A guide/How-to/Tutorial for new Google Sites users by Richard Byrne.
Google Sites for Teachers was designed as a guide for new users of Google Sites.
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If practitioners want to become a better web researchers and pass those skills on to their learners, try Daniel Russell's search challenges.
On his blog "Search ReSearch" Daniel Russell, a search anthropologist working for Google, posts search challenges for readers to try.
Then, a few days later, he explains how to solve the challenges.
The challenges are not challenges that you could solve with just a basic query or even if you used the built-in Google Advanced Search tools.
Being able to use Google (and/or other search engines) effectively is a skill that all learners need to develop as early as possible.
The lesson plans available on Google Search Education might not fit every learning situation, but at the very least they provide a great framework for teaching search strategies and evaluating information found on the web.
The lesson plans are arranged according to skill level in five categories. Those categories are...
- picking search terms,
- understanding results,
- narrowing results,
- searching for evidence, and
- evaluating credibility of sources.
Welcome to the Search Playground. Feed your curiosity, test your search skills and explore topics in a whole new way.
Click on this link to be taken inside Google Search and into their Playground.
Packed with features that give visitors several new ways to play around with Google Search.
Historypin is the place where people come together to share their historical pictures and stories. Collect old photos to build up a digital history of the world. Explore Google Maps through an extra dimension, time.
* is a service that Local History Practitioners will find invaluable;
* allows anyone with a Google account to place images within the setting of current Google Maps Streetview imagery;
* allows visitors to explore the imagery added by others.
o To explore the imagery on Historypin...
+ zoom in on a location; and
+ select a range of dates on the Historypin timeline.
How to Create Custom Personalized Maps in Google Maps [Video] -cpd
Custom maps have been around for some time, you may have forgotten about it or it may all be new.
Either way this cpd video shows users how to create their own custom maps.
Note: ‘My Maps’ mentioned in the video, is now referred to as ‘My Places’ in Google Maps.
An ideal resource for digital literacy classes.
Usually trivia games are “No Google allowed” - not this one!
Challenge learners, using an Interactive Whiteboard perhaps, as you unlock up to 10 questions a day on Google+
How to play?
- answer the question using Google search techniques.
- Google lets them know if they're right or wrong.
It should be clear by now that Google+ is definitely not going anywhere.
It’s gaining in popularity and is a great complement or alternative to Facebook.
If you’re already set up on Google+ (for hang-outs perhaps), learning providers might want to look into adding a Google+ page for raising awareness and/or self-promotion/marketing etc.
Setting up one or more pages is easy, but Learning providers/practitioners/etc. should of course put some thought into how to make it distinctive.
This makeuseof posting will help...
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
The World Wonders Project is, in essence, a multimedia encyclopedia of 132 historic and notable sites across five continents.
A combination of Google Streetview imagery, Google Earth 3D buildings, UNESCO World Heritage information, videos, and pictures all on one page.
Practitioners and/or learners visiting the World Wonders Project can move through the Streetview imagery just like they would on Google Maps.
The Education tab in the upper-right corner of the World Wonders Project provides access to teaching guides and media packs for places and themes featured in the World Wonders Project.
If you are practitioner, you will probably be worried, with so many iOS devices that can’t support flash, that many of your resources are past their "usefull to learners shelf life" - outside the learning environment that is!
Naturally, practitioners feel stuck, but with Google’s Swiffy, they can convert Flash SWF Files to HTML 5 to help them reach a wider learner-base.
Note - Swiffy uses SVG, a standardised format for vector graphics. SVG features used by Swiffy are supported by Webkit-based browsers such as Safari (on desktop and mobile) and Google Chrome.At the time of writing this, Firefox 5 has almost complete support for SVG, but does not support SVG fonts.
Google Maps has added a fuel cost calculator to driving directions on Google Maps in Europe.
Currently the estimated fuel costs only appears in driving directions in Europe and not in the USA, Canada nor Australia.
The fuel cost estimation appears at the bottom of the driving directions in the map sidebar.