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A quick update on Google tools for the New York Library Association School Library Media Section Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. May 2, 2009

A quick update on Google tools for the New York Library Association School Library Media Section Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. May 2, 2009

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  • Google News Timelinehttp://newstimeline.googlelabs.com/
  • Added news quotes to this displayNews quotesTime magazine coversSearched for obamaNote the shift between 2003 and 2004 – obama quotes start in march 2004
  • River pollutionBy decade1880s
  • And MOVIES! 
  • 25,000 constantly updating news sourcesFor language students and students from other countries, get news in other languagesFor all students, these pages give view of news from other points of view
  • Select PERSONALIZED NEWS Customize your google news pageStandard sections – like world, etcLocal by zip codeRecommended – picks stories you might likeCustom – enter your own search terms
  • News IMAGE VERSION – pulls out the images from the stories. . Same stories, just a different view.
  • Do a NEWS SEARCH and get updates to that search by EMAIL
  • Get news Alerts by EMAIL
  • OR BY RSSGreat for kids tracking topics.
  • Igoogle is a great way to organize lots of information and services all in one placeCalendar, to do lists, search boxes for various servcies Library catalog search boxGmail
  • Also lets you gather headlines and updates from lots of other web sites. Any site that has an RSS feed Latest headlines are updated here whenever the original site gets updated.
  • Find a source you want to keep up withFind the RSS link
  • So what else has rss feeds?MagazinesNewspapersYoutubeFlickrDeliciousYahoo subject searchesGoogle news searchesCommercial databases like ebsco and gale
  • While we’re on the topic of being organized…. Lets look at google’s calendars.
  • Share events, schedules, deadlines, holidays.Teachers, students, administratorsLibrary schedule – block out times for classes, teachers, projects, events. Everyone can see when you’re available or not!Everyone can see how lively and busy your library is!
  • Added a public calendar with UK holidays
  • Finding calendars to add to yoursAsk your friends if they have themLook at other web sites – I found this on a public library web site, clicked on a link and it took me to google calendarCould have a collaborative professional development calendar for your region.
  • Add your calendar to your own web sites.
  • Copy and paste this code to the spot on your web page, blog or wiki where you want your calendar to appear.Changes will show up whenever the web page is loaded.
  • Calendar can be added to you igoogle page
  • Go to maps.google.comClick on My MapsCreate a new MapTitle and DescriptionChoice of public or privateAbility to import kmz, kml or georss dataOr url from special mapping sites.Options to invite collaborators and give them editing rights.
  • Once your map is open and you’re in EDIT mode, do a search to find spots to mark on the map. Also saves all your locations as a file that you can open in Google Earth for more detailed views. Exports as .kml file.
  • Lets you add placemarks, add notes and links. Click on the blue placemark to get a selection of symbols
  • And by turning on a few extra layers in Google earth I found some hiking trail info.
  • Export the map as .kml file and open in Google earth to get tons more info! Not sure I’m going to hike this!
  • More important – layers of information about global events, links to information, pictures, video, etc. Darfur Information on destroyed and damaged villagesLinks to information from various agencies working and monitoring the region. Stories of real peopleZoom in and see the outlines of destroyed villages.
  • Timeline feature – some areas of the maps have historical photos. This is Lake Chad in Cameroon. Showing the encroaching desert.
  • Back to something lighter, I used the Ruler Path to measure the distance I walked one day.
  • Google Ocean – lots of ocean info and geography of the ocean.
  • Can’t forget about the sky and mars
  • Impact crater on mars
  • Wonderful project using google earth – Google Lit Trips. Jerome Burg http://www.googlelittrips.org/
  • Possum Magic Lit Trip had a link to the google book searchBrought up reviews of the book
  • Books & magazinesGreat for searching for the odd quote here and therePreview pages to see if you need to get the whole bookOlder books out of copyright in full textMAGAZINES – odd collection of magazines – no list of titles as far as I can see.
  • Tag your book as you go to collect them for different projectsConnect to campus library http://books.google.com/googlebooks/midterms.html
  • Search for “to be or not to be”
  • Advanced search keyword, full view, limit by date
  • Results – Click on title to view the full text and get lists of related books. click on add to my shared library
  • Other info – related books,References from other web pagesKey termsIn some cases reviewsAnd maps of places mentioned in the book
  • Start to create your own lists by Click on title to view the full text and get lists of related books. click on add to my shared library
  • Not only can you search for books and quotes, you can also create a collection of books.Add collections of full text books to your subject pathfinders.
  • Search within my own collection – leave label:”deserts” in search box add and drought – takes you right to the page.You could collect a bunch of full text ecology/environment books as a starting place for students doing research on those topics. Show them how to search within them. Could also add links to the books in your collections. OR create a list of books you have in your collection, full view or otherwise. Handy way to showcase what you have and help them into the book collection.
  • Create documents, presentation slides and spreadsheets.Share with others as collaborators. Work on a doc togetherThey can edit at the same time as youView history of changes and revert back to earlier versions if neededCan export in a number of formats. Can import also. Important to back up your work! Get a URL to let others view your work,
  • Here you can see comments from multiple editorsIdeas? Groups can write a report or create a presentationStudents can write a story togetherWrite a script for a playEdit articles for school paperStudents can write comments on other’s projectsTeachers & parents can see how a project is coming along and redirect if need beTeacher can track who’s doing what on a projectStudents can create portfolios of work - docs, presentations, etc. Teachers know when the assignment was turned in. No more “dog ate my homework”
  • Also has a great option for creating a survey form. The data from the survey gets stored in a spreadsheet.The form has a public URL you can send out to anyone. Handy!
  • And of course the a regular spreadsheet has all the options for doing calculations.
  • Articles and citations from scholarly publishers, preprints, publication databases and moreLinks to full text articles where possibleConnect to your local academic library through the Scholar Preferences screen.
  • Search options
  • Results – Green triangle indicates a free online version of the articleCited by….Related articles. Web searchImport into EndNoteCheck library holdingsBL direct – british library - purchase on the spot – electronic downloadAll versions.
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  • Results – Green triangle indicates a free online version of the articleCited by….Related articles. Web searchImport into EndNoteCheck library holdingsBL direct – british library - purchase on the spot – electronic downloadAll versions.
  • Results – Green triangle indicates a free online version of the articleCited by….Related articles. Web searchImport into EndNoteCheck library holdingsBL direct – british library - purchase on the spot – electronic downloadAll versions.
  • Add your local academic librariesSelect a bibliography manager to export citations to
  • Add a google scholar search box to your own web pages
  • Lets you create a group of web pages.
  • Create your own group to focus on a book discussion, plan an event, classroom group, etc.
  • http://www.google.com/coop/manage/cse/Select the sites you want to searchAdd them to the custom search and create your own search boxYou can put it on another web pageOr add it to your iGoogle
  • Draw 3d objects!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/286030741/

Google Tools for Schools Google Tools for Schools Presentation Transcript

  • Google Tools for Schools NYLA SLMS May 2, 2009 Saratoga Spring, NY Polly-Alida Farrington
  • Set up a Google Account
  • Google News Timeline
  • Google News
  • iGoogle
  • Calendar
  • Maps
  • http://www.googlelittrips.org/
  • Google Books
  • http://books.google.com/googlebooks/midterms.html
  • Google Docs
  • Google Scholar
  • https://services.google.com/inquiry/scholar_email
  • Google Calculator
  • A simple calculation.…
  • A bit more complex
  • Hubble Constant! “It puts complicated calculations within reach of every student, and moves the focus from units to scientific reasoning.” (Dr. Kristen Larson - Western Washington University)
  • Google Sites
  • Blogger
  • Google Groups
  • Google Custom Search
  • Google Sketchup
  • Questions? Ideas? Share! http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/286030741/
  • Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com