Rockingham County

Making Learning Collaborative with Google Apps & Web 2.0

Google Advanced Search Challenge Activities:
1. Perform a basic Google Search then open the "advanced" menu.
2. Refine your search by reading level. 
3. Refine your search by location. 
4. Refine your search by publication date. 
5. Open the Advanced Search menu then refine your search by excluding words from your search. 
6. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search to just results from a domain such as ".edu"
7. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search to a file type. 
8. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search by using a country code such as ".ca" Then compare results coming from different countries. 
9. Refine your search by usage rights. 
10. Create your own search engine using Google Custom Search.

Google Documents Practice Activities
    57 pages of directions for using Docs and Forms can be found here
        Practice Series 1:
            1. Create a new document. 
            2. Insert a hyperlink and an image or drawing into your document. 
            3. Invite two other people to collaborate on your document. 
            4. Use the chat or comment box to ask one of your collaborators to remove the drawing or image you inserted in step 2 above.
            5. Create a section in your document to collaboratively brainstorm ideas for using Google Docs in your classroom. 
            6. Publish your document to the web. 
            7. Download a copy of your document.

        Practice Series 2:
            1. Create a new form. 
            2. Write at least four questions in your form. Make the first question "your name."
            3. Publish your form to the web. Share the link to your form with two people and ask them to complete the form.
            4. In your Google Documents homepage open the spreadsheet that was generated by responses to your form. 
            *Advanced Challenge
            5. Insert the "Flubaroo" script from the "insert" drop down menu. 
            6. Run the Flubaroo script to auto grade your multiple choice forms. Visit to watch a video on using Flubaroo. 
            7. Browse the script and gadget gallery for scripts that you can use in your classroom. (I recommend trying Spreadsheet Mapper). 

Google Sites & Blogger Practice Activities
        Click here for directions on using Google Sites. 
        Click here for directions on using Blogger. 
            Practice Series 1:
                1. Create and a new Google Site at Choose one of the default templates (you can always change the template later). 
                2. Edit the homepage to reflect the purpose of your site. 
                3. Create an announcements page. 
                4. Create a file cabinet page. 
                5. Use the sharing options to invite someone else to contribute to your site. 
                6. Edit the sidebar navigation and or page designs.

            Practice Series 2:
                1. Create a new blog.
                2. Write your first blog post. Include a title, two different font styles, links to two websites, and labels.
                3. Edit your first blog post from your Blogger dashboard.
                4. Create a blog post that includes an image. 
                5. Swap blog urls with someone else and comment on each other's posts. 
                6. Use the design tab in your Blogger dashboard to re-arrange, remove, and or add gadgets from the sidebar.
                7. Use the settings tab in your Blogger dashboard to activate comment moderation.
                8. Use the settings tab in your Blogger dashboard to invite someone else to contribute to your blog. 

Google Maps Practice Activities
        Click here for directions on using Google Maps. 
        Click here for Tom Barrett's Maths Maps. 
        Click here for examples of Google Maps in science lessons. 
        Click here for Google Lit Trips. 

            Practice Series 1:
                1. Locate a significant landmark and attempt to view it in Street View. 
                2. Switch between Map view, Satellite view, and Google Earth view. 
                3. Open the "Maps Labs" (you have to be signed into your Google Account to do this) and activate the distance measuring tool. Then measure the distance between two places. 
                4. Open "My Places" and create a new map.
                5. Add a placemark to your new map. Label your placemark and write a description. 
                6. Add a second placemark to your map. Include an hyperlink in your second placemark.
                7. Add a third placemark to your map. Include an image in your third placemark.
                8. Share your map with someone else through the Google Maps sharing tools. Invite someone to collaborate on your map. 
                *Advanced Challenges
                9. Embed a video into a placemark on your map. 
                10. Change the placemark icons on your map. 
                11. Add shapes to your Google Map. 

Google Groups Practice Activities
        Practice Series:            
            1. Go to and search for public groups of interest to you. Observe the formatting of interactions in the groups. 
            2. Create a new group of your own. 
            3. Invite two or more people to participate in your group. 
            4. Create a new conversation in your group. (Possible prompts: what have you learned today? What new Google tools might you use this fall?)
            5. Reply to comments in your group's conversation.