Macomb Intermediate School District
Department of Instructional Technology
Dr. Jennifer Parker-Moore - firstname.lastname@example.org
jennifer Johnson - email@example.com
Getting the Most out of Google
Google is an international, publicly traded company that began as a Search Engine. In recent years, the company has expanded into Internet Analytics (Google Analytics), cloud computing (Google Docs/Drive), social media (Google+ and Hangouts), advertising technologies, media (Chromecast, YouTube), web apps (via Google Play or Chrome Web stores), browser and operating system development (Chromebooks) and more!
Join us in visiting some of the productivity tools Google offers for educational use.
Visit the Google Doc Agenda for today's training.
Visit the Google Spreadsheets -- Google is Groovy back channel (March 13,2015- MISD)
Sample of completed -- Google is Groovy back channel (February 6, 2015 - MISD)
Google is Groovy back channel (January 30, 2015 - West Shore ESD)
Google is Groovy back channel (December, 2014 - Macomb ISD).
Google is Groovy back channel (January, 2015 - West Shore ESD)
Google Gmail help link- click here for gmail help.
New features of Gmail include the tabs that allow you to sort your mail by Primary, Social, Promotional, and Updates.
For additional information on using Gmail, and how to sync appointments in Gmail with Calendar click here.
Google for Educators, not to be confused with Google for Education(Apps)....
Check out Edutopia's Google for Educators article.
See what other teachers are doing in the classroom at 10 Ways to Get Started Using Google+ in your Classroom
30 Innovative Ways to Use Google in Education
Google Drive and google Apps for education
Educators may struggle with a understanding the features of Google Drive, Google Apps, and what used to be called Google Docs. The history of Google extends back to 1995, and is filled with many innovations and product developments. Google began its collaboration tools with the Google Docs platform, a cloud based site that provided users with a place to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. These documents could then be "shared" with others through a variety of permissions and access levels. Google Docs became Google Drive in 2012.
Google Apps for Education provides schools the opportunity to control the use of Google Drive, and other tools within their local environment by providing Google with a domain name (web address).Districts moving to Google Apps rationalize that they are eliminating their Microsoft Office site licensing, and reducing hardware costs by purchasing less costly Chromebooks. Chromebooks are a low-cost PC that is available for use with Google Apps. (Note: There is a pricing structure for Google Apps for Education based on number of users, but it starts out free. Google Apps for Work is fee based.)
Although Chromebooks are significantly lower in price, they lack the hardware infrastructure of a standard PC. Chromebooks are designed to only runs programs/apps that are Internet based. Storage, downloads, and beyond all must be done using the Cloud on a Chromebook. Chromebooks can download Chrome Apps from the Webstore.
For Help: Visit the Google Drive help link.
Creating word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more can be done using Google Drive. You can also upload existing documents to Google Drive. The benefits include having the documents available anywhere there is the Internet, as well as the opportunity to share and collaborate on Drive documents.
Google Drive accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.
For help with uploading files to Google Drive, click here.
Take the Google Docs tour.
Check out the Simple Ways to use Google Docs (Drive) in the Classroom
Google Drive help link- click here for drive help
Sharing -- use the Google URL shortener to eliminate long URLs
The "Research" tool allows you to search the Internet while you are creating a document in Google Drive. Check out this and other tools in the "Tools" menu of Drive.
Apps and Add-Ins at Chrome webstore or Google Play
http://www.thegooru.com/7-of-the-best-new-add-ons-for-google-docs-and-sheets/Instead of installing software to your machine, install Apps or Add-Ons from the cloud. Purchasing or downloading of Apps is done at the Google Chrome webstore, or in the case of Smartphones by using the Google Play webstore. Apps, extensions and themes are all available for download.
Add-Ons are productivity tools that are downloaded to work within a program, like Google Drive. Find out what the 15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons are for Education. For ideas about great Apps or Add-Ins to use in education, click here. One great example is the "Too Long Didn't Read" App.
For more on Chrome commands and shortcuts, click here.
Synergyse Top 10 Google Add-On's
Gooru 7 of the Best New Add-On's for Google Docs and Sheets
Google Forms Surveys
Creating online quizzes or surveys can be done simply within Google Forms, found within the Google Docs. These have many educational uses, including surveying staff for school improvement data, online quizzes for students, or gathering feedback for professional development. For a quick demo on how to create a Google Form click here.
Check out the article about 80 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom
Google Forms help link- click here for forms and other docs help
It's as easy as Create New, Form and you're off! Think about using this great tool for creating student, staff, parent, or community surveys to gather perception data for school improvement.
See how you can Create a Test that Grades Itself Using Google Forms.
Google Calendar is a great place to create personal, professional, and shared calendars. Using the settings, you are able to determine who can see your calendars. Many schools use calendars to share classroom, school, and district wide events.
Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy.
For additional information about Google Calendar and Advanced Calendar options, click here.
Google Calendar help link- click here for calendar help
Use hangouts with google plus
Google's version of social networking - share ideas, images, posts, and more. Get together for a video chat using Hangouts with your Plus friends! Try Hangouts and Plus!
Google Hangouts help link- click here for hangouts help
Similar to FaceBook, Google+ allows you to select friends, create circles of friends, family, acquaintances, and following, and upload pictures, video, files, and post comments. Beware of privacy settings here.
Google+ help link- click here for Google+ help
Check out 10 Ways to Get Started using Google+ in your Classroom
Create a Hangout!
Video chat with up to 10 people in a web-conference style. Share screens, photos, and more!
Google Hangouts help link- click here for hangouts help
Google has created "Search Education", a site for lesson plans and activities, power searching, "A Google a Day", and live training. Check out the Classroom resources - Google Web Search for some great ideas.
Another great spot for lessons on Internet searching can be found at: Basic Search Education Lesson Plans: Understanding Search Engines, Search Technique and Strategies, and Features/Operators in basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Google search help link- click here for search help
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.
Google Scholar allows you to search the Internet for valid and reliable sources, cite your sources, find publications, and more.
Get driving directions, satellite images, panoramic view, or traffic reports. Locate the walking, driving, or mass transit information about your next trip. Check out Google Maps!
Find out more about using Google Maps to go on Google Lit Trips.
Google Maps help link- click here for maps help
"Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others." Please note, Google Earth is a download.
You can also have a little fun with Google Mars.
Google Earth help link-click here for earth help
Photos and images - picasa Web and image search
Visit the Image Bank at Google. Turn on the Safe Search settings and be copyright friendly.
Google Picasa Web help link- click here for Picasa Web help
Everything Google by Dr. Jennifer Parker-Moore, Macomb ISD is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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