You probably already use Google’s most popular tools– search, gmail, calendar, reader, YouTube, etc—but Google also offers countless lesser known tools with widely varying applications. I shared a list of Google Tools for Educators a while back, but here’s an additional list of useful tools that you may have never even heard of:

  • Google Mars- Teaching a unit on the Red Planet? Use this super cool Google tool. It’s like Google Earth for the planet Mars. Check out a Mars elevation maps and look at the mountains, canyons, dunes, plains, ridges, and craters on the planet’s surface. Clicking the pins also gives you information like when each feature was discovered and what it was named for.
  • Google Sketch Up- Older students can get a lot of mileage out of this 3D modeling program. Use it to model a city, create a new product, or even plan out a woodshop project. There’s a bit of a learning curve but the applications are endless!
  • Google Correlate- This uses web search activity data to find queries with a similar pattern to a target data series (i.e. flu related searches). A great tool for math and computer classes!
  • Google Sites- Users can quickly and easily build webpages from scratch or from templates. Perhaps it’s time for a class website?
  • Google Panoramio- Take your class on a tour around the world from the comfort of your computer screen! Panoramio is, essentially, Google Maps with photos. Users from around the world upload their pictures and attach them to geographic locations. You can explore Rome, Tahiti, South Africa, or wherever your class desires!
  • You may already use Google Docs but if you’re looking to get more educational applications out of it, Edudemic posted about 50 ways you can use it in the classroom.

Which Google tool(s) have you used in your school? Share how you used it in the comment section below or post your idea on our Facebook page! We always love to hear from you!

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