A few Other Google Tools of interest

Google Books
After numerous lawsuits and lots of negative press, Google has forged a Settlement and Agreement with authors and publishers. Read more:

Google Book Search is a tool from Google that searches the full text of books that Google scans, OCRs, and stores in its digital database. As of March 2007, the New York Times reported that Google has already digitized one million volumes at an estimated cost of US$5 million[9]

Resource links


* Provides free access to many out-of-print and copyright-expired texts.
  • Uses the power of the Google search engine to search down to page level.
  • Provides researcher with limited- and full-view results.
  • Shows results with some magazine articles which are often difficult to find.
  • Features “About this book” pages: contents, selected pages, popular passages, reviews, references from the Web, books, and scholarly works, related books, key terms, and a Google Map “places mentioned” interface.
  • Allows researcher to add Google Book results to My Library by signing into your Google account.
  • Provides book reviews
  • Provides several ways to search books
  • Download free PDF copies of works in the Public Domain.

* Certain publishers do not allow any or only limited access to their collection of works.
  • Copyright organizations still have many concerns about limits to Google’s legal power to digitize works.
  • Some images may be unreadable due to poor scanning.
  • Limited-preview books give just a few pages of a chapter then skip a few pages….
  • Link to “Buy this Book” goes to Amazon.com = $$$ for Google.
  • Recent problems in courts over plagiarism and anti-trust law.
  • There is no listing of magazines to browse. You have to search for magazines by title.

Ideas for the classroom

* Teach students the importance of keyword searching, as well as value of Table of Contents and Indexes.
  • Teach students about interlibrary loans the book by clicking on “Find this book in a library link.”
  • Find one important piece of information (even from a limited-preview page) to incorporate into research.
  • Teachers could spark student interest by previewing several book.
  • Teachers can use the ads in the magazines to study marketing.
  • The entire class can have access to the same issue of a magazine, virtually impossible to do otherwise.

Google Reader -

Why Use Google Reader?
  • RSS Compliant: Wealth of high quality content of individual interest is now distributed via RSS, which requires an AGGREGATOR
  • Accessibility: As a web-based aggregator, it is accessible from any Internet-connected computer
  • Feature-rich: Goes beyond Bloglines in permitting starring and sharing of specific posts
  • More Powerful Searching: Permits use of customized live RSS feed searches with tools like Google Blog Search and Technorati
  • Free!

Stay up to date with all your favorite sites
Google Reader is a tool aimed to simplify and make it easier to use the web. It automatically feeds updates or new items directly to an account so users can go to one place to receive information from their favorite sites. Users can create an account with Google Reader and subsribe to the websites of their choice. Any new information with go straight to them as it becomes available. Google Reader is a web 2.0 tool because it focuses on enhancing users web experience by allowing them to access information quickly and easily, as well as organize and share information with others. It is a technology that gives users control over the web, while still having the convenience of access.

RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators



Blogging Tools and examples:

Blogs are very easy to create and edit. Lots of free blogging services are available. Right now I am a WordPress fan, but blogger.com has been a favorite for years too. You can create individual or group blogs. Blogs by their nature are more private then wikis.
Blogs also offer the ability to make comments if you have that option turned on, but other net readers cannot edit your web pages, like a wiki.
Wikis are wide open social spaces while blogs are one person or one groups to edit.
The neat thing about a blog is that is can be used for students to write their papers, get comments/feedback from other students and faculty and use this as their rough draft process.

My Favorite History Blog

http://www.wwar1.blogspot.com/ WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

Transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War, posted on a weblog exactly 90 years after they were written.







O'Neal Public Schools Blog Spot:

Ned the Lead from Westside Middle School

Google Blogger - A blog is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning //to maintain or add content to a blog.

What is it?
Blogger is a tool that makes it easy to instantly publish weblogs or “blogs.” Blogs are simple web pages, often made up of short, informal, and frequently updated posts.
Blogger makes it easy to create blogs, post text and
pictures, and start generating feedback in minutes.
Why use it?
Blogger makes it easy for teachers to:
• Post resources, lessons, and homework assignments.
• Keep parents up-to-date on class happenings.
• Refl ect on their own teaching practices and share their ideas with other educators.
Blogger makes it easy for students to:
• Share schoolwork with their peers, parents, and others.
• Collaborate on projects and get feedback from others.
• Keep a reflective journal throughout the school year.
Instructional Ideas
Elementary: Post a series of images and links to great reading activities that kids can do from home. http://techcenters1.blogspot.com/2006/10/reading-theme-3-letslook-around.html
Middle School: Students can post reviews of their favorite books and invite comments from other classes, their parents, or the general public.
High School: For history class, students conduct original interviews with local senior citizens, placing text, images, and audio clips on their blog as a digital archive of local history.