This is a very simple, yet awesome discovery I had recently. I love Google Drive and all of the document features. I really think they are on par with Microsoft Office. By default, Google Drive only gives you a few fonts to choose from, but there are many more that can be revealed. Below is my first Ed Tech video tutorial that shows you how to access the other fonts. This should be the first of many more!
I know this news is a few weeks old already. But in case you have not done it yet, Lifehacker has a good explanation about how to change this new setting in Gmail. I had already changed this a while ago. Then I saw it still saved in my Pocket queue and thought it was worth sharing.
This morning, I watched an excellent TED talk posted by the Inter-tech Education blog about how personalization of the web can block us from different ideas and sources of information. This type of thing is already happening on Facebook and Google, without us knowing about it. The presenter makes a call, to the big companies already doing this, for more transparency and control for users. I believe that what he calls the possible “web of one” is a bad thing that will separate us all rather than having the internet bring us together across the globe. I do not like the idea of personalization without my explicit input or authorization. One example of transparent personalization is the iPad reading app Zite, which allows readers to give a thumbs up or down to articles. Then the app tries to learn what types of articles you would like to read. This is no different, but the reader is a conscious participant. There are many other tools out there using this type of model.
I think another solution to this is RSS technology. With the death of Google Reader, we have had plenty of replacement services, Feedly being my choice. RSS gives you total control over what you subscribe to and what you read – no filters.
Do you think RSS fits in to this conversation? Do you see it as a viable solution for the masses? Do you care that Google and Facebook are personalizing your experience without telling you?
Watch the TED talk below. It is definitely worth your 8 minutes.
What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:
I thought I was an experienced Google Search users until I read this. Target your searches in a simple way by adding these search operators to your searches. Useful for teachers and students.
Interesting read about the importance of your connections on Twitter, who reads, and who retweets.
Excellent, comprehensive guide to Twitter hastags.
Great advice for teachers getting started with Twitter or for students.
Education and Ed Tech
A quick, interesting read.
An awesome ed tech resource in the making. The site has different sections depending on your stake in ed tech and is still being updated with not ideas and resources. Keep this one in your back pocket.
Inspiring teachers to do what we do best, and inspiring administrators to let us do it.
Another inspirational post (I do not like overusing the word, but it fits).