Episode 69: Did you see how she did that?

Barbara and Chris are back for another week of fun and frivolity! In today’s podcast, Barbara talks about Google Goggles–yes, Google Goggles, and 7 ways to use it in the classroom.

Why use Google Goggles? Well, searching with a mobile device is a little more challenging than a laptop. However, Google has made it easier and FUN with their Google Mobile app. Within this app you will find Voice Search, a marvelous little tool that allows you to search for online content with your voice. But what if you see something and want to search for more information about it? That’s where Google Goggles comes in . . .

With your mobile phone camera and Google Mobile search, you can take a picture of an object (such as a landmark, book, text, wine, logos) and Google will scan it for you, returning some links that identify it and provide more information.

I wrote about how you might use Google Goggles in the classroom in one of my recent blog posts, so read more about it there!

If you have never read the Horizon Report, then you are in for a treat. This excellent report lists technology tools and trends that are on the “horizon,” presented in various time frames.

You can download and read the new Horizon Report 2011 at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/HR2011.pdf. Check it out and see if any of the tools might be useful in your classroom. And, of course, write or call us to let us know about it.

If you want to use a cool technology that is easy, effective, and not well-known, then begin to explore QR Codes. Again, you can read more about this technology on Barbara’s blog, Technology Teacher, along with several ways you might want to incorporate them in the classroom. Included in this post are suggestions for a QR code generator and QR code reader for your mobile device.

We end today’s podcast with a Tip of the Week video from Chris, about embedding PhotoBucket albums. Simple and very useful.

Well, that’s it for this week. Please post your comments to this post, call us, or send us an email. We would LOVE to hear from you.

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