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New Tools “Oodles of Googles”

Sharon Betts
Industry, Maine, USA
Blog: http://sharonsshare.blogspot.com

Sharon Betts is currently an Educational Technology Coordinator in Turner, Greene and Leeds,Maine, where she has worked for 3 years. Sharon has been in education for over 30 years, having taught at Iran Dokht, a girls’ high school in Iran, Dept. of Defense schools in Germany, and public schools in Ohio and Maine. She believes that technology should be a staple, not a privilege and is always striving to bring her passions, children and technology, together for the betterment of both. Sharon is a member of WoW2, Women of Web, the Webhead Class of 2006, and a Discovery and MarcoPolo Educator. She has presented on Open Source and web tools in education at local, state and national conferences. Her offline time is spent with her family and two leonbergers in the hills of Maine.

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Presentation Title
“Oodles of Googles”

This presentation is for teachers that wish to move student writing projects from paper to the web. Google applications will be demonstrated as tools for simplifying and collaborating through the four steps of producing a writing project: Investigation – research; Preparation – organization;Presentation – the product; and Summation – reflection / feedback / archiving. These tools are free and available with only an internet connection. Many colleges and businesses are beginning to take their work online. See how easy it really is.

http://k12online.wm.edu/intro.mov (43 sec. Run Time; mov; 2 MB)
http://k12online.wm.edu/investigation.mov (3:33 min. Run Time; mov; 38 MB)
http://k12online.wm.edu/preparation.mov (2:10min. Run Time; mov; 26 MB)
http://k12online.wm.edu/presentation.mov (4:33 min. Run Time; mov; 28 MB)
http://k12online.wm.edu/summation.mov (2:38 min. Run Time; mov; 25 MB)
http://k12online.wm.edu/summation_student.mov (2:38 min. Run Time; mov; 18 MB)
Audio only
http://k12online.wm.edu/googling.mp3 (13:13 min. Run Time; mp3; 6 MB)

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  1. Marie Coleman

    I learned some new facets of Google and I like the way you incorporated good pedagogical foundations into the presentation. I am definitely sold on the collaborative opportunities and believe that Google does a good job – though I always hesitate to “put all my eggs in one basket.” 🙂

    Thanks for your presentation!

  2. Jose Fuentes

    It is an interesting presentation on topics I didn’t know before. I liked the mini-lesson where we are shown how to create documents using google. I will certainly try this on my own and learn how to use it properly.

  3. Ana Mantel

    I liked this presentations. it was for my pace. I needed to open at the same time the google site and check out the places that Lani talks about.

  4. Ana Mantel

    Oops! The name is not Lani but Sharon. I learned a lot of new things. I did not know that the google site has so many thing beside searching for information.

  5. Maria Rivera

    I’ve heard that Google is a lot more than just a search engine but I didn’t know exactly what else it offers until now. The eight tools Ms. Betts mentioned to create a writing project gives a lively take on the old writing process. My students are probably a little too young to use most of those tools but I can see a lot of potential these tools carry for older students.

  6. Mike Arsenault

    Thanks for the great resources Sharon. I use Google Tools in my course at Saint Joseph’s College to show future teachers how free resources can be used in the classroom for collaborative purposes. I will be adding some new components to my course due to your presentation. Great job!

  7. Cathy Wolinsky

    (2nd try…) Once again by viewing the session materials I have more on my “back to school” to do list than ever, but I am enriched by so many more resources that I have been helped to apply and understand. Thanks Sharon!

  8. Sharon Betts

    I just came back to read these nice comments and it made my day. I am thrilled to be again putting together a presentation for k12Online. Keep your eyes open for “Never Too Young”

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