… ways to search on the iPad.
For the longest time, I think I was like most people. When I’d visit the Google site, wishing to conduct a search, I would just tap in the search bar and type with the standard keyboard and then execute the search. It’s functional and normally, that’s all that matters.
But then, I thought I’d died and gone to searching heaven when I realized that I could split the keyboard (two thumbs and tear it apart) and search like the golden days of my first Blackberry. It was so much more efficient. Must less travel on the hunting and pecking finger and I get the sense that it’s actually more accurate.
Even that got superceded when voice search was added. Just speak into the microphone and your search was ready to go. This lasted, I think, until about 10 minutes into American Idol where I was told that I’d found a new way to be annoying … Back to the keyboard.
A recent feature makes it both efficient and quiet. Handwriting on the iPad.
This is very, very cool. It’s just a matter of configuring Google Search for the tablet to recognize handwriting. Now when I visit Google’s search page, a little icon in the bottom right corner of the screen indicates that it’s ready to recognize my handwriting. I just write on top of the screen, “magically” it gets scaled and inserted into the search field, and away we go!
This is a configuration that you set within your Google account. Make sure that you’re in tablet mode and go to the search settings. You’ll see a toggle mid-screen to enable handwriting recognition.
Could tablet search get any better?
UPDATED — to include this video from Google —
Here come the tweeting robots – Fortune Tech
Companies are being overwhelmed trying to monitor chatter about them on Twitter and Facebook. That is giving rise to a breed of super-smart automated agents. Question is, is it taking the social out of social networking.
Fun Game Sites for the Olympics at Best Blog for Kids Who Hate to Read
The Olympics start today! Here are some game sites to help you (sort of) participate. Some sites require you to download an Adobe Flash Player (free).
Toronto’s “serious games” let kids learn while they play – thestar.com
For Friedberg, all that button-mashing paid off. The molecular genetics and biotechnology PhD is a co-founder of Spongelab Interactive, which creates educational games used by schools across the globe.
YouTube Founders’ New Web App Zeen Opens in Beta – The Next Web
YouTube founders’ new magazine-focused Web curation app Zeen opens in beta
Google Search: left sidebar moves to the top
Google according to several sources in the US is currently rolling out a layout change for Google Search that is moving the left sidebar to the top of the results page. The left sidebar was introduced several years ago by the company to provide users with advanced search filtering options. It was a controversial move at the time as it was one of the first major changes to a search results page that was left untouched for the most part otherwise.
Google Now Lets You ‘Handwrite’ Your Search Queries On Your iDevice — AppAdvice
Handwrite is a new option that lets you scribble rather than type search keywords on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The Innovative Educator: 10 BYOT / BYOD Back to School Basics
Gone are the days where students sit neatly in rows all prepared with the same back to school supplies ready to consume instruction. As the 2012/13 school year approaches, one thing is clear. One-size-fits-all is out and personalization is in.
Make Use Of The New Scientific Calculator On Google Search [Updates]
Google is always tweaking its bits and parts. In the latest little change, Google has added a very useful scientific calculator to its search engine. Google Search has always had a calculator. It is just that you had to type in the figures and Google would deduce the results for you and display it in bold above the search results. Now, Google has enhanced that same functionality and added a full-fledged scientific calculator to the search page.
3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss
The world is divided into two – Firefox users and Chrome users. Well, OK, this might be a wild exaggeration, but Firefox and Chrome are without a doubt the most popular browsers among anyone who’s just a little bit tech savvy, and definitely among MakeUseOf readers. For me, the choice between Firefox and Chrome is a ongoing dilemma, and I end up switching my main browser about once or twice a year.
Why YOUR sharing matters | Connected Principals
I know that there is an amount of time where someone is becoming comfortable with the idea of social media, but many have admitted to me that they just look at all the great resources yet are uncomfortable tweeting from their own account. My response to this is that they simply “retweet” some of the great content they are reading. You do not have to have original content or come up with the next “big thing” but simply just share.
How Companies Will Googlefy Your Career – Michael Schrage – Harvard Business Review
The Amazonified, Googlefied and Big Data-soaked — enriched? — nature of educational advice and assessment will increasingly define how you and your colleagues get hired, fired and promoted. Even if — perhaps especially if — you work at a smaller, entrepreneurial organization, you’ll find your professional relationships algorithmically evaluated to help assure you really are worth that retention bonus or extra training investment.
Teaching in the Digital Age Chapter 7: Video Snapshots | Pre-K Pages
Thanks for joining us for Chapter 7 of the Teaching in the Digital Age book study. In this chapter we will discuss Using Video Snapshots to Support Inquiry and Expand Classroom Walls. If you’re new to the book study you can find all the details HERE.
7 Outstanding Web Resources for Teachers and Students to Learn about Copyright Issues
7 OUTSTANDING WEB RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES
6 Awesome Tools to Create Online Gradebooks for Teachers
6 AWESOME TOOLS TO CREATE ONLINE GRADEBOOKS FOR TEACHERS
Project-based learning: FREE WEBINAR
Spend an hour chatting with Jane Krauss, co-author of the best-selling Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age and Powerful Learning Practice co-founder and CEO Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. During our hour-long chat, we’ll talk about the basics of problem, passion, and project-based learning.
The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet | Edudemic
Lucky for all of us, the co-founder of Boundless clued me into a fabulous new infographic they just launched. Dubbed the EdTech Cheat Sheet, I think it’s one of the most useful infographics out there today. You should consider printing this out and keeping it handy should you ever come across some crazy term that doesn’t make sense to you.
10 user-engaging ways to create interactive infographics | Feature | Computer Arts magazine
Get your facts across with our pro guide to making infographics that involve your users
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Vizify turns your social network into an inforgraphic
Infographic: How We Use Our Mobiles to Shop | Mobile Marketing Watch
The folks over at PayPoint have published a new infographic detailing the rise in mobile commerce and how we use our mobile devices to enhance the shopping experience.
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