Various Google Applications

Google Docs and Spreadsheets
http://docs.google.com
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is an easy-to-use, online word processor and spreadsheet editor that enables you to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets. If you know how to use any word processor or spreadsheet program, you can easily use Google Docs & Spreadsheets. You can even import your existing documents and spreadsheets.

Google Notebook
http://google.com/notebook
Google Notebook provides a simple way to save and organize thoughts when conducting research online. This personal browser tool permits a user to write notes, and to clip text, images, and links from pages during browsing. These are saved to an online "notebook" that is accessible from any computer, and may be shared with others. Google Notebook is an interactive scratch pad for any visited web pages, offering a single online location to collect web findings without having to leave the browser window. Sharing functions permit a user to make public notebooks visible to others, or to collaborate with a list of users (with or without making collaborative notebooks public). Information can be transfered to Google Docs!

Google Earth Community

Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.com
Google Scholar (GS) is a freely-accessible web search engine that indexes the full-text of the most peer-reviewed online journals of the world's largest scientific publishers. GS allows users to search for digital or physical copies of articles, whether they be online or in libraries. Using its "group of" feature, it shows the various available links to the journal article.

Google Earth
http://earth.google.com
Google Earth is a free, downloadable application that works as a browser for all sorts of information on Earth. It uses satellite imagery to grab, spin, pan, tilt and zoom down to any place on Earth. Students can explore every corner of the globe, measure distances, create their own virtual tours, and share their tours with others. You can also create and download layers of information and view them in geographic context.

Google Maps
http://maps.google.com/maps
http://www.google.com/educators/p_maps.html
Google Maps is an easy-to-use service for navigating maps information. It enables you and your students to look up and study addresses anywhere in the U.S. and in many other countries, get point-to-point directions plotted on an interactive street map, and view satellite imagery. You can also study Yellow Pages listings with reviews, business information and coupons. Best of all, Google Maps is an online application, so there's no downloading required, and you can access it from any computer that's connected to the Internet.

Google News.
http://news.google.com
Google News gathers information from nearly 10,000 news sources worldwide and presents news stories in a searchable format within minutes of their publication on the web. Google News uses an automated process to pull together related headlines, which enables students and teachers to see many different viewpoints on the same story.

Google Page Creator
http://pages.google.com
Google Page Creator is a free tool that allows anyone to easily create web pages without knowing any programming. There’s no software to download. Everything is done using simple web-based tools. Pages can include images, links, maps, calendars, and more. Students can use Google Page Creator to:
• Create pages to share what they’ve learned.
• Organize and publish their personal portfolio.
• Create personal pages to share with their family and friends.

Google SketchUp
http://sketchup.google.com
Google SketchUp is modeling software that empowers students to be 3D designers. SketchUp is a great tool for easily teaching kids to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, and the like. You can use it as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with Google Earth and the 3D Warehouse.

Google Web Search Features
http://www.google.com/help/features.html
In addition to helping you access billions of websites, you can get information directly from the search bar. See http://www.google.com/help/features.html for a full list of
examples. Here are some of our favorites:
Calculator. To use Google’s built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you’d like done into the search box. The calculator can solve math problems involving basic arithmetic, more complicated math, units of measure and conversions, and physical constants.
Definitions. To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type define: followed by a word or phrase; for example – define: Lindy Hop. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of
your search results.
Q & A. Students and teachers can enter many fact-based questions into the Google Search box, such as When was Beethoven born? Google displays the answer and then links to the source of this information so that users can learn even more.
Weather. To see weather conditions and a four-day forecast for a particular U.S. location, type weather, followed by the location. For example, to see Palo Alto weather, you could search for or weather 94301.

Google Apps Crib Sheets
http://www.google.com/educators/activities.html