Google 2.0 - More than just a search engine.

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Presentation at WestCAST 2011 by Kyle Webb, Cassie Eskra, and Nicole VanCaeseele.

In education, Google has traditionally been seen as simply a search engine. However, in recent years, Google has been developing their own resources that present many new learning opportunities in the classroom. Google Earth, Google SketchUp, and WolframAlpha will be presented as well as examples of how they can be used. We will focus primarily on their applications to math education, but also explore their potential for cross-curricular use.

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  • Google 2.0 - More than just a search engine.

    1. 1. GOOGLE 2.0PROJECT MORE THAN JUST A SEARCH ENGINE.DATE WHERE FEB. 24TH, 2011 WESTCAST 2011
    2. 2. Who are we?
    3. 3. Who are we?Cassie Eskracreskra@hotmail.com@casseskraNicole VanCaeseele Kyle Webbvancaesn@uregina.ca webbly@gmail.com@vancaesn @webbkyle
    4. 4. Warm Up!Eyes!Ears!Calves! http://flic.kr/p/3EPVar
    5. 5. HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/6AWUTW
    6. 6. Today
    7. 7. Google EarthWhat is it?
    8. 8. What is it?A 3D version of Google MapsA virtual globe, map and geographicalinformation program.
    9. 9. Buildings Tour! Adapted from realworldmath.org
    10. 10. Adapted from googlelittrips.com
    11. 11. 5 ReasonsTo Use Google Earth5. Cross Curricular4. Digital Story Telling3. Inquiry Based Learning2. Fun and Engaging1. Free! http://www.gearthblog.com/images/images1206/satellites.jpg
    12. 12. The Bad & Ugly Things about Google Earth http://www.gearthblog.com/images/images407/aimusers.jpg1. Needs a powerful computer to use.2. Requires strong internetconnection, consumes bandwidth.3. Can take a long time to load.4. Easy to get off task, distracted.
    13. 13. earth.google.com
    14. 14. Google SketchUpWhat is it?
    15. 15. What is it?A 3D modeling program.Designed for engineers, filmmakersand game developers.Designed to be easier to use thanother 3D CAD programs.
    16. 16. Build a Chair!SketchUp in action.
    17. 17. Build a House!Student builds a house.
    18. 18. Build a House!Student builds a house.
    19. 19. 5 Reasons To Use Google SketchUp5. Cross Curricular4. Inquiry/Project BasedLearning3. Intuitive and Easy toLearn2. Develops MathProcesses1. Free! http://webin8r.com/wp-content/uploads/barn_large.jpg
    20. 20. The Bad & Ugly Things about SketchUp1. Takes some time to learnhow to use.2. Requires a powerful computer.3. Gets glitchy. http://download.chip.eu/ii/192689189_6a38e790a8.jpg
    21. 21. sketchup.google.com
    22. 22. Today
    23. 23. Wolfram|AlphaWhat is it?
    24. 24. What is it?Computational knowledge engine.
    25. 25. What is it?Computational knowledge engine.
    26. 26. IBM WATSONJEOPARDY 2011 (IMAGE FROM HTTP://HOTHARDWARE.COM/NEWSIMAGES/
    27. 27. 5 ReasonsTo Use Wolfram|Alpha 5. Cross Curricular. 4. Not a search engine. 3. Easily accessible. 2. Mobile. 1. Cites sources. http://flic.kr/p/86SV2f
    28. 28. The Bad & Ugly Things about Wolfram|Alpha1. Requires internet.2. Not a search engine.3. Cheating. http://flic.kr/p/8PuJUU
    29. 29. wolframalpha.com
    30. 30. Discuss
    31. 31. Technology Good or Evil? “Technology is a tool. Is a hammer good? It’s good if you build a house with it, it’s bad if you hit somebody over the head with it. It’s a copout to call it good or evil. It’s each individual making a decision for themselves. Our choice is to use them wisely or tohttp://flic.kr/p/4p8ptP use them poorly.” - Jack Grushcow
    32. 32. ! !
    33. 33. Thank you! http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/3915513752/in/set-72157622354789320/

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