Friday, July 22, 2011

G = Google #GETABC

G is for Google
(GTG's  #GETABC Series = Green, Education, & Tech*)

Holy guacomole...It's a jungle out there!  Or rather, a Google out there.

Google's become a known noun AND verb in our dictionary, thanks to the wonders of cyberspace and everyone's knowledge of Google.  "Google" is well-named because "googol" is a mathematical term than mean a number that starts with 1 and is followed by 100 zeroes...which sometimes feels like what's out there when you do a Google search!

There are a gazillion goodies galore out there on the Internet...and tons having to do with teaching with Google alone.  It is far more than a mere search engine! 
To educate yourself, Richard Byrne (our favorite tech-master & Google Certified teacher over at the FreeTech4Teachers site) has some great online google eBooks he has created.  There's a wealth here, and this is where you need to start your Google education:

In pouring over the googol of Google items, some of my favorites include:
  • Using Google Maps for their "Math Maps" (where they have maps layered with color-coded questions for different grade levels--granted, more math than "eco" but very cool!).  I also love that you can use the maps to place mark certain sites & embed YouTube videos (which will be perfect when my 3rd graders study "Rivers & Bridges").  You can also use them to investigate their climate change data.
  • You can also build customizable, kid-friendly searches--check out Byrne's Beyond Google for details on that!
  • You can use Google Docs to create flashcards, word games, word clouds, quizzes, surveys, and more!
G pic from, Google pic from of course
*Note:  In an attempt to meld my pursuits of green, education, and technology, "GET" and this ABC series did my twitter thread #GETABC.  To see the inception of #GETABC and give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.

1 comment :

  1. New addition for Google Reader and its merit in the classroom: