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The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students

The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students
Google has some of the best free educational resources for teachers and students. I am one of the biggest fans of some of his services such as Google plus, YouTube, Bogger, Google docs and many more. The question is do all teachers know about how to leverage these services in education ? Unfortunately not all of them do. Many still relate Google to a sole web engine where you can perform a search query. Yes Google started as a search engine but developed into a multi-task platform offering all the possible services users might think of while browsing the web. Given the huge importance of Google services in education and the pressing need for us as teachers and for our students as learners to get to know and use these tools, I have compiled a thorough guide containing all the Google tools that we can use in education. Here is a List of the Google services I have included in this guide: ( Scroll down to read and download the guide ) 4- Google Documents 5- iGoogle 6- Google Reader 11- Blogger Related:  Google Savvy

How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. That search process also included determining when to rely on Google and when to utilize scholarly databases, but on a fundamental level, it appears that many people just don't understand how to best find the information they seek using Google. Thanks to the folks at HackCollege, a number of my "secrets" are out. Infographic via HackCollege Image courtesy of iStockphoto, LICreate

Map Maker Google Map Maker officially closed on March 31, 2017, and many of its features are being integrated into Google Maps. Since 2008, the Google Map Maker community has edited and moderated millions of features to improve the Google Maps experience. To make it easier for all Google Maps users to contribute changes to the map, we’ve started to graduate functionality from Map Maker to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile. Key editing features currently available in Google Maps include: We’ll continue to add new editing features within Google Maps on an ongoing basis. To keep contributing your local knowledge to Google Maps and engage with a passionate community of likeminded individuals, we invite you to join the Local Guides program where you can do things like: Earn points Unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information Get early access to new Google Map features.

How To Create Polls Using Google Docs and Publish Results as Graphs Google Docs can be used for conducting surveys and polls. The survey can be embedded on your website or the link to the survey can be shared directly with the persons you are surveying using email, Facebook, Twitter or any other mean. There are several services that let you conduct polls, but using Google Docs for your surveying needs has certain advantages. It’s free. It’s unlimited i.e. there is no restriction on the number of questions you can ask on your survey or the number of responses you can collect. Below is a poll created using Google Docs. And here is the result of the poll. Above 51 This tutorial will show you how to create similar polls for your own blog or website. How to Create a Poll or Survey Using Google Docs Open Google Docs and create a new Form. After naming your form title, add your question and then under question type select multiple choice, or checkboxes or ‘choose from a list’ – anyone will do. Save the poll by clicking on the Save button on the top-right.

15 Little-Known Ways Google Can Help Teachers And Students From Boolean search strings to grammer checks, Google can help both students and teachers. There is a little-known area of Google that focuses on helping just these users. Google has been making big steps towards helping higher education these days ( Google Voice Now Free For .edu Emails ) but this area, known as Google For Educators, has been around for about a year and is slowly gaining momentum in terms of popularity. Google Book Search Google Book Search allows you to search the full text of our large and growing index of books, from popular titles to old, out-of-print and public domain volumes, to find pages that include your search terms. Google Book Search can enhance your lesson plans in all kinds of ways, by enabling you to search for, and helping you locate, countless volumes you might not have been able to find any other way. Google Book Search will also enhance your students’ research by allowing them to access information from thousands of books with one quick search.

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7 Tips & Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Google Drive Google Drive is a great service, but installing the application and synchronizing some files is just the first step. These tricks will help you take advantage of Google Drive, both on the desktop and on the web – whether you’re looking to easily synchronize other folders with your Drive or take advantage of the features only available on the website. Many of these tricks will also work with Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and any other service that provides a magic folder that automatically synchronizes your files over the Internet. Google’s Drive integration with third-party web apps is a unique feature, though. Use The Send To Menu You can add Google Drive to the Windows Send To menu and easily send files to your drive from anywhere on your computer. The Send To menu actually shows the contents of a special folder, and you can add your own shortcuts. %APPDATA%/Microsoft/Windows/SendTo Encrypt Sensitive Files BoxCryptor also supports Google Drive. Move User Folders Customize Windows Libraries

Google Drive and Dropbox Cloud Storage Services Compared Can new kid on the block, Google Drive, take on Dropbox, the current king of file syncing? Check out our Google Drive vs. Dropbox comparison to find out how the services compare. Google finally launch their much-anticipated Google Drive cloud storage service, which holds up to 5GB of data for free and adds extra storage to your Gmail account. It’s possible that traditional cloud storage services might start shaking in their boots as the behemoth Google pushes into their realm. Let me show you whether the new cloud storage service can compete with the more traditional cloud storage and sync service Dropbox in a feature-for-feature competition. We’ll look at storage, price, features, apps, and third-party support. Storage and Price Both Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free account, Google with 5GB and Dropbox offering only 2GB. Google Drive will work with multiple devices The monthly cost for upgraded Google Drive accounts ranges from $2.49/month to nearly $800/month. Winner: Google Drive Apps

Paintmap | Painting-sharing community, painting the world. 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 Identify unique search terms to locate targeted sources and to use “context terms” to uncover appropriate evidence.

20 Awesome Google+ Tips for Teachers Given the importance of Google Plus and its promising potential as an educational social networking website for educators and teachers, I am adding here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning another article for teachers to discover more about its hidden secrets. Just to put you in the picture, we have started a series of posts on the the topic Educational Social Networking. We have already published three parts namely : We are actually working on more parts to add to this series. Whether you have been using Google+ for long time or you have just started , the following tips will help you better maximise the potential of this social network both in your classroom and for your professional development. Each of the tips below are based on articles from a variety of online sources namely Mashable, Chronicle, Appsusergroups, Hackededucation, Geekestry, Theatrprof, and many more. 1- Use Hangouts for Teaching Hangouts is a great service offered for free by Google+. 5- Crossposting updates

Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! Take Google Docs, for example. So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Click here to check out “Google Docs in the Classroom” a resource created by CUE and WestEd for Google. Forms “Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Use forms to: Spreadsheets 1. 2.

15 Great Google tutorials for Teachers Google has made several inroads into education. Over the last couple of years, Google has been providing services , most of which are free, to educators and Google in Education is a living example. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning deeply senses the huge potential of Google for teachers and hence has been posting tutorials and guides on the effective use of this service in education. Today we are adding another resource which contains video tutorials about some of the important Google services that teachers can use in their daily endeavour. The first four tutorials are articles and the rest are videos.

Getting Started Guide - Blogger Help Blogger Getting Started Guide How to publish a blog post How to create and edit pages Manage comments on your blog Import and export your blog Welcome to Blogger! To start using Blogger, simply sign in with your Google Account. Create a blog To start a blog with Blogger, visit the Blogger homepage, enter your username and password, and click Sign in. Pick an address (URL) and a blog title. Back to top Dashboard Your Dashboard, as always, is your starting point. Writing a new post: Just click on the orange Pencil icon on your Dashboard to access the Post Editor. Note that the Earnings tab will only show if AdSense supports your language. Overview On the Overview tab, you can see your blog’s activity, news and tips from the Blogger team, and recent Blogs of Note. Write your post Once you've signed in to Blogger, you'll see your dashboard with your list of blogs. Click the orange pencil icon to write a new post, and enter anything you want to share with the world. Add an image Add a video Customize

Tips Every Teacher should Know about Google Docs in Education ( Great Easy Guide ) Here is a list of some of the best features of Google Docs that teachers need to know about :It is free and very easy to useIt has a user-friendly interfaceIt lets you create Google documents, spreadsheets, and other file types and collectionsIt lets you upload, manage and store files and foldersIt allows you to share Google Docs, files and collectionsYou can preview your docs and files before you open or share themYou can also view images and videos that you have uploaded to your document listIt lets you search for items by name, type and visibility settingIt allows users to collaborate on documents in real timeIt also offers a chat functionality for collaborators to use while working on docs.Google Docs Templates for teachers Many Google Docs users are unaware of the fact that they can breathe life into their documents with templates. Google's new templates for Google Docs make it fast and easy to create all kinds of documents. I- Documents : Click on any title to read the tutorial

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