Richard Byrne has several free ebooks about Google tools which can be viewed online or dowloaded.
Google Tools for Teachers...Books, Docs, Maps, and More - an overview of Google’s lesser- known search tools. Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News. How to access Google Books advanced search. How to embed books into your blog or website. How to put custom Google News on your blog or website. Nine uses of Google Docs beyond word processing and presentations. Six ways to use Google Maps beyond the Social Studies classroom. Directions for creating placemarks in Google Maps. And more...
Google for Teachers II - this guide is designed to introduce and walk teachers through using Google Sites, Google Custom Search, Google Alerts, Google Bookmarks, Google Groups, and Google Calendar.
If you have used any of these tools, please share your experiences. If you have found other resources on how to use Google tools, it would be great to add to this list.
Check out the discussion on How do Web 2.0 Tools fit into Bloom's Taxonomy for several posts that refer to Google Tools and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. Kathy Schrock, who has an online guide for educators through Discovery Education, has assembled an interactive graphic that shows how Google tools can be used to support higher-level thinking skills.
Google for Educators from David Andrade, is a nice collection of Google resources.
Google Drive is Google’s online storage system for all ﬁle types. Richard Byrne and Free Technology for Teachers have provided a guide called Google Drive and Docs for Teachers--What Teachers Need to Know to Get Started Using Google Drive and Google Documents. The ebook is designed to help teachers use these Google resources in their classrooms.
This free ebook is available for download in PDF format at http://www.scribd.com/doc/92629651/Google-Drive-and-Docs-for-Teachers-2012.
Some highlights from this ebook include--
Let us know what you think of this ebook especially if you are a new user of Google Drive and Google Docs.
I'm developing a web site specifically for those wanting to go beyond the basic features of Google Docs as well as explore educational applications of numerous other Google tools. You can check it out at http://sites.google.com/site/classinthecloud.
I know a teacher who tried to set up Google docs with a small group of students and discovered Google is now requiring a phone number to send a text to in order to set up the account. The school ITRT was helping this teacher, and she also was concerned about students sharing their phone numbers. They did not want the students to give their phone numbers so they abandoned the application. The teacher decided to use Zoho docs instead.
Has this been a problem for other teachers wanting to use Google docs with their students? How have you solved this issue?
Is this teacher accessing Google Docs through Google Apps for Education? A domain is set up for the educational institution. Students are assigned user names and passwords. Google tech help is available and it's free. No student is personally asked to 'sign' up, it is within the school domain.
Google for Educators provides free Google posters that can be printed and used in your classroom on topics such as improving Google Search results and using Google Earth. What a great way to decorate your classroom and teach students Google tips!
Have you been searching for a place to keep up with all the updates for Google Docs and other Google products? Check out the Google Docs Blog for news and notes about using new Google features.