Beginning with a concise overview of the benefits of cloud computing, this video introduces Google’s integrated suite of Internet-based applications while explaining how these tools—powerful, universally available, and free!—can be used to improve learning.
Educators and students alike will benefit from a look at the following Google products: Google Search and Google Accessibility; Google Scholar; Google Docs, with its document, spreadsheet, and presentation software; Blogger; Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Sky; Google SketchUp; Google Groups; Google Reader; Gmail; Picasa; Google Notebook; Google Video, YouTube, and YouTube EDU; Knol; Google Sites; Google Calculator; Google News; and Google Books. A perfect primer!
1. Introduction: Google Tools for Education Companies like Microsoft and Apple have influenced what people use for work, but have had less influence on how people work. Google has revolutionized how people work. Google has had a tremendous influence on education.
2. Google Intro From its earliest days, Google has used complex mathematical algorithms to work its "search magic." The magic behind Google's powerful tools is the ability to hold data on a vast array of servers. This is known as cloud computing.
3. Cloud Computing Cloud computing is storing and manipulating massive amounts of user data on huge Internet servers. Users can upload their data to a third party--the cloud. Users can create and manipulate data in the cloud. Benefits of the cloud are numerous.
4. Search, Scholar, Accessible Search Google continues to expand and create new Internet technologies and enhancements of existing tools. Tools include search capabilities, access to databases; it can search in different languages and for the visually impaired.
5. Google Docs Google Docs is a set of online productivity tools that don't need to be downloaded, are collaborative, and are compatible with existing software standards. Tools include word processing, spreadsheets, and more.
6. Google Blogger Google's Blogger allows anyone to create online journals within minutes. Bloggers can incorporate Google functions in their blogging site. Blogging is a valuable educational tool.
7. Earth, Map, and Sky Google Earth takes satellite imagery and combines it with other geographic data. Google Maps is a web-based mapping software. Google Sky uses Google maps and NASA software--and more--to let users navigate and discover the solar system and beyond.
8. Google SketchUp SketchUp is a downloadable tool to create, modify, and share 3-D models. This tool is free and is available for a wide variety of uses for professionals and non-professionals.
9. Google Groups People from around the world create groups to discuss everything from fishing to business. Groups can be created in any language, and can be public or private.
10. Google Reader Google Reader helps users keep track of websites that are constantly updating information, such as blogs and newspapers. The software is free and downloadable.
11. G-Mail G-mail can be integrated with Google's other technology. Searching for emails is easy. This mail service is easy and offers a generous amount of data storage. Students use Gmail to send assignments to teachers. Spam filters are continually updated.
12. Picasa Picasa is Google's online photo album application. Users can sort and edit photos and upload them to the web. Tags are pieces of data that can be attached to photos; they include key words and location data. Teachers can show classroom pictures to parents.
13. Google Notebook Notebook is a web-based program to take notes. Notebook uses specialized word processors specifically designed to take notes.
14. Google Video, YouTube, and YouTube EDU Google Video morphed into YouTube. On YouTube one can find entertainment as well as education. Many of the videos are useful in classrooms. These videos are categorized as YouTube EDU.
15. Google's Knol Software Unlike wikis, Knol pays close attention to authorship accuracy issues. Knol authors can designate copyright privileges to their information. Accuracy of information is a benefit of Knol; on the other hand, biases may be more evident than on wikis.
16. Google Sites Google Sites is a free platform for users to create their own websites in minutes. These sites are as easy to create as a Word document. Teachers can create a protected online environment for students to collaborate on homework assignments.
17. Google Calculator There is no longer a need for specialized software to solve equations. Any computer with Internet access can be turned into the "best calculator in the world." This innovative tool helps students throughout their academic careers.
18. Google News Users can search Google News by category, publication date, location of origin, and more. The top news stories are selected by readers. This Google feature is a good research tool for students, who can get multiple points of view on any news item.
19. Google Books Google Books site allows users to browse or search the online book collection. Google continues to add new titles. Readers can download books to read in a non-Internet environment, and they can print them out. 20. Conclusion Google has helped take the web experience to another level. Free web software allows anyone with Internet access to use high quality tools that are excellent for research, creativity, and collaboration.
Grade: 6-8, 9-12
Google Tools for Education (DVD)
Time: 31 Minutes