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Digital Stories

A - Design and Innovation

Design and Innovation Instructions

Producer – Kaitlyn H

Video Number: 7.a.43
TitleGoogle Brain
Summary – A video on how this one girl was dumb and got some questions, and then she got Google brain and become smart.
She pushed a button and it gives her the answer in her mind..

URL – My video Google Brain
Location – Westwood, United States
Outsourced Video Segment producer Andrew G. from China

Producer - Andrew G

Video Number: 7.a.44
Google Takes over the work-Design and innovation
As Google is one of the fastest growing companies in the world I think it is important that you see where the world could be headed in the next few years and how one company has the potential to take over the world.
Shanghai American School, China
Outsourced Video Kaitlyn H, Camilla, Georgia, USA, Westwood Schools
"Google Takes Over the World." Flat Classroom Project 2007. 16/11/2007. Flat Classroom Project. 15 Nov 2007 <http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/Google+Takes+Over+the+World>.
UK/European hosting by Making IT Happen, "In the year 2014 the New York times has gone offline." In the year 2014 the New York times has gone offline. UK/European hosting by Making IT Happen. 15 Nov 2007 <http://epic.makingithappen.co.uk/>.

Producer - Fay K.
Title: Google Takes Over with Languages
Summary - Google speaks many languages to meet the needs of 21st century students.
Location - Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USA
Outsourced Clip - Sayo Haraishi, Santa Monica High School
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGKDTjxxSeM

B - Story and Empathy

Story and Empathy Instructions

Producer - Analisa W

Video Number: 7.b.45
A Day That Sage Found Google by Analisa Watkins
Summary: This a video promoting the Google search engine. This video clearly shows how google can be of service to all students and how it can take you into a different world. It’s clips are made to be seen as a flip book in order to imitate a story book.
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEkzZp91HJU
Location: Los Angeles County High School, Los Angeles CA.
Outsourced video clip: Yara D, Qatar Academy in Qatar

Producer – Yara D

Video Number: 7.b.46
TitleBreaking News: Google Takes Over the World
Summary – A short news report showing how Google is taking over our world
URL –http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WAiBIzdAbOo
Location – Qatar Academy, Qatar
Outsourced Video Segment producer
Analisa Watkins- Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Simon May- Shanghai American School

Producers - By Grant H. and Josef H

Video Number: 7.b.47
Title- Google Takes Over the World Story and Empathy
Summary- A secretary doesn't know the answer to a Question asked by his Boss. So what does he do? He goes to Google and types in some key words. He comes back with the answer quick and it leads to much more about Google. Enjoy.
URL - http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/Google+Takes+Over+the+World
Location- Vienna International School Vienna Austria
Outsourced Clip- Josef H.- Vienna International School

C - The Fun Factor (Play)

The Fun Factor (Play) Instructions

Producer - Michael R

Video Number: 7.c.48
Title - Google and the World
Location - MICDS
Outsourced Clip: Vicki Davis

Interactive Version- Please take the poll at the end!


Definition of Informing:

"In-Forming is the individual's personal analog to uploading, outsourcing, in sourcing, supply-chaining, and off shoring. In-Forming is the ability to build and deploy your own personal supply chain -- a supply chain of information, knowledge, and entertainment." "Informing is searching for knowledge." ( The World is Flat, p.179)

What is RSS?

Really Simple Syndication
is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)..PLC uses RSS within i Google and is used when students want to update school projects

What is Open Source?

Open source software is similar in idea to "free software" but slightly less rigid than the free software movement. Users of open source software are (generally) able to view the source code, alter and re-distribute open source software. There is however less of an emphasis in the open source movement on the right of information and source code to be free and in some cases companies are able to develop proprietary products based on open source ones.
- Google Definition

Here is a link of different articles about google... http://www.webworkshop.net/google-articles.html

Current News

  • People using Google to track down fires in California. The map is telling you where the fire is, and where the evacuations centers are. It updates as the information comes in.
  • Google Brain

Also Here is a video on Google wanting the worlds videos..... This is a good example of how google wants to see into the worlds private lives.

Impact on Education


  • Google is used by everyone to research different things for school and different reports.
  • Google now is used by over 1,000,000,000 (one billion) users daily, compared to 150,000,000 (One-hundred fifty million) three years ago.
  • Google offers many different applications such as Gmail, Google Calender, Google Talk, and The Start Page.
  • Many schools are adopting a Google centric approach. Shown in graphic below.
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An American Students Perspective:
High school students more than use it; it is the way high school students learn, research, and create information. In the U.S. google is what citizens rely on for accurate information. In addition, google searches give a variety of information and anything that might pertain to the topic you are searching.
Personally, I use google to get most all my information pertaining to school because it is visually pleasing and easy to see. Where as ask.com or msn use a font that is smaller and harder to see. Now with You Tube video attached to google it is even more youth appealing. As a youth myself I am naturally attracted to new technology because that is the generation I live in. Also google has many other advanced tools that their site offers such as google readers, news, labs, documents, and blogs etcetera.
Google has made it that much easier for high school students to do work or just play. Now with RSS feeds students never have to search for anything on google it will go directly to their e-mail. Google is advancing everyday and they have found their way into American homes.

On cnnmoney.com, there is an extremely intersting article titled :Imagining the Google Future
Top experts help us plot four scenarios that show where the company's geniuses may be leading it....

My Final Video- Andrew

Impact on Business and Employment

Google is currently more than just a search engine lately; it has become part of our daily lives. It is used by over a billion (1, 000, 000, 000) users daily from around the world. Google gained its fame though its organized page, with its Page Ranking technology which provides relevant results and finally through its self-proclaimed accurate results. Similar to other search engines Googles paid for listings placements on its result pages although it remains ad-free. It keeps its “sponsored links” separate from its actual result pages and its search engine. Lately Google’s’ looking into different technology in order to make its user’s lives simpler.

Below we look at few of Google's recent products.
  • The many other products of Google's beside from Web, Images, Videos, News, and Maps

&gt; -by Omar
&gt; These include Gmail, Gtalk, and Google Earth for example. ----
  • Google Lab
&gt; -by Omar
&gt; Google Labs allow Google users to view the recent innovations and inventions by Google for its users. For example, The Viewer which shows the results of searches on a slideshow. The slide displays description regarding the website alongside with the website and it goes on similarly like a PowerPoint slide. In addition of exploring Google’s technologies, there is a column which shows the “Graduates of Labs” that are successfully used by Google users.
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  • Google Code
&gt; -by Omar
&gt; Recently Google has shown an interest in Open Source, and it’s stated in an article that it’ll soon be the “Godfather” of Open Source. Above in the video, you can see that Google provides Open Source software for its users on an separate page which is displayed as Google’s products. In addition, Google was awarded $25G by O’Reilly Open Source Awards.external image osasmall.gif
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Google Purchases YouTube for $1.65B
&gt; “Google Purchases YouTube for $1.65B” is one of the considerable news online lately. Business wise I believe Google’s portraying its uniqueness by purchasing YouTube as it a niche. - "Google announced today that it would acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock compensation. YouTube will continue to operate independently. Google Video will continue to operate separately."

My Final Video- Omar

- thanks to Mrs. Luna, Arpit, Andrew G. Wasi and Reem for the interviews and your time.

Google Facts and Figures200px-Google_logo_transparent.png

  • Google is a play on word from googol, which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
  • Google has 2,668 employees that work daily at their workplace called the Googleplex.
  • Google's index of web pages exceeds over one billion and they can search them in about half a second.
  • Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.
  • Google offers searches in 35 languages and the range from searches include all around the world.
  • Google first started at Stanford University
  • The most accurate indicator of search engine usage is 'search hours'. The following figures show the top 3 search engines:
&gt; Google -&gt; 13 million hours
&gt; Yahoo -&gt; 5.4 million hours
&gt; MSN -&gt; 4.9 million hours
&gt; - Source: Neilsen / Netratings, March 2002.
  • Google has a festive enthusiasm as it celebrates different festivals and holidays by changing it logos. Below are few examples:
&gt; [[image:C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\SHINWL6N\google01[1].jpg width="194" height="281" align="center"]]
The ZeitGeist provide eager Google users with an overview of the situation at Google.
Google provides both quick searches and advance searches. Clicking on the Advanced Search on the Google page will take a user to its page where he or she will be able to receive results according to their understanding and desirable wish.
*All the above facts and figures are from google blogs.


An inside look at Google


2006 - Omar C., Andrew G.
2007 - Yara D, Kaitlyn H, Ilissa T, Analisa Watkins, GrantH, JosefH, Andrew