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Google in Education

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Google technologies can pull far-flung places into your classroom and make historical events come alive for your students. Students can express themselves through blogs, collaborative writing, and slideshows. Google provides the necessary tools to bring your classroom or educational institution into the 21st century, while also giving you the means to protect users' privacy. As a teacher, you can leverage these technologies to share lesson plans and other resources throughout your institution.

This Short Cut is a companion to the Setting Up Google Apps Standard Edition Short Cut, and focuses specifically on using Google Apps and various other Google technologies, such as Google Earth, Picasa, and Notebook, in an educational environment.

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Part 1: Introduction

Google in Education is a companion to Setting Up Google Apps Standard Edition [http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514877]. While this Short Cut focuses on using Google Apps and other Google tools in education, Setting Up

Google Apps Standard Edition is a guide to acquiring, setting up, and managing a

Google Apps domain. If you are interested in setting up Google Apps yourself, or in learning what administrative capabilities are available, by all means check out

Setting Up Google Apps Standard Edition.

This Short Cut is designed to get your creative juices flowing when using Google technologies to engage and inspire students. Throughout, you'll find suggestions for classes, as well as scenarios for using Google Apps to save money and streamline operations at your school. Although these are general suggestions for using Google

Apps, new or complicated features are explained in detail.

What's the Difference Between iGoogle and Google Apps?

Google set the standard for personalized Internet home pages with the introduction of iGoogle. Anyone with a recent browser can create an iGoogle account simply by navigating to www.google.com [http://www.google.com/] and clicking the iGoogle link in the upper right corner. iGoogle provides:

 

Part 2: Google Apps in the Classroom

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Be Creative

As you become more familar with Google Apps, you can leverage the applications in new and creative ways. For example, you can use Google Docs to share viewonly standard templates for lesson, unit, and curriculum plans. This is covered in

Helping Your Teaching Staff with Templates. Anything you currently keep track of via spreadsheets or simple databases can be kept in Google Apps Spreadsheets, and can be shared with appropriate parties in the organization. As your colleagues become more adept at using Google Apps, you'll be amazed where their creativity takes them.

Part 2: Google Apps in the Classroom

Using Google Earth in the Classroom

The Basics of Using Google Earth

Google Earth is a fantastic tool for showing the geography of regions to your students. Use it to show famous landmarks, compare the sizes of towns and cities, or download features such as Amnesty International’s Crisis in Darfur project for lessons in current events. With the help of the Google Earth Community [http:// bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php/Cat/0/] (a resource-sharing message board), you can show famous battles overlayed on current geography, such as a battle map of Gettysburg shown over a modern-day Gettysburg. To use Google

 

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