Let's take a look at some of the other ingredients that Google provides and how those can be
used in the K-12 setting. Some of the tools that you can put on your plate will include: Voice, Alerts, Scholar, Custom  Search, Reader, Picasa and Translate! We will go through how these tools are being used by educators and can be put together to spice things up!

Alerts- http://www.google.com/alerts

Monitor the Web for interesting new content

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you'll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
  • Steps to Create a Google Alert

Want to edit photos, create a quick digital story or collage? Take a look at Picasa. This IS a program you need to install on your computer, but then it is easy to create albums, share them to the web and integrate them into Google Sites, Blogger or simply share with others!
Crib Sheets

Resources for Teachers

Picasa Web Albums
Link to Web Album Settings- Think about using this to collect pictures from the group
Send an email with the photo attached 
to sbehmer.photos@picasaweb.com 
and make the subject line MWGS

Translate- http://translate.google.com/

Translate a website or translate text! 

Scholar- http://google.com/scholar/
Search for journals and scholarly research! You can check if folks are citing you or just find research online or at your local library. Then set up alerts, so if new info comes you will be notified.
 Teaching current events? Here is the latest and greatest news stories and can be customized by your location. 
-decide if you want an news addition from another country.
-use the gear and personalize the type of news you want to see.
-look at spotlight


Set up your own classroom phone number! Google Voice can let you text your students and parents and take your classroom phone with you. The beauty in having a microphone right in the corner of your room.  Download voicemails students leave and think about how you can incorporate those MP3 files in class.

Assignment: Call me and let me know what things you have learned today?




Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing.

Simplify your reading experience
Google Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It's like a personalized inbox for the entire web.

Discover new content
Millions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and our integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you.

Create a "Bundle" to share!

Some sites you may want to add:


Books- http://books.google.com/
Check out books that are in the public domain! You can read them from a mobile device. What about listing bookshelves of the books in your classroom library?  Preview some books before you buy or check them out.

Maps- https://maps.google.com
Create a collaborative map, what about a virtual field trip! So much stuff there you can do. Use the place marks and embed code to make a great interactive map.