Google Tools for Research

Professional Development Series - 2014

  • Learn what Google has to offer for use in your classroom.
  • Generate ideas how Google apps can be used in your classroom.
  • Get hands-on experience with some of the tools.

Pre-Session Activity - Please Do!
  1. Go to
  2. If you already have an account, go ahead and log in. (Note: if you have associated your District email address with your Google account, you will want to disassociate it now.)
  3. If you don't have a Google account, click on Sign in with a different account and then Add an Account and then Create an Account. (Note: Please do not use your District email address to create your account. Use another personal email address; preferably not an AOL email address.)

Google Apps for Education vs. Google Personal/Consumer

Google News

  • Why Use it? *Video: Google News, More than Just Top News Stories
    • Students can use Google News to:
      • Compare and contrast current events from a variety of sources.
      • Find primary documents related to historical events over the past 200 years.
      • Access the news from their mobile phones – no computer lab required.
    • Teachers can use Google News to:
      • Personalize their news page to stay informed on topics they teach.
      • Search the news for stories relevant to a particular day’s lesson.
      • Model for students how to examine bias and reliability in the news.

  • Instructional Ideas:
    • Create a "The World This Week" photo poster.
    • Students compare and contrast articles on a single event from different sources - nationally and/or internationally.
    • Provide foreign language reading and translating material from authentic sources.
    • Twenty-five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events

Google Search

  • Why use it? *Video: Google Web Search Strategies in Plain English
    • Students can use Google Search to:
      • Research class topics.
      • Find pages similar to ones that are relevant to their school work. Simply click “similar pages” below a successful search result.
      • Search for images to use in multimedia projects.
      • Search the web right from their mobile phones.
    • Teachers can use Google Search to:
      • Translate web pages for English Language Learners.
      • Search for instructional materials in specific file formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.
      • Use Google’s “Safe Search” settings to restrict the search results on student computers. On the Google homepage, just click the small “Preferences” link next to the search bar.

Activity One

  1. Explore/play the "A Google A Day" game at the link above. Try it in Google+.
  2. Explore the Google A Day lesson plans located here.
  3. After you have taken about 10 minutes to explore, click here to record some reflections.

Specialized Searches

  • Google Search now includes a specific search for apps for mobile devices!

Google +

  • Why Use it? *Video: What is Google + and Do I Really Need it?
    • Circles: make it easy to organize your work and social content by allowing you to share relevant content with the right people. Choose education experts to follow:
      • Google in Education
      • Edudemic
      • Edutopia
      • Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
      • NASA
      • And many more!
    • Pages: create pages for student clubs, sports or classes and share important updates with membership
    • Communities: 4 options
      • Join an educational community to share and get suggestions and answers.
      • Create a private community for your class(es)
    • Hangouts: group video chat that you can use with up to 9 others at the same time when you are not able to physically meet together
    • Integration of Google Apps in one place: search, calendar, photos, events
    • Mobile app

  • Instructional Ideas:
    • Create a Google+ community for each class where you can post homework assignments, hold discussions, etc.
    • Create Google+ Pages for classes to share homework updates, the latest news on the course topic, or interesting ideas and articles; news for your after school clubs or sports teams, etc.
    • Use Hangouts to hold virtual office hours, or collaborate on a project or a lesson plan;
    • Use Hangouts to bring in speakers from around the world to your class;
    • Post discussion items and assignments in the Stream;
    • Encourage students to comment on content you have shared to foster class engagement on topics of interest;
    • Search for current information on a topic;
    • 10 Ways to Use Google+ in the Classroom
    • Google Plus for Educators

Activity Two

Google Search Tips and Tricks

Additional Resources

Google for Education
Google Educator Resources
Google for Education Training
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