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Google for Educators Overview

Tools and Strategies for Educational Innovation

Lucy Gray Lead Technology Coach Urban Education Institute The University of Chicago

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I♼Google

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New York Google Teachers Academy

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Google’s Mission “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

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Google Philosophy Focus on the user and all else will follow. It’s best to do one thing really, really well. Fast is better than slow. Democracy on the web works. You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.

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Google Philosophy You can make money without doing evil. There’s always more information out there. The need for information crosses all borders. You can be serious without a suit. Great isn’t just good enough.

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Ideas worth replicating...

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A video is worth 1000 words...

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Questions that come to mind... How can we use these tools for our own professional productivity? How can we incorporate these into our own schools? What can schools learn from innovative businesses? What are WE doing differently?

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Google For Educators Site http://www.google.com/educators/index.html

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Features Recent Projects and News The Infinite Thinking Machine Teacher Community Classroom Activities Classroom Posters Tools for Your Classroom

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Recent Projects and News GeoEducation

Project Spectrum

Using Docs in the Classroom

International Cleanup Weekend

Google Celebrates Earth Day 2008

Google Lunar Xprize Educational Content

Doodle 4 Google Open Source Contest Geography Awareness Week Weekly Reader and Google Docs

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Infinite Thinking Machine http://www.infinitethinking.org/ A weblog sponsored by WestEd and Google “Internet T.V. shows� found also in iTunes and Google Video Concrete examples of innovation in education 7 contributors

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Teacher Community http://www.google.com/educators/community.html

A Google Group for all teachers Participate in threaded discussions Network with other educators

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Classroom Activities http://www.google.com/educators/activities.html Classroom Activities Exemplary Lessons NECC Presentations Computer Science Unplugged Google Lit Trips

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Classroom Posters http://www.google.com/educators/posters.html

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Tools for Your Classroom http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html

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Book Search

Docs

Earth

Groups

Maps

Page Creator

News

Picasa

iGoogle

SketchUp

Web Search

Google Apps Education Edition

Blogger

Custom Search Engine

Calendar

Google Notebook

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Google Sites

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Tools for Your Classroom

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Book Search http://books.google.com/ “Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them.” About Google Book Search Add Google Book Search to your site Google Book Search - News & Views Explore Shakespeare with Google My Library

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Earth http://earth.google.com/ Satellite imagery of the Earth that includes layers of information Content partners include Discovery Education, National Geographic, Wikipedia Still pictures Share files Google Earth Google Earth Community Teacher Meme

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Maps http://maps.google.com/ Google Maps Searchable Directions Street View My Maps Google Maps User Guide

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News http://news.google.com/ Search thousands of publications Use in conjunction with Google Reader via RSS feed Archives Custom news searches and personalized news page Blog search Comments by people in the news

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Personalized Homepage http://www.google.com/ig iGoogle Start page with customized content Other Google apps can be added to your personalized homepage e.g., Co-op search engines Lots of other widget-like doodads available created by outside parties Create your own gadgets Instructions and Tips

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Web Search http://www.google.co.uk/help/features.html Define File Type Currency Conversion Calculator Track Packages Google Help: Search Features

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Blogger http://www.blogger.com/ Free weblog service Restrict access to entire blog Restrict comments Restrict listing in Blogger (still available on Internet)

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Calendar http://www.google.com/calendar/ Google Calendar Editable and shareable by multiple people Mobile capabilities New Features Import/Export to iCal Searchable public calendars

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Google Mobile http://www.google.com/mobile/ Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube for your iPhone SMS: Text 466453 with queries related to:

weather, movies, flights, sports, stocks, define, products, calculator, directions, translations, currency conversion GOOG-411 Blogger Google Calendar

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Docs & Spreadsheets http://docs.google.com/ Documents, spreadsheets AND presentations Import and export using a variety of file types Share and publish files Open files sent in Gmail directly in Docs & Spreadsheets Examples: Global Warming Project IL-TCE Volunteer Documentation ADE NECC proposals NKO Schedule

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Groups http://groups.google.com/ Public or private Distribute e-newsletters Host threaded discussions Create accompanying web pages using Page Creator Management tools Customize the look of your group RSS feeds

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SketchUp http://sketchup.google.com/ Google SketchUp 3D Warehouse Designing with SketchUp Infowiki SketchUp for Dummies - Aidan Chopra

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Custom Search Engine http://www.google.com/coop/cse/ Formerly known as Google Co-op Roll your own search engine using pre-selected sites Embed on your website and blog Bookmark sites directly to list of web sites Others can can contribute to the web sites search Examples: My Search Engines

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Google Apps - Education Edition http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html Google Apps for Education Customizable Includes: Gmail Google Talk Google Calendar Google Page Creator Google Start Page

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Next Steps

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Strategies for success Get a Google Account (Gmail gives you a Google account OR you can make a Google account with any email address) Concentrate on one tool to start Focus on your own productivity Make generic student accounts for projects Advocate and educate in your district about the power of these tools

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Recommended Resources The Search by John Batelle The Official Google Blog Google in Education group within Diigo Google Teacher Center newsletter Google’s YouTube channel

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Find me on .... Gmail: elemenous@gmail.com Skype, AIM, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, del.icio.us, Diigo: elemenous Blog: http://lucygray.org

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iSummit - Google in Education  

Presentation given at iSummit 2008 Nashville TN

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