How to put Google in Your Classroom
By Chris Yukna
How to put Google in Your Classroom
• Google Jockey
• Google Poetry
• Google Battles
• There is an App for that! Google Classroom.
• Pilot your class with keyphrases
• Sending everyone on a Quest
• Google Gmail acts like Audioboo
• Google Voice for dictation
What is a ?
Definition: Google jockey is a student in the classroom who queries google for
terms, images, concepts, or resources mentioned or demanded by the teacher
& fellow students or something related to the topic. These searches are
displayed on a large screen as the class progresses thus helping to extend or
clarify the subjects discussed.
In an ESL context, this is a great way to test an individual’s oral comprehension. The
jockey (usually rotated every 15 minutes or so ) will often be asked to type
something like “ oral bacteria and arterial plaque” or “ put in quotes take a
decision then open a second tab and again, in quotations make a decision”. This is
similar to the tried an true method of dictation, except it teaches all the students
how to better use Google, the importance of synonyms, even how putting a word in
plurals can completely change the results.
• We all learn! (teacher too)
• Students copy the jockey and progress remarkably.
• Engagement: everyone gets a chance to be put in the
• Mistakes are made but not punished
• Everyone gets to input
• Classroom intelligence system
Pretty as a … picture in a fixture
Most of my students ignore Google’s suggestions, not only do they offer
serendipity to searches, Google poetry is often a window to what everyone
thinks. It is important as teachers to point out the possibilities.
You do not have to go to a battle website to
perform a Google battle. The principle is
simple the more pages indexed by Google
The more likely the phrase is correct or in
It makes sense.
However, quotation marks are normally
There is platform & an App for that
Google has made a teaching platform
similar to but a lot more extensive than
One draw back is that you have to buy
into Google. Either use their Google Edu
system at your school or install Chrome
and then download and install Classroom
on the browser. There are all sorts of ways
of scheduling homework and giving out
The real advantage is that things like
Google Docs and Google Drive can be
embedded into “Classroom” fairly easily.
Another plus is that there are quite a few
education and collaborative Apps at
Google Chrome Web Store which can
then be installed on chrome as plugins.
Some examples of apps:
Movenote for Education
Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE)
The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students
Proper Queries can take you anywhere
• Google Talk still has enormous advantages
Get your students in the
habit of creating a Google
Logbook. These notes are
the combination of keyword
that got them to interesting
Note: a diary or journal of search
queries. The logbook keeps a record
of key phrases that took the surfer
to interesting sites and is used
pedagogically to analyze the syntax
and progression of fruitful search..
Pilot a computer room with Google: In the past, for most schools, the problem was to
have enough information. Textbooks were the solution and everyone needed to be on
the same page. This is possible but hard to do in an internet classroom. However with
the proper keyphrase you can pilot a group of students to any particular page on the
Here are some examples of keyphrases that will take you to some of
my pages via google:
• evolving english quiz
• early american english true
• sex quiz dummies
• innovation for dummies emse
• advanced webpage workshop
• Ensorcelled TOEIC
• Fairy TOEIC
• Fiendish TOEIC
In the fight against plagiarism it was discovered
that with English, and any language, there are so
many different ways to combine words, that it took
very few, six or usually less words in quotes to find
the source of a text anywhere in the billions of
pages on the web.
Therefore, you can direct your students to any
specific page on the web with just a phrase. Test
this with the key phrases on the left or just click if
you are lazy. (Hey some times the result is second
or third but you get the picture.)
Send them out into cyberspace!
There is some truth in saying that
With the internet and all the
connected devices etc that no one
needs to be on the same page as
In addition, student capital and
sharing in the classroom are new
The webquest combines self learning
and exploring on a collaborative
The teacher chooses a complex
subject and “decomposes” the task
into bite sized pieces.
(Okay this is only weakly related to Google)
First example: Sahara mega engineering project
The students are free to choose among
16 mini topics related to irrigating the
Sahara or create their own.
They spend time researching. Special
emphasis is placed on e-mailing or
contacting experts or concerned parties.
(writing polite letters is a dying artform)
Then a powerpoint presentation is
created and published on line at sites
Finally, each student or groups of
students has a set period of time 5 to 10
minutes to present
Nota bene: publishing on line saves lots of time, and students ask often if their English is acceptable.
Second example: poisonous animal webquest
First this is far more complex. A
hypothesis is stated: There are no
poisonous or venomous multicellar animals
on the planet. All venom is produced by
symbiotic bacteria that live with scorpions,
snakes, spiders etc.
Second, none of the pictures is named
and using reverse image search or
their own intuition students must find
the name of each animal.
Third, few websites state empathically
that this or that animal uses bacteria
To produce its toxins there is a lot of
evidence that this is the case from
similar animals that do.
Finally, after presenting, the class is
broken down into to groups to debate
if the hypothesis is true.
Decomposing endeavors is teaching by project.
Any number of topics can be
broken down and distributed to
your pupils. Don’t worry you do
not have to be an expert in
engineering, risk analysis, or
American Literature. You will be
as your students teach you.
Individually, you may not be
impressed with your students or
how savvy you have become.
However, collectively over time
they will surprise you and you
This works with any subject that
you and your students agree
Google voice combined with Gmail can be used as an answering service. Your
students can call an leave up to a three minute message. See
How To Use Google Voice In Education by JenRoberts
And there are good and bad things about being constantly available on line to your
students. But it is a way to get mobile phones involved in language teaching.
Google dictation: voice recognition has been more or less solved in the last
couple of years or so. Combine Chrome, Google Docs, with Google Voice
recognition and you have the most amazing language lab ever. Students can
dictate their homework to a word processor in English, French, Spanish,
German etc. and students print their articles.
It is not hard to imagine in a few months Google Voice Recognition with be able to
subtitle a ESL Classroom & provide a pretty complete text of everything that was
said in class.
Some pertinent sites
• Escape the Google Ghetto
• If google was a guy 3.
• Google Scholar
• Internet archives
• Google Basics for Teaching
About the author:
Chris Yukna was born
in the antediluvian 50s,
had a paper route at 9,
sold Christmas cards door
to door at 11, and washed
dishes at 14. All these
enriching work experiences convinced him early
on that he was totally unsuited to working and
therefore should become a space cadet, mad
scientist, or teacher.
He has three websites that he tries to update
Science General (fun with science)
Business Emporium (Esl business lessons &
Totally Unorthodox (where he puts everything
Google is full of…
Just to leave you smiling