1. How well do you know your Google products? Let’s find out in this Kahoot! Head to kahoot.it.
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Bonus Google goodness:
1. Travel the world with Google Street View Treks. Become an explorer with Google Maps Street View. Check out these locations where Google has gathered stunning street views alongside extra photos and information. Destinations include Giza, the Taj Mahal, Nepal, the Galapagos Islands and even the Great Barrier Reef!
2. Explore and create with Google Maps. This versatile tools is available on practically any device! In this web resource, Kurt Wismer gives plenty of ideas for implementation into the classroom.
3. Build with Chrome. Build with Legos. Online. Do I need to say anything else? Check it out!
4. Get your tent and sleeping bag — Camp Google! What’s deep in the ocean? How do you live in space? Google, National Geographic and Khan Academy walk students through the process of discovering answers to interesting questions. When done, students earn badges — kind of feels like scouting all over again, doesn’t it?
5. The Amazing Race, Google Style. This game is an intense mashup of Google Slides/Documents, Google Forms and Google Maps (optional). Students must complete several challenges provided by the instructor using Google Slides or Documents. Once the complete the first challenge in the slide presentation or document, they submit the link to the presentation/document in a Google Form. Once submitted, the link to the next challenge in the game is in a link on the confirmation page for the form. Clear as crystal, right? No? Check out this outstanding example by Michelle Green. Once you get it, this activity is super engaging.
6. Get organized — or stay organized — with Google Keep. Is your work area or fridge littered with sticky notes? Write something down and then can’t find that important note? You need Google Keep. It’s like sticky notes that follow you on whatever device you use. They’re connected to your Google account. If you have an Android phone and install the Google Keep widget, you can even create GPS reminders that remind you to do something when you reach the destination. Genius!
7. Discover the world with Google Cultural Institute. Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. See super high-resolution images of some of the best works of art in the world. Walk world-famous museums. Examine historical happenings in detail.
Let’s take some time to process what we’ve learned and thought about today. We’ll get together in departments, grade levels or organic groups to discuss our plans/ideas.
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