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20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms | Digital Learning Environments

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20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms

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By Laura Turner 

Google continues to provide a wealth of useful easy-to-use tools that can be used well in the classroom. Some of these are newer and some have been around for a while. All of these tools, as well as additional tools can be found at Google Options.

1.   Google Sky - http://www.google.com/sky
 Allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth's moon.

 

2.   Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en
This site allows you to search scholarly online material.

 

3.   Google News - http://news.google.com
Aggregated headlines and a search engine of many of the world's news sources.

 

4.   Google Image Swirl - http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com
Is a visualization tool that organizes image search results into a hierarchy of groups and sub-groups.

5.   Google Video - http://video.google.co.uk
Search and watch millions of videos. Includes forum and personalized recommendations.

 

6.   Google Books - http://books.google.com/books
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide

 

7.   Google Docs – http://docs.google.com
Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.  Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys and more.

8.   Google Trends - http://www.google.com/trends ;
Google Trends, provided insights into the search terms people have been entering into the Google search engine. 

9.   Google Insights http://www.google.com/insights/search
Google Insights provides a visual representation of regional interest on a country's map. It displays top searches and rising searches that may help with keyword research. Results can be narrowed down with categories that are displayed for each search terms.

 

10.         Google Art Project - http://www.googleartproject.com
Users can explore 17 museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share their own collection of masterpieces. This is an awesome resource for Art related activities

 

11.         Google Swifty (beta)  http://www.google.com/doubleclick/studio/swiffy   
Annoyed that you can’t view Flash files on your iPad?  You’re not alone,  Google “Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads). 

12.         Google Earth -  http://earth.google.com
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies in outer space, the oceans, Mars and the Moon. GEarthHacks  http://www.gearthhacks.com Download 3D overlays that can used with Google Earth

13.         Google Building Maker - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwh/buildingmaker.html
Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It's fun to use, and an easy way to get on the 3D map. Here's how it works: Select a city from around the world. Make a building with photos we provide. Save your building and it will be reviewed. See your 3D building in Google Earth!

14.         Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader/view/#overview-page
Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline

15.         Google Sites - https://sites.google.com  
 Google’s web creation tool

16.         Google Talk http://www.google.com/talk   
Google Talk is Google’s approach to instant online communications. GTalk has an in-browser chat function, tied to the iGoogle and GMail pages, with both Video chat and Voice over IP connectivity available.

 

17.         Google Alerts - http://www.google.com/alerts
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.

 

18.         Google Finance http://www.google.com/finance
 Google Finance is a wonderful tool include stock quotes, business information and news and interactive charts.

 

19.         Google Translate http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#
Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between 58 different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of our supported languages. With Google Translate, we hope to make information universally accessible and useful, regardless of the language in which it’s written.

 

20.         Google for Educators - http://www.google.com/educators/index.html
At Google, we support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this page. Here, you’ll find a teacher’s guide to Google Tools for Your Classroom. And to spark your imagination, you'll find examples of innovative ways that other educators are using these tools in the classroom. While you’re here, you can sign up for the quarterly Google for Educators newsletter, as well as check out the latest from The Infinite Thinking Machine, a Google-sponsored, WestEd-produced blog for educators, by educators.

 

 


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Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery

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Much like sites that you can rate items up or down, you can rate the best aerial photography via Google Earth screen shots. There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this site. The physical and human landscapes are both intermingled in this fantastic collection of images…be careful, it can be amazingly addictive.   One this blog post I've added 13 of my favorite cultural and physical landscapes on to http://www.stratocam.com 


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 2, 2012 9:56 AM
These satellite images are truly spectacular! They are beautiful and, yes, addicting to look at! I found it interesting that the images of manmade cities/landscapes had similar design and curvature to the images of Mother Nature's oceans and forestry.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 3, 2012 7:51 PM
Visually on a ground level it is hard to conceptualize the significance of the surrounding landscape. How people alter our surroundings can reveal a lot about the history and culture of a particular society. Although the architecture at Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands is quite stunning from an aerial view, this fortress was designed to repel invaders and control the area. Even if you don’t know much about this country’s history, this image reveals that it was most likely not a peaceful place in the 16th and 17th century.
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40+ ideas on using Google Earth and Maps in the classroom « Digital Explorer

These are some teaching ideas to accompany the Digital Explorer presentations at the Playful Learning Zone at BETT this year. Come and see us to find out more.


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OverlapMaps - Instantly compare any two places on Earth!

OverlapMaps - Instantly compare any two places on Earth! | Spatial in Schools | Scoop.it
An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size.

 

The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is an very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper.  


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Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 1:07 PM
This toll will and can provide a reliable mapping source to geographers everywhere. It is useful and fun. A neat way to learn cartography
Josiah Melchor's comment, September 12, 2012 8:31 PM
The OverlapMap is a very useful tool that will allow a user to compare different places and parts of the world. Having a more accurate size of a place is critical when comparing 2 or more places. I think that many users besides me will find this very convenient when other resources are not available.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 21, 8:48 PM

The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is a very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper. 

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Google Earth for Educators

This is Google's own site for educators with a small collection of lesson plans and tutorials for using the software.


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Maps & Earth - Resources for using Google in the Classroom


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Another great bunch of resources to help get you inspired to use these awesome tools.

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Matthew Rowland's curator insight, April 14, 2013 7:47 PM

This is awesome! #csusmedu13

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Back to School with Google Earth

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Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...

 

If you've never seen the Google Earth Blog, this post is a good primer to the educational possibilities that this technology opens up to teachers.  It is not just for geography teachers; it can be a visualization tool for any subject that has real-world applications that take place somewhere. 


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Lindsey Robinson's comment, August 27, 2012 2:22 PM
Google Earth is an amazing way to teach children of all ages (and adults for that matter) about the geography of the Earth. It is such an abstract way of conveying geographic concepts. What an amazing teaching tool....and as an added bonus, it's FREE!!
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Get some inspiration for your assault on the Googles!


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