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.
iTunes U is a free app for iOS 7 or later. It presents the student using it with material from schools and universities all over the world. It has over 750,000 free books, videos, and lectures. This means high school students have access to tons of information and resources at their fingertips.
This piece of educational technology is actually for kids. It’s the LeapPad Ultra by LeapFrog. Growing up I had the old LeapPad. It was a giant plastic book that came with a stylus and you could touch things on the book pages and it made sounds. It was really cool for a kid my age at the time. Now LeapFrog has taken a step farther and created a kid-friendly tablet. It only allows the kids to search for age appropriate things and has lots of apps for learning numbers, letters, reading, math, and has a drawing function! With this, they can learn nearly any basic subject they want all while the parents rest easy knowing the kids won’t run into anything potentially emotionally scarring.
Google Drawings is a useful application for creating flowcharts and diagrams. In a school environment, a teacher or student could use Drawings to make a diagram based on a particular lesson and then share the diagram with the rest of class via Google Drive. This creates easy access from home to information learn inside the classroom.
Everything made inside Drawings can be shared, which means a teacher could start a folder full of diagrams for lessons throughout the school year. Google Drawings utilizes line tools for straight, clean lines. No student or teacher will have to worry about poor drawing skills. Drawings is also capable of making different curved or straight shapes, which is beneficial to any geometry class.
Google Drawings can help teachers and students of almost any subject. Organized diagrams, flowcharts, and shapes are the basis of Drawings. Worrying about losing papers, or forgetting old lesson diagrams is a thing in the past.