Search, Learn, Share: An Introduction to Google Tools in Education

Google provides much more than just a web search engine; they offer a wide variety of free web-based and desktop applications. This wiki was created to support a workshop that introduces participants to many of these services that may be useful to teachers and students. Please feel free to add to these resources by clicking on "Edit This Page" above.

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Questions

Google in Education

Google for Educators
Google Teacher Academy Resources (Don't miss the one-page crib sheets in the Materials section!)
The Infinite Thinking Machine
Educational Technology and Life (Google in Education Category)

More... Even More

Google More...
Google Labs
Google Help Center

Search Tools: 21st Century Skills

Web Search Support (Don't forget to learn the Google Operators like Define: and others.)
News Search Support
Book Search Support
Scholar Search Support
Blog Search Support
Custom Search Engine Support
Image Search Support
Video Search Support
Map Search Support (Check out Street View in Yosemite Valley!)
Google SMS (Just text a search to 466453)
Google 411

Don't forget Google Translations!
Example: View my blog in Spanish!

Web-based Applications

Docs and Spreadsheets Support
Calendar Support
Google Page Creator Support (A simple web page creation tool)
Google Sites Support (A more sophisticated web page creation tool - very wiki like)
Blogger Support
Reader Support
iGoogle (Google Homepage) Support (See "Personalizing iGoogle")
Google Notebook Support

Desktop Applications

Earth Support
Sketch Up Support
Desktop Support (Windows Only)
Picasa Support (Windows Only)

Additional Links

Google Hacks - A good reference book. The first half or so includes some great tips... the rest gets a bit technical.
Googlepedia - Another good reference book to use when teaching particular applications.
Google Earth Lessons - A bunch of lesson plans.
Google Lit Trips - By Jerome Berg


Please use the Discussion tab above to discuss the workshop or these resources.

Reflection and Evaluation

Reflection Questions


Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
Educational Technology and Life