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!
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:
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!
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
and make the subject line MWGS
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?
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.
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.