Google Educator Groups NZ – what is it all about? #hangout

So have spent an hour plus this evening watching the first GEGNZ  – Google Educator Groups NZ.

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Wow! What a wealth of knowledge we have here in New Zealand! Great tips and tricks for Google +, Google Drive (drawing), Google Search and more.

So a list of the things I thought were really cool from this hangout…

  • adding favourites extension to Google+
  • in a Google Drawing making an image into an image map
  • ctrl+shift+v – paste without the formatting – lifesaver this one!
  • different ways to search in Google Search including voice search
  • hearing about all of the cool Google things and great professional discussion!!

…plus heaps more, go look at the hangout and the Events page of the Google site for information about tips and tricks.

Get onto Google+ if you have already and join the GEG NZ Group

Here is the recording of the hangout:

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and link to the GEG NZ Google+ group.

View the story “#GEGNZ” on Storify

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Byte Me! New tech / computer club at school

All of this year I have been wanting to start a computer club at school. I teach at an all girls’ school and feel that it is important that there is a space for those girls who are computer geeks! Or at least interested in learning more about everything digital.

So, I finally got around to making a poster and advertising it. Had the first session last week where about 15 girls turned up (plus a few more who emailed as they couldn’t make it). This session was a brainstorm session of ideas of what they wanted to do in the club, names for the club (they come up with Byte Me -which I think is great! Our Moodle site at school is called WGC4me) and how they could contribute to the club. They had heaps of ideas from websites, making games, programming, to guest speakers they would like to get in.

I thought it would be a good idea to start with something interesting but reasonably basic, so the next session is going to be creating a website with HTML. Now the cool thing with this is that as we are a Google Apps school, not only can you use Google Drive to host websites, there is also an app in the Chrome Store called Neutron Drive, where you can edit your html files and save and your site which is updated straight away! You can also share these files with others!

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You can easily change the URL that Google Drive creates at the moment but there are some work arounds I found searching on Google. However, with just getting students started I think this is going to be really cool, straight away they can have a site that they can share with others!

I am also using Neutron Drive to create and host the Byte Me website. It is going to be very basic to start with as I want the development of it to be a collaborative project that students in the club take on. Exciting!

So, what do you think? Any comments?

Also, are you a woman in the IT / digital industry that would be keen to be a guest speaker? Are you someone who could run a session in something?