converter, time converter, and more.  You can search for only books, powerpoints, .pdfs, images, documents, or excel spreadsheets.  Even with all of the things Google offers, it still claims web search as its “bread and butter”.  In fact, while a nearly unheard of word 10 years ago, Google is now a noun and a verb!  Have you Googled lately??

Let’s get started:

Google- the calculator.  Simply type your problem into the search bar, click search and Google will calculate the answer, using order of operations!

Google- the conversion expert.  Do you need to know how many milliliters are in a cup?  How many miles is a 5K run?  Let Google convert units of measure for you!  Type in the unit you know (inches) and what you want to know (millimeters)

Google knows time and weather!  Need to know what time it is in London?  Need to know about the weather in Cairo?  Google knows!  Type in either time or weather followed by the city.

Finally, have you ever wanted to find a powerpoint, word document, or .pdf document?  Google can help!  If I am looking for a powerpoint on adding fractions, I would type in the search box followed by filetype:ppt  This will search only for powerpoint files.

The filetype may be changed to any below so to fit your needs:

.ppt- powerpoint
.pdf- Adobe PDF file
.xls- Excel
.doc- Word
.swf- Shockwave Flash

There a few others that can be found by clicking on advanced search.

Now I realize that many of you may already know these tricks, but I wanted to make sure everyone reading did.  Next week, GoogleGab will continue with more tools and how to use them in the classroom.   If you have not already signed up for a Google Account, I would encourage you to do so.  As GoogleGab continues, we will be using tools that will require a google account.

Google Reader

14 Jul

Last week I touched on iGoogle, this week I will discuss another of my favorite Google Tools- Google Reader. I was a little slow to discover this tool. In fact, I didn’t really enter the “blogosphere” as a reader or blogger until this spring. When I was at the MACE conference in Manhatten, KS early this spring, Tammy Worcester talked about Google Reader during her keynote, and I decided to give it a try. I found a couple of blogs and subscribed to their RSS feeds through Google Reader. Now I subscribe to over 25 blogs in topics ranging from motherhood to the most common in my reader- educational technology. I also have Google Reader feed into my iGoogle account so that I can keep up with everything from the same place.

What is Google Reader?

Google Reader is an RSS feed reader. RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. Just like you subscribe to magazines and they are delivered into your home mailbox, Google Reader lets you subscribe to blogs and have them delivered into you Google Reader mailbox which can then deliver to your iGoogle account.

How do I set up Google Reader?

Signing up for Google Reader is simple. To go http://www.google.com/reader and sign up for an account. This should be a simple and self explanatory process. Setting up your feeds, while simple, is not so self explanatory. Here is a video that shows you one way to add subscriptions.

Where do I find blogs?

Great question!  You can start by adding this blog 🙂  To find other edtech blogs, look at my blogroll.  I have linked to some great blogs and they would love to have you join their readership.  You can do a google search just for blogs.  The way I find most of my blogs is by going to links on the blogs I subscribe to and by using stumble upon.

How do I manage everything?

If you would like to learn how to manage your Google Reader account- create folders and organize everything, here is a great video!