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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher


While Apple products (*cough* iPad *cough*) are known for their integration in classrooms, Google’s offerings give up little here.

In fact, the sheer diversity of Google products might make them a more natural fit in the classroom in lieu of the iPad’s gravity. Below we’ve listed 25 ways teachers can get started using Google in the classroom.

Let us know on our Google+ page if we’ve missed anything.


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Keeping up isn't easy - but this offers some interesting articles.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:34 AM

There are a lot of good ideas we can use in our daily taeching journey.

Carlos A. Lozano's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:56 PM

Cómo ser mejor maestro con ayuda de Google

Gary Harwell's comment, March 13, 2013 12:31 AM
Eso es un gran problema. Hay tantas cosas grandes que hay, nunca será capaz de tomar ventaja de todo esto.

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Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Flipped learning has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations. Here are our responses to five major criticisms.

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Thought provoking.  The flipped classroom uses technology but is not solely dependent on technology.  Getting the students to think about and question the material to be discussed in class can be done in a variety of ways.  So many people think they can't "flip" if everyone doesn't have technology but that's simply not true.  Great article and worth the read.

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The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty - YouTube

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. L. Todd Rose is co-founder and pr...
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This is so true.   We are trying to make a system work for everyone..... but the end result is that no-one really gets the education that we need them to get...    Today's technology should allow us to find the answer... 

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Can you run a classroom with an iPad? - Daily Genius

Can you run a classroom with an iPad? - Daily Genius | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
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Great tips...  If you're not really sure how to use a tablet to help with classroom management and organization as well as learning - this is a good place to start.

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Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago

Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Those are the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically. Students will need to use one of these standard styles, so it?s important

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Yes - our high school students will need to learn these before they get to college... 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 7, 10:53 AM

Well researched article on a complex topic.  Think of this as a jumping off point for resources on the major citation styles used in research.  

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Mosa Mack: Science Detective - Science Mysteries Grades 4 - 8

Mosa Mack: Science Detective - Science Mysteries Grades 4 - 8 | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Mosa Mack Science Detective exposes students to the thrill of learning while teaching critical and scientific thinking skills.

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Great site... fun and educational.  Worth a look if you teach science to these grades..  

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 8, 5:53 PM

Mosa Mack: Science Detective is a new site that has launched their first science mystery for students in Grades 4 - 8 (although they note students as young as 2nd graders have tested it as have students in high school).

The first mystery, A Growling Stomach, is just over six minutes in length. In addition to the video you will find resources for Band A (Grades 4 and 5) and Band B (Grades 6, 7 and 8). The resources include:

* Class Discussion Guide

* Small Group Discussion Guide/Individual Worksheet

* Vocabulary Cards

* Standards Alignment to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards

There are also resources for the teacher including:

* Time Codes/Answer Sheets

* Background Information

* FAQ

This is the only video at this point, but they do state that they plan on having more available, with a goal of having "dozens of animated science mysteries" within a few years.

This is inquiry based science where students are asked to use problem-solving techniques. Check out the first video and hope that more show up soon.

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10 of the Best Social Media SlideShares from 2014

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Here are 10 awesome SlideShare presentations, all having to do with social media. You’ll find strategies, big-picture ideas, stats, research, and more.

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Some good ideas here. .  if you work with or use social media. 

 

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The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture | Mediashift | PBS

The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture | Mediashift | PBS | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as a conceptual one.
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Copyright should be an integral part of teacher education as well. Teachers should be modeling the ethical behavior we expect from students but copyright is often not addressed during teacher training.
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3 Essential Skills for the 21st Century | Social Media Today

3 Essential Skills for the 21st Century | Social Media Today | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
3 Essential Skills for the 21st Century http://t.co/XomB1oalQq #education #knowledgeworker #digitalliteracy
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It is really important to ensure that our students learn to evaluate information from all sources.
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Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide

Google Forms for Teachers- A Must Read Guide | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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I'm on my eay to a google forms class today, so this is very relevant for me.  Forms does give you additional ways of gathering and sharing information... Whether it's for a survey or a quick formative assessment, it's a good tool to master.

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Easy Creative iPad Projects for Early Learners

Yes, even early learners can create using the easy but powerful tools on the iPad! This presentation shares real examples of creative student projects using ph…

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Best Teaching Practices to Engage Your Students

Student engagement and mobile learning

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 22, 11:05 PM

This includes a link to 50 apps, too.  

Al Post's curator insight, July 27, 12:38 PM

A good reminder of tried & true strategies!

Tammy Goldring's curator insight, September 28, 9:36 AM

Great Visual!

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10 Ways to Use Social Networks as a Teaching Tool

10 Ways to Use Social Networks as a Teaching Tool | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Very creative ideas from teachers using social media....worth the read.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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Life's Universal Themes Capture Student Engagement

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Teachers use Big History Project to teach life's universal themes and capture student engagement.
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This looks very similar to IB in many ways.. 

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The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Distracted Generation Infographic: Tools and Tips to Get Children Refocused!

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Kent Lundgren's curator insight, August 20, 7:26 AM

Något nytt i denna artikel om det "nya" digitala samhället? #digiskol

Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, August 21, 2:22 PM

People always seem to be complaining about this... our children are distracted... who wants to read when they can play games, but in effect children tend to copy their parents. By instilling a passion for reading from a young age we can try to balance out the claim that the young children do not like books or reading. One story a day... just like the apple, helps develop the creativity in children. It doesn't hurt by having the children making up their own stories and writing them together with their parents! 

Coolwired's curator insight, September 10, 9:25 AM

Thanks to Susan Bainbridge for this timely and informative infographic!

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Morphing into a 21st Century Teacher (updated)

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 8, 3:53 AM

Mia MacMeekin provides 27 ways to be a 21st century educator in this infographic. The image above is a small portion of what she provides in the complete infographic.

Click through to see all 27 elements and share your thoughts on this topic. Are there elements that you believe should be included? Do you think that you meet all the elements? Where are your strengths and which areas should you consider upgrading?

Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 1:59 PM

I will definitely be using this in the weeks to come. It's a good reminder for teachers.

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

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Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 11, 10:06 AM

Specific, immediate, formative, transparent.

Leonard P. Miller's curator insight, August 11, 2:55 PM

Receiving and providing MEANINGFUL feedback in the classroom is critical for teachers. This article focuses on the student - appropriate feedback keeps them engaged!

Denise Lombardo's curator insight, August 12, 5:37 PM

Easily digestible and shareable post on meaningful feedback - pass it around your staff room!

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Lego therapy offered to children with autism – Update with video

Lego therapy offered to children with autism – Update with video | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Lego Therapy – Autism Daily Newscast often report about the benefits of Lego therapy for children with Autism. In May we reported about Tri-Cities Lego Club who are based in Northeast Tennessee. They offer Lego based therapy for children with autism.


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Interesting.   Especially if you need to learn more about working with autistic students in the classroom..

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Math Carrom -- Teaching Mathematics through Games

Math Carrom -- Teaching Mathematics through Games | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Through this Campaign we plan to Produce 100 Math Carroms & provide it to schools & train them so that thousands of school children can benefit from it. (Math Carrom: Teaching #Maths through #Games.
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Any way of improving our students math skills is worth taking a look at.
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Getting to Know Google - tutorials and more

Getting to Know Google - tutorials and more | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Did you know that you can access Google services—including Gmail, Google Docs, and YouTube—from one account? Creating a Google account simply allows you to manage and customize settings for the Google apps and services you use.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I guess we can never know too much...although it often seems like there are many ways to do any individual task.  

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Students Are The New Digital Influencers

Students Are The New Digital Influencers | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
It was June. My eighth grade classroom was sweltering with the early summer heat and 32 anxious students ready to bolt through the doors towards graduation. But we weren’t discussing the graduation...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Good information on how students  are using the available technologies.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 4, 1:26 AM

It is really important to teach students the skill of using social media correctly. 

shawn pomatto's curator insight, August 4, 11:57 PM

the wave of technology is upon us! 

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5 Ways To (Use) Google Presentations Not As Presentations - Edudemic

5 Ways To (Use) Google Presentations Not As Presentations - Edudemic | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with …

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Google's Cultural Institute teams up with Europeana to bring more than 2000 museums & archives online

Google's Cultural Institute teams up with Europeana to bring more than 2000 museums & archives online | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Google's Cultural Institute - which puts online materials previously only available to visitors to particular museums, archives and institutes - has taken on its biggest challenge yet. Google is wo...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Great.  The more museums that are accessible online, the more access our students have so worldwide culture.   

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W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, August 5, 11:51 AM

How we source, sort, and present information is becoming more and more salient in today's world of increasing information connectivity.   This is a great site for students and teachers to explore the world around us and the information that connects us.

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, August 7, 3:54 AM

Me parece una iniciativa estupenda convertir a on-line accesible las obras de los museos gracias a Googles's Cultural Institute con Europeana. Admás la forma en que se presentan es estupenda!

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5 Online Tools to Take Your Teaching Full STEAM Ahead - We Are Teachers

5 Online Tools to Take Your Teaching Full STEAM Ahead  - We Are Teachers | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"What does STEAM offer the classroom? STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, offers hands-on experiences and authentic learning opportunities. As a teacher, there is never enough time in the day to accomplish it all, but there are so many great resources available online, you are just one click away from STEAMspired teaching that will light up your students eyes and spark their curiosity! "


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