Google Tools

This page contains information and tutorials on using Google Tools in your classrooms. Google has tools to do just about everything in the classroom. You can use google docs for collaboration, google forms for gathering data and creating quizzes online, google maps for a number of projects, google earth for creating tours, google reader to gathering resources and much, much more.

Google for Teachers ebook (by Richard Byrne)
Here is a great resource created by Richard Byrne from Free Tech 4 Teachers.

8 Google Tricks for Your Classroom

This blog post provides 8 cool tips you can use in your classroom with Google. Click here.

Beyond the Search: Google Tools
Here is the Google Presentation that Kristin Giron and I used this summer to teach our workshop at WIU7. Take a look at it and use the resources to improve your use of Google.

Create a Quiz Using Google Forms
Here is a tutorial on creating a quiz using Google Forms. One of the nice things about this tool is that you can create a quiz and gain feedback immediately on what students know, how many students got each question correct and even graph the information with the click of a button.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before creating a quiz.
1. Make sure the first question is "student name." Otherwise you won't know who submitted which answers.
2. You can mix question types (multiple choice, short answer, paragraph) but if you have too many types and too many students, the spreadsheet can become difficult to navigate.
3. When embedding the form into a blog, make sure you edit the width to fit within your blog's main column. You can use the same principles of editing the size of a YouTube video for editing the width of a spreadsheet.

How to Embed Google Maps