Thursday, July 12, 2012

iGoogle Disappears November 1, 2013

On June 8, Google announced that it would discontinue iGoogle on November 1, 2013.

The official explanation for this change in marketing strategy is "with modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time."

What this really means is that Google has decided that they cannot successfully market ads to a personalized environment like iGoogle.

What will be in its place? Google probably envisions Google+ working as a handy substitute. It doesn't have the features of iGoogle, but this means that Google will be updating Google+ to try to accommodate the present needs for an RSS resource center.

Many users who use iGoogle as their start page, may replace their control dashboard with NetVibes or ProtoPage or My Yahoo. Lifehacker provides a good comparison of NetVibes and ProtoPage in a recent posting. They are both great alternatives for iGoogle.

If you are interested in making Google+ your homepage, I believe this would be in the form of a Business Page.  There are already tutorials about making Google+ Business Pages like this one from Social Media Examiner. It could be pretty cool to have your Google Hangout on your opening page. You could talk with your friends at the beginning of your day and never get any work done.  =-)

NOTE: Discontinuing iGoogle is part of a "spring cleaning" that Google appears to be doing to streamline their offerings.
  • Google Video stopped accepting submissions in 2009 and will be moving its content to YouTube soon. if you have videos on Google Video you have until August 20 to migrate, delete or download your content.
  • Google Mini, a customizable search engine, will discontinue at the end of July.
  • Google Talk Chatback has been discontinued. 

What will you do? Do you use iGoogle to organize your PLN or with your students' PLNs? How will this affect how you organize your life?

Z

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Are These REALLY Things That Will be Obsolete by 2020?

Flickr: Corey Leopold
I just found a posting by Shelly Blake-Plock where he shared some predictions from 2009.  Some of them are plausible but some of them seem trite. Do you really think that we will ever outgrow paper?

In short, here is a list of the soon-to-be-gone stuff. You can review the list and then read a more in-depth discussion of them at his blog.  Provide your opinion in the comments section.
Will these be gone in 2020?

  1. Desks, 
  2. Language Labs, 
  3. Computers, 
  4. Homework, 
  5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions, 
  6. Differentiated Instruction as a Sign of Distinguished Teachers, 
  7. Fear of Wikipedia, 
  8. Paperbacks, 
  9. Attendance Offices, 
  10. Lockers, 
  11. I.T. Departments, 
  12. Centralized Institutions, 
  13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade, 
  14. Education Schools that Fail to Integrate Technology, 
  15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development, 
  16. Current Curricular Norms, 
  17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night, 
  18. Typical Cafeteria Food, 
  19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Web Design, 
  20. High School Algebra 1, and 
  21. Paper - Really?.
Do you agree with these? Are they reasonable or what others predictions do you have for 8 years from now?

Z
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Professional Development Meme 2012 #pdmeme2012

Montgomery College
It's summer and it's time for rejuvenation and renewal. My summer class is complete. I have given my presentations at ISTE '12. School doesn't begin until August 20. This gives me some time for some professional development.  I am constantly learning every day, but this is my opportunity to identify some specific short term goals for PD.

I was just reading Clif Mim's blog, Clif's Notes, where he was talking about setting some personal PD goals for the summer. He has set this up as a blog meme (or template) that he could share it with other bloggers.  He has challenged his colleagues to identify their personal professional development goals and share them with the world.

How can I pass up a challenge like this?  The more important question is how can YOU pass up a challenge like this as well?

Here's the deal.  I will begin by telling you how you can post this on your blog (copied from Clif's blog) and then share my short-term goals for the next couple of months.

Guidelines:
NOTE: You do NOT have to wait to be tagged to participate in this meme.
  1. Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
  2. For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/03/2012).
  3. Post the above directions and these guidelines along with your 1-3 goals on your blog or preferred social media platform (Facebook, Google+, Posterous, etc.).
  4. Link back/trackback to http://tinyurl.com/pdmeme
  5. Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme2012.
  6. Twitter about your progress using the #pdmeme2012 hashtag.
  7. Tag 5 or more educators to participate in the meme.
  8. Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
  9. Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.
My Goals
  • Submit an article concerning TPACK to a refereed journal.
  • Create a preliminary proposal for my learning and millennials book. 
  • Explore Google+ and create a social presence through Google+
  • Explore Google Hangout and have at least one session with "friends."  (This may be too formalized, but it is a beginning.)
Other Bloggers I Tag . . .
http://www.psdgraphics.com
I encourage the rest of you readers (both of you) to take up this challenge as well.

Do it!  It will induce you to learn something new and challenge me to address my short-term goals as well.

If you decide to join us, leave a note in the comments along with a link to your posting.

Have fun,

Z

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