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Google Tools

Google offers more than just a search engine!
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Robert Leo

on 30 July 2010

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Transcript of Google Tools

What is iGoogle? iGoogle is a customizable homepage iGoogle lets you create a personalized homepage that contains a Google search box at the top, and your choice of any number of gadgets below. Gadgets come in lots of different forms and provide access to activities and information from all across the web, without ever having to leave your iGoogle page. Here are some things you can do with gadgets:

* View your latest Gmail messages
* Read headlines from Google News and other top news sources
* Check out weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
* Store bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer
* Design your own gadget.
Classroom Use Documents
•Collaboratively plan an agenda for a meeting
•Debrief after a meeting or training
•Brainstorm ideas on a topic
•Collaborate on a story
•Publish as a simple webpage and link to your website
•List homework assignments
•List of websites
•Collaboratively script a podcast
•Easy way to share documents with students and collaboratively edit their work
•Outline information about a topic
•Group Research Paper
•Creating a Resume or Cover Letter - business students could create a sample resume and share it with others in the class (or just with the teacher) to help edit it - same could be done with any project
•Collaborative Science Fair Project
•Collaborative Lesson Planning (or Unit Planning)
•Class News Letter - teacher could put the newsletter together and have students help by typing each article directly onto the newsletter template so the teacher can edit before sending home (school or district newsletter could be created in a similar fashion)
•Collaboratively take notes during class with wireless laptops or during meetings (meeting minutes) so everyone is responsible for making them complete



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Presentations
•Collaborate on a presentation for a meeting or training
•Collaborate on a project presentation
•Publish to the web and embed in your website
•Presentations and notes from class (embed on your Toolbox Pro Site)
•How-to's
•Collaboratively create a Board of Ed. presentation or another important presentation
•Review & overview materials...
•Collaborative class scrap book / photo album
•**Portfolio** of group work throughout a collaborative project
•Beginning of the year intro presentation - download, set up as a kiosk to run during Open House
•Games (you could upload this Jeopardy Template and your class could create questions to share via video conference with another class).
•Note: Hyperlinks will work, but custom animation and slide transitions will not work when uploaded to Google Docs. Check your formatting after you upload!

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Spreadsheets
•Tracking basic information: troubleshooting issues with equipment
•Establish meeting times for observations, faculty meetings, grade level/department meetings...
•Science experiment information
•**Calendar of events**
•Work collaboratively on a chart
•Collaborative checkbook register
•Sign up to bring something for a class activity or party (student initials or first names only!)
Collaboratively gather information about topics, such as:

•Revolutionary War events, dates, people...
•Animals and habitats
•Solar system information
•Weather data
•Story character information
•Country information
•State information
•School schedule for next year

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Forms
•Quizzes
•Gather contact information from parents (Names, emergency numbers - no confidential information!)
•Surveys
•Sign ups for: classes, collaborating (see form on the bottom of the page), etc.
•Volunteer sign ups for class parties, chaperones for field trips, volunteers to read to the class...
•Gather feedback about a training, new Reading (Math, Science, SS, etc.) program for students, and other evaluation forms
•Information gathering: training choices for Conference Day training; feedback on training Google Tools Google Reader In Plain English Google Docs In Plain English
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