Google Tools for Teaching & Learning

June 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Tivy Lab D110
June 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Staff Development Center Lab 1
Reference: "Google Tools for Teaching & Learning" by Tammy Worcester
Google Tools for Educators website
Google for Educators Discussion Group
Ideas using Docs for Teachers
The Infinite Thinking Machine - blog
Ideas for Integrating Google Tools in classroom - wiki

Other places to learn about Google Tools:
Atomic Learning
Google Knol

What do you know about Google?

List of Google tools

*Update on Google News released last week of June

Google Search
Keywords, Tagging, and how Google works
Advanced Search and View Options
Book Searches
News and Alerts
Google Scholar
Google Labs

Putting an "i" in Google - iGoogle - create a customized search engine and more
Tabs and Themes
Create an account

Google Maps

Finding directions and scouting future trips.
Classroom Activities:
1. Get directions from home or school to places you encounter in books/studies in class.
2. Get information on the setting of a story.
3. Get information on the setting of a movie or video.
4. Develop estimates where students guess how far a location is and then discover the real distance.
5. Switch to Terrain/Satellite views to experience a new way of seeing the world around them.
Advanced: Develop an overnight trip to the location and plan the driving directions, hotels for the stay, one or more places to eat rated-dining and add something to do with local entertainment.

My Maps - Login with iGoogle account and browse open maps created by others. Click on Browse Directory to find a slew of map tools.
Classroom Activities:
1. Create custom maps with your own markers, lines, and shapes.
2. Create collaborative maps - allow students to collaborate and create custom maps in groups.
3. Use the distance measurement tool to measure walking routes.
4. Plan a 2-mile walking route around home or school.
5. Compare flight distances for birds that fly from _ to _. Advanced: switch to Google Earth and analyze environmental factors.
Advanced: Write a story where you travel to different locations. Put each chapter of your story within a placemark. Plan a vacation and create a placemark for each stop. In the placemark description, enter what you will do at each location. Choose a literature book or movie and plot out where the characters travel to different locations. Create a Family Tree map. Follow campaign trail. Track a relative who is a truck driver or traveling salesperson. Map out your community. Travel wish list - where would you like to go in your life?; Track a musician or band on tour. Follow "The Amazing Race".

Collaborative Map Ideas: Birthplaces of each student; 50 State Research - Each student covers 2-3 states and adds state name, capital, 3 facts and a picture of flag; Tourism map of a state - add descriptions of "must-see" attractions.

Featured Content - Login, MyMaps, Browse Directory

Google Earth

Google Earth brings information to life for students.
Classroom Activities:
1. Calculate distance between placemarkers.
2. Combine layers of information sources to connect to Wikipedia, Jacques Cousteau, NASA, National Geographic, and more.
3. Explore historical maps and environmental layers.
4. Combine with Google Sketchup to create historical 3D overlays.
5. Visit galaxies, moons, and planets using Google Sky.
6. Flat Stanley trip around the world
Advanced: 5th Grade Biomes Project

*Don't forget - Atomic Learning offers many training videos on Google Earth!

Links to other Google Earth Learning Tools:
Google Earth Users Guide
Google Earth Lessons blog
Google Exchange Wiki
Google Earth Across The Curriculum
Juicy Geography
Google Earth Goods - wiki updated to include projects reflected in today's news
Google Lit Trips - Blog about trips through Literature using Google Earth
Google Earth for Earth Science
Google Earth for Teaching Math
Real World Math
NEISD Project List for Google Earth

Google Calendar
Use this to organize your schedule and track events. Sends email reminders and you can share with others easily.

You can host multiple calendars
Add events and even send email invites
Set reminders for events

Ideas for Teachers:
1. Create a calendar for each subject you teach and then add your lesson plans per day.
2. Coordinate campus events
3. Allow students to create a calendar to keep track of assignments, due dates and personal information.
4. Collaborate group projects by sharing due dates, project goals, and track individual contributions.

Google Documents
Allows you to create and share word processing files, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations. Accessible for editing from any computer connected to the Internet.

Classroom Activities for Word Processing:
1. Create and share documents with other teachers to collaborate on lessons or projects.
2. Collaborate with others where you are tracking student progress across a team.
3. Access the same documents at home and work without a flash/thumb drive.
4. Check student work as their progress. Add comments or notes while the student is editing.
5. Share for peer-to-peer writing.
6. Write collaboration stories.
7. Take class notes that are shared to the entire group.
8. Collaborate with students in other classrooms worldwide.
9. Create online timetables for members of a group to work together and enter progress.

Classroom Activities for Google Presentations:
1. Allow students to have backchannel chats while working on a presentation.
2. Collaborate with each other to create a group presentation.
3. Peer-review and editing.
4. Create a "whole-class" presentation.
5. Create a photo slide-show and embed on a personal blog or other site.
6. Create presentations on any content area.
7. Develop an online portfolio of individual and/or class work.
8. Share presentations with family members outside the district.

Classroom Activities for Google Spreadsheets & Forms:
1. Keep track of student information or allow students to track their own information online.
2. Create class checksheets.
3. Calculate data.
4. Create electronic lesson plans and rubrics.
5. Collect information in a form to be used for charting data.

*Go back to iGoogle. Add the "Google Docs" gadget which will show a list of all your documents on your iGoogle site.

Teaching Writing, Revision, and Collaboration using Google Docs - article from Weekly Reader
Lesson Plans from Google Teachers - select by subject, grade level and even Google tool

Google Sites
Create and manage your own individual website or group wiki. Your Google site can host your calendar, announcements, and files you use with communicating to students and their parents.

Lesson by a teacher on creating a Classroom Google Site
Lesson on creating a Project Site
Lesson creating an Administrative site

Picasa - Google's picture storage and editing tool

Google Labs - see what they are testing!
Google Squared
Google Sets
Image Swirl
Google Goggles - interesting

End of Course survey - in Eduphoria....hopefully!