Fav Five GooglelyTools to Enhance Instruction
Earth - Explore the world from your computer
Docs - Create and share your projects online and access them from anywhere
Book Search - Search the full text of books
Translate - View web pages or any text in other languages
SMS - Use text messaging for quick info about anything you can imagine
These are incredible tools with amazing educational value, but you’ve heard that before about other technologies, nodded your head in agreement but perhaps also wondered…how???? I’ve collaborated with some colleagues to come up with a couple classes that show exactly how these tools can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
In this class participants discover how various Google research tools can enhance their ability to use the inquiry process and build understanding. The Information Fluency Continuum is used as a guide to thinking about these research tools. Participants leave able to use a Google collaborative document to develop and share thinking, and tools to discover and create knowledge including Google SMS, Google Scholar, Google Books, Google Blog Search, and Google Translate. Here is an outline of each session.
- Session 1: Enhancing Inquiry With Google Research
- Session 2: Enhancing Inquiry With Google Collaborative Docs and Google SMS
- Session 3: Enhancing Inquiry with Google Scholar & Books
- Session 4: Enhancing Inquiry with Google Blog Search & Translate
In this class participants become hurricane detectives and discover how to use Google Apps, such as Google Earth and Google Collaborative Docs, to support a “Severe Weather” unit of study. Here is an outline of each session.
- Session 1: Exploring Google Earth to Enhance a Weather Unit
- Session 2: Installing and Exploring Weather Applications on Google Earth
- Session 3: Using Google Earth Tools to Become Hurricane Detectives
- Session 4: Using Google to Create a Science Notebook
- Session 5: Designing a Lesson Using Google Earth and Weather Applications
- Session 6:Using Google Collaborative Docs to Enhance Data Collection
- Session 7: Conducting Experiments and Analyzing Data
- Session 8: Sharing and Evaluating Lessons Using Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Google Me at...
In this class participants discover and explore how they can create an active digital footprint that will impact how they are seen by Google. Here is an outline of each session.
- Session 1: Who does Google say I am?
- Session 2: Who do I want to tell Google I am?
- Session 3: Getting to the top of the Google results list
- Session 4: Creating an active digital footprint
*Note: this class has yet to be created. If you are interested in collaborating to create it go here.
Innovative educators can access all materials in these classes for free and use them to enhance teaching and learning in their own communities. If you do, or plan to, please comment here to share your plans or results.
Good luck in your Googley Goings On.
Join the I Love Google group here.
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See how CIS 339 in the Bronx uses Google to Build Professional Learning Communities.