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Google Resources for Educators

Quick Links: Google Applications for Teachers and Students

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Click here for dozens of Google applications

What's New With Google?

Want to know what new online applications Google is developing? Check out Google Labs. You can even join one of Google's Experiments.

To stay up-to-date with Google developments and application enhancements, visit my Google Tools Pagecast or my Google Reader Shared Page.

Here is a quick look at the newest Google application news:

Google Applications - An Overview

Advanced Internet Searching with Google

Click here to learn more about the advanced features of Google Search

Customized Search Engines

Google Docs

Learn how to use Google Docs:

Google Docs in Plain English - Common Craft Show video hosted on the Google Channel on YouTube

(Tip: Want to use this YouTube video with your class, but can't access YouTube from school? Use one of these services to convert the video to a format you can download and play from your computer.)

Here is that same video hosted on YouTube

Google announced new features for Google Presentations (they include the ability to embed Presentations into other sites - as illustrated below.)

Learn how to create a self-grading quiz using Google Forms


Google Reader

  • Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.
  • Use Google Reader's built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family.
  • Google Reader is totally free and works in most modern browsers, without any software to install.
  • Take a tour of Google Reader

Google Notebook

  • You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.
  • You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.
  • You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.
  • You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.
  • Take a tour of Google Notebook
  • Google Notebook FAQs

Google Calendar

  • With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.
  • You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Calendars can even be embedded into other websites, blogs, and wikis.
  • Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar. Organizations can promote events, too.
  • You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.
  • Take a tour of Google Calendar
  • Embedding Google Calendar into Wikispaces

Google Sites

Google Apps for Schools

  • Imagine how valuable it would be if your entire campus community — students, faculty, and staff — could share information and ideas more easily. With Google Apps Education Edition’s free communication, collaboration and publishing tools, including email accounts on your school’s domain (like, you can start bringing that vision to life. Learn more
  • You can select any combination of our available tools and services and customize them with your school's logo, color scheme and content. Manage your users through a web-based control panel, or use the APIs to integrate Google Apps into your existing systems.
  • Best of all, it's all hosted by Google, so there's no hardware or software to download, install or maintain. You can get up and running quickly with minimal support from your IT staff.
  • Click here to explore the application features.

Google Earth

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. (Note: while Google Earth is a free program, the application must be downloaded to your computer.)
  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings, or look up to explore the sky
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.
  • Take a tour of Google Earth

Google Maps

Use Google Maps to:
  • Search for locations and addresses
  • Find businesses in your area
  • Get directions and check live traffic
  • Create and view personalized maps
  • Take a tour of Google Maps

Google Map Maker

  • Google Map Maker is a service that allows you add or edit features, such as roads, businesses, parks, schools and more. Using Google Map Maker tools (see below), you can visually mark locations and add detailed information about these locations. Once you have submitted content, this information may be edited by other users or moderators. At a later time, this content may be published in Google Maps for others to see and use.
  • Google Map Maker training resources

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It's easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it. We designed SketchUp's simplified toolset, guided drawing system and clean look-and-feel to help you concentrate on two things: getting your work done as efficiently as possible, and having fun while you're doing it.

Google Picasa

Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you:
  • Locate and organize all the photos on your computer.
  • Edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks.
  • Share your photos with others through email, prints, and on the web: it’s fast, easy and free.

Take a tour of Picasa


Use iGoogle to create a customized Internet page complete with your individually selected content.

Google Groups

What can you do with Google Groups?
  • Search or browse for information in existing discussion groups and mailing lists
  • Make a group of your own - public or private - and customize to to make it reflect the needs and direction of your group
  • Join a group and contribute to group discussions
  • Create web pages right inside your group (Use it for information about your group, shared documents, or anything you want to publish online. Any member can view, contribute to, and comment on the pages, from right within your group.)
  • Take the tour of Google Groups

Google Books

  • Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Book Search or on When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, we'll link to it in your search results.
  • If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy. Learn more about the different views.
  • We've created reference pages for every book so you can quickly find all kinds of relevant information: book reviews, web references, maps and more. See an example.
  • If you find a book you like, click on the "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links to see where you can buy or borrow it.
  • Currently, we are connecting readers with books in two ways: the Partner Program and the Library Project.

My Library

You can now create personalized libraries on Google Book Search where you can label, review, rate, and of course, full-text search, a customized selection of books.

Create your library
1. Search Google Book Search for a keyword, title, or author.
2. Click the "Add to my library" link to start building your collection.
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3. Once you've created a library, you can annotate it and share it with friends. Learn more.

Google News

Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from more than 4,500 English-language news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests.

Features of Google News:
  • Personalized news: No one can read all the news that’s published every day, so why not set up your page to show you the stories that best represent your interests? Learn more.
  • Alerts: You can sign up to receive weekly, daily or as-it-happens email alerts on any topic that interests you. Learn more.
  • News for your mobile phone: If you have a mobile data plan, you can access a special version of Google News right from your mobile phone. Learn more.
  • Feeds: You can receive updates of various sections of Google News or Google News search results by subscribing to RSS or Atom feeds in your favorite feed reader. Learn more.
  • News archive search: Search and explore information from historical archives dating back over 200 years. Learn more.

Google Finance

Use Google Finance to track stocks, access news and research, and create your own portfolios. Create personalized Google Finance gadgets for your iGoogle home page.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find papers, abstracts and citations
  • Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key papers in any area of research

Google Video

The Google Video index is the most comprehensive on the Web, containing millions of videos indexed and available for viewing. Using Google Video, you can search for and watch an ever-growing collection of TV shows, movie clips, music videos, documentaries, personal productions and more from all over the Web. The Video index is comprised of videos that people have added using Google’s services (YouTube, Google Video) as well as videos from other third-party sites.

Click here to learn how to use Google Video

Additional Google Video resources:

Google Toolbar

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Google Image Labeler

Google Image Labeler is a feature of Google Search that allows you to label images and help improve the quality of Google's image search results

How does it work?
You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a two-minute period, you and your partner will:
  • View the same set of images.
  • Provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see.
  • Receive points when your label matches your partner's label. The number of points will depend on how specific your label is.
  • See more images until time runs out.

After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.

  • You may click the "pass" button if you can't think of any more labels for an image. If you and your partner both click "pass," you'll see the next image but receive no points for the passed image
  • You'll receive more points for matches with more descriptive labels. For example, this image can be described by the labels: sky (50 points), bird (60 points), soaring (120 points), or frigate bird (150 points).

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What do you need to participate?
Just an interest in helping Google improve the relevance of image search for users like yourself. If you log in to your Google account, we will keep track of your points for you. You may also enter a nickname, but we do not require either a nickname or a login to use Google Image Labeler.

Google Zeitgeist

FYI : zeit·geist | Pronunciation: 'tsIt-"gIst, 'zIt | Function: noun | Etymology: German, from Zeit (time) + Geist (spirit) | Date: 1884 | Meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.
  • Pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires both computing power and human power too. Search statistics are automatically generated based on the billions of searches conducted on Google. With some help from humans, and a pigeon or two when they have time, these statistics and trends make their way from the depths of Google's hard drives to become the Google Zeitgeist findings.
  • We should note that in compiling these Zeitgeist lists, no individual searcher's information is available or accessible to us. What you see here is a cumulative snapshot of interesting queries people are asking – over time, within country domains, and some on – that perhaps reveal a bit of the human condition. We appreciate the contribution everyone who searches on Google makes to these fascinating bits of information.
  • For an example of Google Zeitgeist in action, check out the 2007 Year on Zeitgeist.