Top 10 Google Tips for Teachers
By: Amanda Steed
Consolidate Your E-mail using Gmail
Do you have a separate e-mail account for work?
What about an account for strictly personal use?
Do you ever check your APSU account?
Wouldn’t it be nice to just check one account?
With a Gmail account you can read all your emails by checking
only ONE account!
Forgotten Attachment Detector
Do you ever get email replies that say something like, “you
forgot to attach the file”?
You no longer have to worry! If you are using Gmail, it will
remind you that you mentioned an attachment but did not attach
Show Options to refine your search
Overwhelmed with the responses your search returned?
Click “Show Options” to refine your search and find exactly
what you are looking for without searching through useless
Click here to watch a video that will show you more details
Highlight Your Gmail with Labels
Now that you have all of your email coming in to
one account, how do you keep track of the
really important ones?
You can highlight and/or flag emails using
Create labels for items that need urgent
attention, items that need to be put on your to-
do list/calendar, or even highlight the ones that
have information you may use later in lesson
Google Custom Search Engine
The custom search engine allows teachers to manipulate the
information their students are searching
You control where the information is coming from so you don’t
have to worry that your students are being misinformed or
seeing things they shouldn’t.
There are so many websites that offer lesson plan prep materials
and the each require a login name and password.
Do you have too many different logins and passwords to
Chrome Pass allows you to look at the user name and passwords
for sites you have accessed using the Google Chrome browser.
Want to share information from a webpage with your colleagues
or your students?
By using the pdf download bookmarklet you can create a pdf file
from any web page.
pdf files are easier to print and easier to email.
Reopen a closed tab
“AAACCCKKKKK!!!! I didn’t mean to close that tab, and I
don’t remember how I got there!”
If you are running the Google Chrome Browser you can imply
press Control+Shift+T to reopen closed tabs.
Do you wish you had a PowerPoint to share with your students
but don’t have the time to create your own?
Do you wonder if someone else has already created a handout
related to your current topic so that you can use your time to
focus on something else?
Google allows you to search the internet for specific types of files.
Just use “filetype:” followed by the abbreviation for the file type
while searching. For example to find a PowerPoint on The Diary
of Anne Frank type “The Diary of Anne Frank filetype:ppt”
* Note you can view the file as HTML before downloading it to your computer.
And now, what I believe to be the
Google tip for teachers...
Pictures are great to use as
attention grabbers before a
lesson, as well as to help students
visualize concepts being taught in
You no longer have to worry
about finding a picture that
relates to your lesson. If it is out
there Google images will find it