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Leveraging Ideas, Experiments and other Google goodies

If you haven’t taken a look in a while, you will be amazed by the goodies Google offers to support learning across grades and content areas.  They are spread across a variety of platforms, among the major portals are:

Here’s just a sampling of my other personal favorites spread around a variety of Google spaces.

ZygoteBody allows you to select gender and view, rotate and zoom in on labeled anatomical features and body systems. View any joint, organ or system

The Constitute Project (Google Ideas) will be embraced by global studies and political science teachers.  Browesable by country or topic, the Comparative Constitutions Project gathers the world’s constitutions to read and compare. Developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project, the project was seeded with a grant from Google Ideas to the University of Texas at Austin. Constitutions are available in both HTML or PDF formats.  Passages are tagged for easy discovery by such topics as right to privacy or protection of stateless persons or ownership of natural resources.  300+ topics may be expanded from these broad headings:

  • Amendment
  • Culture and Identity
  • Elections
  • Executive
  • Federalism
  • International Law
  • Judiciary
  • Legislature
  • Principles and Symbols
  • Regulation and Oversight
  • Rights and Duties

Google Earth Tour Builder, uses Google Earth to offer opportunities for geographic storytelling, allowing users to share locations, photos, text, and video. The Gallery of existing tours is well worth visiting.

Geography students and fans might also enjoy these two games: SmartyPins, a Google Maps trivia game, and GeoGuessr, which drops players into random StreetView images and challenges them to determine where they are based on geographic clues.

 

If you love Legos, physically, you may also love the clean-up free version, Build with Chrome.  You can start the kiddos on construction challenges in the Build Academy, where they might train to become a Master Builder. They might be inspired by the builds of others.  A Google login allows participants to save their builds and participate in the Build Community and their G+ Circles.

The popular IFTTT (if this, then that) app is now a part of Google Drive, allowing users to build recipes from triggers and actions among 142 included channels.

If you haven’t played with, or introduced your students to Google’s Research Tool, this might be a good time.  It offers the opportunity to search for web content, images (by usage rights), quotes, scholarly articles, and cite sources (MLA, APA and Chicago) without leaving your document.