Brian Mull
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Connective Learning with Google Tools in Education

Quick Survey before getting started.

Getting Started

The first thing we'll need to do before moving forward is create a Google Account (If you don't already have one). If you have an account in Gmail, you're already set to go.

Eventually, you may want to associate other email accounts with your Google account.
  • Log in to your Google Account anywhere.
  • Visit
  • Click on "Edit" next to "Personal Information" in the left hand column
  • Under "Associate email addresses with your account" type a new address next to "Add an additional email address:"
  • Press "Save" and repeat for each address you want associated with the account.

What about student accounts?

If your students are under the age of 13, you need to be mindful of creating accounts where students are giving away personal information. A couple of ways to handle this.
  • Get parents involved.
  • Get parental consent.
  • Use pseudonyms and services like Mailinator or 10MinuteMail so students don't disclose names and email addresses.

Where do we go from here?

Google offers a tremendous number of free tools that are available to account holders. We'll be scratching the surface here.

The Google 20% Plan - Following your passions

Even More

Searching Beyond Search

Google News
Google Blog Search
Google Image Search
Google Video Search
Google Book Search
Google Scholar

On top of that, today, many of us have search right in our pockets.
Google SMS - Text to 46645 (Googl)
Google 411 - 1-800-GOOG-411


Build your own search with Google's Custom Search Engine Creator.

Collaboration Through Google Docs

What is Google Docs and how does it work?

Google Docs Resources

Google Docs overview
Google Docs blog keeps us up-to-date on enhancements.
Docs and Spreadsheets in the Classroom - by
Esther Wojcicki, Teacher


Creating a Google Form - You are going to search for a brief instructional video on a topic of your choice. Then, you will make a brief three question quiz to assess what was learned. Save your quiz for the next assignment.

Mapping Your Curriculum with Google Maps

If you've been using Google Maps without a Google account, you haven't been using Google Maps!

Google Earth is another option, and while it looks great, there are some drawbacks. Mainly, speed.

The basics - find a location, get driving directions and street view.

With your account, you can create interactive maps.


First, create a new map. Then find your school and mark it. Change the icon to the school. Write a few sentences discussing what you love most about where you are teaching.

Then, mark three other places on your map. The locations are up to you. Maybe somewhere you've lived or somewhere you would like to go. You will write a description and attach a photo for one marker, embed a YouTube video and link to your quiz on another marker and link to a recording on the third marker.

Other Ideas

Google Lit Trips
Mapping history
Even in math

Beefing up the How-to Essay with Google Knol

By using tools like Google Docs and Maps, students are now creating content for a global audience.

Google Knol takes this a step further. They can use their knowledge to teach skills to others. It's worked for Salman Khan.

Google Loves to Experiment

Remember that 20% time? Want to keep up with what's going on? Let's visit the lab.

Google Moderator is an example of something in the works.
  • Where do your students' interests lie?
  • Get everyone involved in the conversation.
  • Extend discussion beyond the classroom.

Google for Educators