Wide Ranging Google Drive Activities – Infographic

GoogleDoc Info Graphic smallerThis wonderful infographic depicts the wide range of 21st Century learning opportunities — activities that support collaboration — all possible when teachers use the various components of Google Drive with students — inside or outside of their classrooms.

What is cool about these activities is how they can be used in tandem with almost any academic subject.

The original info graphic has live links, however this image does not. Check out a more detailed explanation at the Teach Thought blog.

The infographic was designed with Glogster.


Why Word Order Matters When You Search

The word order of a search matters in today’s connected world, so 21st Century learners of all ages should understand how search results change when a user rearranges the words. A short video on word order, uploaded by Google’s Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell — check out his Search-Research blog — teaches this lesson effectively.

Use this less-than-two-minute video, recently featured in a blog post at Free Technology for Teachers, as a quick and succinct teaching tool with students, parents, and other educators.

Neat Google Searching Tips!

Learn more about Google search lesson plans here.

Every time we search on Google we get millions of hits.  Here are some tips that can streamline your results. Remember that most Google searches are not case sensitive. Give these a try.

  • Exclude a word.  For example:  grocery stores -Safeway
    No Safeway hits will be included in your results.
  • Search a specific country’s Google site. Sometimes it is good to search through Google links in a specific country rather than for world.
    http://www.google.co.uk, — (notice there is no com, just “co” for country and the country two letter tag)
  • Connect an area code with a geographic area.
    Enter the area code in the search box and Google will give you links that tell you about the area code and where it is from.

50 Ways Google Docs Helps Educators and Schools

The Google Docs collaboration features are a boon to 21st Century students and educators, and to anyone who needs to work with others to complete a task.

The process of brainstorming, sharing, and eventually developing stronger and more examined ideas is a primary focus of teaching and learning. Google Docs makes these collaboration tasks easy to do.

Just about everything we do these days is about connecting and developing personal learning networks.

In a recent speech given at the BigTent conference in The Hague, Hillary Clinton noted:

The Internet is not exhaustible. The more people who are on the Internet contributing ideas, the more valuable the Internet becomes to all the other users.

The Edudemic blog recently posted tips and ideas about using Google Docs in a school community. Some of these are common sense thoughts, but others are powerful suggestions that can help teachers use materials more effectively (and save lots of time).

Favorite Ideas

  • making PDF documents editable
  • sharing documents with people in any other location
  • collaborating with other editors, right down to assigning pen color
  • using Google Doc templates

Google Launching YouTube for Schools

According to an article on the Mashable blog, Google is launching a new YouTube arm that will include convenient educational bells and whistles designed for the world of schools, students, and teachers. YouTube.edu contains features that make the service easier to use for schools that normally restrict YouTube, however the new site will be useful to any teacher that wants to customize videos for classroom viewing.

Teachers from around the country and 600 organizational partners such as the Smithsonian and TED helped to select the initial content for the site and YouTube edu organizes video materials by grade and subject.

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