Google Across the Curriculum

Hour One – Google Search

Most students think they know how to search Google, but most of them don’t search as effectively as they could.

Students who search effectively can meet some of the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Some of the Common Core anchor standards that can be addressed by teaching students to search effectively include:

  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

In order to teach students how to search effectively, we need to practice it ourselves. These are challenge activities you can try right now to try your hand at searching effectively.

Google Advanced Search Challenge Activities:
1. Perform a basic Google Search then open the “advanced” menu.
2. Refine your search by reading level.
3. Refine your search by location.
4. Refine your search by publication date.
5. Open the Advanced Search menu then refine your search by excluding words from your search.
6. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search to just results from a domain such as “.edu”
7. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search to a file type.
8. In the Advanced Search menu refine your search by using a country code such as “.ca” Then compare results coming from different countries.
9. Refine your search by usage rights.
11. Create your own search engine using Google Custom Search. google.com/cse

Click here for lessons on searching developed by Google.
Click here for ten search tips every student should know.

Hour Two – Google Documents

Common Core Standards addressed with Documents, Presentations, Forms, and Spreadsheets.

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Google Documents challenge #1:
1. Create a new document.
2. Insert a hyperlink and an image or drawing into your document.
3. Invite two other people to collaborate on your document.
4. Use the chat or comment box to ask one of your collaborators to remove the drawing or image you inserted in step 2 above.
5. Create a section in your document to collaboratively brainstorm ideas for using Google Docs in your classroom.
6. Publish your document to the web.
7. Download a copy of your document.
Google Documents challenge #2:
1. Create a new form.
2. Write at least four questions in your form. Make the first question “your name.”
3. Publish your form to the web. Share the link to your form with two people and ask them to complete the form.
4. In your Google Documents homepage open the spreadsheet that was generated by responses to your form.
*Advanced Challenge
5. Insert the “Flubaroo” script from the “insert” drop down menu.
6. Run the Flubaroo script to auto grade your multiple choice forms. Visit Flubaroo.com to watch a video on using Flubaroo.

Challenge #3:

 

Hour Three – Blogger & Google Sites

Common Core Standards addressed using Blogger & Google Sites.

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Blogger challenges:
1. Create a new blog.
2. Write your first blog post. Include a title, two different font styles, links to two websites, and labels.
3. Edit your first blog post from your Blogger dashboard.
4. Create a blog post that includes an image.
5. Swap blog urls with someone else and comment on each other’s posts.
6. Use the design tab in your Blogger dashboard to re-arrange, remove, and or add gadgets from the sidebar.
7. Use the settings tab in your Blogger dashboard to activate comment moderation.
8. Use the settings tab in your Blogger dashboard to invite someone else to contribute to your blog.
Google Sites challenges:
1. Create and a new site by choosing one of the default templates.
2. Edit the homepage to reflect the purpose of your site.
3. Create an announcements page.
4. Create a file cabinet page.
5. Use the sharing options to invite someone else to contribute to your site.
6. Edit the sidebar navigation and or page designs.

Hour Four – Google Maps

Common Core Standards addressed by using Google Maps.

  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
Google Maps challenge activities:
1. Locate a significant landmark and attempt to view it in Streetview.
2. Switch between Map view, Satellite view, and Google Earth view.
3. Open the “Maps Labs” (you have to be signed into your Google Account to do this) and activate the distance measuring tool. Then measure the distance between two places.
4. Open “My Places” and create a new map.
5. Add a placemark to your new map. Label your placemark and write a description.
6. Add a second placemark to your map. Include an hyperlink in your second placemark.
7. Add a third placemark to your map. Include an image in your third placemark.
8. Share your map with someone else through the Google Maps sharing tools. Invite someone to collaborate on your map.
*Advanced Challenges
9. Embed a video into a placemark on your map.
10. Change the placemark icons on your map.

11. Add shapes to your Google Map.

Math lessons using Google Maps.

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