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20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms

20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms
By Laura Turner Google continues to provide a wealth of useful easy-to-use tools that can be used well in the classroom. Some of these are newer and some have been around for a while. All of these tools, as well as additional tools can be found at Google Options. 1. Google Sky - Allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies, planets and the Earth's moon. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

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Belkin Rockstar lets you share iPod tunes Belkin is introducing at CES a rather simple and unique solution for sharing MP3 player audio with your friends: an audio hub. It’s called the Belkin Rockstar and retail price is being set at around $20. The Belkin Rockstar is targeted primarily towards teenagers who own an iPod and want to share their music with their friends. This circular device sprouts six arms. Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative website offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up. Below are some of the most useful features that the site has to offer. Google Search

Rethinking Professional Development to reach ALL Teachers There are millions of teachers in the world. Professional development (PD) as we’ve known it HAS to be a technology enabled experience. Here’s why… There are some wonderful professional development experiences that teachers can tap into during the summer. Some even pay the teachers to participate. But when you look at the numbers, the “workshop in the summer” model is not sufficient. Provide Tech Help Remotely Through Chrome Remote Desktop This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year.

20 Google Docs Secrets for busy teachers and students. Google Docs has revolutionised the way we create and edit content on the web. It is a genuine collaboration tool like nothing that has come before it. Up to 50 people can simultaneously edit a spreadsheet, presentation or document at no expense, and it is available on all mobile and desktop platforms.

Teacher Infographics I have recently been shocked at the fact that educators don’t really see the need for a rubric. They either find them too specific or too vague. But, I am not really sure they are seeing the big picture on this one. The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students is the third ebook I am publishing here exclusively for Educational Technology and Mobile Learning readers. After the success of 80 Alternatives to YouTube and The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools in Education, I am expecting my readers to find this guide of the same importance if not more. Here is an excerpt from its introduction : "As educators Google is the backbone of our online activities. Think of how many times you use it to perform a search whenever you are looking for something.

How I use social media for my professional development This has been a common theme to many of the presentations, workshops, webinars and seminars that I have been asked to do over the last few years, but however many times I try to present on this subject I never really feel that I get the message across as clearly and persuasively as I would like. The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills. So here it is. This my own attempt to outline my digital media learning experience, or at least part of it. I’ll split this into 3 sections which I’ll call Information in

How to Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive This morning I received an email from a friend of mine who needed some help opening a Word (Docx) file in Google Drive. Google recently made a slight change to how this is done. And since it threw off my friend who is a fairly savvy Google Drive user I thought that there are probably others who have or will have the same question. 5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom Google Docs is a user friendly suite of online collaborative tools that come with tremendous potential for use in the classroom. Last year all of the students in our school received Google Docs accounts and I was kept quite busy getting students and teachers up and running with the new tools, then discovering innovative ways to use them as effective tools for learning. Here are some of the favorites. Collaborative Writing Sharing and commenting provide students with opportunities to receive immediate feedback on their writing from teachers and peers in the 24/7 classroom.

A YEAR OF LITERARY TERMS! PRESENTATION WITH MODERN EXAMPLES & WEEKLY ACTIVITY This product has been featured on the Teachers Pay Teachers Best Sellers List! This resource is sure to get your students interested in literary terms! This is a resource that can be used all year at least once a week. The product teaches students various literary terms through the use of modern examples (music lyrics, TV, movies, novels, celebrities, images etc). It also includes lots of video clips that will engage your students. How it is used: At the beginning of each week, introduce a new term to your students with the presentation.

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