Google Tools

Google has created a great variety of tools to engage students in learning.

Google Resources

Google Earth & Maps

Take a virtual tour around the world, create placemarks, add your own images or videos. Have students add their own descriptions. Save and share placemarks and virutal tours on your blog. Embed Google Maps on your classroom blog.

Make Your Mark on Planet Earth Tutorial from Discovery Education.

Tutorial for Google Earth

Make a Placemark

Create and Overlay

What are KML and KMZ files?
MapaList a wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists

Google Map Mashups
Google Docs and Spreadsheets

Google Docs is a Web-based word processor, presentation and spreadsheet application. It allows the user to create and edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets while collaborating online in real-time with other users.

Check out some tutorials and templates specifically for
administrators: Presentations/quick_takes/ googform/index.htm --
This is an 8-minute tutorial on Google Forms for administration -- This is a template that principals
can start using immediately to gather data on mastery of the NETS for
teachers -- it automatically aggregates the data for them. Presentations/borgen/index. html/#siop -- This
is a Google Spreadsheet template which principals can share with their
teachers for paperless lesson plan collection. A tutorial also
accompanies this. storyReader$614 -- here is an example of
a Google workshop for administrators

Google Sites
A new offering from Google Apps, makes creating a team site as easy as editing a document. Use Google Sites to centralize all types of information -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.

Google Reader

Google reader allows you to have anything with an RSS feed to be sent to one webpage. The sidebar allows you to easily toggle between different feeds to read the latest postings from different sites.

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software tool that combines a simple, yet robust tool-set with an intelligent drawing system that streamlines and simplifies 3D design. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp enables you to build and modify 3D models quickly and easily.

Google Docs for Students Introduction in 6 Minutes:

Google Docs for Teachers Introduction in 5 Minutes

Google Forms for Schools Introduction in 8 Minutes:

Quizlet Introduction in 7 Minutes:

Skype for Teachers Introduction in 3 Minutes: