Current Events using Google: An easy way to find current events that relate to your topic of study is to use a google news search. At the top of the google window, there’s a search filter, “NEWS.” If you click this before your search, you will get news related events and articles as results.
Other google tools when searching the web: reading level, wonder wheel, timeline, and dictionary.
translate.google.com — Translates English into any language (You can copy & paste back and forth.)
Advanced search (under bar where you type in search words) — This allows you to select the reading level and type of file you are looking for, such as powerpoint, sockwave (games), word, etc.
iGoogle – When you are in gmail, type in igoogle, and set it as your homepage — set homepage with gadgets (where it says “add stuff”) — to do list, word of the day, clock, weather, etc.
google maps – set destination — will bring up pictures, webcams — I would like to use this to “take” students to the settings of some of the texts that we read, such as Number the Stars takes places in Denmark. How cool is it that we could “visit” Denmark thanks to google!
google scholar – advance search allows you to search within a set year — higher level reading — This would probably be good for any university research that I would need to do for IUS.
translate.google.com – will translate webpages, newspapers, etc into other languages or from a language into English
google – photo tab — “Run Picasa” — allows you to store photos online without taking computer space — and they are accessible anywhere!
Calendar — go to settings to make changes to default
Safety search — In google, go to the wheel in top right hand corner, click search settings . . . strict filter
Youtube.com — You can set the settings to “safety search- ON” at the bottom of the page
books.google.com – – Can search for books on a specific topic — You can preview books here. . .many of the pages are available.
Images — locate images on a topic and background info is provided
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www.podomatic.com – create account — FREE location to store & create podcasts