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January 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Expands Its “Expeditions” Virtual Field Trips For Schools


I’ve previously written posts about Google’s “Expeditions” program for bringing virtual reality field trips to schools (see Google’s New “Expeditions” Looks Like An Insanely Cool Way For Students To Take A Virtual Field Trip  and Google Rolls-Out The Coolest Way – Ever – For Students To Take Virtual Field Trip.

Today they announced a further expansion. Here’s how TechCrunch explains it (read their post for more info):

Google is expanding its Expeditions program, the company’s effort to bring virtual reality-based field trips to the classroom, with the launch of a dedicated Android application for schools and educators who want to take their students on virtual adventures by way of mobile devices. Additionally, Google says it’s rolling out two more “Expeditions” – that is, the virtual experiences enabled by the program: the Great Barrier Reef and Buckingham Palace.

I think it’s particularly cool that Sir David Attenborough designed and produced the Great Barrier Reef trip.

You can visit the Google Expeditions site for more information and to register for the program and gain access to the new app.

December 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two New Sites Where Teachers Can Create Virtual Classrooms & Monitor Student Progress


Sites that let teachers create virtual classrooms and then monitor student progress can be very helpful. Here are two new ones that I’m adding to various “Best” lists:

Zearn is focused on math, and was suggested by reader Lynn. I’m adding it to The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

AlfaTyping looks like a nice tool for students to develop typing skills, and you can read all about it at Richard Byrne’s post. I’m adding it both to The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers (where you can find other typing sites) and to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

December 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Chromebooks Are Number One In Schools

This probably won’t be a big surprise to most people, but Chromebooks are now the number one device used in American classrooms.

Here’s a statistic from NBC News, Education 101: Google Chromebooks Multiply in U.S. Classrooms:


I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More.

November 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google To Expand Virtual Reality Project To Schools In Several More Cities


Last month I wrote about Google’s new program to provide virtual reality “field trips” to students (see Google Rolls-Out The Coolest Way – Ever – For Students To Take Virtual Field Trip).

They now just announced an expansion
to schools in Alexandria, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC.

You can sign-up here.

October 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Deal With YouTube’s Awful Safety Mode


The use of YouTube’s Safety Mode by school districts has made the lives of many teachers more difficult – it’s not very “smart” and so blocks a zillion useful classroom videos.

Here are a couple of posts I’ve written in the past about dealing with it:

Update: School District Filters Using Awful YouTube Safety Mode

Our District Just Activated Awful YouTube Safety Mode – What’s Been Your Experience?

Here’s a new resource that could be useful: How to Download YouTube Videos from PC Magazine.

I’ve also had good luck downloading YouTube videos with SaveFrom.Net

Richard Byrne published a post about new Google features that might help teachers deal with YouTube’s awful Safety Mode. If you look at the comments section at Google, though, it looks like there is still a long way to go.

My favorite method now is downloading the videos and adding them to my Dropbox.

Any other ideas out there?

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