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All Things Google

It's where we're going, and it's good. You just have to be willing to spend time learning all the amazing things Google can do! I've create a multitude of resources for you to be able to get any and all the info you will need to make Google work for you and your students!
Awesome Tools Google Hosts:

The Knowledge Graph
enables you to search for things, people or places that Google knows about—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more—and instantly get information that’s relevant to your query. This is a critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do. 
Google’s Knowledge Graph isn’t just rooted in public sources such as Freebase, Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook. It’s also augmented at a much larger scale—because we’re focused on comprehensive breadth and depth. It currently contains more than 500 million objects, as well as more than 3.5 billion facts about and relationships between these different objects. And it’s tuned based on what people search for, and what we find out on the web. This is a huge improvement in searching and can help teachers and student find better results and better information in their searches. Watch this video for a brief video describing the new search tool.

Arts Project hosted by Google: 
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces. There is work from 17 of the world's greatest museums housed in this collection. Some of the images are so clear that a visitor to the real museum would be arrested for trying to get so close!

Google Maps for Educators:
 Google Maps is an intuitive service for navigating global maps information. It enables you and your students to look up and study addresses anywhere in the U.S. and in many other countries and get point-to-point, draggable directions plotted on an interactive street map. You can also research public transit options and study Yellow Pages listings with reviews, business information and coupons. You can freely switch between map, satellite, terrain, and StreetView modes to gain various perspectives on a location. Best of all, Google Maps is an online application, so there's no downloading required, and you can access it from any computer that's connected to the Internet. Use Scribble Maps to create instant Google Maps with your students that can be customized & embedded into other content. 


Google Earth:
 There are so many great ways to incorporate this tool in your classroom, no matter what subject you teach! Explore 26 Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom and learn some of the great ways you can use Google Earth in your classroom to enhance your curriculum.

YouTube:
 has incredible content that our students can benefit from. Learn the best ways to harness this tool.
  • YouTube Teachers: Learn how to use YouTube in the classroom - the introductory videos have great information. You will have to watch this one at home because it is YouTube, but remember media converters like Zamzar will download and convert a YouTube video so you can show it in class.
  • YouTube for Schools:  sign up for YouTube for Schools to bring the power of video to your classrooms for free. Access thousands of free high quality educational videos on YouTube in a controlled environment.  YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU. These videos come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile. School admins and teachers can log in and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos plus videos their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled and search is limited to YouTube EDU videos. You can customize the content available in your school. All schools get access to all of the YouTube EDU content, but teachers and administrators can also create playlists of videos that are viewable only within their school's network. YouTube.com/Teachers has hundreds of playlists of videos that align with common educational standards, organized by subject and grade. These playlists were created by teachers for teachers so you can spend more time teaching and less time searching.

Google Book Search, the electronic equivalent of browsing through a library, is a great way to find new books for your class to read or for your students to use as research tools. You can browse through specific categories, type in keywords, or search for particular titles. Each result includes the information you'd find about that book in a card catalog, plus a table of contents, links to book reviews and related works, and other resources. For instance, in the results for Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, you'll find links to scholarly works about the novel. For copyrighted books, the results may provide a few sample pages, but for books in the public domain, you may be able to read the entire work online. If you want to keep track of your searches, you can create an online library of books by clicking "Add to my library" for any book you'd like to include. You can review, rate, and do a full-text search on the books in your library, and you can share the link with others. Google Book Search also lets you buy any book online or search for it at the nearest library.

Ever wonder why we went Google? Here's just a few of the things you can do with Google Apps for Education:

  • Google is free (or really cheap for Apps for Education compared to Microsoft) and less IT support needed. Also runs better on older computers. If you have Chrome, Google and Chrome play nicely together. 
  • Google is easy to use - students and teachers probably use some of it already outside of school
  • Google works together - all the apps work together and have similar menus and functions. Even some well known proprietary struggle with this concept. 
  • Google is cloud based - your work is backed up on Google’s servers, accessible from any computer and/or mobile device, it runs fast, and best of all? There are no lost flash drives or corrupted drives. And if your computer gets dropped, run over, lost... your work is safely waiting in the cloud. 
  • If you need to do it, there is probably a Google app for it. Trust me on that one. 
  • You can engage your students with Google+, Google Earth, your Google classroom site and blogs. 
  • Have your students create new projects using a blog or site, Sketchup, Docs etc. 
  • You can stay informed and connected with Google+, Google Reader, and Google News 
  • Search more efficiently with Google Scholar, Safesearch, and other custom searches. 
  • Google helps you get organized with bookmarks, iGoogle, Calendar, Tasks and more. 
  • You can connect and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues using Gmail and Google+. (coming soon)
  • Google+ Circles make it easy to sort who you share what with (we'll get there)
  • Google+ Hangouts can be used for collaboration or study groups. (we'll get there)
  • You and your students can collaborate on projects at the same time using Docs (think about student projects, collaborative lesson plans, meeting notes and projects) 
  • Google Docs eliminates the need for flash drives, emailing versions, software issues (the 'cloud' stores the work, you can work collaboratively, export variety of formats, & share online)
  • Google Voice - you could communicate with parents, email of messages, and more 
  • Google Translate - translate work or memos for language students and parents. Mobile apps will translate spoken word too. 
  • Docs can be used to store any file - free online file storage is a great thing. No lost flash drives. 
  • There is a huge amount of resources, tips, ideas, and lessons for using Google’s apps in education from educators. Just see the small list on the right. 
  • Use Sketchup to create 3D models for class, of classrooms and schools for remodeling, and more. 
  • Upload, edit and share pictures with Picasa and Piknik. Embed them in your Google Site.
  • Shorten URLs with goo.gl and then track the useage of the shortened URL.
Tutorials and Tips for Teachers:
Get all the info you need about 'how to' and much more with these tutorials that cover almost all the Google Apps! Specific Apps are addressed in labeled sections below. 
Internet Safety:
Learn some new things about how the Internet works and how to stay safe. This isn't just for kids!

How to Use Google Apps in the Classroom:
Wondering how to best get these Google tools in YOUR classroom? Read on. 

E-Portfolios
: House your students' or your professional information cleanly, neatly, and professionally in a portfolio with Google Sites.



Gmail
: Learn how to master Gmail to utilize your time more efficiently.

  • Become a Gmail Ninja:Learn tips and tricks to save time, increase your productivity, and manage your email efficiently. Start with the tips that are right for you, based on how much email you get each day, then move your way to becoming a Gmail master.
Google Calendar:
This tool will help both you and your students to stay organized and on top of all classroom material! Learn how to best use this tool to support your schedule and help your students stay ready for everything in your class & beyond. 
  • Google Calendar in the Classroom Crib SheetLearn tips and instructional ideas for using Google Calendar in the classroom
  • Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning: Google calendar is a great tool, and the new feature currently in calendar labs adds the ability to attach a Google Doc to a calendar event. This makes using Google Calendar for lesson planning a powerful tool. After creating a lesson or unit, you can share your calendar and relevant documents with other teachers in your building or district, fostering collaboration. Watch this quick video on how to use this feature. 
  • Google Calendar Interactive Tutorial: Learn the basics of Google Calendar.
  • Using Appointment Slots in Google Calendar: Instructions for using this feature of Google Calendar; the appointment slots feature lets you set time slots on your calendar that other people can book.
Google Docs
: There are so many collaboration benefits from using Google Docs. Which way will you use this tool to enhance your classroom?


Google Sites:
Some great tips and tutorials on how to use this tool in the classroom!

Lesson Plans:
 Get lesson plan ideas using a variety of Google's tools.
  • Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning: Google calendar is a great tool, and the new feature currently in calendar labs adds the ability to attach a Google Doc to a calendar event. This makes using Google Calendar for lesson planning a powerful tool. After creating a lesson or unit, you can share your calendar and relevant documents with other teachers in your building or district, fostering collaboration. Watch this quick video on how to use this feature.
  • Google For Educators Homepage - check out the lesson plan search & the Professional Development section.
 
Search Better with Google: 
I think Americans coined the phrase 'Time is money." Stop wasting time doing idle searching on the web and learn how to best utilize the world's most powerful search engine.