Showing posts with label Google for Teachers II. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google for Teachers II. Show all posts

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Webinar - Google Sites for Educators

If you've ever considered developing a website for your courses or you've considered having students create websites, Google Sites is an option worth exploring. There are some tricks and tips that will help you the first few times you use Google Sites. Next week on November 9 at 4:30 PST (7:30 EST) Google is hosting a webinar for educators interested in learning more about using Google Sites in education.

The topics to be covered in next week's Google Sites for Educators webinar include:

How to create a Site and add pages to it.
How to add Google Apps to your pages.
How to add gadgets and videos to your site.
How to manage your site including adding collaborators.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Twenty Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers
Best of the EdTech Web 2010
47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

Friday, October 15, 2010

Google Fusion Tables - Data Visualization Made Easy

Over the last two days at ACTEM's annual conference I've shared Google Fusion Tables to great response. Many people commented that they had never heard of it, but really liked it and plan to explore it some more on their own. This post is a follow-up to yesterday's conversations. I originally wrote most of this post last winter.

Google Fusion Tables is a neat spreadsheet application that makes it easy to create visualizations of data sets. Fusion Tables can also be used to create visualizations of data set comparisons. At its most basic level Fusion Tables can be used to visualize existing data sets with one click. At a deeper level, Fusion Tables can be used to compare your own data sets and create visualizations of those comparisons. The types of visualizations available include tables, maps, charts, and graphs. As a Social Studies teacher, I really like the map visualization options.

Applications for Education
For the visual learners in your classroom, Google Fusion Tables could be an excellent tool for showing the various ways that data can be interpreted. Fusion Tables also provides students with a fairly easy way to compare their own data sets.  


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
12 Resources All Social Studies Teachers Should Try

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Google Under the Hood - Workshop Outline

This morning I ran a workshop at ACTEM's annual conference. The focus of the workshop was on exploring some of the lesser-known products offered by Google. During the workshop there were four brainstorming sessions during which participants contributed to a Google Document to share their ideas for using these lesser-known Google products in their classrooms. As you go through the slides below you will see the Google products we explored and the links to the brainstorming documents. The brainstorming documents are open to the public so feel free to make your contributions or to save the documents for your own use.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Google New - Find the Newest Google Offerings

Google maintains blogs for all of their various products and services. I subscribe to many of those blogs to stay up to date on the latest enhancements to the products I use on a regular basis. Yesterday, Google introduced a new and better way to stay current on their latest new offerings. Google New is a central location where visitors will find news on the latest updates to Google's products and the newest product offerings from Google. Embedded below is a short video introduction to Google New.


Applications for Education
While you don't have to be as obsessed as I am with the latest tech developments, but it is important for teachers to be aware of new tech developments that can be of use to their students. Visiting Google New from time to time is one way that teachers can find out what's new from one of the most widely-used service providers on the web.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
140 New Things Being Tried In Classroom This Fall
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Use Less Ink When Printing from Google Docs

Today, Google has some good news for those of us who occasionally find ourselves printing a spreadsheet from Google Docs. Today, Google announced on the Google Docs blog that you can now select how much of a spreadsheet you want to print. Now you can also print your spreadsheet without printing the grid lines. Read the whole announcement and see a screen capture of the process on the Google Docs blog.

Applications for Education
If you give quizzes using Google Docs Forms (learn how here) or collect other data through Google Docs Forms you may occasionally find it easier to look at your collected data on a printed page compared to looking at a screen. If that's the case, use the new spreadsheet printing options to limit how much ink and paper you have to use.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Learn It In 5 - Tech How-to Videos for Teachers
Google for Teachers - Free Ebook
Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook

Monday, August 16, 2010

5 Lesser-Known Google Tools for Students & Teachers

Most people hear "Google" and think of the search engine. But, there is much more to Google than just Internet search. I've written about and constructed how-to guides for many of Google's other products, but there is still more that teachers could find useful. Here are some of the lesser-known Google products that teachers should know about for the 2010/2011 school year.

Google Fast Flip is a magazine-style display of popular articles from some of the most popular websites on the Internet. Content is drawn from news outlets like The Washington Post, Popular Science, The New York Times, and Reuters. The visual display makes it easy to quickly browse through websites. Fast Flip can be a useful resource for social studies students and their teachers.

Google Books virtual bookshelves: Google Books provides an index of millions of books and periodicals. Books and articles in that are in the public domain can be viewed, read, and downloaded in their entirety. Titles not in the public domain can be previewed. If you create a Google account you can build virtual bookshelves of your favorite titles. Bookshelves can be private or you can choose to make them public for others to view. Reading and literature teachers could build virtual bookshelves to share with students when they need to select an independent reading book. Teachers could ask students to contribute their favorite titles to the bookshelves. Learn how to make a Google Books virtual bookshelf here.

Google Image Swirl is an image search tool intended to help people visually refine and alter their searches for images. To use Image Swirl, just enter your search term as you would in the regular image search service. The results of your search will be displayed in a grid similar to that with which you're probably familiar. Click any image in the grid a web of more, related, images will appear. Click an image in the web and another web of images will appear.

Google Wonder Wheel is a search refinement tool that helps students visually refine and alter their web searches. Wonder Wheel displays your original search term(s) as the center of a web with six to eight branches of related search terms. Click on any of those related terms to see the results for those terms. To access Wonder Wheel you must first run a standard search then look for the Wonder Wheel link under the "more search tools" list on the left side of the search results page. Learn about more search refinement tools in Beyond Google.

Google Scholar allows you to search for, find, and read full text legal opinions from scholarly journals, US federal and state district courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court. You can search for opinions by case name (like Miranda v. Arizona) or by topic (like school busing). Google Scholar could help schools reduce or eliminate the need to purchase updated legal opinion books every few years.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
How To Do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some Handy Updates to Google Docs

Earlier today Google announced a few updates to Google Docs that should prove to be quite handy. The first update that should be handy is an improved resizing option for tables in documents. Users can now resize columns and rows by simply clicking on a line and dragging it. The other update that students and teachers should appreciate is a new option for adding words to the dictionary. Now whenever a word is marked as misspelled, users can just right click on it to add to the dictionary or correct the spelling.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Fun Video for Introducing Google Docs

Last week at ISTE 2010 I participated in a "Birds of a Feather" session for Google Certified Teachers and other interested in sharing ways that we use Google in our classrooms. During the session Google Certified Teacher Chris Atkinson shared a fun video that he uses to illustrate the benefits of cloud computing, particularly the use of Google Docs. Chris shared this clip from the CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, and explained that he tells people that they can avoid the problem of forgetting a flash drive by using Google Docs. Enjoy the video.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google for Teachers - Free Ebook
Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook
Seven Videos All Educators Should Watch

Monday, July 5, 2010

Google for Teachers II - Free 33 Page Guide

Back in March I published Google for Teachers. Since then it has been viewed more than 50,000 times. As much as that guide had in it, it didn't cover everything that Google offers to teachers. Therefore, I am releasing Google for Teachers II. This guide is designed to introduce and walk teachers through using Google Sites, Google Custom Search, Google Alerts, Google Bookmarks, Google Groups, and Google Calendar.

As always, this guide can be downloaded for free through DocStoc as well as through Yudu. To download it you do have to register with those services. I apologize for the inconvenience that might cause some of you, but it's the best way for me to track how many times it gets downloaded.

View the guide in Yudu format below.

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View the guide in DocStoc format below.

Google for Teachers II

If you enjoyed Google for Teachers II, please take a look at my other free guides which are available here.