Teaching With Google

google2.jpgIt really goes without saying, but Google has created a tremendous amount of free resources; many of which have classroom applicability. We compiled a list of resources including Google Books, Google Earth, and Google+. We have also collected a few stand-out tutorials to help you use these services in new ways (particularly Google+).

Get started with these links:

The Google Products Page - Find a complete list of the services Google offers.

Google Books - Utilizing online books in full and preview mode for the classroom. This is an especially good resource for books that are no longer protected by copyright law, as they are often available in full-text.

Google Drive - The new home for Google Docs. Access everywhere; store files safely; collaborate with Google Docs.

Technology Integration Specialist Richard Byrne offers a free ebook about Google Drive to help educators get started using the service in their classrooms.

Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts, and articles.

Google for Educators provides ideas and lessons for integrating Google applications into the classroom.

Google Maps - Web-based mapping tool similar in many ways to Google Earth, but with nothing to download.

Google Reader - Keep up with your RSS feeds.

EducatorsTechnology.com offers a very interesting read: "10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using"

Here are 22 more Google form templates from educator Kern Kelley. Many of the forms are designed to work with an iPod Touch.

Popular ed-tech blog Edudemic has organized "15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers," all from Google.

Google Earth Resources

Google Earth - Fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. Free and easy to download.

Google Earth & Environmental Issues - David Tryse hosts a collection of personal experiments with Google Earth as a tool for highlighting and visualizing environmental issues.

Google Earth Sightseeing Message Board - A great site for posting and sharing Google Earth coordinates. Thousands of coordinates are available here. Plus, there are a couple educator talk sections with ideas for integrating Earth into lesson plans.

Tutorials for New Users of Google Earth - A user-created message board post that links to many valuable tutorials.

Google+ Resources

Teaching with Google+ is a step-by-step integration plan from Edutopia that shows teachers how to use Google’s social media network in their classrooms.

"Google+ More Reasons Why It's Good For Educators" is a great blog post by veteran teacher and technology integration specialist David Andrade. Check out his helpful resources for making Google+ a pleasant learning experience in your own classroom.

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