Google Apps

There are lots of ways you can use the ideas of Got Books with the Google Apps for Education suite.  Whether you just use Google Docs for planning and collaboration or set up RSS feeds with Google Reader to follow your favorite Pinterest boards - there are plenty of ways to be creative.  Check out these examples below:

Got Books? Promote reading & YA Literature using Google Apps

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Google Apps for Education includes:

Google Mail (Gmail)
Google Calendar

Google Drive

Google Docs

Google Groups

Google Sites

Google Drive - a single place for up-to-date versions of your files from anywhere.  Store projects in Google Drive even if that software isn't available on that device. Great for moving files from computer to iPad.

Google Docs / Drive
  • Use Docs for editing book reviews - then publish to Teen Ink and Destiny Quest (Follett Library Circulation system)
  • Collaborative editing & proofreading - great for book talks, book reviews or Choose Your Own Adventure type stories.
  • Access Google Docs template Gallery to find templates of Fakebook pages, graphic organizers, book logs, Character Sketch book talks, journal templates and more.
  • Take photo in your library or classroom to create posters using Google Docs or Drawings to promote reading & events like Banned Books Week -- easy to embed into Google Site.
  • Create a Google Doc or Site and have students contribute "Read Alikes".  Example:  If you read  "____" then you should read "___".
  • Promote Authors, genres or specific titles with Guess the Wordle.  Save the image and share using your Google Drive.

Google Spreadsheets & Forms
  • Set up the brackets for Battle of the Books - Book Bracketology using Google Spreadsheets.  Use Forms for voting.
  • Embed Forms into Site for students to submit book recommendations, book club sign ups, or voting for book awards.
  • Track books throughout the year by the whole class by using a Google Form & embed the results on class website.

Google Slides
  • Embed a slideshow on your Library or class webpage that includes QR codes to book trailers or Author interviews on YouTube.
  • Create a Slide Presentation showing new books in the Library or titles installed on eReader devices and embed on class or Library website.  Easy to update & review.
  • Use Presentations for oral book reviews or book talks.
  • Create digital eNotecards using Presentations to document non-fiction research
  • Collaborate on a Google Presentation and then export the slides to VoiceThread to engage your students during your Summer Reading Program.

Google Groups
  • Use Google Groups to organize and collaborate with members of your Book Club.
  • Start a teacher book club over the summer and encourage educators to share favorite titles.
  • Use Google Groups to participate in global projects such as The Global Read Aloud project.
  • Write short, concise book reviews in 140 characters or less - like Twitter.  Set up a private Google group as "tweet" your messages to each other.

Google Sites
  • Create your Library or classroom website using Google Sites.  Embed projects, forms, and gadgets on page.
  • Embed a Prezi or Google Presentation to showcase the work of an individual Author or genre.
  • Embed Animoto movies to promote book contests or fun book reviews on a Site.  Upload saved videos into Google Drive to share among devices.
  • Use Announcement page in Sites as a blog - like your own version of GoodReads.

These additional features must be turned on by your school administrator:

Additional Google Applications (see below)
Apps Marketplace

Google Books
  • Track the books you are reading & rate them using Google Books.  Be transparent with your students so they see you reading. 
  • Contribute your own reviews & encourage your book members to do the same
  • Load eReader devices with apps for eBooks, ePubs, and books in the public domain using Google Books.
  • Download free LibriVox audiobooks (books in public domain) and load them onto a donated iPod for checkout or upload them into a shared folder in Google Drive for all to listen.  Match up the audiobook with same title from Google Books.
Google Scholar
  • Get MLA, APA & Chigago citations right in the results when searching with Google Scholar.  
Google News / Alerts
  • Create a Google alert to keep up-to-date with news of a favorite Author - especially if they will be visiting your school or hometown.

Google Maps
  • Embed non-fiction reading material or excerpts from books into a Google Map
  • Follow the adventure of a favorite book character by placing placemarkers and tracking their route on a custom Google Map

Google Earth
  • Entice your adventurous readers by downloading a *.kmz file from Google Lit Trips and viewing them in Google Earth.

  • Create simple book trailers:  Make slides in Google Presentations, download as PPT/Images, upload into movie editing software (iMovie or Windows Movie Maker), collaborate on script using Google Docs, record narration (Audacity or Garageband) & add to movie. Publish and upload to class YouTube channel.
  • Embed YouTube Picture book trailers in a Google Site to create a sense of anticipation for an upcoming novel.  Trailers can provide models of literary techniques including cliffhangers, foreshadowing, mood, pacing and tone.  
  • Start an after school Bookcasting Club and have students record Vodcasts of their favorite titles and upload them to a classroom YouTube account or embed on Google Site.
  • Promote new books by embedding GoAnimate videos on your Library Google Sites. Upload them to YouTube & share with your students.  GoAnimate is also a fun way to make a Library Orientation video.
  • Create a YouTube playlist of your favorite poets reading their poems, interviews with authors, or published book trailers.  Embed the entire playlist on your Google Site. 

  • Use Picasa to organize photos of students holding books -- add titles that say "recommended by ..." and place photos in a digital photo frame located on the Library circulation desk or classroom.

  • Track the numbers of books your students read over the course of the school year by having each student post a quick summary on a class Blogger site.  Celebrate at the end of the year by counting the number of blog posts or analyze the results with a chart in Google Spreadsheets.
  • Add QR codes to book covers that link to author interviews (YouTube), book reviews (Blogger) or read-alikes (Google Sites).

Apps Marketplace (Must be added by Google Apps administrator)

Other Google-related tools:

Chrome Browser (can be synced & customized by each Google Apps account).  Use the Chrome Browser to access your favorite apps right from the Browser -- especially great if you are using ChromeBooks.
  • Chrome Apps: 
    • Google Play Books
    • Evernote Web
    • Read Later Fast
    • Pixlr Editor
    • Pixton Comic Maker EDU
    • Quizlet
    • LucidCharts
    • Glogster EDU
  • Extensions:
    • URL shortener - makes short URL & QR codes!
    • Google Dictionary - view definitions easily as you browse the web
    • ChromeVox - text to speech
    • Readability Redux -  removes the clutter around what you are reading
    • Diigo Web Highlighter - annotate webpages & bookmark

Google+ Hangouts (not part of Google Apps - Age 18+)
  • Teachers using their regular Google accounts set up a Google+ Hangout so students in #SWVBC - SomeWhat Virtual Book Club - could discuss a book that all book club members read.
  • A teacher in Central America joined the Google+ Hangout of a Oregon Librarian who was hosting "Poetry Day".  Students took turns reading original and famous poems to each other.
  • Have virtual visits with Authors in your Library or classroom and share the broadcasts with other classes with Google+ Hangout on air.
Google Reader  NOTE:  READER is now retired - try Google+ or FEEDLY
  • Use Scoop-it to curate and display "read-alikes" but then have the updates sent to you by using Google Reader and RSS.
  • Combine your face-to-face book club with an online presence and take your book club online at GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.  Use Google Reader to subscribe to postings using RSS.
  • Follow your favorite Pinterest boards with Google Reader and RSS. User feed: 
    Board feed:
  • Create enhanced podcasts and encourage parents and community members to subscribe by Google Reader and RSS.

Need help on how to create some of the items above?  Check out the fabulous tutorials created by GCT & Teacher Librarian Lisa Perez and Chicago Public School: