Let's Get Cooking with Even More Google Apps!

Let's take a look at some of the other ingredients that Google provides
and how those can be used in the K-12 setting. Some of the tools that you can put on your plate will include: Voice, Alerts, Scholar, Custom Search, Reader, Picasa and Translate! We will go through how these tools are being used and mixed up to make something yummy!

Alerts- http://www.google.com/alerts

Monitor the Web for interesting new content

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you'll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
  • Steps to Create a Google Alert

Want to edit photos, create a quick digital story or collage? Take a look at Picasa. This IS a program you need to install on your computer, but then it is easy to create albums, share them to the web and integrate them into Google Sites, Blogger or simply share with others!

Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing.

Simplify your reading experience
Google Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It's like a personalized inbox for the entire web.

Discover new content
Millions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and our integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you.

Some sites you may want to add:

Translate- http://translate.google.com/

Translate a website into another language! Think about a having students go to a site produced in Germany and translate it to English. Rather than visiting a US site about Germany!

Set up your own classroom phone number! Google Voice can let you text your students and parents and take your classroom phone with you. The beauty in having a microphone right in the corner of your room.  Download voicemails students leave and think about how you can incorporate those MP3 files in class.

Assignment: Call me and let me know what your favorite Google App is.

Custom Search- http://www.google.com/cse/manage/create?hl=en

Do you want students to only search a specific range of pages? Create a custom search box to include in your site! Go to the link and you can have the code for your custom search in 3 easy steps!

Scholar- http://scholar.google.com/

Need to search for articles? Google Scholar is a great place to start!

Stacy Behmer
Google Apps Certified Trainer, Google Apps Certified Teacher
Grant Wood AEA1.800.332.8488, x6423
Skype screen name: stacy.behmer
Google Voice: 319.438.2317
Twitter: sbehmer