100 Ways Google Can Make You a Better Educator

10/21/2011 1:18:16 PM

 

We all know that Google offers a great search program, and you might even use other apps like Gmail or Google Calendar, but have you realized what Google has to offer for educators and students? Using Sites, Google Earth, Wave, and more, you can turn your classroom into a place where you can share, collaborate, and publish on the world wide web. Read on to find out how you can put Google to work for your class.

General

These are just some of the advantages that Google apps have to offer for educators.

  1. You can save money for other uses: Google's services are free or extremely cheap, which offers a financial savings over most other educational software.
  2. Students enjoy using Google: Many students are already familiar with Google products and are happy to use them.
  3. Apps can be used without support: Support is rarely needed for using Google apps.
  4. Google apps are easy to deploy: Google Apps work easily with what you already have.
  5. Google offers centralized storage: Instead of keeping information on a single computer or network, you can keep it available through Google systems.
  6. Inspire students with posters: Improve search results with tips and inspiration in these posters from Google.
  7. Google offers lesson plans: Use these classroom-ready lesson plans that make use of Google apps.
  8. Your privacy is protected: Google secures data and offers privacy settings for apps.
  9. Create bulk accounts: Google will allow you to create student accounts with a .csv export.
  10. You can access any time: Google offers 24/7 access, instead of having to wait until you are at school.
  11. Google offers support: You can find help for Google apps with the help center, groups, and more.
  12. Google has good filters: You can benefit from Google's excellent security, spam and virus filters.
  13. You'll find compatibility: Google apps import and export traditional file formats.
  14. Google offers freedom: With Google, you can get freedom from desktop applications.
  15. You can take Google mobile: Google is accessible using any web-enabled mobile device.

Collaboration

Here's how Google will help your students, other teachers, and more collaborate and share with each other.

  1. You can collaborate easily: Google makes it easy to collaborate on documents and information.
  2. Buzz makes collaboration simple: Buzz allows you to carry on conversations in a variety of subjects, as well as share files and information.
  3. Securely share videos: Google Video allows you to securely share videos that can be commented on, tagged, and rated.
  4. Manage projects: Science fair and group research projects can be worked on together using Google sites.
  5. Discuss documents in chat: Google Docs has an onscreen chat window that allows you to discuss additions and changes in real time.
  6. Create your own moderated forums: Google Groups will allow you to create moderated forums and mailing lists for discussion and more.
  7. Share resources on Google Notebook: You can collaborate with colleagues, sharing resources in your subject area.
  8. Collaborative note taking: Google Wave can be used to put together notes among your students.
  9. Electronic documents are easy to access and edit: With Google Docs, you and your students can create documents and spreadsheets that can be accessed and edited by others.
  10. Update with Blogger: Use Blogger to create your own blog where you can share assignments, information, and tips for tests.
  11. You can learn and share using Google Knol: Share, publish, and collaborate on knowledge documents.
  12. Share media: Use Google Buzz and other tools to share media like text, links, and photos.
  13. Plan parent conferences: Schedule parent conferences with teachers and multiple schedules.
  14. Share lesson plans: You can share lesson plans with substitutes, administrators, and other teachers using Google Wave.
  15. Set privacy levels: Restrict who can edit or view documents with privacy levels.
  16. CloudCourse for scheduling: Schedule your courses using this app for Google Calendar.
  17. Education groups: You'll be able to create education groups using Google Buzz.
  18. Share feeds: Add and share feeds from social sites with Google Buzz.
  19. Embed documents: You can embed documents into emails and more.
  20. You can create private blogs: Your students can create their own classroom blogs and set them to private.
  21. Content can be shared easily: Using various applications from Google, you can share information online.

News

Google News has great applications in the classroom.

  1. Stay on top of current events: Your students can use Google News to find the top news stories.
  2. Get alerts: Set up alerts for Google News to find updates on what you're studying in the classroom.

Search

These are a few of the ways Google's Search can be put to good use.

  1. Get around blocked websites: Use Google's cache to find blocked websites.
  2. Search classroom keywords: With certain keywords, you can find great classroom keywords.
  3. Set up a custom search engine: Help point your students in the right direction using Google's custom search.
  4. Search videos: You can find Google educational videos easily.
  5. Find a timeline search: Type view:timeline and your search to find a timeline of the topic.
  6. Get definitions: Type definition:word to find the definition of a desired word.
  7. Spellchecking: Type a word into Google's search, and you'll find the corrected spelling.

Communication

These ideas will help you better use Google for communication.

  1. Communicate within your department: Use Google Wave to discuss communications in your department.
  2. You can use free voice tools: Google Talk has free IM, VoIP, voicemail, file transfers, and more.
  3. Use Google Voice as a personal secretary: Google Voice can transcribe your messages and listen as messages are being left.
  4. Share links: You can share links to web resources with Google Wave.
  5. Publish the school calendar: Share the school's calendar to your website so everyone's informed.
  6. Administer class discussions: Materials can be uploaded and discussed easily with the help of Google Buzz.
  7. School admin sites: With a Google site, you can help teachers and administrators stay on top of events, policies, and progress.
  8. Help students in Groups: Make students more effective at learning and helping each other by creating a Google Group for your classroom or school.
  9. Share private conversations: Set Google Buzz conversations to private to share only within your classroom.
  10. Send quick updates: Use Google Buzz to send out assignment and course updates to let your class know right away.
  11. Create a class site: Use your class site to keep track of events, assignments, deadlines, projects, photos, and more.
  12. Make class groups: Keep your communication organized by creating groups for different classes.
  13. Collaborate for group work: Google Groups offers online discussions that allow students to work together, even in different locations.
  14. Gmail has excellent storage: Gmail has 7GB of storage, and is great for sharing or storing large files.
  15. Keep parents in the loop: With a classroom site, you can let parents know what their children are learning about and doing in school.
  16. Gmail can be customized: Your school's branding can be customized on your Gmail and Google Calendar.
  17. You'll be able to stay connected: Gmail offers a built in IM, chat, and more.
  18. Record conversations: You can record conversations with experts for archiving.
  19. Share voice recordings: Leave messages for students through email, links, and more.
  20. Record tutorials: You can set up mini tutorials by leaving yourself a Google voicemail.
  21. Forward messages: You can share messages with administrators and more via email.
  22. Protect your phone number: You can be contacted using Google Voice widgets without having to post your number.

Organization

Use Google to get organized with these tips.

  1. Messages are easy to find: You'll be able to easily find the messages you're looking for in Gmail.
  2. Create teacher appraisals: You can create teacher appraisal sign-ups using Google Wave.
  3. Share schedules and events: Keep students, administrators, and parents in the loop with shared calendars.
  4. You can share calendars: With Google Calendar, you'll be able to schedule resources, rooms, and groups online and with your mobile device.
  5. Work on to-do lists: Set up to-do lists within Google Wave.
  6. Enable timestamps: Keep track of student work using timestamps.
  7. Revising student work is easy to follow: Google Docs helps you track changes, save revisions, and collaborate.
  8. Take notes: Google Notebook allows teachers, students, and even entire classrooms to record notes, links, and more, and go back to edit them later.
  9. Make use of templates: With the Google Docs template gallery, you can save time with pre-made documents.
  10. Encourage comments: You can encourage peer feedback with the use of comments.
  11. Publish documents for parents: Through Google Documents, you can publish documents for parents and others.

Maps

Here are some great ways to use Google Maps and Earth for education.

  1. Compare views: You can compare what streets and cities look like with Google Maps.
  2. Find pen pals: Use Google Maps to locate school pen pals.
  3. Study field trip areas: Before a field trip, your students can study the area using street, terrain, and satellite views.
  4. Compute the area of a region: Have students estimate the area of a region and figure things out with Google Planimeter.
  5. Create personalized maps: Google Maps makes it easy to create personalized maps with your route, adding fact balloons, photos, videos, and more.
  6. Create a place in time: Google Tools will allow you to explore images, geography, and more from a specific place and time.
  7. Make tours: Identify locations with comments, images, and more.
  8. Share a 3D model of the world: With Google Earth, students will have access to a 3D model that can be grabbed, spun or zoomed in on.
  9. Set up science projects: Science projects like global warming can be done using Google Earth.
  10. Create a Google Earth tour: You can create a quick Google tour of any location.
  11. Work on Google Earth models: Using Google Earth and SketchUp, you can create models of a location.
  12. Scavenger hunt: Use Google Earth to create a scavenger hunt for students.
  13. Travel the real earth: Use Google Earth to travel explorations, migrations, history, and more.
  14. Make placemarks: Include live pictures and more with placemarks.
  15. Share heritage: Students can use Google Earth and other tools to show where they and their families are from.

Books & Literature

Here you'll find out how to use Google to get more out of books.

  1. You'll be able to search books: Books in the public domain can be fully searched.
  2. Create literature trips: You can use Google Earth to discover where literature took place.
  3. Browse books like a library: Find books for your class with Google's Book search tools.
  4. Create your own online library: Add books to your library with Google Book's "Add to my library" feature.
  5. Find scholarly works: Google Books results for books offer links to scholarly works on the literary piece.

Images

Find photos, create models, and more with Google Images.

  1. You'll be able to find a plethora of photos: Find photos easily on Google.
  2. Create 3D models: SketchUp allows students to create 3D models of buildings and environments.

cross posted at Online Education Database

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