Comparing Picasa Web Albums and Google+ Photos

You search for Picasa web and click the first result, but instead of the interface that you’re used to, you see a new, unfamiliar page. What’s going on?

Google has integrated Picasa Web Albums with Google+ Photos. When you upload a file to Picasa Web Albums, it also shows up in your Google+ Photos and vice versa. Similar, if you delete a picture in one place, it is also deleted in the other.

google+ photos

Google+ Photos


Picasa Web Albums


In Picasa Web Albums, you can set the permission for your photos and albums as one of three visibility options: Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.16.14


I have two albums that are public, one with limited visibility and one private one. See what my albums look like when I am logged into each account:

Albums when logged in to Google+

Albums when logged in to Google+

Albums when logged in to Picasa Web

Albums when logged in to Picasa Web

People who visit my Google + Profile page can only see my public albums:

Google+ Public page

Google+ Public page


To include slideshows to your blog posts, you may upload your photos to either Google+ or Picasa Web Albums, but you must get the slideshow embed code in Picasa Web Albums.

Need help with another step? Post a comment and I’ll be happy to create a blog post for your situation.

Developing Research Skills


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Do you ever give research projects in your class?
Do you use Google for research?

It is important that we (educators) model good research skills and teach students key research skills, including:

  • creating good queries
  • boolean search
  • complex searches
  • search tools
  • advanced search
  • copyright and usage rights
  • evaluation of information
  • triangulation (multiple sources)
  • creative commons

Please visit for a self-paced course from Google. Even if you don’t want to do the course, there are a number of videos that may be helpful for you or for your students. I’m currently taking an Advanced Google course and although I consider myself advanced in searching with Google, I’m learning lots through the course.

Short excerpt: If you do nothing else, look through the quick reference guide, post it in your class, share it with students –

Google Apps Exploration


Google apps has a host of features that can be used for communication and collaboration. Today, we will explore some of these features and consider their uses in our classrooms.

What is Google Docs?


Task 1

Create a word processing document in Google doc, share it with someone else in the workshop and work on it with him/her. Can you both edit at the same time? How can you structure your collaborate to reduce the risk of accidental overwriting/incorrect text ordering?

See how other teachers and students use Google Docs

Google Calendar

Exploring the Google Calendar Interface

Creating a New Calendar in Google Calendar

Google Tasks

Task 2

  1. Create a calendar of assessments for one of your classes.

  2. Create a shopping list using tasks.

  3. How can Tasks help you with your organization at home? work?

Google Forms

Task 3

Google Form Assignment

  1. Use Google Form to create a survey that asks at least 3 questions (of different types e.g. short answer, multiple choice, paragraph.)
  2. Share your survey with the participants in this workshop.
  3. Post the title and link to your survey / Google Form on this shared Google Spreadsheet
  4. Take a colleague’s survey.
  5. At the end of the session, create a wiki page with the results of your survey.

Related Google Documents Tutorials for Education

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