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Google Tools For Education

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