OMG Google

The Omni box is more than just a search box.  It can be used as…

  • A conversion tool
  • To play the odds, flipping coins and finding probability
  • Graphing tool by graphing math equations
  • Translation tool
  • Comparison tool
  • To find the original picture on the web, by uploading a picture in search tools

Some of the things that you probably did not know that Google or Google supported apps can do:

Newsela: This converts a news story to the appropriate reading level needed for students from second grade to twelfth grade. It even allows you to read the same article in Spanish.  There is a writing feature attached to Newsela that can prompt you to summarize and analyze the article for deeper meaning and understanding.  You can even look up your school’s article usage and challenge your students to read more.  Accounts are free to use and Newsela is a user-friendly website.

GeoGuessr: Allows you to compete with others by guessing a location of a street view image on a Google map. “Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City” is their motto. What is great about this is the fact that you can play either single player or use it as a challenge.  For elementary it serves as a great introduction while high school students could be challenged to truly test their knowledge.  There is also the option to create your own map and be challenged in an entirely different way.  Be careful with this because it is addicting and students will want to log in all the time.

Geosetter: Teachers can use this to create their own games for their students to strengthen their geographical knowledge.  Data rich and a way to manipulate and dive deeper into statistics and geographic facts. The end results can be downloaded and exported in various forms.  This program does require software download (free) and a strong internet connection.

Google Goggles: Allow Google to search its databases, and provide you with immediate information on the location. This is an app and not web-based.  Searching in a whole different way by taking a picture instead of typing in words.  Great tool for introducing famous landmarks, etc to students and early learners.  Not the easiest tool to use, but can have many advantages in the classroom.

A special Thanks to Kim Murphree who is an expert of all things Google that taught us all some of these Google Tips.

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