Google news in the classroom


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Gianfranco D'Aversa | ICT Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher. He leads workshops to teachers and media professionals.

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Google news in the classroom

  1. 1. Google News in the Classroom Created by CUE and WestEd for Google Get the tool: is it?Google News brings together news from thousands ofdifferent sources from around the world and makes themavailable in a single place. With Google News you canquickly browse the top stories or easily search for a specifictopic. “Personalize” your news page to see only the storiesthat interest you most, or have customized “new alerts”sent directly to your email!Why use it?Students can use Google News to:• Compare and contrast current events from a variety of sources.• Find primary documents related to historical events over the past 200 years.• Access the news from their mobile phones – no computer lab required.Teachers can use Google News to:• Personalize their news page to stay informed on topics they teach. Expert Tip• Search the news for stories relevant to a particular day’s lesson. Create your own• Model for students how to examine bias and reliability in personalized newspaper! the news. Click “Personalize this page,” then “Add a customInstructional Ideas section” with your ownElementary. Find a top news story from a different countryeach day of the week and save a photo related to the keywords. Once set up, yourarticle. Write brief captions for each photo and assemble new section has its own RSSthem in a poster called “The World This Week.” feed that can be seen in anyMiddle School. Have students compare and contrast RSS reader—including yourarticles on a single event from different sources, such as iGoogle home page.the The New York Times, The Guardian Unlimited in theUK, and The People’s Daily Online in China.High School. In foreign language classes, start each dayreading aloud or translating a top news story from anappropriate foreign news source.
  2. 2. Google News in ActionProject: Current Events ExchangeGrade/Subject: High School / History & GovernmentSchool: Galileo Academy of Science and Tech,CAStudents exchange their ideas about recentcurrent events for their high school socialstudies classes. Students explore a wide varietyof Internet news stories from different sourcesand post summaries and opinions online for otherstudents to view. (Consider using Blogger or GoogleSites for students to post links to - and reflectionson - news stories.) In the process, students practiceresearch, evaluation of sources, synthesis, formulatingopinions, and publishing for an authentic audience.Additional ResourcesMore News Sites for StudentsNY Times Learning Network News Online Student News LiteracyThe Big Sixhttp://www.big6.comAssociation of Colleges and Research Libraries Learning