Tech Tip Thursday #26

Google Doodle - What Is It and Who Does It?

Google Doodles

2014 Doodle 4 Google: Virtual Field Trip Archive

What is a Google Doodle?

This morning, I love the Google Doodle that Google created for it's logo. Check it out! Great starter for a lesson! What are Google Doodles. It's a way that Google makes their logo fun, interactive, surprising and spontaneous to celebrate holidays, special celebrations, history, etc. It's been around since 1998. Today's Google Doodle gave me the inspiration to share lesson ideas, books, etc on creativity and ideas.

Coming in September 2015!

Each year, Google has a contest called Doodle 4 Google for students to share their creative Google Doodle. You should check out the gallery. Kids from all over the world in grades K-12 have submitted some great work.

Apps for Brainstorming Ideas

Apps for Brainstorming

Take It Digital!
Students can brainstorm electronically with these creative apps!

● Bubl: Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets students brainstorm online by creating mind maps. To view examples, learn how to use bubbl.us or simply start brainstorming, go to https://bubbl.us/.

● Popplet: Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them. For a tutorial on Popplet, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8N6lbC_VCk.

● SyncSpace: SyncSpace is a collaborative whiteboard app available for tablets. Students can use SyncSpace to create drawings and documents on tablets. They can create using free-hand drawing tools, using typing tools, or a combination of the two tool sets. Drawings and documents can be sent to and synced with other users so that they can comment and edit.

Tonia McMillan, Technology Coordinator

Loves working with teachers and students on how to incorporate technology into everyday lessons.