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Model Your Town

Calling All Sketchup Fans! Google is having a competition just for you! The 2012 Google Model Your Town Competition is currently accepting submissions from anyone who is 13 years or older.

Fame, fortune, and oodles of respect await you. (Ok, maybe just oodles of respect.) All you have to do is use Google Sketchup to create a model of Pleasant Hill. It doesn’t even have to be the entire city; how about just downtown? You might want to begin by seeing what previous winners have created: Previous Competitions. This video shows the 2010 winner talking about the model he created of his town, Barranco, Peru.

This video shows examples from the top five finalists of 2010:

The submission deadline is March 1, 2012, so get started today!


P.S. If when reading the first line of this post you read “Sketchup” as “ketchup,” this competition is probably not for you. 🙂

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Great Google-y Moogle-y!

As I’ve mentioned in class, there has been a significant re-design of our documents list in Google Docs. I spent some time today trying to figure out where everything is and how to work with the changes. My first stop was, of course, Google. Their Getting Started Guide is quite helpful in getting to know the changes to our documents list. When you get to the page, you’ll see the following:

Simply click on one of the three panels and you’ll be provided with an explanation of how to work with the revised Google Docs. Once I become a bit more familiar with the changes, I’ll make a short screencast that will explain the changes a bit more thoroughly. Until then, please don’t hesitate to ask questions.


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Today’s Google Doodle

We love Google Doodles in seventh grade! You will each be creating your own Doodles at some point this year, so I’ll try to share a few of Google’s own Doodles with you so you get used to the idea.

Today’s Google home page is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Buckyball.

25th Anniversary of the Buckyball

I just had to share this one with all of my students who love science! The question is…do you know what a buckyball is? Check out this Wikipedia page.

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