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Ollie Bray
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Check out Google Timelapse that nicely splices together three decades of global change from satellite images. Watch glaciers melt before your eyes and cities sprawl from the desert within seconds - https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/

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Four new tools (or up-dates to tools) here from Google in their ISTE Denver Keynote today. Inclusing, the new Google Expeditions App, Google Cast for Education (app), Quizes and auto grade built into Google Forms and Creative Apps for Chromebooks (paid bundle). More details here:
http://googleforeducation.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/updates-from-iste-4-new-tools-to-help.html

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Nice use of Chromebooks, GAFE, Google Classrom and Socrative in the Kingussie High School Modern Languages Department today. Instant feedback from Socrative provides a powerful indicator of who might need some extra support in their learning.
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Google Launches Science Journal - an app that basically turns your mobile phone into a mini science lab! Sound, light and accelerometer. Also a record function and the ability to take notes. Simple, cleaver idea with lots of potential!

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Looks like the detail of Google Art Project is about to get a lot more detailed. From brush strokes to signatures - meet Art Camera from the Google Cultural Institute.

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Just a quick snap from Kingussie High School this Week. We were working wth the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Group on route cards and route planning for their final assessment next week.

We were using Chromebooks and GAFE to work collaboratively on the route plans as well as the power of the web to inform route choices due to being able to quickly look at weather and digital Ordnance Survey Mapping information.

Its funny how technology has changed this typeof activity over the last 20 years.
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MIT is teaming up with Google to create the next generation of its popular visual programming language "Scratch." The partners are working on an open source version of the language called "Scratch Blocks" based on Blockly, Google's own visual programming code. It will teach kids how to code by using blocks that snap together either horizontally or vertically like Lego. Scratch for older kids only used vertical blocks on the past, but MIT found that horizontal orientation suits mobile devices much better.



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Get around Rio with indoor maps of 2016 Olympic venues!

There is always such a buzz around the Olympic Games and with more than 10,000 athletes, half a million travelers and tens of thousands of volunteers expected to join roughly 6 million residents of Rio de Janeiro this summers games will be no exception.

Whether planning to attend the Games or just daydreaming about an Olympic getaway, you can now view indoor maps of this summers venues on Google Maps.

What a great context for an Olympic style or Interdisciplinary Learning Project. Here is a sneek peek of Maracanã where the opening ceromony will kick off: 

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Geography Teacher? Its been five years since the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. The most powerful quake recorded in Japan’s history, it devastated coastal areas across northeastern parts of the country. For the last five years, Google Maps has been capturing 360-degree, panoramic imagery of these areas with Street View cameras, as well as aerial photographs.

These snapshots show what has changed in the aftermath of the disaster—and what hasn’t. You can now see updated Street View imagery from 59 cities, 19 towns and 4 villages from the Ibaraki, Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, which was collected between June 2015 and January 2016. Part of the “Great East Japan Earthquake Digital Archive Project," this is the third Street View imagery update since the disaster.

A very useful resource for those teaching about the impact of natural Disasters on the People and one the landscape (think SQA National 5 and Higher).

Blog post and video links here: https://maps.googleblog.com/2016/03/tohoku-in-pictures-five-years-after.html
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