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Other Outstanding Google Tools

Overview

When we think of Google, or the G Suite of Education Apps, we immediately think of the basics such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. But, are you aware there are several additional tools that can be used for teachers? These include items for Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, and Art, just to name a few. From analyzing data items, to exploring art exhibits, to mapping out a character's travel, the following tools from Google are valuable resources when you would like to expand your options when lesson planning.

The Google Data Studio

While this may be geared more towards a high school business or math class, the Google Data Studio has some cool options for students. The Data Studio is a platform that allows users (or students) to create graphic visualizations, such as you would see in a business report or professional publication. What's even better is the ability to use a pre-existing template instead of having to design one from scratch. As with all Google products, you're able to share them out and collaborate on the same project.

Google Arts & Culture

An additional program to check out is the Google Arts & Culture website. Put together by the Google Cultural Institute, this site allows users to access various high-resolution pieces of art from several museums. From abandoned locations throughout the world, to close up views of detailed pieces of art, this site has the potential to be beneficial to students studying art. However, if you're struggling to engage your students with this tool, have them download the Art Selfie app, upload it, and then see if any of the thousands searched look like them!

Google Tour Builder

One of my favorite tools outside of the G Suite of apps is the Google Tour Builder.This site allows you to plot points on a map and then completely personalize each point. Not only are you able to change the marker and the color of it, there is even an option to add photos, text, and even video into each location. Imagine tracking all the places a character has traveled, or viewing all of the places a famous scientist has lived, or even just simply famous locations across the globe. This is a terrific opportunity for students to gain some real world geography knowledge, all while connecting it to your current content.

Google Science Journal

One tool that I have recently learned about is the Google Science Journal. This is advertised as a "pocket-sized" science tool that students can use. There are several different experiments that are already built in and available for teacher use. A lot of them involve sensors, which use the sensors in a student device to record their data. Students can then add in their own images, make notes, and explore activities from science experts. Although I am not as familiar with this tool, it seems like it would have an excellent impact on student learning in a science class.

Google Expeditions

If you've ever wanted to bring the powerful world of Virtual Reality into your classroom, Google Expeditions is the way to do it. The Expeditions app allows teachers to select an area for students to explore through a mobile device and a virtual reality headset. Teachers set up the location based on their content (there are a countless number to choose from), and then let students explore! In our district, we have a kit that can be reserved for checkout. Students who have participated in an expedition has highly regarded it as a positive and immersive learning experience.

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