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  • 1. Let’s GO with Google! Presented by Dionne N. Curbeam, M.A.
  • 2. OUR OBJECTIVE
    • By the completion of this session, participants will be able to:
    • Identify various tools developed or owned by Google; and
    • State ways the Google tools can be used to promote active learning.
  • 3. DID YOU KNOW THAT GOOGLE . . .
    • . . . is a play on the word googol , which refers to the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros?
    • . . . was officially brought to life in September 1998?
    • . . . does not allow pop-up ads on their site?
    • . . . has a built-in calculator function, telephone locator, and address locator?
    Google Corporate Information
  • 4. WHY USE GOOGLE TOOLS?
    • Encourages collaboration.
    • Most Google tools have automatic save.
    • Users can access them from any computer that has Internet access.
    • They are free. (There are some premium services that are at cost.)
    • Information is not hosted on your server, but on Google’s server.
    • Google has a partnership with several academic companies, including United Streaming.
    • Many lesson plans are available to educators.
  • 5. GETTING STARTED
    • Create a Google account for self.
    • Test the services prior to introducing them to students.
    • Establish Google accounts for students
      • Have parents and students sign a rule of acceptable use agreement.
      • Ask the parents to create the accounts for their children.
      • Create pseudo accounts and distribute to the students.
    • Inform students about cyber-safety issues.
    • Demonstrate to the students how to use the various tools.
    • Check with your IT department before downloading software.
  • 6. GOOGLE SEARCH
    • Search engine to locate information.
    • The page can be customized.
      • Look
      • Websites
      • Information
    • Specialized search for videos, images, news, and blogs.
    www.google.com http://www.google.com/corporate/tech.html
  • 7. GMAIL
    • E-mail is an essential form of communication in a digital culture.
    • Project and classroom ideas:
      • Setup a partnership with students at other schools, states, or countries. The students can exchange experiences via e-mail.
      • Have students do email interviews of experts in a particular career or field.
      • Email work to self for backup and external storage.
      • Communicate with students about coursework.
        • Reminders about assignments
        • Daily or weekly tips (e.g., spelling words, math problem, etc.)
        • Encouraging messages
    www.gmail.com
  • 8. eBlogger
    • This blogging tool is hosted by Google.
    • A user’s Google account gives them access to eBlogger.
    • Items from Google Docs can be uploaded to eBlogger.
    • Project and classroom ideas:
      • Students keep a daily journal for Language Arts.
      • Have students become “content experts,” and they complete a weekly blog about their area.
      • Host literature circles.
      • Students can host an online portfolio.
    www.eblogger.com
  • 9. GOOGLE DOCS, SPREADSHEETS, & PRESENTATIONS
    • A service to create, store, and share text, spreadsheet, and presentation files.
    • Project and classroom ideas:
      • Online Writing Lab
      • Group projects (helps to increase individual accountability)
      • Cyber-Presentations
      • Students without the software capabilities to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can do so from any computer with Internet access.
    http://docs.google.com
  • 10. REVISIONS IN GOOGLE DOCS
  • 11. GOOGLE NOTEBOOK
    • Users can collect information from the web, organize the information in virtual notebooks, and share them with other users.
    • Download the plug-in to maximize use.
    • Classroom ideas and projects:
      • Digital note cards for research projects (may help reduce negligent plagiarism.)
      • Store information for group projects.
      • Students can share sections in their notebook.
      • Students can write home assignments and lesson notes.
    www.google.com/notebook
  • 12. GOOGLE CALENDAR
    • Users can create an online schedule of events and activities.
    • Project and classroom ideas:
      • Have one for parents to know about events (e.g., PTA meeting), assignment due dates, and tests.
      • Establish one for students as a reminder of class information (e.g., project timelines)
      • Students can create a time-management plan.
      • Create a countdown for important dates and events (e.g., MSA Testing, promotion day, etc.)
    http://www.google.com/calendar
  • 13. GOOGLE MAPS
    • Google Maps provides directions, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States.
    • Classroom and project uses:
      • Have advance virtual field trips (students map the destination, find interesting spots in the area – rivers, restaurants, etc. – and then do further research about the area.)
      • Teach students how to read a map.
      • Students can create exploration maps.
      • Use maps to enhance curriculum.
    http://maps.google.com
  • 14. GOOGLE MAPS PEDOMETER
    • Gmaps Pedometer can visually map a walking route.
    • Classroom and project activities:
      • Students can develop a walking map for physical fitness.
      • Students can estimate the length of a walking path and use the program to confirm their estimates.
    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
  • 15. GOOGLE EARTH
    • Google Earth is a virtual globe browser, which allows users to interactively display and investigate geographic data, primarily satellite and aerial images.
    • Classroom and project ideas:
      • Students can perform basic measurements (latitude and longitude, elevation, and size)
      • Host virtual space trips
    http://earth.google.com
  • 16. PICASA WEB ALBUMS
    • This software enables users to organize photographs and post them to an online web album.
    • Software must be downloaded.
    • Classroom & project uses:
      • Digital history project
      • House photos of special events
      • Develop a class index of images for papers and projects.
    http://picasaweb.google.com http://picasaweb.google.com/home?tab=mq
  • 17. GOOGLE SKETCH-UP
    • SketchUp allows users to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, etc.
    • It can be used alone or in conjunction with other Google tools, like Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse.
    • Google SketchUp 6 is free; however, the professional edition is at cost.
    • This program must be downloaded.
    • Google often hosts contests for SketchUp users.
    http://www.sketchup.com
  • 18. GOOGLE APPS
    • All of Google’s tools available in a suite for businesses and non-profits.
    • Limited services are available to schools for free.
    http://www.google.com/a To test future Google tools or go give them ideas, visit http://labs.google.com/
  • 19. OTHER GOOGLE TOOLS
    • Google Groups
    • Google Talk
    • Google Page Creator
    • Google Book Search
    • iGoogle
    • Google News
    • YouTube
    • Google US Government Search
    • Google Translation
  • 20. Resources
    • Links to All Google Tools
    • http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/
    • Google for Educators
    • http:// www.google.com /educators/
    • Google for Educators Discussion Group
    • http://groups.google.com/group/google-for-educators/
    • Google Operating System (unofficial news and tips about Google)
    • http:// googlesystem.blogspot.com /
  • 21. Dionne N. Curbeam, M.A. Instructional Technologist Coppin State University Baltimore, Maryland [email_address]