Comprehensive Guide to Google's Free Tools for EducatorsPresentation Transcript
The Comprehensive Guide to GooglesFree Tools for Educators, Teachers,amd Students Compiled and Reviewed by Med Kharbach The editor of: 1-Educational Technology and Mobile Learning www.educationaltech-med.blogspot.com 2- The Best of Mobile Technology www.freemobiletech.com )
Who is this guide for?This guide is designed specifically foreducators, teachers, and students. Thepurpose is to help them learn and discoverbetter ways to use Google other than justsearching the web. I believe the educationalpotential of Google is huge and we only needthe right tools to leverage it .
Why this guide ?I know several other edubloggers have alreadycovered many of Google tools before but this isthe first slideshow to have more than 20Google services all in one place. Every singletool is accompanied by a video tutorial and atext description. I am hoping that teachers aswell as students will find this presentation easyto access, share and use in their learningexperience.
Any restrictions for the use of thisguide?There are no restrictions as to the use andredistribution of this presentation. Justremember that I have spent dozens of hoursworking and compiling every material includedhere and therefore I deserve to be given creditwhenever you embed it somewhere else online.It is strictly forbidden to use this guide for anycommercial purposes or to charge others for itsuse.
One Last tipThis guide has video tutorials on every Googleservice I have included here. Just click on anyvideo and you will be able to watch it right here.There are also some links to other articles forfurther reading, make sure to check them ifinterested.
What is Google Play ?Before you start exploring the Google tools included in thispresentation you need first to learn about Google Play which is thelatest thing released by GoogleGoogle Play is " a digital entertainment destination where you canfind, enjoy and share your favourite music, movies,books,andapps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet."Google eBookstore, Google Music and Android market are nowpart of Google Play. This means that the Android market will beupgraded to the Google Play store app in the next coming days.The same goes on to your videos, books, and music apps for theywill also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Booksand Google Play Music apps.Watch the following video to learn more
1 How to Create A Google AccountCreating a google account is your first step intothe Google world. The process is very easy andonce you are registered Google syncs yourlogging information to all its services. Thismeans that when you are signed in to youraccount, you will not need to re-sign in to eachof its services.The following is a video on how to create aGoogle account.
Click to watch the video
2 GmailGmail is Googles free email service. It hasseveral features that makes it ideal for bothteachers and students. I refer you to thefollowing article to learn more about what itoffers to its users:Awesome Gmail Tips..Watch the following video to learn more aboutGmail.
Getting to know Gmail SettingsClick to watch 2-a
How to use Gmail email basicsClick to wach 2-b
How to use Gmail labels Click to watch 2-c
How to create filters in Gmail Click to watch 2-d
How to attach files to an email Click to watch 2-e
How to use Gmail Search Click to watch 2-f
3 Google CalendarGoogle Calendar allows students and teachers tomanage their events and keep them organized.This makes scheduling much easier and teacherscan use it to share class calendars and give accessto students to view.Watch the following video tolearn more
How to create an event in Google Calendar Click to watch 3-a
Sharing your Calendar with specific people Click to watch3-b
3-cSharing your public calendar as a web page Click to watch
3-dHow to embed your calendar in your websites Click to watch
Google Docs 4Google docs is a free office suite with wordprocessing, presentations, spreadsheets, anddrawing apps. Students can use it to create,upload, and download documents, PDFs, andslideshows. It also offers real time collaborationa feature that allows more than a user to workon the same document at the same time.Read This Article to learn more and watch thevideo
Google Docs: Spreadsheet features Click to 4-Awatch
Googled Docs: How to Use Forms Click to watch 4-B
Google Docs: Using Tables Click to watch 4-C
Google Docs: Drawings Click to watch 4-D
Google Docs: Presentations Click to watch 4-E
Google Docs: Creating a Document Click to 4-Fwatch
Google Docs: Creating slef-graded quizes Click to watch 4-E
5 iGoogleiGoogle is a customizable Google homepage.You can add several services such as Gmail,Google Docs, Calendar, Reader, Bookmarks,and many more. This is a great way forteachers and students to have a quick accessto all of their information in one single interface.Read this article to learn moreWatch the video to Learn more
6 Google ReaderGoogle Reader is Google RSS Feeds service. Itallows users to subscribe to their favorite blogs andwebsites and stay updated about the newestarticles. It is great for students to use to trackcontent on their classroom blog or other websitesof educational interest.Read this article for further reading.Watch the following video to learn more
7 Google EarthGoogle Earth is a 3D interactive view of the Earth.This is a great way for students to learngeography and explore the world using 3Dimaging. It also has several interesting featuressuch as adding different layovers and informationfor different areas in our planet.Watch the following video to learn more
Google Earth= How to record a narrated tour Click to watch 7-A
Google Earth: How to put pictures into Google Earthplacemarks Click to watch 7-B
Google Earth: How to put videos into Google EarthPlacemarks Click to watch 7-C
How to mark locations in Google Earth Click to watch 7-D
How to use Google Earth Street View Click to watch 7-E
10 Google SketchupGoogle Sketchup is another free Google service.It is basically a 3D modeling software that studentscan use to create 3 D models of buildings,objectsand many more.Watch the following video to learn more about thisservice.
Sketchup: Concepts Click to watch 10-A
Sketchup : Drawing Shapes Click to watch 10-B
Sketchup Modify Tools Click to watch 10-C
Sketchup Create a Chair Click to watch 10-D
Creating Sketchup Models for Google EarthClick to watch 10-F
11 Google ChromeGoogle Chrome is a great browser that Irecommend for teachers and students. It isfast, secure and has several awesomeexstenions relevant to education. Read myartilce Reasons Why Educators Need to UseChrome to learn more .watch this video to learn more
Top ten Google Chrome Extensions Click to watch 11-a
12 PicasaPicasa is a free photo editing software. Studentsand teachers can use it to edit, organize, andshare their photos. It can also be used to searchfor all photos and graphics in your computer.School projects are way better with the help ofPicasa services just keep in mind to respectcopyrights of images you might be using.Watch this video to learn more about Picasa
13 BloggerBlogger is a free blogging platform provided byGoogle. Blogger together with Wordpress areconsidered as the best blogging softwares online.Students and teachers can use it to create freeblogs for their classroom where to postassignments, have discussions, post resources,reminders and many more.watch this video to learn more about Blogger
Post to Blogger from Mobile phone 13-aOne of the amazing features that Blogger offers toits users is the ability to post articles right fromyour phone to your Blogger account. Grab ideaswhenever they come to your mind and send themto your blog on the go.Watch this video to learn more
13-bGet A Custom Domain Name for Your BlogWhen you decide that your Blogger blog deservesto have a custom domain under your classroomname for instance, you can go ahead and buy onejust for 10 dollars a year. The advantage of getting acustom domain is removing blogspot from yourURL, you benefit from the hosting service bloggeroffers for free and makes your blog lookprofessional.Watch this video to learn how to do it.
14 Google VoiceGoogle Voice is a great calling software for busy educators. Itgives them one phone number that can ring any phone theyselect.You can for instance pick just one phone to take with youand all your phones will ring into it.. Some of the other amazingfeatures that Google voice has are:1. Voicemail Transcription2. SMS to Email3. Number Porting4. Conference Calls5. Making Calls from ComputerWatch this video to learn more about Google voice and proceedto videos about the above mentioned features.
Voice Mail Transcription Click to watch 14-a
Number Porting Click to watch 14-b
Sms to Email Click to watch 14-c
Conference Call Click to watch 14-d
Make Calls from Computer Click to watch 14-e
15 Google Search TipsPerforming a search in Google does not mean justtyping in a search query and wait for the results.There are several tips that if used properly couldimprove your search experience way better. I havesome great resources to help you discover thesetips. Read the following articles:1- Google Search Tips You Must Know2- Series of Google Search Tutorials3- Useful Tips on How to Use Google Search4- 3 Effective Ways to Search The web
A Great Infographic on Google search tips click to enlargethe image 15-A
Google Search: Related Searches Tip Click to watch 15-B
Google Custom Search Click to watch 15-c
Google Books 16Google Books is a great rich resource for educators.It provides a wealth of digitally accessible books ,some are free and can be downloaded and othersare paid. The interface of this website is designed insuch a way that users can easily navigate , searchfor and find books.With Google latest update, Google books has beenintegrated into Google Play.Watch the video to learn more
Google Scholar 17Google Scholar allows you to search acrossdifferent disciplines and sources to look for theses,books, abstracts, articles, surveys and many more.The results are mainly submitted by academicpublishers, professional societies, onlinerepositories, universities and other web sites. Usingthis free service will make your academic researchesmuch more easier than ever before.For further reading, check out this articleWatch the following video to learn more
Google News 18Google news is a computer generated news site thatallows its users to have a free access to anaggregated directory of the latest news topicsworldwide. It collects news from different sourcesand group similar articles together and display themaccording to your personalized interests. Studentscan use it to look for news tips to include in theirclassroom projects.Watch this video to learn more
Google News Badges Click to watch 18-a
19Google SquaredGoogle Squared is a new experimental search toolthat lets you customize your search results in atable. It basically extracts data from Web pages andpresents them in search results as squares in anonline spreadsheet. This can be a very goodlearning tool for students and teachers.Watch the following video to learn how to use it.
20 Google sitesGoogle Sites lets you create simple, secure groupwebsites. Share information with a few people, awhole organization, or the entire world. Teacherscan use it to create collaborative platforms forstudents where to share educational resources andalso assignments.Watch the following video to learn more aboutGoogle Sites.
21 Google AlertGoogle Alert lets you keep track of the latestpublications about a topic , a celebrity , a product orany other thing .It is a free service from Google that“automatically notifies users when new content fromnews , web , blogs,video and or discussion groupsmatches a set of search terms selected by the userand stored by the Google alerts service”.Watch the following video to learn more
22 Google GroupsGoogle Groups is all about helping users connectwith people, access information, and communicateeffectively over email and on the web. There aresome great educational groups where teachersshare resources and exchange their expertise. Hereis a great group that I am a member of ,check outGoogle for Educators Discussion GroupsWatch the following video to learn more aboutGoogle Groups.
23Google TakeoutGoolge Takeout is a service provided by Google for its users tohelp them back up their data and even transform it to otherplatforms . It also lets you download your data into your computer.You can either download all of it at once or go around selectingthe services from which to download it. Google products coveredby the Takeout are : Circles, Contacts, Docs, Buzz, Knol, Picasaweb album, Profile, Google Voice, Google+ Stream and Google+.Watch the following video to learn more about Google Takeout
24 Google Voice SearchGoogle Voice Search is a newly released feature byGoogle. You no longer need to type in your searchquery but just speak it out loud and Google will dothe rest.Watch the following video to learn more aboutGoogle Voice.
25 Google AccessibilityGoogle Accessibility has made it down to earth easyand possible for the impaired students and thosewith blindness, visual impairment, color deficiency,deafness or hearing loss, and limited dexterity touse its products and benefit from the featuresGoogle Lab Store provides for education.Watch the following video to learn more
26 Google PlusGoogle Plus is Google social networking service thatallows its users to create circles, share resources,make conversations, have video conferences,andmany more. This is a great tool for teachers andstudents.To learn how you can use this tool with your studentsread this articleWatch the video to Learn more about Google Video
27 Google Apps educationThis is a must know resource for educators,students, and parents. It has separate sections foreach category. For instance under for teachers tabyou can find classroom tools such class vidoes,lesson plan search, educator resources, and manymore. It also features professional developmenttools and students resources. I highly recommendthis service for you.Watch the following video to learn more
For more reviews of educational web tools visit : Educational Technology and Mobile LearningFor Educational mobile apps reviews visit : The Best of Mobile TechnologyBy Med Kharbach : Teacher, Edublogger, andresearcher in MSVU department of education.Halifax, Canada.