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  • Lots more limiters on the sidebar than there used to be.
  • Results from twitter, new sites, and more.
  • Do a search Select options on sidebar Wonder Wheel view Helps focus topics.
  • Displays results that refer to dates along a timeline. Pulls from web pages, google books, articles and more.
  • Options sidebar for Images search Note: still have to go to ADVANCED SEARCH to limit to images that can be reused.
  • Incorporated into regular search now – had been in google labs Search for an image, look for SIMILAR IMAGES link below thumbnail
  • In Google Labs Gathers images based on visual and semantic similarity.
  • Been around in Google Labs for years, but handy!
  • Day by day – top search terms
  • May not see this yet. Partnering with music sites: like iLike, Pandora, Rhapsody, etc. Search on lyrics, etc.
  • Through my google profile and social networks, it knows who I’m connected with. Spooky.
  • Have to sign up for this in google labs. Draws on your contacts in Google.
  • Through my google profile and social networks, it knows who I’m connected with. Spooky.
  • While we’re on the topic of being organized…. Lets look at google’s calendars.
  • Select the sites you want to search Add them to the custom search and create your own search box You can put it on another web page Or add it to your iGoogle
  • Complete list of World Bank indicators currently available: CO2 emissions per capita , Electricity consumption per capita , Energy use per capita , Exports as percentage of GDP , Fertility rate , GDP deflator change , GDP growth rate , GNI per capita in PPP dollars , Gross Domestic Product , Gross National Income in PPP dollars , Imports as percentage of GDP , Internet users as percentage of population , Life expectancy , Military expenditure as percentage of GDP , Mortality rate, under 5 , Population , and Population growth rate .
  • Data isn’t all that realiable Need to double check everything Handy start to organizing basic data
  • work with sets of data uploaded from Google Docs spreadsheets or other .xls files. It lets you create charts, graphs and maps to visualize your data, filter data to focus on subsets of your data and even merge it with other publicly available data tables to create new data sets.
  • Articles and citations from scholarly publishers, preprints, publication databases and more Links to full text articles where possible Connect to your local academic library through the Scholar Preferences screen.
  • Search options
  • Results – Green triangle indicates a free online version of the article Cited by…. Related articles. Web search Import into EndNote Check library holdings BL direct – british library - purchase on the spot – electronic download All versions.
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  • Results – Green triangle indicates a free online version of the article Cited by…. Related articles. Web search Import into EndNote Check library holdings BL direct – british library - purchase on the spot – electronic download All versions.
  • Add your local academic libraries Select a bibliography manager to export citations to
  • Add a google scholar search box to your own web pages
  • full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts
  • Books & magazines Great for searching for the odd quote here and there Preview pages to see if you need to get the whole book Older books out of copyright in full text MAGAZINES – odd collection of magazines –
  • Tag your book as you go to collect them for different projects Connect to campus library
  • 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
  • Overview: Related Books References from other titles Common words and phrases in a tag cloud Related books
  • Maps info can be exported as KML and used in a google lit trip!
  • Some full texts have these options: -- PDF – downloads the full book!!!! -- link back to the book -- CLIP – select it to highlight a passage to create a TRANSLATION, IMAGE or embeddable image.
  • Code to embed a book on a web, wiki, blog page.
  • Book embedded on a blog page.
  • Start to create your own lists
  • Tag your books with labels Write reviews Add notes
  • 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.
  • Share your collection – send url
  • More on iGoogle Later.
  • Google News Timeline In Google labs still
  • Added news quotes to this display News quotes Time magazine covers Searched for obama Note the shift between 2003 and 2004 – obama quotes start in march 2004
  • River pollution By decade 1880s
  • And MOVIES! 
  • Basic News search focused on last 30 days. 25,000 constantly updating news sources Archived News Search Recently announced that in the past year the # of digitized articles has quadrupled. And they’re including more sources and further back in time. (source:
  • Standard news page with major topic categories on left.
  • If you’re logged in to your own account, you can Select PERSONALIZED NEWS Customize your google news page Standard sections – like world, etc Local by zip code Recommended – picks stories you might like Custom – enter your own search terms
  • For language students and students from other countries, get news in other languages For all students, these pages give view of news from other points of view
  • Story page is nicely organized. Timeline, images, videos, quotes, blogs, local news etc.
  • Search for a name, get one quote at top of results page, with link to more quotes From this page, you can search within the quotes.
  • Do a custom search News IMAGE VERSION – pulls out the images from the stories. . Same stories, just a different view.
  • Search by dates takes you into the archives search. Which can also be accessed from the advanced search screen. Back to 1700’s. Quadrupled the # of digitized stories over the last year.
  • Halifax Nova scotia Gazette from 1753
  • More things you can do with a news search. Do a NEWS SEARCH and get updates to that search by EMAIL
  • Get news Alerts by EMAIL
  • OR BY RSS Great for kids tracking topics.
  • Igoogle is a great way to organize lots of information and services all in one place Calendar, to do lists, search boxes for various servcies Library catalog search box Gmail
  • 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 with Find the RSS link
  • So what else has rss feeds? Magazines Newspapers Youtube Flickr Delicious Yahoo subject searches Google news searches Commercial databases like ebsco and gale
  • Alternative to iGoogle Focused on reading tons of rss feeds Doesn’t have the extra calendars, to do lists, games, etc that iGoogle has Use Folders to organize feeds by topic
  • Share = meant to be shared with your contacts Star = save it for later reference Note = add a note about the post Add Comment = comments can be read by others Email = send to someone Tags = add keywords to help you retrieve items later.
  • Your shared items have a public page where others can follow what you’re sharing Also has options to republish on other web sites.
  • Create documents, presentation slides and spreadsheets. Share with others as collaborators. Work on a doc together They can edit at the same time as you View history of changes and revert back to earlier versions if needed Can 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 editors Ideas? Groups can write a report or create a presentation Students can write a story together Write a script for a play Edit articles for school paper Students can write comments on other’s projects Teachers & parents can see how a project is coming along and redirect if need be Teacher can track who’s doing what on a project Students 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. Forms can have multiple pages and You can have a form branch to a different page depending on the respondent’s answer! Cool. 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.
  • Forms can have multiple pages You can have a form branch to a different page depending on the respondent’s answer! Cool.
  • Lets you create a group of web pages. Students can use these to gather work in one place Work collaboratively on pages Easy to add their google docs to the pages Create links to external resources etc. Create a classroom page with news, resources etc. And links to student work.
  • Choose a template Select the “parent page” for the new page.
  • Calendars, google docs, forms, slideshows, maps
  • Simple news/blog page
  • Use the Announcements Widget to pull the latest news off your Announcements page and highlight it on the main page.
  • Choice of layouts Added a list of links to research tools Embedded my google doc and preso slides in progress Content on this page updates when the originals are edited in Google Docs Include a feedback form to get responses from other students.
  • While we’re on the topic of being organized…. Lets look at google’s calendars.
  • Share events, schedules, deadlines, holidays. Teachers, students, administrators Library 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 yours Ask your friends if they have them Look at other web sites – I found this on a public library web site, clicked on a link and it took me to google calendar Could 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
  • Picasa is great for organizing your photos and has terrific face recognition
  • Go to Click on My Maps Create a new Map Title and Description Choice of public or private Ability to import kmz, kml or georss data Or 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
  • Layers with photos. Export a map from Google Maps as .kml file and open in Google earth to get tons more info! Not sure I’m going to hike this!
  • Exported this map to Google Maps EG: hiking trails. on a few extra layers in Google earth I found some hiking trail info.
  • Wonderful project using google earth – Google Lit Trips. Jerome Burg
  • Possum Magic Lit Trip had a link to the google book search Brought up reviews of the book
  • Layers of information about global events, links to information, pictures, video, etc. Darfur Information on destroyed and damaged villages Links to information from various agencies working and monitoring the region. Stories of real people Zoom 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
  • Create your own group to focus on a book discussion, plan an event, classroom group, etc.
  • Draw 3d objects!
  • Google Tools for Schools

    1. 1. Google Tools for Schools WSWHE BOCES January 21, 2010 Saratoga Spring, NY Polly-Alida Farrington
    2. 2. Set up a Google Account
    3. 3. Google 411
    4. 4. Search Tips
    5. 5. Search Options Sidebar
    6. 6. Latest & Real Time Results
    7. 7. Wonder Wheel
    8. 8. Timeline
    9. 9. Search Options - Images
    10. 10. Similar Images
    11. 11. Life Magazine Photos
    12. 12. Image Swirl (Google Labs)
    13. 13. Google Sets (Google Labs)
    14. 14. Google Trends (Google Labs)
    15. 15. Music Search
    16. 16. Social Search (Google Labs)
    17. 17. Social Search (Google Labs)
    18. 18. Social Search (Google Labs)
    19. 19. Twitter Search Results - Firefox Greasemonkey Addon
    20. 20. Google Cloudlet – FF addon
    21. 21. Google Custom Search
    22. 22. Google Custom Search
    23. 23. KidRex
    24. 24. Numbers & Data
    25. 25. A simple calculation.…
    26. 26. A bit more complex
    27. 27. Hubble Constant! “ It puts complicated calculations within reach of every student, and moves the focus from units to scientific reasoning.” ( Kristen Larson - Western Washington University)
    28. 28. Public Data
    29. 29. Public Data – embed code
    30. 30. Google Squared
    31. 31. Fusion Tables (Google Labs)
    32. 32. Google Scholar
    33. 33. Google Scholar
    34. 39. https://
    35. 40. Legal Opinions
    36. 41. Google Books
    37. 42. http://
    38. 48. Full Text Options
    39. 49. Embeddable Books
    40. 50. Embedded Book
    41. 51. Add to Your Library
    42. 52. Add Tags, Notes, Reviews
    43. 53. Search Within YOUR Library
    44. 54. Share your collection
    45. 55. Add to iGoogle
    46. 56. Google News Timeline
    47. 61. Google News
    48. 64. Add a Section
    49. 67. Quotes
    50. 68. Search within Quotes Set
    51. 69. Image View
    52. 70. Easy limits by date
    53. 71. News Archives - Timeline
    54. 72. Really Old News!
    55. 73. News Updates
    56. 75. Updates via RSS
    57. 78. iGoogle
    58. 84. Google Reader
    59. 85. An RSS Feed Reader
    60. 86. Sharing Items
    61. 87. Shared Items – Public Page
    62. 88. Create a Widget of Shared Items
    63. 89. Widget added to a blog
    64. 90. Google Docs
    65. 93. Feedback Form
    66. 94. Feedback Form Results
    67. 95. Create New  Form
    68. 96. Multiple Pages & Paths
    69. 97. Tons of Templates
    70. 98. Google Sites Fast, flexible, free
    71. 99. Google Sites http:// /
    72. 100. Create a Site
    73. 101. Easy to Edit
    74. 102. Add Stuff!
    75. 103. Create a New Page
    76. 104. Dashboard Page - Gadgets
    77. 105. Announcements Page
    78. 106. Announcements Widget
    79. 107. Research Project Page
    80. 108. Calendar
    81. 115. Picasa
    82. 116. Tags and more
    83. 117. Picasa - Collages
    84. 118. Finds Faces
    85. 119. Google Maps
    86. 120. Restaurants – Ratings & Cuisine
    87. 121. Real Estate – 4 sale, rent, foreclosure
    88. 122. Traffic
    89. 123. Explore
    90. 124. Terrain
    91. 125. Augmented Reality A new way to interact with surroundings http:// /
    92. 126. Creating Custom Maps
    93. 131. Export to Google Earth
    94. 132. Explore Related Info - Google Earth
    95. 133. http:// /
    96. 134.
    97. 135. Google Earth
    98. 136. World Events
    99. 137. Photos and Background Info
    100. 138. Lake Chad - Then
    101. 139. Lake Chad - Now
    102. 140. Historic Map Overlays
    103. 141. Measure Distances
    104. 142. Explore the Oceans
    105. 143. And the Sky
    106. 144. And Mars
    107. 145. Blogger
    108. 146. Google Groups
    109. 147. Google Sketchup
    110. 148. Questions? Ideas? Share!
    111. 149. Thank you!