When we first look for things online, we often turn to the popular search engine – Google. But have you thought about what else Google can do for you? Take a look at the various Google Apps that could be utilized for your practice in education, and an interesting article that supports use of Google technology for learning.
Here are a few suggestions on how YOU can use Google as an educator with your learners or colleagues:
- Google Scholar: encourage scholary research & utilizing online publications for students and professional development; accurate & credible resources; also a fan of Google Book Search for similar use
- Google Earth: geo-tagging is all the rage in higher education; you may want to include Google Maps to this app to create collaborate landmarking & mapping
- Google Notebook: Interested in keeping those searched websites in an orderly fashion? Great for research & archiving
- Google Docs: store Word, PowerPoint & Excel documents online; share & collaborate with students, staff & faculty; excellent project management tool
- Google Calendar: keep track of assignments, itemize lesson plans visually, and more to help with better time management
- Blogger: course contributions, themed journal writing, writing & development classes, and MORE! Blogger has been used for a wide variety of contributions to learning. Here are some blog examples in Higher Ed.
- Google Sites: plan meetings or lessons, share information on a secure website, collaborate on projects, or stay connected to learning communities; similar to website or wiki development; easy to use
- Google Reader: lets you subscribe to web sites so that new content comes to you when it’s posted; similar to RSS feeds
- Google Talk: send instant text messages, voice and/or video conference, chat from desktop or Gmail, send documents, files or hyperlinks; easy way to host “office hours” from any location
Go forth and Google.