October 7, 2015 
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Getting Organized with Google

It is easier than ever to go digital, but sometimes it can be a daunting task. It we don't have a clear plan for how to organize ourselves digitally there is a very good chance we will end up feeling like we are chasing our tails. To help you avoid this panicky feeling I have a few tools, tips, and tricks I would like to share with you. If you want to experience a sense of control and order in your digital world then this workshop is for you! 
  • Google Keep- create notes, color code notes, set reminders, create and use labels, share a note
  • YouTube- set up a channel, create a playlist, add videos to a playlist, share and hyperlink playlist
  • Chrome Browsercreate bookmarks, create folders, create favicons, rearrange tabs, pin tabs, open recent tabs, set home page, apply a theme, shortcuts. 

Bonus: SnagIt extension to record screencasts and capture and annotate screenshots, and create GIF's. 

Google Cultural Project 

The Google Cultural Institute is a massive digital collection of pieces of art, historical objects as well as virtual tours. The idea was to make these items more accessible and useful to people from all over the world. The Cultural Institute is comprised of three parts: The Google Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders. We will look at all three of these fantastic projects and explore ways to use the Google Cultural Institute with students of all ages. 
Get ready for the most exciting journey ever by taking a tour of the Google Cultural Institute! We're going to explore the Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders.

Explore Our World with Google Maps

Navigate to a location and then drop Pegman on any area that turns blue. This takes you to streetview. Take your students anywhere in the world! You can even go on a safari in Africa! This is really impressive when you project it on your screen or IWB. Students can access Google Maps on a Chromebook.

We've all used Google Maps to help us get from one place to another, but there is SO much more to them. We can take virtual field trips, create a map for a project, add our own pictures of the world for others to explore. You will even learn how to populate a map using a spreadsheet. Let's explore the possibilities! 

If you have only looked for your house on Google Earth you are missing an ENTIRE universe to explore! Google Earth is no longer just Earth, but Sky, Moon, and Mars as well! In addition to exploring Earth you can add numerous layers to make the experience even more dynamic. You will have to download Google Earth on a laptop or desktop. Unfortunately, Google Earth doesn't work on Chromebooks because it is a download. The power of Google Earth is when it is projected onto a big screen with the lights dimmed. 

Using Maps in the Classroom

Even More to Explore!