Did you know you can use Google Mediator to conference with students and parents privately. I have a GT studnets that I am using the "flipped classroom" method. I assign her videos from khanacademy.com or pencast that I have created for her in math. She then learns the objective at home. At school I give her "homework" and assignments based on what she is learning on her own. Google mediator works great to help with a question bank she might have to discuss in class together.
Did you know that Google bought Gapminder from Hans Rosling? Don't know what Gapminder is? Check it out! It takes statistics and puts them in motion! It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Think Prezi meets Excel Spreadsheets and then add an Emril "BAM" and that's kind of what it's like! Here's a link to see it in motion:
But the best is watching Hans Rosling discuss it on the BBC:
Did you know that Google Sites now allows page control? You can now create a site and allow certain people to have access to edit to only certain pages of the site. Some wiki creation tools have allowed this for a while but since I live in a "Google" world, for me, this is HUGE! This is called: "Page-level permissions"
Thanks for the reminder! I almost forgot these were available: http://www.google.com/educators/posters.html
Another cool project is asking students to design their own 21st century learning posters (with Google tips and more) and then laminating them for use around the classroom and school!
This isn't so much for school, but it's a Google feature I'm usually heavily as the shopping season approaches. Blogs are the first to announce if a great online deal is happening, so I utilize the filters to see what items are the cheapest for the day. So far, I've bought half of my entire Christmas list for under $50 using this tool.
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How easily you can help students learn historical information? I like to use the timeline feature when doing searches related to historical events. After doing a search, click the "timeline" link on the right side of the page
The results from this search provide a visible timeline that allow you to go deeper into the history by clicking on the timeline results. The data I got from this cell discovery search almost provide enough information for AP Biology.
Did you know that one of the best ways to alleviateweb 2.0- tech-phobic teachers is to start with Goolge docs? This year I am training mostly "traditional" teachers who didn't know how to copy/paste or even where the desktop was on their computer. I am rausing Google docs for brainstorming, sharing and organizing research and it is a HUGE hit! Many of my teachers are now using it with their students and even the principal!
Did you know that using Google Reader is one of the best ways to save time and still keep up on what is happening in the world of education? I know I never have time to read all of the blogs that I would like, but with Google reader I can have everything handy in one place. Who doesn't need more time on their hands?