Google Apps for Education: Challenging students and engaging them with non-institutional online learning tools

This brief post is a reflection of some of the concepts which emerged from the Higher York eLearning Network Conference Keynote by Professor Matthew Collins (University of York), titled ‘Low cost, low maintenance solution to collaboration in education and research’, delivered on 4 June 2013.

Creating rich resources with free tools: Customised Google Maps for Learning & Teaching

Workshop at the Durham Blackboard Users Conference, Durham University, 9 January 2013. See: Conference Website. Presentation This was my workshop at DurBbU with the general aim was to showcase the way that Google Maps has been used by academics in my Department and to invite workshop participants to try out the Google Maps interface on … Continue reading Creating rich resources with free tools: Customised Google Maps for Learning & Teaching

Guide: Controlling your online identity

This Prezi presentation formed part of my workshop on Controlling Your Online Identity. It complements my Guide on Facebook Privacy. If the presentation does not appear below, view on Prezi.com. There is a little scaremongering in this guide! Deliberately, I might add, to provoke your thoughts and the overall privacy debate.

Google+ is to Facebook what Facebook was to MySpace

This series of posts will preview Google+ (Google Plus) and compare it to Facebook as a social networking platform. It primarily focuses on the differences in interface and functionality, but touches upon the user-aspect of whether Google+ will be adopted by the masses. Part 1 looks at what makes a social network. Part 2 will look at the idea of ‘circles’, with Part 3 on other functional improvements.

Google+ not just circles

This is the final part of a three-part series on Google+. The first part covered what makes a social network, the second looked at how Google+ Circles offer a user-friendly contact management systems, and this third part will highlight some of the other features and deliberate addressing of flaws with Facebook.

Circles not lists – Google+ people management

In this second post of three covering Google+ (Google Plus), I’ll be looking at the way Google’s use of the ‘circle of friends’ metaphor is more appropriate than existing contact management options in other social networking sites. See previous post for an overview of what makes a social network and how Google+ fits into that concept.

Instant Previews on Google – will reduce traffic but improve bounce-rates

This post quickly explains what Google Instant Preview is and how web designers should make the most of this new feature. Instant Preview shows a small screen grab of a website when clicking on the magnifying glass icon next to the search result title (see below).