Google Maps Street View
Another pretty amazing option in Google Maps. You now have the “street view” option in addition to map, satellite and hybrid views.
This view appears to be a real street level view of the city’s streets that you can advance incrementally (using the arrows you see). Talk about a great way to give your students a view of a particular novel or historical location. It appears to be just major cities right now but it’s pretty impressive.
flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license Because I still read the posts from the good people over at HCPS I came across Doug’s post on a script that Michael Price wrote. The script sets up a form that lets anyone upload a file to a Google Folder.There’s also the potential to use it like a Google Driven Piratebox. It intrigued me so when one of our professors was asking about allowing students to upload raw video for other students to use, I figured I’d check this out as a solution. You can/should get the basics from the video that’s in the post above. I made a few alterations based on our particular needs. One, I wanted the folder to be viewable by anyone so they could get the files easily. I could have set the sharing permissions after the creation of the file by hand but . . . I didn’t want to.Computers should enable me to be lazier in the long run. I also wanted to tighten up the connection between submission and being able to see all the results. It turns out you can’t currently iframe any of this without drama so I included a link to the folder after the submission and demo’d using the Google Folder WordPress plugin I […]
flickr photo shared by OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) A while back I was logging emails in a Google sheet via IFTTT. I’d add a hashtag and forward it on where a spreadsheet would parse out some stuff from the subject line based on the | character. At some point it stopped working and I never quite figured out what the issue was. I thought I wrote about it but, if I did, I can’t find it. It may be in one of my many draft posts. In any case, here’s a better and more customizable solution. It’ll grab anything I label ‘support’ and throw it in a spreadsheet with a few different chunks of information in different columns (to, from, date, subject line, link to the email). You’d open a spreadsheet and name a sheet ‘data.’ Open up the script editor (Tools>Script Editor) and put the script below in it. You might want to change the search parameters. Look at the stuff below the asterisk line. If you want to play around with the right search parameters, just practice in GMail with these parameters and then use them in the query variable below. You will want to set the trigger to run at 1-2AM each day. So now, all I have […]
Sometimes the options given in Google Forms just won’t quite work for what you want to do. Maybe you want a particular look, or an interaction, or whatever that Google Forms just won’t do. Luckily, it’s not too hard to make a custom form that can do whatever you want and still has the ability to write the submitted data to a Google Spreadsheet and the form HTML is still served by Google. The following steps should get you up and running and comments in the scripts should provide additional details. Make a new spreadsheet in Google Sheets. Go to Tools>Script Editor Select all that stuff and replace it with the content below. Replace the string of ****** with the ID of your spreadsheet. Then save it. If you get any permissions prompts approve them. Make a new HTML page (File>New>HTML File) and name it index.html Select all and replace it with this.This is as parsed down as I could get it so it’s easier to understand (I hope). Save it. To make sure things work, let’s publish it (Publish>Deploy as Web App). Now go to that URL and submit something and see if it goes to the spreadsheet. If so, great. Now you can start customizing the form to reflect your needs. This form should now write to a […]