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12 Ways To Use Google Search In School, By Degree Of Difficulty. Sunday, May 6, 2012 8:15 am, Posted by | Updates Topics: , , , , , , I’ve been completely obsessed with Google’s new mini-site devoted to finding better ways to incorporate proper web searches into the classroom. Dubbed ‘ Search Education ,’Google’s new site has an array of lesson plans, videos (check a sample out below), concept maps, and other tools designed to help any educator properly integrate Google.

This is just the logical next step for the search (and basically everything else) behemoth as Google pushes its way into the classroom. As part of Search Education, Google has shared a bunch of lesson plans that are organized by degree of difficulty. So, if you consider yourself and / or your students Google experts, you should try out the more advanced plans. The following are just some of the many lesson plans brought to you by Google. Picking the right search terms. Templates for Student Projects - uTeach With Technology. To see and use these templates, you must have a Google doc account and be logged on. Make a copy of each template to your Google Docs and begin using. I have used the templates with students as young as six, but they can be used for any purpose that is appropriate.

Introducing the Knowledge Graph. Google Docs Introduces New Sidebar Research Tool. Google has quietly released a new research tool which sits on the sidebar in Google Docs.

Google Docs Introduces New Sidebar Research Tool

The tool allows users to “learn more information about the topics in [their] document,” bringing research inside the authoring environment. As you can see in the screenshots below, the tool helps users find things like famous quotes to bolster their writings with new content. The different types of results include: “web results, images, quotations, maps, reviews, and more.” Search Education – Google. With Its New Google+ iPhone App, Google Finally Gets It Right. Some people just love Google+ and others just hate the company’s efforts to create a social network and a social layer across all of its services.

With Its New Google+ iPhone App, Google Finally Gets It Right

Google itself seems to be pretty happy with the results it is getting from Google+ so far – or at least that’s what the company is saying publicly. No matter your overall feelings about Google+, though, Google’s new native Google+ app for iPhone is worth a look, especially because it’s hopefully just a first glimpse at what more of Google’s mobile apps will look like in the near future. So far, the Google+ mobile app was adequate but nothing to brag about for Google.

For the most part, it worked (though it did crash at times) and gave you access to Google+’s most important features. Even Google+’s most ardent fans wouldn’t have called it exciting, though. The latest redesign, however, suddenly makes the app one of the more interesting social networking clients on the market today.

How Google Drive just ate SkyDrive’s lunch. Today’s debut of Google Drive is case-in-point why you never show your hand first.

How Google Drive just ate SkyDrive’s lunch

Yesterday Microsoft detailed plans for SkyDrive, aimed at giving Redmond a leg up in the competitive cloud storage space. Today’s Google Drive announcement blows SkyDrive out of the water. Even though Google Drive offers two less gigabytes of space (5GB versus 7GB for SkyDrive), the tie-ins with other Google services are the difference. For example, Google takes Google Docs and incorporates it into Google Drive. Like the standalone product, users are able to collaborate on content, which can then be commented on by anyone who its shared with. Google Drive also offers drag-and-drop integration for both the Windows and OS X, and mobile access through individual apps for iOS (once the app is available) and Android, just like SkyDrive. Google makes everything that you upload into Drive searchable. The only place Microsoft bests Google Drive is on extra storage. Bottom line? A Must-Have Guide To Google Drive. We’re chomping at the bit to get our grimy little hands on the new Google Drive.

A Must-Have Guide To Google Drive

We wrote about it in our March issue of the Edudemic Magazine , featured it a couple weeks ago , and now want to start figuring out how the basically-real tool will help teachers around the planet. After all, that’s what Edudemic is all about! We throw caution to the wind and just start trying to figure out fun and useful ways to use technology in the classroom. Who cares if that technology isn’t available yet ? 8 New Google+ Changes and How They Impact Your Business. Have you heard about all of the recent changes on Google+?

8 New Google+ Changes and How They Impact Your Business

Google+ is always evolving and recently made some big changes to help create a simpler, more beautiful Google+ . And these changes can have an impact on how you use Google+ for business . So here’s everything you need to know . #1: Header Image and Profile Photo Changes. Google Drive Will Offer Users 5GB Of Free Cloud Storage, Launching Next Week. Advertisements As of late, cloud storage services have been gaining significantly in popularity.

Google Drive Will Offer Users 5GB Of Free Cloud Storage, Launching Next Week

Both Microsoft and Apple are involved in the space in some form, on top of highly successful startups entirely dedicated to providing such services (i.e. Dropbox). Thus, it only makes sense that Google would want a piece of the action as well. Since 2010, there have been murmurs that Google was planning to launch a cloud storage service, and, more recently, it was revealed on good authority that such a service was certainly in the pipeline, and that it is going to be called Google Drive. And today, The Next Web has obtained some credible details on the upcoming cloud service.

One thing though, that was unclear in the information that TNW received, however, is how integration with the desktop would work. Google In the Classroom - Download Free Content from Michigan's MI Learning. _Google EDU_Report_FULL.pdf. Top 50 Google+ Circles for Social Media Savvy Educators. Google+ may still be finding its own footing among the Twitter‘s and Facebook‘s of cyberspace, but nevertheless hosts a large amount of networking opportunities across several subjects.

Top 50 Google+ Circles for Social Media Savvy Educators

Education subject matter in particular seems to flourish on the service, with parents, teachers, pros, students, and interested outsiders meeting up and talking about anything and everything. Social media-savvy educators seeking any outlet possible to trade resources and ideas should check out the following Google+ circles for hot topics in teaching all age levels – including adults! Ed Tech ALSO SEE : 18 Ways Teachers Can Use Google+ Hangouts General Eileen O’Duffy’s Educators Circle: Exactly what it says on the tin!

ALSO SEE : How To Utilize Social Media in Education [Infographic] Higher Education ALSO SEE : 20 Terrific Twitter Chats for Every Kind of Educator Homeschool & Unschool Michele James-Parham’s Unschoolers & Homeschoolers: Self-explanatory, really. Special Needs. Google+ Rolls Out New Look. Google announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out a significant redesign for its social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create a more customized experience on the site. The company said it will introduce a variety of new features to the site in the next few days, from customizing apps and the navigation bar to more flexibility with profile pages and pictures.

In addition, the update introduces a new Explore page that posts what's interesting and trending across the site. Google also noted that the social network now boasts more than 170 million users since it's 2011 launch. Chrome extension to Share on Google plus pages. Download ‘Share on Google Plus Page’ Chrome extension For Google+ page owners, sharing web content on their Google plus pages will become simpler.

Chrome extension to Share on Google plus pages

For sharing web pages as one of your Google+ pages, there was no simple way to do directly. You need to copy the URL, switch to your own Google+ Profile, then to the desired page and then share from there. This extension makes it simpler. You need to setup your pages to this extension for the first time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Apps for the iPad.

For Teachers – Google in Education. Google Sites - Free websites and wikis. Google Everything. Google. The Ultimate Guide To Google+ For Educators. If you’re looking for the best way to incorporate Google+ into your classroom or simply deciding if the new service is for you, you’re in luck.

The Ultimate Guide To Google+ For Educators

The godfather of educational technology, Steven W. Anderson (follow him at @web20classroom ) is assembling a LiveBinder that has dozens of terrific resources on Google+ usage in education. The LiveBinder is embedded below and currently has about 30 terrific resources on all things Google+. From how to use the service in the classroom to using Google+ in general, this binder will hopefully help any teacher (or student) looking to use Google+ in an educational way.

Do you have resources you’d like to add? Click here to view the LiveBinder in full-screen mode. Google SketchUp Math and 21st Century Critical Thinking. This is simply a copy of my Blog entry inSwords Edgucation and Tech.

Google SketchUp Math and 21st Century Critical Thinking

Each time I reach geometry standards in the math curriculum, I find myself trying to make geometry problems more meaningful and interesting. With Google Sketch-up, meaningful instruction has a new solution, providing relevance and more intrigue to geometry standards across the K-12 learning standards. Google SketchUp is a 3-D editing tool that can be used to design… basically anything you can see the real world and beyond. The original use was to design a better Google Earth, but has shown promise amongst architectural circles, liberal Arts, and industrial manufacturing and design. The site contains an in-depth overview of the software, a community of users to chat with and learn from, tutorial videos for most any need in Google SketchUp, and a blog featuring new innovations and exciting ideas to try in SketchUp across ability levels.

Trigonometry- Ever wonder why the proofs in trigonometry work? David Beckham is going to Hangout on Google+ 13 January '12, 10:57pm Follow David Beckham is joining the ranks of celebrities who are taking to YouTube to connect with their fans. The official YouTube blog announced the interview taking place at Google, and is giving users a chance to get in on the questions. Must Have Google Chrome Extensions. It's been some time since Google Chrome was first launched in 2008 and since has never looked back.

It has become popular incredibly fast and now has 20% of overall Internet users. Some of the reasons for the success of Google Chrome are fast browsing and launch speeds, faster development and ability to provide extensions. Although its speed is the real reason why people switch to Google Chrome, there are quite a huge number of extensions that changes the way you browse the web. So here are some of the extensions you must have installed. Updated: 05 September 2011 1. Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. 2.

This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. 3.