Mar 8, 2012 by Joseph DuLaney

Google in education

You have showed your students how using Google in the classroomcan help them refine a search and maximize their time spent doing research.

There might be times, however, when students need to take the next step in their educational research and also present those findings. Google has two tools that can assist: Google Scholar and Google Sites. 

Google Scholarprovides a way to search and locate scholarly literature from a variety of sources such as articles, books and abstracts.  Articles are generated from postings by academic publishers, professional groups, universities and other credible sources around the world.

A unique aspect of Google Scholar is that the documents are ranked.  Because the rankings consider several aspects of the document including author, published location and other citations, the results are typically relevant and your students can trust that the highest ranked documents will provide credible information. 

Google Scholar truly allows your students to access impactful resources for researching the broad range of topics covered in the classroom, free of charge.

Google Sitesis a tool that will allow your students to collaborate or present the information they have gathered through their Google research.

With a wide range of templates available for education, students and teachers can quickly and easily build their own website or wiki via a simple user interface with no technical knowledge required.  Widgets are available to give the site a custom look and feel.

Google Sites is a perfect place for students to present science projects or student research wikis, or for teachers to keep parents up to date on all the things happening in the classroom.  With 10 GB of site storage included, there’s no need to worry about space limitations.

So, whether researching a topic, presenting findings or simply collaborating with a group of fellow students, be sure to dig into what Google has to offer!

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