What better way to finish off your year than with some of Google’s lesser known tools. Over the years, I have accumulated more tools that can broaden your classroom’s horizons.
What better way to kick off your year than with some of Google’s lesser known tools. Over the summer, I accumulated more tools that can broaden your classroom’s horizons.
New updates include:
- Google Spaces
- Google Arts and Culture
- Google Science Journal
- Science Journal
- Google Performing Arts
- Global Forest Change Explorer
Today’s blog post brings you two new secrets of a Google Ninja!
- Google Save: I had noticed this for a bit, but hadn’t paid much attention to it until I read Eric Curts’ blog post on the tool. This will allow you to save images and websites virtually without downloading!
- Chrome Music Lab: This is for music-lovers of all ages! You can now explore the way music works and, since it is open to all developers, develop your own music experiment.
I love finding Google’s “hidden” products. Most of these do not require a GAFE account (but I’d always recommend one) and are completely free.
Over the past few years, I’ve compiled my favorite of Google’s hidden treasures into the Secrets of a Google Ninja (now a searchable database, too). And, today I was going to add Kiddle to it. However, in doing some reading, it appears it is not supported by Google. While powered by Google results, it is not supported. For products like such, I turn to Common Sense Media who does an awesome job of rating and reviewing similar sites.
For a complete directory of Google’s other products, check out fennvoation.org.
We’re already halfway through October and the end of the first semester is quickly approaching. So, with that, it’s time to share some more Google secrets.
A few months ago, a co-worker shared the Google Science Journal with me. Since then, the tool has only improved!
Recently, Google revealed that they just added a new element to it”called Light Instruments: an activity that enables you to design and build a musical instrument played by changing the light that reaches it. The ability to turn graphs into sound was actually originally a feature we designed for accessibility.”
In preparation for #tcea16 next week, I have added some additional secrets to my secrets of a Google ninja presentation.
Today’s featured addition:
- Hype my hangouts – with the help of this tool, you can promote future hangouts. How fun?!
Can’t get enough secrets? Check out fennovation.org for more as well as an interactive directory of Google-sponsored free tools for your classroom!
If you are attending TCEA next week, check out my Secrets of a Google Ninja session at 3-3:50PM in the Google Academy (room 13ab).
I love sharing the things you didn’t know Google sponsors. Some call these Google’s lesser known tools. I call them the secrets of a Google ninja. All of these are free and most do not require Google accounts to get started. I challenge you to try out at least one of these projects before the new year! You will be amazed!
- Santa Tracker – just in time for the holidays!
- Awaken the Force – just in time for Star Wars. Give a starwarsian look to all of the Google products!
- The Great Thanksgiving Listen – a little late, but you can still listen to the oral histories from around the globe
- KQED Art School – learn art through YouTube
This is my favorite presentation along with “Let’s Get Chromified.” There are so many awesome projects associated with Google that aren’t advertised enough. Over Halloween, the Google Data experts shared Frightgeist, an interactive site that showcases the top searched Halloween costumes. Now, it would be great to compare those searched with those actual bought and worn.
There are so many awesome projects that are free, require no account, and are sponsored by Google. If you haven’t checked out these “secrets,” also know as the lesser known tools, you should!
Today, I added the following to my Secrets of a Google Ninja presentation.
- The SciShow and The SciShow Kids: Learn and explore all the science you can imagine from the comfort of your own home and computer. These two YouTube channels are stellar.
- CrashCourse and CrashCourse Kids: Learn and explore any subject you want in one intellectual spot.
- Technolochicas: An organization dedicated to young Latinas and their families and committed to raising awareness in technology and tech-related careers
- The Connectory: Your one-stop shop for all things STEAM in your neighborhood
You can find more All about that Google at fennovation.org.