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According to Google, Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web. So we will get a faster, simpler and more secure experience from the Chromebooks.  Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. Chromebooks will be available on June 6.  I can’t wait to test drive one.

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The Google Apps Marketplace offers products and services designed for Google users, including installable apps that integrate directly with Google Apps. Installable apps are easy to use because they include single sign-on, Google’s universal navigation, and some even include features that integrate with your domain’s data.

Google recently launched an education category in the Google Apps Marketplace designed to help schools and universities discover and deploy new web applications that integrate with their existing Google Apps accounts.

According to Google, the new education category includes over 20 applications ranging from learning management systems (LMS) to student tools and teaching aids – all of which integrate with Google Apps for Education. Each app can be accessed through single sign-on and the Google universal navigation bar and many offer deeper integrations that synchronize with Google Calendar and Documents.

This is welcome addition for those who work in education.  The new education category will make it easier for schools to access web apps at their fingertips.

Learning Management

Learning Aids

  • BrainPOP: an app that offers animated, curriculum-based content that enhances student learning in numerous ways, from illustrating complex concepts to reviewing before a test.
  • DreamBox: a tool that helps students learn math through interactive lessons and gives teachers reporting dashboards to monitor individual student progress.
  • And other teaching aids like Grockit, BuzzMath and LearnThatWord.

Student and Admin Tools

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Few days ago, Google launched the Google Shared Spaces that is based on Google Wave technology.  Google Shared Spaces allows you to easily create a custom space with a collaborative gadget and a chat box in it.  You can add placemarks to a map, draw on the same white board, play Sudoku, create lists, find the best budget accommodation, brainstorm, create diagrams and answer to polls. There are approximately 50 Wave gadgets available right now across different categories, like games, productivity, planning, and polls.  Users can create a new space by going to the gallery and clicking on one of the featured gadgets.  Each shared space comes with a chat area for additional interaction.  Also, spaces can easily be shared by just pasting the URL into a chat window, an email or a content sharing platform like Google Buzz or Twitter.

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Google announced the Chrome OS Notebook Pilot Program last Tuesday and revealed that notebooks running the Chrome OS will be available in mid-2011. Chrome OS is an open source operating system for users who spend most of their time on the Web built around the core tenets of speed, simplicity and security.  Chrome OS is a brand new free operating system built around the Google Chrome browser.  It represents a major step forward for cloud computing.

Google will be distributing a notebook called Cr-48 to early adopters. These non-branded notebooks are not for sale and they are designed as a test unit.  According to Google, the Cr-48 notebook starts up in 10 seconds and weighs about 3.8 pounds with 8 hours of battery life and 8 days of standby time.  The Cr-48 notebook has a 12.1-inch screen, a full keyboard, an oversized touch pad, world-mode 3G, 802.11 Wi-Fi, and a Webcam. It has a solid state drive, the size of which was undisclosed. Processor details weren’t revealed either.  However, the specifications are quite impressive so far.

The Cr-48 is now one of the hottest technology items today.  I wish I had an opportunity to test drive one of them now.  Nonetheless, I am excited about the announcement of the Cr 48 Pilot program and welcome the Chrome OS based notebooks.  I think the Chrome OS based notebooks will help bridges the digital divide and provide great opportunity for students to create, communicate, connect, and share their works to the world.

Chrome Event – 12/07/2010

What is Google Chrome OS?

Google Chrome OS Demo

Using a Chrome notebook

How to remain calm, despite what’s about to happen to your Chrome notebook

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Google Buzz


Google introduced Google Buzz this morning and it will be available for all Gmail users in next few days.  According to Google, Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you like and is built into Gmail. I am excited about this new Google tool since I use Gmail daily to check my email as well audio/video chat with friends and family members.  It will be interesting to see how Google design a social network interface with Gmail and integrates photos, video, and links in a rich and easy-to-use sharing experience.

Google plans to make Google Buzz available to businesses and schools using Google Apps, with added features for sharing within organizations. In addition, Google Buzz will be available for mobile phones.

Well, we cannot try out Google Buzz now.  However, we can view the following videos to learn more about Google Buzz.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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