Monthly Archives: September 2015

“Stand on the Shoulders of Giants”

Writing essays and reports has become part of a student’s daily life. Whether it’s for a book report, a science research paper, or even an article for a newspaper, students are constantly writing literature for school. But in order to complete these assignments, students constantly have to search for sources of information to understand and support the topic. And it doesn’t help that they have to search through thousands of websites and books to find the right facts needed.

Hours of searching for information can become a hassle, unless a student uses Google Scholar. Google Scholar is an online search engine specifically created to help make searching for scholarly literature and academic resources much easier and faster. The saying “don’t believe everything you read on the internet” has been around for generations. But unlike the ordinary Google app, Google Scholar filters in only articles, books and documents that would also be found in a local library’s catalog and database. So there is no need to worry about finding false information. The product also makes life easier by automatically providing a citation for every link provided for each search. Now there is no need for a student to make their own MLA or APA citation for every source of information used.

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Just like Google Search, there are an infinite amount of keywords to type into Google Scholar to find the best results. Just by typing in an author’s name, Google Scholar has offered hundreds of results that include books, citations, and PDF files that include the words ‘Mary Shelley.’If a student ever wants to save a link that they plan on using for future research, they are able to add it in the ‘My Library’ and go back to that article whenever they want. And in case a student wants to find the latest additions to a certain topic, they can choose or customize any time range that they wish.

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Whether a student wants to learn about a scientific breakthrough, or just needs to create a bibliography, Google Scholar is the most reliable and organized product to help students with their school writing assignments. But Google Scholar can also be beneficial for Publishers, Journalists, and Authors who wish to keep track of the use and popularity of their own articles. Overall, it’s no doubt that anyone can benefit from the use of Google Scholar.

Learn more about it at https://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html and see why their slogan is Newton’s quote, “Stand on the shoulders of giants”.

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Account Delegation in Google Mail

Many student groups have their own email account which may be shared among officers. Unfortunately, this has problems the way it is done today. By sharing a username and password, account security is compromised, since the password needs to be easy enough for everybody to remember (and retired members would still have access). Also, multiple users accessing the same account may lead to a lockdown of the account. Account delegation solves these problems. Continue reading

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Google Groups: Classroom Applications

While students regularly use features of Google such as Drive, Slides, and Gmail to do schoolwork and allow them to access their work from home and school, Google offers many other useful apps that have academic applications. Furthermore, the school and district use Google Calendars on their website for students to reference when Orientation Day or Picture Day is, for example. Teachers also use Google sites to make their websites to post homework, upcoming assignments, and helpful links.

However, teachers and students, especially in Ashland Public Schools, do not use Google Groups at all. Google Groups allows users have discussions on forums through presentations and photos, among other forms of media. For example, many other high school clubs and even classes have their own, private discussions which people need permission to access. A teacher could post a discussion question and students could post responses for engaging, easy to grade homework. Even the summer before classes start, a teacher could add all the students in one class to a certain discussion and begin assessing their abilities through periodical discussions. In addition, students could do homework on the go, as Google groups is accessible through mobile devices. Foreign language teachers could also use this feature, because the language of the discussion is easily changed.

In conclusion, Google Groups has countless applications to the classroom in enriching students’ understanding and keeping them engaged in classroom subjects. Teachers are also afforded a better glimpse into the students’ progress and understanding. Students could have a wider variety of homework and extra credit opportunities through discussions, pictures, and videos.

General applications of Groups

General applications of Groups

Examples of academic applications in various classes and clubs
Examples of academic applications in various classes and clubs

—Additional Resources—
To get started: 
Youtube video “How to Use Google Groups In The Classroom”
For more information: 
“Keep Your Classes Organized With Google Groups.” Blattinet. N.p., 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

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Using Panoramio for School

Google has designed a great product called Panoramio that works in conjunction with Google Earth. Google Earth is used to see maps of anywhere in world and with Panoramio you can get photos of any place on Earth.

 

This product would be great for schools because you don’t need to take field trips across the world to see a monument. Panoramia can be implemented into a history class by using it to get pictures of battle grounds or other historical places around the world easily. Panoramia could also be used in a science class on ecology. You can use it to see a specific rain forest or desert and then take notes on the features of each. You get a real photo, in great detail, of anywhere you want. No more tiny textbook photos.

 

Using Panoramio is easy and quick, so even the most technology-handicapped teacher can use it. Simply go to the Panoramio website and type in the location you want to see in the text box at the top of the page. You get a map on the right showing the location and where eat picture was taken, and a list of each picture on the left. You can view the pictures in the categories Popular, Recent, Places, and Indoors.

 

Overall this product is a simple tool that can help teachers explore the world with their students through pictures.

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Keeping up with Google Keep (and your work)

There was a time when people could not use their computer for everything. A time when someone’s room or office may have been covered in sticky notes just to keep track of everything they had to do. But that time is over. Products like google drive have pushed aside tangible objects to be replaced by online storage. In this day and age people use online documents or calendars to keep track of information or schedules. However, this leaves room for error. What if you forget to check your schedule one day and miss a meeting? How are you going to make a to-do list when you can’t customize enough to make one? The internet now has a way to do all this and more!

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With Google Keep, you can make virtual sticky notes. All the functionality of having your wall covered with sticky notes plus some, and absolutely none of the mess. There are plenty of things Google Keep can do that you can’t do with sticky notes, but first let’s address what both can do; Color code, To Do lists, Schedules, Reminders, etc. Now for what Google Keep can do that sticky notes can’t; Set reminders on certain notes, rearrange lists, easily re-sort notes, search through notes for words or colors (if you color code), be accessed from any location with internet, and more! And, when you are done with a note, you can archive it so it won’t clutter your note page, but you will still be able to find it again if you need to. To do lists also automatically moved checked off items to the bottom of the list.  A page of stickies may look like this:Screen cap1

 

Checked off to-do list:

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As you can see, Google Keep has a lot of utility. It can give you reminders for classes, store notes on what you need to go over in any given class period in the form of to-do lists to be checked off. It is easy to navigate and  even if you can’t find something, you can do a search for it. If you ever find you can’t find something, there is an easy to use menu on the left side that can be accessed by clicking the three bars on the top left:screencap2

Overall, Google Keep is a great way to stay organized, and keep your organization method neat, so your room doesn’t need to look like this:

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Google Books

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Google Books which used to be known as Google Print is product by Google  which helps users find books and magazines which have been scanned by Google and put on their database. This feature provided by Google can help users and especially students to easily  search for particular books they’re searching for, for class or just reading for fun. Finding books have never been this easy.

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.02.15 PMThis feature can be used by a everyday high school or college. Teacher’s can assign books and you can go to Google books and read that particular book from there. Annotating and highlighting has never been easier, as you read and you want to highlight key points in the book you can easily do that in Google books.  Teacher’s and students don’t now have to worry about making sure their book is in their bag, you can just have it on your phone, tablet or computer. Let’s say you forget your book at school, at home you can just search for that book and read it. Google book gives you a feature of having a library, so if you want to go back and read a book or just save it for that final test, you can just go back to your library find that book and read it.

unnamedGoogle book are not only for story books, they also store text books. So if you are a history student you can find the textbook you are looking for on Google books.  As you read this you might be thinking about copyright laws. Google don’t scan books without the permission of the author or publishing company and also google insures no one just copies that book and sells it. Schools can use this feature instead of wasting money buying books which can get damaged and later to replace it with more money been wated, but with google books it’s all in a safe database.

Google_books_screenshotIn conclusion schools should use this feature since we are in a world which is revolving around technology and also it saves the school money, makes teaching easier and reading books whiles note taking also easy.

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Google Cloud Print

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Google cloud print is a software that can be downloaded onto to a printer so any device can connect to it over the internet. This means that, if the printer has Google Cloud Print installed, any Iphone/ Andriod phone, tablet, or computer can connect to it easily and reliably. Cloud Print supports 14 different printer brands, and covers a majority of each individual version of each printer brand. Since the printer connects over the internet, it can be printed to from anywhere.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 5.24.35 PM       For Ashland High School, this Google Cloud Print software could be very useful. First of all, this software supports HP Laserjet printers, which is the majority of the printers located in the school. Since this software can be printed from any device, its works perfectly for all the iPad carts the school owns. Students can now do work and activities on the iPads and print their results right from the iPad. Also, this Google application can print any photo, document, or pdf. file. Finally, Google Cloud Print has the ability to share the printer with countless devices, allowing for large classrooms to easily connect and print to their printer at the same time.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 5.31.59 PM

Google Cloud Print is an easy to use software that can print anything, from anywhere, on any device. It is more reliable and simple with internet connect than connecting normally through local networks. Isn’t this every STAT member’s dream, no more endless printer problems?

For more information on Google Cloud Print visit: http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/?hl=en

How to set up Google Cloud Print, Its really easy!                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A5zvYda7Eo   Just connect your printer to the wifi, download Google Cloud Print on your computer and connect to it. Share it with your Gmail so you can connect to it from any device.

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A post about Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a free and easy to use search engine provided by Google that allows the use to search the web much like a normal Google search. The difference is that Google scholar only goes througe academic papers such as research papers. The product also helps search by date and has other features to help students when working.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 7.45.35 AM

Google Scholar allows a student to not only search througe academic paper and the like, but it also gives a citation with each link making it easier for students to use more resources  if they have trouble with citation.  This would no doubt also help teachers as it would make bibliographies be cleaner and nicer. Google scholar also gives links to download a PDF of a page right next to the pages link.  This could be helpful to teachers as it would make it easy to find and print documents the class could be assigned to read. Search results can be sorted by date or by relevance to you search.  One can also use Google Scholar to search througe case law , which would be helpful to any modern american history course or any class involving laws.

A Google Scholar search for cows
A Google Scholar search for cows

Over all Google Scholar could be implemented into a variety of classes and provide a good benefit to all of them. For English courses, this could be used in essays and papers to help find good resources and create a bibliography easily. Science courses could use Google Scholar to help with research papers like English. History courses could also benefit using Google Scholar in paper and studying for the class, especially if its a class involving a lot of law. Overall, Google Scholar could be a useful tool for many classrooms if implemented.

 

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Unknown things in Google Searching

Google Searching is a known way to find things out and get to websites you need quick and easy, but there are things many people don’t know or care to know about it. If you don’t always like to type you can always say what your searching for and google will listen. All you do is press this button and it will basically type for you.     Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 8.52.52 AM

Google will compare things for you and it can define words without having to go onto a website. It will tell you dates on the calendar if you forget what day a holiday is or something. Google also can give you biographies of people and can tell you al you need to

now about a movie or book with just one search. Google also can graph a math function for you.  You can find out the distance to places and travel time also. If you need to time someone or a class google can do that for you. Google also will allow you to practice drawing of a new language on google translate. You can study the oceans with google earth 5, It has images of shipwrecks and provides information of the ocean floor.

In conclusion google can make your life really easy and will help you with everyday things and help with doing things easier and is really just a covenant thing for teachers. It helps with math and timing and will help compare things and show the history and life story of historical people or authors.


 

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