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Google Workshop for EducatorsWelcome to the Eighth Floor workshop on using Google tools. We have found Google to be quite education friendly, both for the teacher and the student. As we work through several of the tools today and discuss uses, consider how you might use these tools both for your own professional development, as well as how you could use them with your students. The possibilities are endless!

Objectives
  1. Take a look at several of the more popular, and we feel more useful, tools available.
  2. Discuss classroom and teacher uses.
  3. Make sure Scott and Lee Anne are having fun all day
  4. Team exploration of tools and practical applications
  5. Presentations - and they better be good. (See objective #3)


Google it!

Google Search Strategies
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+do+I+use+google+search

Let Me Google that for You - http://lmgtfy.com/
What do you love?
Google Search Tips for StudentsGoogle Search Tips PosterInside Google Search
Google Realtime Search
Google Search Tips & Tricks
Google Fight
Google Search Stories
http://www.youtube.com/searchstories

Google Custom Search Engine

With Google Custom Search, you can harness the power of Google to create a customized search experience for your own website.
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      • Include one or more websites, or specific webpages
      • Host the search box and results on your own website
      • Customize the look and feel of the results to match your site
        http://www.google.com/cse/


Google Earth/Maps
Google Earth Free
lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Google CommunicationWhat Does Google + Mean for Education
Google + for Educators

Google Calendar

YouTube


Google Reader


iGoogle
What is iGoogle?

iGoogle is a customizable homepageiGoogle lets you create a personalized homepage that contains a Google search box at the top, and your choice of any number of gadgets below. Gadgets come in lots of different forms and provide access to activities and information from all across the web, without ever having to leave your iGoogle page. Here are some things you can do with gadgets:
  • View your latest Gmail messages
  • Read headlines from Google News and other top news sources
  • Check out weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
  • Store bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer
  • Design your own gadget.
Mini Product Tour
Create an Account
How to Edit Your iGoogle Page
Social Gadgets for iGoogle
Setting up iGoogle Help Page
Setting iGoogle as my Permanent Homepage
- do this on YOUR computer (be respectful of others')
More iGoogle Tutorials

WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU DO?
Add feeds from blogs
You can add any blog that publishes a feed to your iGoogle homepage. The feed looks like any other iGoogle gadget and lets you get automatic updates from the site without leaving your iGoogle page.
To add a blog's feed to your homepage, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the iGoogle directory by clicking Add stuffon the upper right corner of your iGoogle page.
  2. Click Add feed or gadgeton the left.
  3. Enter the address of the blog and click Add. If there's a feed associated with the site, it'll be detected automatically.
  4. Click Back to iGoogle home on the upper left corner of the page to see your updated iGoogle page.

Share a tab with a friend

Think you've made the perfect tab? You can send it to others.

  1. Click the tab you want to share.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the name.
  3. Click Share this tab.
  4. Check the boxes for the gadgets you'd like to send, enter your friend's email address, and write a message.
If you check the 'Send my settings for these gadgets' box, the gadgets will appear to your friend much as they appear to you. But sharing works a little differently for every gadget, so be careful when sharing tabs or gadgets that include personal info.

Why would I want an iGoogle Homepage?
http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blog/show?id=649749%3ABlogPost%3A120044&commentId=649749%3AComment%3A374659


Wouldn't you like to be a GOOGLE too?
Here is the workshop part of the course. Now is your opportunity to collaborate, learn, and share.

  • Choose one or more tools from the Google Options Page http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/
  • Spend a little time with your team learning about these tools - how do they work, why are they useful, who will use them most, how can they work together, how can they save you time, etc.
  • Create a practical application for these tools. How could we use them with students or for our professional development or personally or what?
  • Present your "findings" to the class. Help us become familiar with the tool(s) you explored and help us see a practical application.


You might also like to check out ****Google for Educators****. You will find some seriously cool resources here.

http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html
http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/ -- All the options

Tutorials, Lesson Ideas, Tools, and Google Stuff That's Cool
You might also like to look at this tutorial - http://www.youblisher.com/p/30257-Google/
Google Learning Almanac - https://sites.google.com/site/thingstolearnwith/
100 Ways Google Can Make You a Better Educator - http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/33036
Google Tutorials: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/p/google-tools-tutorials.html
Google for Educators - Resources for using Google in school
Google apps for Education - Lesson Plans
YouTube for Teachers/Education


How do YOU Google? Take our survey using Google Forms.
Google Survey


Random Ideas for Using Google

DOCS
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  • Collaborate on lesson plans
  • Staff Meeting Notes
  • Shared lesson repository
  • Improve the writing process
  • See the entire history of a document
  • Share with parents
  • Share with classmates
  • Reading Response Journals
  • Translate letters to ELL parents
  • Track student homework on a speadsheet
  • Collect, share, anaylize, graph data from a science experiment in a spreadsheet
  • Flash card center - a gaget.
FORMS
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  • Formative/Summative Assessments
  • Survey students or parents interests
  • Teacher or student observations/evaluations
  • Online reading record
  • Tracking discipline referrals
  • Collect information from parents
  • Spelling tests
  • Collect Science Data
CALENDAR
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  • Keep several types of calendars
  • Share different calendars
  • Share calendar with students/parents
  • Schedule meetings
  • Schedule shared resources - rooms, labs, librarians

GMAIL
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  • Labs - features in beta form
  • Penpals
  • Penpals from another country
  • message translater for ELL parents
  • "undo sent"
TALK
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  • Instant message with other teachers or cohorts
  • Video chat
  • Guest lecturers
  • Invite grandparents for storytime
  • Hold office hours - even on snow days!
SITES
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  • Class or student website
  • Embed calendars
  • Embed docs
  • Embed forms or spreadsheets
  • Student ePortfolios
  • Teacher digital resumes/portfolios
  • Student projects or reports
  • Curriculum sharing - school/district wide