Sunday, February 19, 2012

Google on Your iPad or iPhone or iTouch...

If you love Google and you have an iPad there are several must have apps that you’ll love! What is important to know is that you don’t want to just go to Google in your browser.  Go to the App Store and download the actual apps.  

Start by searching “Google” and download the apps you see which will likely include
  • Google
  • Google Gmail
  • Google Translate
  • Google Books
  • Google Earth
  • Google Currents
Once you have the apps downloaded, go to Google and notice some cool features including a very accurate voice search, a icon that takes you to all your Google apps, and Google Googles. Googles is cool. It is a visual search that let's you search by taking a picture of something i.e. a book, a painting, a monument, etc. Watch this video to learn more. Note: To see the cool screen I have in the shot below, you may need to tap the word "Google" on your device.

When you tap "Applications" you'll see a screen like the one below which has a listing of all your Google Apps.

A few more Google Apps

Below are some of the other Google Apps you'll see. There are more, but I'd suggest starting with these. You might also want to name a folder "Google" and put all the Google apps in that folder.

Google Earth - Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass. 

Google Books - The Google Books app offers access to over 3 million Google eBooks on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or whatever device you choose! Take your favorite books with you on the go. Shop in your browser at the Google eBookstore, and read in your app.

Google Translate - Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. You can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. This is AMAZING for travel abroad, or communicating with students or parents who don't speak English.

Gmail - With the Gmail app, you can:  Receive notification badges for new messages. Read your mail with threaded conversations. Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam.  Keep track of important messages with priority inbox. Auto-complete contact names as you type. Send and receive attachments. Search through all your mail

Google Currents - Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed offline reading. 

These are the Google Apps I use everyday and my top recommendations for Google on your iPad or iPhone or iTouch.  If you're ready for more, you can choose from dozens available at this link.

For more ideas about effective ways to use mobile devices for learning, including research-based strategies, lessons, and more order
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1 comment:

  1. Don't forget about Blogger (a Google service). There is a free app for this for iOS and Android that lets you blog from your phone or mobile device. Great for teacher and student bloggers. This post on Digital Learning Series goes into more detail about it: