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Mathieu Plourde

Working together when we're not together - 0 views

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    "We were happy to find no difference in the effectiveness, performance ratings,  or promotions for individuals and teams whose work requires collaboration with colleagues around the world versus Googlers who spend most of their day to day working with colleagues in the same office. Well-being standards were uniform across the board as well; Googlers or teams who work virtually find ways to prioritize a steady work-life balance by prioritizing important rituals like a healthy night's sleep and exercise just as non-distributed team members do. At the same time, we did hear from Googlers that working with colleagues across the globe can make it more difficult to establish connections-in many senses of the word. Coordinating schedules across time zones and booking a conference room for a video chat takes more logistical brain power than dropping by a coworkers desk for a meeting over coffee. The technology itself can also be limiting- glitchy video or faulty sound makes impromptu conversations that help teammates get to know, and trust each other, seem like more trouble than they're worth."
Mathieu Plourde

Present slides with captions - 0 views

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    "When you present slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display the speaker's words in real time at the bottom of the screen."
Mathieu Plourde

Is Microsoft or Google your next LMS? The view from BETT - - 0 views

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    "It may have been the (AI-recommended) Microsoft Kool-aid1, but it appears Google and Microsoft are edging their way into the LMS space. Their presence at a K-12 focused show suggests they are finding traction at the younger grades. But as their education offerings grow in sophistication, and their ecosystem advantages start to accelerate, I believe a more concerted push in the higher ed space is inevitable."
Mathieu Plourde

Goodbye, Google+: A eulogy for the last great social network - 0 views

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    "Most Google+ fans I know don't mourn its closure as much as they mourn the loss of Google+ circa 2014. Imagine a social network where geeks have higher follower counts than celebrities. Where there's no advertising. Where trolls get crushed and ordinary people have a voice. Where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations. Where most streams aren't algorithmically filtered. Where photographs appear at full quality. Where social networking engagement leads to actual, real-life friendships. Imagine a social network that strikes fear into Facebook, and forces them to improve the site for their users. It's all hard to imagine. But for about three years, this was Google+. Google+ is dead. But the best version of the site died in 2014. We should all mourn its loss."
Mathieu Plourde

Google's new Visual Positioning System takes learning, navigation to new levels - 0 views

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    "The practical use is simple, even if the underlying technology isn't. Users can walk into a store and point their phone's camera in front of them. After identifying what it is you're looking for, VPS will kick in, using visual data and previous sessions to point you in the right direction. Google showed it off in a hardware store, but it's not hard to imagine how the technology could be extended to malls, large stadiums, theme parks, or museums."
Mathieu Plourde

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else | TechCrunch - 0 views

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    "This means anyone can create and organize a class on the platform, which allows educators to set up and manage course, including both in person and online remote education courses. Classroom is available across platforms, since it's web-based, and it's pretty easy to get set up and started with, so this should be a big boon for private educational organizations, independent skills coaches, hobby instructors and many more."
Mathieu Plourde

Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code - 0 views

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    "Jeannette M. Wing actually phrases it, "computational thinking" in her article on the subject, and writes that "Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child's analytical ability.""
Mathieu Plourde

Jamboard - the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud - 0 views

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    "Jamboard raises the bar on collaborative creativity, bringing the same real-time collaboration found in G Suite, combined with the best of the web, to your team's brainstorms and meetings. You can work with teammates from across the world on other Jamboards or remotely use the smartphone or tablet companion app."
Mathieu Plourde

Google Spaces' Fatal Flaw: It Requires Too Much Mental Energy - 0 views

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    "Social networking entails "following" people and exchanging personal information about one's family, work, life, travel and so on. And pictures of your cat. When Google launched Google+ in 2011, social networking was on the rise. Social media, on the other hand, is when you share memes, articles, photos and videos taken by someone else-pictures of someone else's cat-and other content that is not about your own life."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Garage - 1 views

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    "Get the digital skills you need to grow your business, your career or just your confidence. We'll set you up with a personal learning plan, completely free."
Mathieu Plourde

Introducing the new Google+ - 0 views

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    "Today, we're starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler. "
Mathieu Plourde

Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software - 0 views

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    "As UT-Austin recently replaced its learning management system, it also needed to replace its plagiarism detection software. Schorn therefore conducted the Turnitin test again this March. Out of a total of 37 sources, the software fully identified 15, partially identified six and missed 16. That test featured some word deletions and sentence reshuffling -- common tricks students use to cover up plagiarism."
Mathieu Plourde

3 Google Drive Tools for Creating Professional-looking Diagrams and Flowcharts - 0 views

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    "We received a couple of requests from teachers asking for Google Drive add-ons to use with Google Docs to create and integrate diagrams and flowcharts. The first tool that came to mind is Gliffy for we have reviewed it here a couple of times but then we did a further search in Google Drive app store and picked two more to add to this list. For those of you looking for apps to create concept and mind maps in Google Drive, this selection is a good place to start with."
Mathieu Plourde

Google Chromebit promises cheapest, candy bar-sized option for students, teachers | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "As PCs in general continue to find their way (or not) in the new mobile-first world, Chromebooks have all but settled into a sweet spot in serving schools and businesses."
Mathieu Plourde

You Can Now Buy and Sell Domain Names on Google Domains - 0 views

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    "When you buy or transfer a domain name, you'll get free private registration so your personal information isn't publicized, email forwarding and up to 100 email aliases, website forwarding, and use of Google's DNS servers so your domain name will connect quickly to your site. The domain management tools will let you configure the domain's resource records, add name servers, lock the domain, add up to 100 sub-domains and more. If you want to quickly build a website, Google Domains will also connect your domain to site builders such as Shopify and Weebly."
Mathieu Plourde

Google Humanlike Computer, Neural Turing Machine, Will Program Itself | Betabeat - 0 views

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    "In two different tests, the NTM was asked to 1) learn to copy blocks of binary data and 2) learn to remember and sort lists of data. The results were compared with a more basic neural network, and it was found that the computer learned faster and produced longer blocks of data with fewer errors. Additionally, the computer's methods were found to be very similar to the code a human programmer would've written to make the computer complete such a task."
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