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Cool Google Tools for Teachers

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We all know Google will do searches, mail, calendars, images and tons more stuff, but I got really excited when I came across a list on Twitter with all the Google Tools and Apps, listed A-Z. There are so many great resources for educators and students.

It was so helpful, I have done several workshops for our district on the lesser known Google tools and other great resources for educators that can play big roles in the classroom and plan to do several more. Check out this video of all this video presentation of my favorite cool tools!

Here's a brief rundown of the links as well:

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This search comes with more options, including file format, language, and reading level. You can also avoid faulty "unwanted words" to avoid search confusion. For instance, if you want students searching "Franz Ferdinand" as a historical figure, you can include "bands" or "music" in the unwanted words to avoid getting hits on the band by the same name.

http://www.google.com/advanced_search
http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html

 

Alerts

You can keep tabs on news associated with you, your school or your content materials!

http://alerts.google.com

Bookmarks

Save your favorite links and webpages for the classroom. This is especially handy when you make your list public and use it for student projects and assignments.

https://www.google.com/bookmarks/

 

Google Books

Access Google's online library and search by topic.

http://books.google.com

 

Google Calculate

Just type into the standard Google search bar to calculate!

Fast Flip

This cool visual search lets you see the "front page" headlines in full webpage view as you search a topic or browse that latest news.

http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/

 

Google for Educators

Simple as it sounds, this site lists Google tools and Google-related classroom activities for K-12, as well as classroom guides.

http://www.google.com/educators/index.html

Image Swirl

Google Image swirl is an alternative way to search that organizes image search results based on their visual and semantic similarity and presents them like organizational charts. You can click on the most relevant images to see more related results.

http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/ 

InQuotes

Spark instant debate by searching side-by-side quotes on hot-topic issues from two different speakers. For instance, you can see John McCain vs. Barack Obama quotes on the search term of your choosing.

labs.google.com/inquotes/

Knol

Knol makes it free and easy to create, collaborate on, and publish credible web content.

http://knol.google.com/k

News Timeline

Browse news results in a timeline, by day, week, year or decade. It's a great tool for this day in history fun and see a century of the biggest news on a particular topic as it goes back through history. For instance, you can search "civil rights" and search by decade to see the varied tone and major news articles on the subject.

newstimeline.googlelabs.com/

Public Data Explorer

​The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

www.google.com/publicdata/home

Recipe Search

Whether you're looking for a quick recipe to prepare after school or making something for a class project, Google makes finding recipes super searchable - you can even adjust for ingredients, prep time and calories.

http://www.google.com/landing/recipes/

Google Scholar

Sick of students finding research on unreliable websites? Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

http://scholar.google.com/

Google SketchUp

This is a downloadable Google tools that is incredibly cool. You can create 3-D models from a piece of furniture to designing a room to designing a city for Google Earth. This can be useful when studying mathematical dimensions, literary settings, scientific environments and historical places.

sketchup.google.com/

Google Squared

This search tool creates a comparison chart based on your search. You can add or delete categories for comparison. It's definitely an easy introduction to comparison and works like a graphic organizer for search.

www.google.com/squared/

Teacher Tech Support for Parents

Easily send video tutorials by Google to parents for basic computer functions like video chat, sharing photos or sharing your online calendar of school events.

www.teachparentstech.org/

Google Translate

This easy translation tool will be especially helpful when language barriers exist in the classroom or with parents.

http://translate.google.com/#

Wonder Wheel

This search options lets you see search results as visual keyword charts instead of basic lists that helps you to narrow your search.

www.googlewonderwheel.com/google-wonder-wheel-step-by-step

Google Zeitgeist

Using search trends, you can see a man of what people "care" about, when they "care" and where they "care" most based on what they're typing into Google.

http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist2010/

 

Find the A-Z Google list of tools

What are your favorite Google tools and great resources for educators? Share in the comments section!