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.
Making shareable (Sharing with a single person or specific group but not with the world.) comments on public writing is a fairly awkward spaaaaaace right now. There are things like AnnotateIt and Awesome Screenshot and the annotations in Diigo. So I’m looking around for other free options and brain storming odd ideas and not find a whole lot and I came up with the following . . . Note: I’m not saying this is a good idea, it may even be a bad idea but it might inspire someone to do something more interesting down the line.I think it makes a nice cheat to be able to analyze text from an RSS feed using more commonly held SS skills. There are a few other things I’m kicking around in my head as well. I at least found it mildly amusing. Here’s how you might pull an author feed from WordPress into Google Spreadsheets with separate cells each paragraph (for paragraph level commenting). The idea being that you can share the Google document with just that student and do the commenting via the GSS commenting feature. Google spreadsheets will import lots of things (xml, atom, rss). WordPress provides lots of specific feeds (author, tag, categories, combinations thereof). So step one is to get the author feed – for example http://rampages.us/fren330/author/sheehantm/feed/. You […]
Because I really thought the script to take Google Folder contents and automatically generate a document with headings that match the folder names and automatically linked source documentsIt certainly rolls of the tongue . . . was far cooler than anyone realized . . . I decided to make a poor quality video chastising you and proving the interestingness beyond doubt. Keep in mind that this could be customized to do far more interesting things depending on desired outcome and how you wanted to manage stuff. This is one of those places where I think the technology really has a chance to do something useful. No one wants to spend hours updating a CV/resume every year or two. Instead you could spend minutes spaced out and get all the grunt work down automatically. Google Docs also gives the option to publish the results to the web or download it as Word or PDF. The document and files can be as open or closed as you want.
flickr photo shared by Thomas Hawk under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license Reclaim Hosting has a great status page that alerts you when stuff is not working correctly. We had a brief outage this morning and I just thought it’d be nice to see if we could proactively send out a message based on that status page but only for things relevant to our server. I asked Tim (as you can see in the tweets below) and ended up with an API that happily spit out a JSON feed. @ReclaimHosting ha ha – LOVE IT https://t.co/UrlIvwa91S — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) February 24, 2016 Based on my recent experiments with JSON and Google Scripts I didn’t think it’d be too hard to write something to send out Tweets based on that feed. I found this snippet that dealt with the authorization portion for Twitter.It does seem to be missing one piece ( var twit = new Twitter.OAuth(props); ) but he doesn’t have comments turned on . . . Once I had the JSON parsed and assigned to variables, all I had to do was set it to check every 5 minutes. Now we can hook it up to the ALTLab account if we’d like, have it notify various people, etc. etc. Fun stuff . . . all done during […]