Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CONFIRMATION: Google in the Classroom

Remembering that technology is a tool and not a teacher, Google has a lot of tools that can be used to help organize your classes and bring the world into your classroom.

Google Docs
Google Docs, which is being upgraded to Google Drive, can help easily share work online.  Students who may not have access to MicroSoft Office can use Google docs to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  If students are required to write a paper or create a presentation or even a drawing, they can put it on Google Docs and receive electronic feedback or it allows for easily collaboration. 

Google Earth
Google Earth can give you a virtual journey to any location in the world. You can create a virtual tour of the Holy Land, the journeys of Paul, and explore 3D buildings, imagery, and terrain.  It's amazing what you can see with this satellite imagery.  See the terrain and make the places Jesus walked real!

Google+ Hangouts
A hangout is a place where you and (up to) 9 others can have a live video chat using a variety of devices.  If you have a small class and can't be available one week, you can connect in a hangout.  It's also a perfect way to have a guest speaker who isn't local.

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