Hordes of Free Tools from a Google Certified Teacher


    me, the Krause Center at Foothill College, NextVista.org
    the newsletter and associated freebies: xrl.us/NVnews

    what we'll cover (Google, non-Google stuff)

Getting Started - words and search and such
    Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals
        Merriam-Webster - more traditional definitions
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye
        Shortcut Guide - a nice resource by Nancy Blachman and Jerry Peek
        Google Squared - wildly cool associations of data
        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
    Books and Scholar - finding what's worth reading and citing
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers

    Activity possibilities:
  • find presentations on topics that interest you
  • find a topic from what you teach that creates a nice Google Square
  • create a poll for students, colleagues

Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Google Docs - word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
        Docs - sharing, revision history, and saving the file
        Presentations - use for prompts, planning, and (of course) presenting
        Spreadsheets - cool tricks with fill and lookup
            for the fill trick, you'll need to press the CTRL key (Windows) / Option key (Mac) as you fill
            the formula for the lookup is =googlelookup(cell,cell)

        Forms - the magic of gathering data
(Know your lyrics?)
            branching forms - this stuff just keeps getting better
        tutorials on YouTube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations
        demo for practicing these tools
    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company

    Activity possibilities:

  • experiment with spreadsheet tools and gadgets
  • create a form for gathering student info
  • make an information and resource site for your course

Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum
    Google Maps
        various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments
    Earth - 3D Atlas (and Lit Trips)
    Sketch Up - computer-aided design, without the heart-stopping price tag

    finding resources - Advanced Search and kml files; literature stuff - Google Lit Trips
        history (tinyurl.com/calmissionsmap)

    creating your own maps
, Maps handout for educators
        tutorials on YouTube for Google Maps

    Activity possibilities:
  • find and link/upload a kml file on a topic of interest to you
  • create a map with colleagues about special places in your community
  • use photos or Wikipedia entries in Maps as writing prompts

Capturing Attention - it's all about the audio and the visuals
    YouTube - great source for tutorials
        YouTube EDU - Google's answer to ITunesU?
        info for educators - Google's "Safety Center" for educators
        Zamzar - for bringing these videos to your desktop
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results
    Picasa - great for photos and organizing them
    Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
        proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
        Citing Sources, the easy way
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PodSafeAudio and Jamendo - music you can use
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)

    Activity possibilities:
  • choose images from online that help you teach a concept
  • choose an audio file from Jamendo that can be the point of departure for choosing visuals
  • choose a video from YouTube (convert using Zamzar) as a discussion prompt

Communities - for us, for the kiddos
    Classroom 2.0 and Learn Central - perhaps the best sites for collaborating with colleagues
    Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (the Scouting video)

    Activity possibilities:
  • find a C2.0 or Learn Central group to follow and brainstorm how it could help you

More Google Fun - getting geographical, calendrical, and alertical; Wave and Buzz
    Calendar - (Other Calendars -> Add -> Browse Interesting Calendars) lots of fun stuff!
    Alerts - every school should be using this
    Wave - solid tool for small teams of 3-8 folks
    Buzz - good backchannel tool integrated into Gmail

    Activity possibilities:
  • create an alert that gives you information about your school or program

Software and Sites You Might Want to Explore - fantastic freeware from the non-Google world
    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft (really) for creating slideshow videos
    Jing - freeware for screencasting
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
        Daniel Moix's overview of Google Tools in Prezi

    Audacity - powerful audio editor
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images

    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    Picnik - online photo editing

    Glogster - multimedia posters
 - mix photos for a 3D effect
    ABCya! - games and tools-a-plenty for elementary

    File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
    Metamark TinyURL and SnipURL - making the URLs more comfortable

    Activity possibilities:
  • use Audacity to create WAV or MP3 stories for writing prompts
  • create a how-to using Jing on using a piece of software that is important for your class

Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects
    NextVista.org - videos to learn, to travel, and to inspire

    Activity possibilities: choose a video to show students to get their thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, changes, etc.

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