6 Google Search Tricks for the Classroom

I don’t know any educator or person who doesn’t like to save time! These SIX Google Search Tricks are quick ways to access some valuable tools and resources for the classroom.

6 GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS

  • 1 – TYPE: PDF: or PPT: before search term
    • Fast way to find worksheets & presentation

PDF:ppt search

  • – TYPE: Countdown Timer
    • Opens a Countdown Time & Stopwatch
      • Type Countdown 5 Min & timer starts instantly

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  • 3 – TYPE: Define: followed by word
    • Dictionary entry appears
      • Synonyms & translator appear in entry
      • Entry has reading ability for word pronunciation

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  • 4– TYPE: Convert Length
    • Provides a conversion Table
      • Conversion Table Includes:
        • Area
        • Data Transfer Rate
        • Digital Storage
        • Energy
        • Frequency
        • Fuel Economy
        • Mass
        • Plane Angle
        • Pressure
        • Speed
        • Temperature
        • Time
        • Volume

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  • 5 – TYPE: Roll a Die
    • Provides a virtual die which rolls

Roll a Die.gif

  • 6 – TYPE: FLIP a COIN
    • Provides a virtual Coin to flip

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Creating Flashcards Using Flippity.net Google Sheet Template

Today during an Ed Tech Professional Development workshop I created a Flippity.net flashcard. You wouldn’t believe how simple this was to do using a Google Sheet Template supplied by the Flippity Website. This is what the flashcards looked like once published to the internet.

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I like how Flippity.net provides several different tools once the vocabulary list is published to the internet.

LIST SETTING

This view provides a listing of the vocabulary words along with the definition

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PRINT QUIZ

Print quiz option creates assessments from the vocabulary information entered into a Google Spreadsheet

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HOW TO CREATE FLIPPITY FLASHCARDS

flippy copy template

  • Edit the Flippity Google Spreadsheet

flippy edit

  • Publish Spreadsheet to the web ~ copy the link
  • Paste the link into the second sheet of the spreadsheet

Flippity step 1 2

  • A link for the Flippity Flashcards will be generated for sharing

Flippity link

Pangea Lesson Using Google My Maps

Last week in Social Studies I watched a teacher present a lesson about Pangea. The teacher used a graphic image they had found to explain the formation of Pangea as a Supercontinent. Right away I realized by using Google My Map one could create a visual to support both the visual and kinesthetic learners understanding of how this Super Continent was formed.

VIDEO PRESENTATION for USING GOOGLE MY MAP

WHY USE GOOGLE MY MAP to REPRESENT PANGEA

  1. Supplies a visual representation
  2. Engages Students with interaction
  3. Supports critical thinking skills
  4. Provides a springboard for whole group discussion
  5. Integrates technology use
  6. Differentiates lesson
  7. Provides the Opportunity to Integrate more than one content area into the lesson
    1. Science, Social Studies and Math

Students Participate in Archaeological Dig… TY #IWB!

Technology doesn’t always have to be used in a glamorous or complicated ways to support student’s learning. Recently I witnessed the students using both their critical thinking & creative skills. It occurred as the class brainstormed what kind of artifacts would be found in an archaeological dig. Almost all the students in the class wanted an opportunity to draw an artifact in the pit at a dig site. It was so refreshing to see the whole class engaged as they interacted with the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB).

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A Google Drawing can be used for this activity. One advantage of using this method is the teacher can download the drawing in several different picture formats. The picture formats are a scalable vector graphics (.svg), PNG Image (.png) or JPEG Image (.jpg). All three picture formats can be used as part of a bigger presentation.

SOME EXAMPLES of PRESENTATION PROGRAMS

Google Slides

Emaze

Prezi

Glogster

Powtoon

Where in the world Google My Maps Interactive Social Studies Activity for the classroom

I recently discovered the versatility of using Google My Maps as an interactive exploration activities for nurturing students abilities to follow directions. Google My Map could be a fun way for the students to explore different content areas. It provides multiple ways for differentiating activities.

This video demonstrates a few activities which could be used as a pre-assessment of content area along with critical thinking  skills. One thing I like about both of these activities is student data is automatically recorded on one map or in one spreadsheet.

CLICK HERE TO TRY THE ACTIVITY

Click here to Copy the Activity