Google Apps in the Classroom Rita Zeinstejer Google Teacher Academy New York, November 2008.

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  • Google Apps in the Classroom

    Rita ZeinstejerGoogle Teacher Academy New York, November 2008

  • Google Apps in the Classroom

  • Why Google apps?students can use Google Apps to:

    collaborate with classmates using Google Sitesmake a presentation with Google Docskeep organized using Google Calendar

  • Why Google apps?Teachers can use Google Apps to:

    have easy access to their colleagues using Google Talksign up for computerlab or library time using a Google Calendarcollect assingments online using Gmail or Google docs

  • Messaging apps

    GmailcalendarCollaboration apps

    docs videosites

  • custom email addressesshared calendarscollaborative websitesshared online documentssafe instant messagingeasy-to-use customizable start page

  • share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online without the inconvenience of attachments

  • Why use Google Docs?Students can:

    work on their files from any pcget instant feedbackpublish papers and presentations to an authentic audience

  • Why use Google Docs?Teachers can:

    provide timely feedback to stds at any pointcollaborate with colleagues (material/assessment)publish handouts for stds and parents

  • free video sharing websiteupload video clips to Google's web servers make your own media available free of charge securely share videos of recorded classes, lectures, school eventsconfidential info kept privatelyeasily email your video to friends and family post your video to your blog or website

    Storage limit of 3GB per user shared with the entire domain.

  • create custom websites quickly share documents, videos, calendars, charts and other information all in one placecontrol over who has access

  • Students can use Google Sites to:manage a to-do list for their assignments

    create a personal portfolio of their work

    collaborate and share ideas for group work and peer tutoring

  • Teachers can use Google Sites to:create a class pageallow stds to create pagesinclude tutorial videoscollaborate with other teachers/ school-wide projectsmanage international projects

  • Additional AppsiGoogleGoogle EarthGoogle GroupsGoogle MapsGoogle NewsGoogle BookmarksGoogle ToolbarGoogle ReaderGoogle SearchGoogle SketchUpKnolPicassa

  • personalized home pageat-a-glance access to key infoeducational gadgetseasily removed/ added


  • iGoogle gadgets (themes selection)"Framed Photo" displays a series of photos"GoogleGram" creation of special daily messages "Daily Me" displays user's current mood and feelings "Free Form" allows the user to input text /images "YouTube Channel" displays videos from a YouTube channel, "Personal List" allows user to create a list of items"Countdown" countdown timer

  • Why use iGoogle?Students can use it to:

    stay informed, news & events

    add gadgets:class calendarsto-do listsencyclopedias & dictionaries

    create customized tabs for assignments, activities, personal interests

  • Why use iGoogle?Teachers can use it to:

    unleash stds creativity by having them make their own gadgetskeep up-to-date with their blogsplan/organize their instructional daydevelop a custom tab to access their professional network

  • free, downloadablecombines satellite imagery, maps, 3D terrain, 3D buildingsexplore organizations (NASA, Discovery Education)explore night sky

  • Why use Google Earth?Students can use it to:create tours of their school/communitystudy climate change /effects of global warmingtrack earthquakes in real timeexplore animal kingdom with national Geographic content

    Teachers can use it to:set the scene for various lessonsadapt abstract lessons to the real world: interaction with real-time data

  • allows users to start their own email discussion groups/ message boardsbrowse archives of Usenet groups. search or browse for information join a groupjoin in on what others are talking about createcustomdiscuss

  • Why use Google Groups?Students can use it to:

    extend class discussion onlineshare ideas, store docs, organize web resources working on a team projectCreate a private group for school clubs/sports teams to share latest news, announcements, pix

    Teachers can use it to:

    make class handouts, reading material, assignments, web links available for stds and parentssend email announcements to parentscentralize resources & communication

  • free web mapping service application

    It provides:terrain mapssatellite imageryphotographic street views

  • Why use Google maps?Students can use it to:

    keep track of class penpalsvirtual tour countries (transportation/hotels/sight-seeing)

    Learn about plant/animal life by embedding info on habitats in maps

    Teachers can use it to:

    plan a field trip with stdscreate a school mapteach historical events by embedding docs into interactive maps

  • browse top storiessearch for a specific topicpersonalize your news page

  • Why use Google News?Students can use it to:

    compare and contrast eventsfind primary docs (+200 years)access news from cells

    Teachers can use it to:

    personalize their news page: stay informedsearch news for particular story relevant to a days lessonmodel for stds to examine bias and reliability in the news

  • bookmarkssave your favorite sites and attach labels and annotations store securely online accessible from other computersall your bookmarks are private use the "Import bookmarks" option

  • Keep track of your favorite websitesStay up to date constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Simplify your reading experience shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. Discover new content integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you.

  • Why use Google Reader..?Students can use it tokeep updated on current events & newscollect, annotate and share research for collaborative projectsread items shared by teacherTeachers can use it to.keep track of stds blogs in one placefollow other educators blogsshare relevant news articles with stds & colleagues

  • widely recognized as the worlds largest search engine!access * quotes * maps * news * videos * images * books

  • Why use Google Search?Students can use it to

    research class topicssearch for imagessearch the web from their mobile phonesTeachers can use it to

    translate pagessearch for instructional materials in specific formatsuse safe search settings to restrict results on stds pcs

  • Modeling software that empowers stds to be 3D designers:buildingstreescarscities

  • Why use SketchUp?Students can use it to

    visualize geometry and other mathematical conceptscreate model buildingslearn about architecturedesign full-scale 3D environmentseasily share designs

    Teachers can use it to

    engage stdsrecreate historical settingsillustrate theoretical concepts (chemical reactions)create (3D packaging, home models, towns)

  • Knol: a unit of knowledgean authoritative article about a specific topic

    write & share

    invite collaborators

    keep authorship

  • Why use Knol?Students can use it to

    conduct research & verify authority of infopublish project (a how-to doc, game rules)collaborate as fellow authors to add richness to knols

    Teachers can use it to

    teach info literacy/ how to evaluate reliabilityshare lesson plans with colleaguesprovide doc with school rules

  • Picasa

  • Why use Picasa?Students can use it to

    organize & manage photos for projects & reportsquickly editshare photos Teachers can use it to

    create albumscreate a slideshowshare fieldtrips with parents

  • free accountsuse your school domain

  • Blogger in the Classroomhelps create rich multimedia posts with text, links, pictures and videos

    visitors can comment on posts and subscribe to blogs using a feed reader

  • Why using Blogger?Students can use it to

    keep a reflective learning journalpost messages, photos, videosshare school work

    Teachers can use it to

    post resources, lessons & homework asssignmentskeep parents updatedreflect on their teaching practiceshare with educators