For some of us, it’s hard to remember what life was like before Google. Honestly, I’m not sure how I managed to function from day to day! What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow? Google it! What’s the fastest route to my appointment? Map it! Wait! What time is my appointment? Check the Calendar!
Of course, I could go on and on, but the main reason for this post is to inform readers about Teq’s All Things Google workshop, being offered this summer at various locations in New York and New Jersey. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the topics in this workshop.
We’ve taken the best of what Google has to offer in education, and packaged it together for an engaging professional development experience. Attendees will take part in a session that brings together several of Google’s most popular educational tools — from personalizing your web experience with the Google Chrome browser to creating an interactive journey in Google Earth — you’re certain to consider placing Google at the top of your list of tools to use in the classroom.
Collaborate and Share with Google Docs
Google Docs is a great way to stay connected with students as they progress through the writing process. With an easy-to-use interface and quick ways to share content with others, Google Docs is an ideal tool for students to gain valuable communication and collaboration skills that they’ll need for 21st century career-readiness.
Google Docs has some amazing new tools, like Voice Comments, which allow you to provide students with audio feedback in a Google Document. Check out our previous post on Voice Comments for more on how to improve feedback to students with this tool.
Google Forms and Flubaroo can be used for grading quizzes and assignments.
Personalize Your Web Experience with Google Chrome
Google Chrome has been touted as the fastest web browser available, and that’s just one of the reasons to love it. Chrome will be used throughout this workshop (so download it for free ahead of time) and we’ll highlight several of its best features, including some great accessibility tools and must-have extensions. Here are a few of our favorite Chrome Extensions:
Chrome Apps for Accessibility
Read&Write for Google Docs - Use Google Docs with all of your students including those with dyslexia, learning disabilities, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. This Chrome Extension makes any Google document accessible.
Read&Write for Google Docs adds many of the popular support features of Read&Write GOLD to Google Docs documents including
- Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting.
- Talking Dictionary
- Picture Dictionary
- Vocabulary Tool
- Study Skills tools to capture Google highlights
SpeakIt! – SpeakIt reads selected text using text-to-speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
Chrome Apps for Literacy
Google Dictionary – View definitions easily as you browse the web. As you browse the web, double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
Movenote for Education – Present your documents with video. Perfect for improving students speaking and listening skills!
Chrome Apps for Math
Graph.tk – Plot mathematical functions with this graphing utility.
Graphing Calculator – Easy, powerful, and free!
Explore and Learn with Google Earth
Reach all learners in almost any subject with Google’s free interactive mapping software. From measuring distances to researching historic events, we’ll cover the essential features and show you how Google Earth can open up a world of possibilities in your classroom. Can’t wait for the workshop? Check out our 3-part webinar series on Google Earth in the Classroom.
Hope to see you this summer!