There are those times when a student wants to use and cite an image, but the original creator of the image and other important details are not exactly easy to identify. Google’s reverse image search is a wonderful tool, but it’s a two-step process, requiring you to open Google and drag the image, or copy [...]
Remember Google Search Story? Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder. Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits. Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles. Because no login is required to create [...]
It’s just a little easier to find your apps these days and to discover and connect to new ones. On Friday Google announced a new feature in its Drive interface. The Create menu now expands to list a lovely variety of third-party Drive-connected apps. These apps may now be conveniently added to your Create menu [...]
More fun ideas to transform students into skilled researchers
It’s Sunday night and Amanda and Zach are instant messaging each other on Gmail chat. Their high school is staging the musical Man of La Mancha this spring, and they’re searching for some background information about Cervantes’s Don Quixote for their Spanish class. Although it’s already 10 p.m., the night before their assignment is due, these ninth graders aren’t worried. They plan to conduct a few quick Internet searches and then call [...]
Sure, your kids are familiar with Google (even to the exclusion of other search engines). But how effective are they at using it?
It’s 10 a.m. and Kate Elder’s ninth-grade English class is in the library researching early 19th-century Paris, the setting of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. In her first attempt to learn about the French Restoration, Emily enters www.restoration.com in the address bar, and finds herself at the site of a swanky hardware store based in Pasadena, CA.
She tries [...]