Google—So much more than a search engine!

Have you googled something lately?  Of course, we all  have.  Now let me ask you a new question, have you explored Google lately? If your answer is no, you are truly missing out on some great tools and resources for your classroom.

Google Earth allows educators to create LitTrips and History tours that will fly students to and from locations all over the earth.  Follow the journey of a character from a novel, or visit each of the 13 original colonies.  The sky is the limit, or is it?  Nothing could be better than an instaneous field trip to visit the city of your class penpals, or visit the site of world news events.

The advanced search on Google allows you to narrow down searches to exactly what you are looking for (file type, image, copyright free images that can be edited).  It’s all there and easy to use! To use the advanced search type a phrase or word in the search field then when the results populate click on the cog in the upper right hand corner.

Google Sites allows people to create professional looking webpages simplistically.  Great to create classroom website and post homework, newsletter, or allow your class to create a webpage based on a historical/scientific event they are studying.

Google Presentations allows groups of students to work together on presentation slides at the same time.  Group projects were never easier! Students can even work on their presentations at home simultaneously!

Google Forms is a wonderful tool for creating surveys for your students. Create teacher feedback forms, or solicit parent opinions.

Google Sketchup is a great tool for rebuilding historical settings or creating a model of a character’s house or the setting of a story. An amateur architect’s dream come true, this tool will engage your students for hours!

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About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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