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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.