I am officially a Google Certified Trainer

So these past few weeks, I have been working through the Google Certified Trainer materials. It was a great experience, and I am excited to share that I was awarded the “Google Certified Trainer” designation, and am certified for 3 years.

Here is my video submission:

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Can Humans Affect our local Space Weather?

Very interesting article on the NASA blog about how human activity can affect Space Weather around our planet. From the article:

“A number of experiments and observations have figured out that, under the right conditions, radio communications signals in the VLF frequency range can in fact affect the properties of the high-energy radiation environment around the Earth,” said Phil Erickson, assistant director at the MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts.

Click HERE to watch a video by NASA about VLFs (very low frequency waves); a screenshot from this video is seen below.

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Another NASA video (screenshot below) explains how “Human Activity Impacted Space Weather“, based on results of experiments from Cold War nuclear tests.

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Fascinating stuff!

Google’s Brain & Deep Dream: “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”

Team Magenta at Google has been exploring a lot of interesting mediated generative data through it’s AI division. Recently WIRED published an article about some sound explorations going on at Google. NSynth feeds a “massive database of sounds” into a neural network, and generates never before heard sounds that fuse qualities of sound with data of other sounds to make some interesting audio. From the Google Magenta website:

“Unlike a traditional synthesizer which generates audio from hand-designed components like oscillators and wavetables, NSynth uses deep neural networks to generate sounds at the level of individual samples. Learning directly from data, NSynth provides artists with intuitive control over timbre and dynamics and the ability to explore new sounds that would be difficult or impossible to produce with a hand-tuned synthesizer.”

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Check out Wired’s SoundCloud playlist to hear examples (in the linked article above).

 

 

And then there is Deep Dream, google’s dreaming AI art bot.

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Ah the future is fun!

Tech+Lunch: Google Classroom!

On Wednesday, May 3, I held a lunch-time workshop for faculty at my current school to share more information about Google Classroom – a great tool to manage, distribute, grade, and return assignments through Google Drive. Since many teachers are already using Google Drive for homework, and because we are a G-Suite for Education school, it seems a natural next step to take advantage of this “shell” to organize & better track student work.

I used Google Classroom last year at my previous school, where I taught Intro to Computer Science in both the middle and upper schools, and really appreciated its ease of use.

Teachers joined a class that I created as students, and had a chance to see the student perspective while the teacher view was visible on the SMARTBoard screen.

Here is a great infographic on the Student perspective that I included in a handout:

 

Great Resource for in-Class explorations: Google Cultural Institute!

Have you checked out the Google Cultural Institute site yet? It is amazing!

If you click on the menu icon on the top left you can choose from options to filter for things such as:

  • Artists
  • Historical Figures
  • Mediums
  • Places
You can also bookmark things and share them with students! See the screenshot below: