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Organize With Google Tools


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Given at iSummit '09

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  • 1. Google for Educators Overview Organize with Google Tools Lucy Gray University of Chicago Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education iSummit ’09 Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 2. Google Calendar Google Docs Gmail Reader Mobile Google Apps Education Edition Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 3. If you use Gmail, Google Docs etc. already, you have a Google account. You do not need a Gmail account; you can use any email address to get a Google account. Gmail is recommended, however. You can have all your email from other accounts deliveredy to Gmail if you so choose. Google Account: Gmail and Google Account: Sign Up for a Google Account Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 4. Multiple calendars Sync with iCal Mobile Public and private calendars Tasks Part of Google Apps Education Edition Google Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 5. Play with Google Calendar Add an fictitious appointment to your calendar. Double click on a day or use Quick Add. Invite someone to this appointment. Use my email address ( or a neighbor’s. Explore the arrow next to your calendar’s name. Change the color of your calendar. Click on Tasks and start creating a to do list. Look at your calendar in the different views: Day, Week, Month, 7 Days & Agenda Click on Settings and explore. Find Create a New Calendar and note that you can import calendars from other software programs such as iCal Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 6. Google Docs Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations Templates Sharing and publishing capabilities Part of Google Apps Education Edition Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 7. Play with Google Docs Create a document and share it with a neighbor or me ( Experiment with text and tools including the drawing tool. Save your document and then create a folder. Drag and drop a document into it. Create a survey using Forms and invite someone to take they survey OR Take this survey: See the results of the survey: Add to this presentation: Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 8. Gmail Themes Search Labels Drag and drop Labs Open attachments in Google Docs Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 9. Play with Gmail Change your theme under Settings>Themes. Create a few labels and filters to organize your mail. Examples: parents, work, personal, urgent, iSummit Examine your Chat settings. Edit as necessary and consider installing voice and video chat. Click on Labs and explore some experimental features. Look at the Offline setting and consider installing Google Gears. You can read email offline now! Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 10. Google Reader Direct information to automatically come to one place for easy browsing. Subscribe to blogs, web sites, podcasts etc. Subscribe to searches. Monitor web sites, wikis, Google docs for changes. Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 11. Helpful Video Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 12. Play with Google Reader Subscribe to a blog or other news source using search and Add a Subscription. Add a blog by copying and pasting a hyperlink to an RSS feed. Control-click on the orange RSS button on David Warlick’s blog and copy the url. David’s blog can be found at: Add friends and share an item with your friends. Check out shared items and note that there is a public page for this that you can link to. Try browsing for stuff. Set up folders to organize subscriptions. Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 13. Mobile Features for many models of phones, not just iPhones GOOG-411 allows you to search for business information free. Have search results sent to you over text. To get started, text the word “help” to GOOGLE (466453). Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 14. Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 15. Play with Mobile Features Get started by visiting the Google Mobile page and entering your phone number. A message will be sent to you to once you’ve linked Google to your phone. Try Voice Search. Try accessing items we’ve played with today such as your Google Reader. Add an appointment to your calendar from your phone. Find out if your flight will be on time or a list of pizza joints in your neighborhood. Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 16. Google Apps Education Edition Google Apps Edu community: Google Apps Education Edition main page: Moodle Integration: Includes: Gmail Calendar Docs Sites Video Message Security (free for new and existing education customers) Thursday, July 9, 2009
  • 17. Find me on .... Gmail: Blog: Skype, AIM, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube,, Diigo: elemenous Thursday, July 9, 2009