iamliterate - 65 Curric Uses of Google
65 Curricular uses of Google

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This page has been created as a jumping point for a workshop with the same title.
My goal is to provide teachers from K to 12 with 5 ideas that they can use in their grade and draw ideas from the other 60.

Click on your grade in the Table of Contents to see the ideas or scroll down to see them all.

The intention is not to overwhelm with too many ideas. Providing 5 per grade will hopefully allow you to have at least one idea that you can pursue implementing to support your student learning. There is no concept that you will complete all ideas.

Ten Google Philosophy / Principles
1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It’s best to do one thing really, really well.
3. Fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the web works.
5. You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There’s always more information out there.
8. The need for information crosses all borders.
9. You can be serious without a suit.
10. Great just isn’t good enough.


  1. Google Images - search “letter A
  2. Google Sites- parent communication page w. weather links
    > SurreyConnect.ca
  3. YouTube -counting songs -playlist of children songs
  4. Google Maps- find your home and get directionsto and from home
  5. Google Calendar- share with parents school activities

Grade 1

  1. Google Earth - Presenting Orally and Visually (navigating or recorded)
  2. Google Search Weather (Search or GE)
  3. Google Calendar- Days of school and activities
  4. iGoogle StartPage
  5. Google Forms - Collecting Family Information for Family / Community / History Project / Parent Driver Availability

Grade 2

  1. Google Earth - Explore community SIYC_Community.png
  2. Google Earth - Cardinal Directions / Symbols / Legends
  3. Storeytell with images -Uses Google Images
  4. Collaborate w. Google Maps -Sharing communities
  5. Google Earth - Endangered Animals
    1. - ARKive layer in Global Awareness Layer

Grade 3

  1. Custom Search Engine - Science@ written for students
  2. Teacher Blog- inform students and parent community
  3. Class Blog- teacher logs in 1 student is the 'daily blogger'
    1. another example
  4. Google Preferences - Set Strict Safe Searchto On
  5. Google Forms - Submitting Book Reviews>
  6. Google Forms - Collecting student information
    1. Consider Wikimapia(using google maps engine)

Grade 4

  1. Google Earth - Trace route of explorers / highlight FN
  2. Google Alerts - Set for Explorers or otherGoogle_Alerts.png
  3. Goggle Image Search - Animals- or in images site: -
    1. Cool new option - http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/
  4. Google Maps - Edit shared mapto place location of you area?
  5. Google Online Safety-

Consider an integrated solution with Google Apps

Grade 5

  1. Google Earth - Social Studies- Immigration -Underground to Canada
  2. Google Translate - Support translation for FSL
  3. Google Reader - Collecting Current Events -share the feed
  4. Google News Archive Search - Canada Immigration
  5. Google Earth / Maps - Require a traditional map and online map.See Details

Grade 6

  1. Google Docs -Extreme environments
  2. YouTube - Cyber safety resources -Internet Sex
  3. Customsearch engine
  4. Google Sky
  5. GoogleMars

Grade 7

  1. Google Earth - Social Responsibility - Global Awareness layers
  2. Google Images - Visual Arts - Search for images by various artists to assess style etc
  3. Order of Operations in Google Search - see more
  4. Google Spreadsheet -Calculations and Graphing
  5. Google Sketchup -3D models and Geometry
  6. Class Blog Roll- Student blogs aggregated

Grade 8

  1. Google Docs - Presentation
  2. GMail - Students are now old enough to sign up for Gmail and 8 GB of Storage
  3. Google Cached Sites / Search Wiki
  4. Google Spreadsheet - PE - share pulse-rate data (Personal Spreadsheet or Shared Form)

Grade 9

  1. Collaboration/ Discussion with Google Groups
  2. Collaboration Projects with other Google Users
  3. Google Books - Preview versions
  4. Google Analytics
  5. Google Earth - Layers - Cultural and Scientific Information
  6. Google Docs - Use Word Count to provide Readability statistics

Grade 10

  1. Blogger
  2. Experimental Searches (timeline / map)
  3. Share Google Presentation by embedding in Wikispaces
  4. Google Docs - Preset Template for Science Lab Reports - You create the template that they use

Grade 11

  1. Google News - Top Stories
  2. Google Sketch up -drafting / modeling
  3. Google Sketch up - Visual Math - http://groups.google.com/group/SketchUp-in-Education/browse_thread/thread/4211b768714b5339
  4. Google Search History - Tracking sites used for research
  5. Google Moderator - Touching base with students what questions are most important to them - New Tool
  6. Google Docs - Footnotes for research sources and reflections - http://is.gd/4V0u
  7. Google Docs - EPortfolio - store documents, create folders, and colour code them. HACE

Grade 12

  1. Google Scholar
  2. GoogleFinance
  3. Canadian /World Photography - Contribute to Panoramio- more - https://sites.google.com/site/thingstolearnwith/Home/7-join-the-world-photography-club
  4. Illustrated Dictionary - Studying a topic - create a Google Earth Placemark for different aspects of the curriculum.
  5. Google Earth with GPS - Record, Report, Map - use spreadsheet / network - more
  6. Google Docs - Collaborative Homework - more.

Special Education Integrations

Other tools that will likely come soon to Google (just my guess)

Direct Links to Google Tools

Google Search - Google.com or Google.ca
Advanced Search - http://www.google.ca/advanced_search?hl=en
Customized Search - http://www.google.com/coop/cse/Google
Search Feature - http://www.google.com/help/features.html
- calculator - http://www.googleguide.com/calculator.html
- Dictionary - enter define in search bar
- Unit Conversion - enter 15 feet in inches or 15 feet in metres
Google Translate - http://translate.google.com/ Google News Archive - http://news.google.com/archivesearch
Google History - http://www.google.com/history/
Google Directory Search -http://www.google.com/dirhp?hl=en
Blog Search - http://www.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en
Experimental Searches- http://www.google.com/experimental/
Google Audio Search in YouTube- http://labs.google.com/gaudi
Google Images - http://images.google.com LIFE - images in Google - http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Google Scholar - http://scholar.google.ca/
Google Finance - http://www.google.com/finance

Google Transit - http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy - plan trips for public transit
Google Alerts - http://www.google.com/alerts Google Moderator - http://moderator.appspot.com/
Gmail - http://mail.google.com
Google Calendar - http://www.google.com/calendar/
Google Documents - http://www.google.com/documents
Tips - http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=66280&hl=en_US
Google Spreadsheets - http://spreadsheets.google.com/
Google Presentations - http://docs.google.com
Google Maps - http://maps.google.com/maps
Google Earth - http://earth.google.com/
Google Mars - http://www.google.com/mars/
Google Sky - - http://earth.google.com/
Google Trends - http://www.google.com/trends
Google Analytics - http://www.google.com/analytics/
Google Alerts - http://www.google.com/alerts
Blogger - http://www.blogspot.com
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com
Google Reader - http://www.google.com/reader/
Google Sketchup - http://sketchup.google.com/
iGoogle Homepage - http://www.google.com/ig
Experimental Search Wiki - http://www.google.com/experimental/
Google Apps - http://www.google.com/apps/
Google Groups - http://groups.google.com/
Google Notebook - http://www.google.com/notebook

Other non explored tools

New in GoogleLabs.com
  • Google Squared
  • Google City Tours
  • Google Similar Images
  • Google Trends – Looks at how often a search term appears (in historical context)


Unless you create a Google Apps account, generic Google Accounts such as GMail require students to be 13 or older.

Great Downloadable Resource

Resources to anchor ideas

Special Thanks to Sharon Eilts with permission, the Special Education section started from her ideas.
Special Thanks to Cheryl Davis with permission to use some of her ideas from https://sites.google.com/site/thingstolearnwith/

Here are some other ideas for using Google Earth in your classroom:

  • Biology: Track routes of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Forest. See the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee blog here.
  • Ecology: Create a short quiz like this one.
  • Environmental Science: Have students check Alaska's global warming problems. See how the Sierra Club used Google Earth to depict this problem here.
  • Geology: Find images, links, and descriptions, with information about thousands of volcanoes around the globe, thanks to organizations like the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program.
  • Global Awareness: Study the Crisis in Darfur with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's unprecedented project.
  • History: Explore Tutankhamun's Tomb.
  • Humanities: Have your students scout film shoot locations like this teacher did with The Golden Compass//.
  • Literature: Bring class or contemporary tales to life with Google LitTrips.
  • Math**: Explore distance, velocity, and wave properties of tsunamis.
Found or developed a lesson using Google Earth? Share it with your fellow teachers!
Resources - http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html

Follow up with More
Something to explore
don't know how it can apply yet - http://www.google.com/educators/videosearch.html
comparison of elections - http://labs.google.com/inquotes/