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Gabillou_SorcierWhether by design (top down) or by evolution (bottom up) humans have survival advantages; agile hands, big brains, language, culture and technology.

Wise creatures implement their given advantages fully before seeking to acquire others.

Since Google is a technology available to all, learning its full capabilities gives you an edge in school and life.

The following are Google functions that I find useful; because web browsers vary these descriptions are based on my experiments in Chrome (Google’s browser) and in the search text field at

Talk to Google: open Chrome, go to, make sure your mic is on, say “OK google” and tell it what you want such as “OK google plaid cats” or something. Just be careful to mute the mic if you talk in your sleep.

Google Timer: enter a command such as “set timer 5 min” which is the duration to prepare a soft boiled egg. Choose hours, minutes, and seconds for whatever tasks you want an alert beeper.

Google Daylight: enter “sunrise corvallis” to find out what time the sun raises in the rain; this works for “sunset” and “dusk” and also the dates of holidays such as “guy fawkes day”.

Google Eat: Know what you are eating by comparing options in the search field such as “hotdog vs celery” (if you have to look that up, you should).

Google Scholar: strategically search the academic literature and be sure to cite the sources that you use. Google Scholar is a useful addition, not a replacement, to OSU’s superior library search tools.

Google Alerts: Create research bots that deliver results faithfully to your email inbox.

Google Calculator: Enter math equations or conversions directly into the Google Search field, including 2D and 3D graphs.

Google Fonts: Preview and tweak text to find fonts that suit your need thentelugu_google_font download them at

Safe Browsing: You can easily review any web site for activity history related to malware. This is a must-do before downloading anything and a good tool for checking out suspicious links in emails. To use this tool, paste the following string into a browser address field;

and append the URL that you want to investigate to the end of that string.

For instance, to check Oregon State University’s Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) site for malware risks, use the following:

Clean as a wren’s whistle thanks to Mark Dinsmore’s masterful management.  You already know try before you buy, now you can and should check before you select.

Google Flight: enter departure and designation in the search field for flight information such as “portland to riyadh”.

Google Culture: Find lists of “poems by hughes”, “books by plato”, “paintings by mary cassatt”, “photographs by adams”, “architecture by gaudi”, “sculptures by maya lin”, “images by banksy”, “songs by weird al yankovich”.

Big Data: Google’s Big Picture Group produces experimental datagoogle_music_timeline visualizations of large-scale dynamic data. Every university graduate needs to understand big data.

Google Charts: Add dynamic data visualizations to your websites and apps from online data sources.

Google Code: Dart is Google’s web programming language that is intended as a successor to Javascript (circa 1005), which along with PHP pretty much runs the web. Google sets out to make learning Dart accessible to beginners. No matter what your degree, your education will not be complete until you have some ability in programming because having that skill is the difference between being a consumer and a producer; college graduates need to be producers. Dr. Tech advises that you learn the fundamentals of Dart or Javascript.

Google Business: Every university student should start and run a small business for the experience that it brings. Google’s Get Your Business Online” tools are useful once you have a business plan. You will never have greater access to resources for starting a business than at the university.

Build with Chrome: The 3D web is our future and learning to build there is a 3028008266_0c5098a738critical skill which you may practice by building lego structures in virtual Corvallis or anywhere using Chrome at “”. If you want virtual 3D creation help contact OSU’s TAC.

By the time you read this Google will have new native functions as will other web tools; share what you find.

Those who know how to find and use new functionalities gain advantage; my point being that it is to your advantage to know how to fully use what you have before seeking something new.

Happy hunting and gathering.


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The Immersive Learning Research Network (ILRN) conference 2014 at Oregon’s State University (Corvallis, OR) in person, webcast, and Second Life – November 20, 21, 22, 2014.   Sponsored by The ILRNTechnology Across the Curriculum (TAC), Oregon State University, and the Applied Research in immersive Environments for Learning Special Interest Group (ARiEL SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Attendance (free)

Conference Schedule

Live Web Cast

Second Life – Beaver Island

Everyone is encouraged to join ILRN for free before January 1, 2015 when membership application fees may apply. See for information on joining the Network.

The theme for the ILRN Corvallis, Oregon 2014 Meetup is “Immersed in the Future, Together: Scholarship, Experience, and Community”. The iLRN Oregon Meetup Committee will give preference to those proposals of Immersive Learning presentations that feature:

  • Attempts to substantively bridge multiple kinds of expertise to generate a sense of “immersion” (e.g. psychology, pedagogy, architecture, computer science, etc)
  • Sharing resources and visions for Immersive Learning researchers and practitioners to use in developing a common future
  • Sharing technical expertise on creation of Immersive Learning experiences that is not readily available for free elsewhere
  • Featuring design or evidence based reasoning for learning within the design of an immersive experience
  • Explicitly develops capacity within immersive learning experiences to form community OR focuses on the community that forms as a result of efforts to create immersive learning experiences
  • Providing Open Educational Resources or open source possibilities for developing Immersive Learning to everyone – to encourage community and sharing
  • Articulating conceptual frameworks or definitions for specific kinds of Immersive Learning expertise that may be of possible benefit or use by others

Please join us


Jon Louis Dorbolo, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC)
317 Waldo Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Voice: 541.737.3811
Fax: 541.737.7967
SMS: 541.915.0260
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OSU is where IT is AT (Academic Technology)

TAC’s got your back!

Read Ask Dr Tech in Monday’s Barometer

Hi Tech fans!  This is my Diigo list for the Dr. Tech column in the Oregon State University Daily Barometer.  You will find here links to resources mentioned in the column, grouped under each week’s article.

– Dr. Tech


The Center for Digital Education published its annual report:
Technology Innovation in Education

From the compelling data and case studies in the report, five main points emerge:

  1. The recession has gravely impacted K-12 and Higher Education technology investment.
  2. Technology use among students and educators is growing and diversifying; especially mobile devices.
  3. Strategic planning, particularly respecting infrastructure and standards, is necessary to effective educational technology use in the future.
  4. Training and support, especially for educators, are essential to effective educational technology use in the future.
  5. Models of effective practice for planning, investment, and training already exist in our schools.  Capable leadership involves making use of those models and the people on the ground who are driving them.

The report sums with this conclusion;

“When proper technology professional development is in place; teachers are able to better deliver a lesson, students are more informed digital citizens and administrators effectively implement technology that is aligned with learning objectives and standards.” P.13.

I put it thus: Staff development will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no staff development.

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