Google A - Z

There's more to Google than just Google search and Google Apps EDU. In fact, there is a Google tool for every letter in the alphabet. Explore my favorites listed below with a brief description, link and video tutorial. Sift down towards the bottom of the page to view the extensive list of Google tools. 

Share an idea of how you would use one or several of these tools in the classroom. 

1-Body Browser
Zygote Body: a tool that allows you to search the human body

Google's Body Browser

A showcase of creative experiments programmed in JavaScript, HTML5, and WebG

Chrome Experiments

*Fluid Simulation:
*Google Space
*The Exquisite Forrest
*The Wilderness Downtown
*Ball Droppings

RETIRED-3-Teach Parents Technology
This site was built by a few folks at Google to help support parents (as well as students, teachers and basic users) with basic computer use. It is technical support via video tutorials.

Teach Parents Technology

4-Google URL Shortner
Google URL Shortner is used by Google products to create short URLs that can be easily shared, tweeted, or emailed to friends.

Google URL Shortner Tutorial

5-Let Me Google That for You (LMGTFY)
Let Me Google That For You Let's you conduct the search and send the process. Funny Google Humor!"


Teaching Information Literacy - Searching

If you're looking for a specific file type and subject, you can search by filetype.
Search Operator - 'filetype:'

-Asterisk *
Don’t know a keyword you want to appear in your result? Use an * as a “wildcard” or fill in the blank
Search Operator - '*'

6-YouTube Channels
YouTube allows users to create a channel to store all user videos and share with the world. Interested viewers can subscribe to these channels to receive the latest episodes of that users channel. Below are some great educational channels to subscribe to:


Is YouTube blocked for you or your students? Have trouble streaming videos during school time? Download the videos to your computer to avoid blocking, streaming and inappropriate content issues.

Create Your Own YouTube Channel
Log in to your Google account and go to Upload your videos and set the privacy settings. 

Privacy Settings for your Videos on YouTube

After you've uploaded the video and it's available to everyone, click the Video Managerbutton near the top of the window or below the video box.

This will list all of your videos. Click the Edit pull-down menu next to the video you want to alter.

Then go to the Privacy Settings pull-down menu and select an option:

Public: The default. Anyone can find and see it.

Unlisted: The video won't appear on any Internet searches, nor will YouTube add a link to it on any page. In other words, there's no way for anyone to get to it unless you give them the URL.

Private: Only people you invite will be able to watch the video. You can invite up to 50 people--but only people with a YouTube or Google account.

RETIRED-Google Moderator
Google Moderator is a tool that allows distributed communities to submit and vote on questions for talks, presentations and events. You must have JavaScript

Google Moderator

8-Google Custom Search Engine
You can custom build a search engine using Google Custom Search Engine. Help students build their information literacy skills by having them use this custom search engine or by having your students create their own.

Test is out here: Education Search Engine

Title: Google Custom Search Engine
Video Length: 5:39
Source: davidttech (

Creating a CSE

To enable or create search options for your site:

  1. Click the More actions button  and select Manage site.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Click "Configure search."
  4. Select the Advanced tab.
  5. Click "Add provider," select a provider from the drop-down menu, and specify a name.
    • To search across multiple sites, select each site from the Sites to include drop-down menu, and click Add site.
    • To use a Google Custom Search, provide the URL of your custom search, putting your Custom Search Engine ID after cx=. For example, the URL might look like this (with your Custom Search Engine ID shown in red bold here):
    • To use a Google Search Appliance, provide the URL of a search result page. Since the search term will be replaced with the text that your visitors type in the search box, you may simply search for "test" within your search appliance and use the resulting URL (for example,
  6. Click "OK" to add the search provider.

YouPD has some great video tutorials on Google Apps EDU

Explore the world using Panoramio, a community site for photos of various places, with the option to share and discover photos in Google Maps and Google Earth.

Panoramio Demo

11-Google Chrome WebStore
The Google Chrome Webstore offers many apps and extensions that users can add to the Chrome browser. 
Test the following Apps and Extensions

GMail Add-Ons
Boomerang for Gmail is a Firefox / Chrome plugin that lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages.

Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right in your inbox.

Banana Tag
A simple way to track emails from your GMail. 

12-Personal Call from Santa
In 2012, Google initiated the "personal call from santa" and it seems they will continue the tradition. Simply complete the online information and wait for his call!

13-World Wonders Project
Google explores different areas around the globe including under water. Includes maps, 3D, photographs, videos and more. 

RETIRED-What do you love?
The tool wdyl allows users to conduct a search and Google in turn provides results via communities or services like results in Groups, Trends, YouTube and more.

15-Google Maps Street Views
Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses - and now even visit the Amazon

Interesting Street Maps:
10 Places You Are Not Allowed to See on on Google Maps:
Harry Potter's Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: (article:

Chrome app is a photo editor that works right from your browser. Edit a photo and save to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook or your desktop.  

17-Google Docs Story Builder
This tool allows users to create their own Google docs story. Add your characters, type your story and select your music to create your stories.

Searching through mass amounts of data can be cumbersome and timely, so learning how to narrow your search will be key in becoming more effective web searchers. Below are some tips and tricks to help improve your searching skills.

Search Operators
Google search operators allow you to further customize your searches to give you only the results you want. 

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Color
Video Length: 6:09
Source: Google

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Image and Other Media
Video Length: 3:56
Source: Google

Title: Conducting a Google Search by Filetype
Video Length: 4:40
Source: Google 

Title: Conducting a Google Search by the 'OR' Search Operator
Video Length: 5:04
Source: Google

Title: Finding Content within a Page using Ctrl (PC) or CMD (MAC) + F
Video Length: 7:06
Source: Google

Title: Searching Using the 'Site:' Operator 
Video Length: 5:58
Source: Google

Advanced Search
Google Advanced Search will allow you to further customize your search so that you can narrow down your results. Further, if you are not familiar with search operators to do this, the Google Advanced Search will do the work for you.

Title: Using the Google Advanced Search
Video Length: 5:00
Source: Google

Activity: Test the search features you learned from the video tutorials.
-all these words
-exact word or phrase
-non of these words
-reading label
-custom range

19-Knowledge Graph
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.

Goofram is a site that allows you to search Google and WolframAlpha at the same time. 

21-Search Education
Help your students become better searchers. Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.  With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

22-One World Many Stories
Choose your story and being your journey. Great for lesson ideas or to inspire others to use Google Earth and share their stories. 

Google Maps iTunes app

Google Google has released a completely visual programming language that lets you build software without typing a single character. Now available on Google Code — the company’s site for hosting open source software — the new language is called Google Blockly, and it’s reminiscent of Scratch
, a platform developed at MIT that seeks to turn even young children into programmers.

24-Google Art Project
Explore the site by selecting an art collection, an artist or an artwork. Click on the yellow “pegman” icon to visit these institutions virtually. Filter artworks by medium or make a search by keyword. Finally create and share your personal selection of artworks in the “My Galleries” section and explore other users’ galleries.
Art Project on YouTube Art Project on G+

Art Talk Hangout

More on Art Talks

Create your own gallery of work with Google Open Gallery

25-Google Earth Tour Guide
Google Earth
 lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.

How can you create your own Google Earth tour? Create Narrated Tours
What is Google Earth and how can you use it in the classroom? Google Earth Tutorial
How can Google Earth be used to Teach Math? Real World Math (

More Google Earth Resources:

26-Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum

Google believes that it is important for your students to know how to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves from online threats from bullies to scammers, and to think before they share and be good digital citizens.
Google has partnered with child safety experts at iKeepSafe, and also worked with educators themselves to develop lessons that will work in the classroom, are appropriate for kids, and incorporate some of the best advice and tips that Google's security team has to offer.

27-Google Correlate
A part of Google Trends, Google Correlate allows you to look at search trends over time. For example, input "soup" and you'll see a clear increase in searches during the winter months. The more fascinating part of Google Correlate is the Search by Drawing function. Draw a fun graph and Correlate will give you search keywords that best match your graph creation.
  • Screenshot courtesy of Google Correlate.

  • Google-trends-explore

28-Black Menu
Quickly search almost everything google is capable of - get easy access to the most commonly used google services, available at any time.

This extension is meant to be a replacement for both, iGoogle and the quickly removed google menu. This extension contains an extensive menu of google services. You can access them by browsing through the black menu entries. By clicking the menu entry of your choice, you'll go to the corresponding google service in a new tab.


29-If This Then That
FTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If this, then that. The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are “I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “I check in on Foursquare.” The that part of a Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are “send me a text message” or “create a status message on Facebook.” Pieces of data from a Trigger are called Ingredients. For example, the Ingredients of an Email Trigger could be: subject, body, attachment, received date, and the sender’s address.


All Your Tools in a Google Spreadsheet (

30-YouTube Time Machine
Select a time period and narrow down by category to only sift through those videos. 

Kid safe video player that pulls in YouTube videos. Use the spacebar to move between videos. 

32-Tools that Strip Comments, Additional Videos and Ads from YouTube Videos




33-Google Tips
Easy and fast way to get helpful tips on Google tools. Search by product option available. Simply click on the card and it flips with tips. 

34-App Launcher Icon in Bookmarks Bar
-Go to chrome://apps/
-Add to bookmarks bar by clicking on the star

New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using a modern, clean interface.

Constitute allows you to interact with the world’s constitutions in a few different ways.

  • Quickly find relevant passages. The Comparative Constitutions Project has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can quickly find relevant excerpts on a particular subject, no matter how they are worded. You can browse the 300+ topics in the expandable drawer on the left of the page, or see suggested topics while typing in the search bar (which also lets you perform free-text queries).
  • Filter searches. Want to view results for a specific region or time period? You can limit your search by country or by date using the buttons under the search bar.
  • Save for further analysis. To download or print excerpts from multiple constitutions, click the “pin” button next to each expanded passage you want to save. You can then view and download your pinned excerpts in the drawer on the right.

36-Google Cultural Institute    

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.

With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all.


Cultural Institute on YouTube

Follow Cultural Institute on G+

37-Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project brings some of the oldest known biblical manuscripts online. A partnership betweenThe Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Google Cultural Institute, this project allows users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts at a level of detail never before possible. 

38-Copyright on YouTube
Copyright is an important topic for the entire YouTube community. In the sections below, you’ll find access to all the information and tools needed to manage your rights on the YouTube platform and learn more about respecting the rights of other creators.

39-20 Things I Learned
A book created by the Google Chrome team about all things related to the browser and the web. You can set the book to different languages.

40-Google Maps Engine

41-Google Views

42-Connected Classrooms
Link: Google+

Great Live Hangouts (recommended by a Chicago Public Schools educator)
Zoo Atlanta
Minnesota Zoo
Seattle Aquarium
Matilda the Musical  (NYC)

Where can you find these live hangouts? Interested in learning more?
Here's how you can join the community and participate in these live hangouts: Join the Connected Classroom Community


44-Tour Builder
Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

45-YouTube Extras
Live Events allows you to stream events live
What is the YouTube team working on? YouTube Test Tube
Tubechop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.

46-Form Plus
Create forms with attachment option.

47-Google Docs 
-Template Gallery

-Docs Demo


49-Google Doodles

Create and share your own Android avatar

51-Google Loon
Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

A game for exploring the world.

Draftback is a Chrome extension that lets you play back any Google Doc’s revision history (for docs you can edit). 


free, easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials

57-Clean Print Extension (for Chrome)

58-Random Name Generator
When you just can't come up with a name, use this extension to randomly generate names. 

59-TIPS: Add a calendar event from the omnibox
>Open a new tab >Place cursor in the omnibox >add the following text: 'Add to calendar meeting tonight at 10:00 AM'

Send a personal geo greeting 

61-Hangouts (stand-alone app)

62-Map Fight
a web tool that shows country size in perspective 

63-Google Science Journal (app)
Science Journal is a tool for doing science with your smartphone. You can use the sensors in your phone or connect to external sensors to conduct experiments on the world around you. Organize your ideas into projects, make predictions, take notes and collect data in multiple trials, then annotate and explore your results. It's the lab notebook you always have with you.
Android App:

Addictive Google street view based exploration/adventure game!

A space for private chat/community like a Google+ private/invite only communities. 

What to collaborate with us? Share your findings!
-Purge through the Chrome Web Store and select your top three apps or extensions
-Share with us in the TCEA Social Community under the group: All Things Google

Looking for more Google Tools?

More Google Tools:

3D Warehouse The Google 3D Warehouse is a free, online repository where you can find, share, store, and collaborate on 3D models.  Google 3D Warehouse YouTube 
A Google A Day Provides users a question of the day that the user must answer using their Google search skills A Google a Day YouTube Video 
Bookmarks Virtual space for saving your bookmarks, links to your Google account Google Bookmarks and Lists YouTube Video 
Chrome Experiments A showcase of creative experiments programmed in JavaScript, HTML5, and WebG Google Chrome Experiments Sampling YouTube Video 
Chrome Web Store The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. Google Web Store Video Demo 
Computational Thinking Computational thinking (CT) involves a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs that underlie the computer applications you use such as search, email, and maps. Here are specific techniques. Google's Computational Thinking YouTube Video 
Earth Engine Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back more than 25 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the earth's surface. (Link to Google Earth Engine Outreach: Google Earth Engine Overview 
Fusion Tables Create or fuse tables of data into charts, graphics, and images Google Fusion Tables YouTube Video 
Knowledge Graph Google Blog-Knowledge Graph 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 Overview 
Search Education Help your students become better searchers. Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners. With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training. Google Search Education Overview 
Public Data Explorer The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. Google Public Data Explorer Overview 
Let Me Google That For You (LMGTFY) Let Me Google That For You Let's you conduct the search and send the process. Funny Google Humor!" LMGTFY Demo 
Teach Parents Technology A site that will build your tutorial customized from you Teach Parents Technology YouTube video 
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 Overview 
Keyword Tool Type in any word, phrase or website name. Google gives a list of keyword ideas plus data showing how often words are searched and their ad bid competition. Tool has many uses but is designed for Google AdWords advertisers to research keyword ideas and place ads on search result pages and websites using AdSense. Google Keyword YouTube Video 
URL Shortner Google URL Shortner is used by Google products to create short URLs that can be easily shared, tweeted, or emailed to friends. Google URL Shortner YouTube Video 
Goggles Search the web using photos that you've taken on your mobile phone or that you take using the camera on your phone.. Google Googles Demo 
Google Mars   
What do you love? Get more of what you love by searching across numerous Google products with one click.  
Google Street View Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses - and now even visit the Amazon! Get a demo or browse the gallery to see collections from around the world.  
Doodle Google Database Database of all Google Doodles.   
Think Quarterly At Google, we aim to help people and organizations navigate a world gone digital. That's why we created Think Quarterly. We don’t want to review what’s happened; we want to prepare you for what happens next. For each issue, we tap our homegrown visionaries, plus heads of industry, innovators and experts, to lend their insights and outlooks on the digital future. We hope it gives a view into what drives us as a company and inspires those of you who lead the way.  
Google Alerts Set up news or keyword search alerts. When the news comes out, be the first to know by customizing your settings to alert you of the latest topics you're interested in. Setting Up Google Alerts 
World Tours Google explores different areas around the globe including under water. Includes maps, 3D, photographs, videos and more.  
Take Action A free and open world depends on a free and open web. Take action by pledging for an open web.   
Map Maker Allows you to submit updates to Google Maps.  
Google Moon Google teamed up with scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center to bring you this collection of lunar maps and charts. This tool is an exciting new way to explore the story of the Apollo missions, still the only time mankind has set foot on another world.   
Site to Phone Chrome Extensions that allows you to send links and text to your phone or tablet.  
Google Sky Use Google Sky to teach astronomy Google Sky Demo 
Google Apps for Android turn-by-turn GPS navigation  
Google Play Apps, music, books music and more for your Android devices  
Latitude Latitude allows you to find your friends and family on a map and share where you are with the people you choose.  
Google Drive Apps Apps and extensions that work with your Google Drive applications.   
Google Apps Marketplace Third-party apps for Google Apps EDU available for free and fee-based.   
Google SMS Search the web from your text messages  
Map Up A MapUp is an event in which a group of people come together to improve the places they know and love on Google Maps by using Google Map Maker. MapUps can focus on the map of a neighborhood, region, or even for a particular feature such as hiking trails or cycling routes. MapUps can also serve to teach new mappers how to use Google Map Maker, bring together experienced mappers, and everything in between.   
Google's Graveyard A virtual space for leaving flowers on the graves of Google's services that have been retired.   
Google Keep note taking application; Google Keep is available online and via an Android app. Both iterations are free.  
Google TakeOut Welcome to Google Takeout. Google Takeout allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products. Security Note: Since Google Takeout involves your personal information, we'll sometimes take extra care to protect you by asking you to verify your password even though you're already signed in.  
Inside Search   
Google Books NGram Viewer When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.  
Trends Find out the latest trends on your search topic. Look at trends in hot searches with Google Trends. Browse by date, or look at top searches in different categories with the new Top Charts function. Finally, with the Explore function, input a search term and see how it trended over time and location. You can also now view popular searches in a colorful fullscreen format.  
Think Insights Home to an abundance of resources, Google Think Insights is a useful tool for entrepreneurs and industry professionals. There are case studies, new findings and tips on how to grow your business, as well as showcases of exemplary projects. Finally, there are also tools for maximizing your site analytics and ad campaigns. A particularly useful collection is how to "Make Your Website Work Across Different Platforms."  
Portable Google Chrome Browser Google Chrome Portable is a web browser that runs web pages and applications with lightning speed. It's designed to be simple and stylish. It's packaged as a portable app, so you can take your browsing experience with you.  
Google Fonts Listing of fonts you can add to your Google docs  
Google Maps for Education Google Maps for Education provides resources to help teachers and students explore, create, and collaborate with mapping tools. Students who are taught geography are better equipped to understand how human and physical systems interact and to make informed decisions based on that knowledge.  
Dead Sea Scroll 
Google Maps Educational Grant Google Maps for Education offers Earth Pro and Maps Engine grants to qualifying educational institutions that demonstrate a compelling need for the advanced product features. Eligibility Requirements The following requirements must be met by the institutions applying: A .edu e-mail address strongly preferred Public schools, 501(c)3 educational institutions, or for-profit charter schools A compelling reason for needing one or more of the Google Earth Pro or Maps Engine features Applicants must be faculty, school, or department administrators (no individual student grants)  
Google Now From knowing the weather before you start your day, to planning the best route to avoid traffic, or even checking your favorite team’s score while they’re playing, Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it.  
Internet 101 What is the web, and how can you make it work for you? As you explore the tips on security and safety in Good to Know, you may have some questions about what the web is and how to use popular types of online services. Please check out these answers from Googlers and learn more about getting online, finding information and navigating the web, and connecting and sharing online.  
Good to Know Explore quick tips and how-to’s that explain what you can do to stay safe and secure on the web.  
Google Security and Privacy Settings With Google, you have a variety of tools that can help keep you safe and keep your information private and secure. Here are some of our most popular tools that help make Google work better for you.  
Safety Center Your safety on YouTube is important to us. We've created the Safety Center as a destination for resources, tools, and tips on many topics.  
Google Educational Materials A place to conduct searches for finding curriculum materials  
App Inventor MIT's App Inventor site.   
Helpouts A place where you get help from real people in real time using Google Hangouts. Attend for free or for a fee or create your own.   
Google Course Builder   
Google Charts Create or mesh charts  Google Image Chart Editor YouTube Video 
LEGO Builder   
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