How to Google An Introduction to Google Products for Educators and Students Chloe Heinemann James Selusi Russell Smith LRC 320 Fall 2014
Google Apps for Education Teachers and students are becoming literate with google applications! There are six main apps that are used by teachers and students to make communication and collaboration in schools more efficient. -Google Apps Descriptions Cost: Google Apps for Education is free and will continue to be free so students can have user accounts. Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University so this is there way of giving back to the educational community. Check out their Terms of Service. • These applications include: • Gmail • Google Drive • Google Calendar • Google Talk • Start Page • Google Classroom
Terms and Use Gmail: Web-based email with 6 gigabytes of storage, spam protection, and google search.Endings can change from @gmail.com depending on university. (For example, @arizona.edu) Google Drive: Online application that lets you create and share documents. These documents are shared by email and saved online. Google Calendar: Online calendar that can be shared with friends or classmates Top 10 Reasons to use Google Apps! Google Talk:Instant messaging and calls through Gmail interface. Start Page: This is your google homepage where you can access all applications. Google Classroom:A new application for teachers in education to help save time, stay organized, and communicate with students. Teachers can create assignments, drive folders, and keeps track of due dates. Any school that uses Google Apps for Education can use Google Classroom
“I’M FEELING LUCKY” WITH OVER 3 BILLION USES OF THE GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE EVERYDAY, GOOGLE ADDED HAS ADDED MANY ADDITIONAL FEATURES THAT WILL ALLOW EASIER NAVIGATION THROUGH THE SOME TIMES OVERWHELMING INTERNET. IN 2012, GOOGLE INTRODUCED THE “IM FEELING LUCKY BUTTON” SPENDING OVER 110 BILLION DOLLARS TO ADD THIS FEATURE, THIS BUTTON ALLOWS THE USER TO BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO THE FIRST SEARCH RESULT. THUS, CIRCUMVENTING THE TIME IT TAKE TO RECALL THE RESULTS PAGE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE SEARCH ENGINE RESULTS PAGE, SHORTENING THE TIME SPENT BY THE USER TO FILTER THROUGH PAGES OF RESULTS.
HOW TO SEARCH Simple is Sweet • Whatever your searching for, keep your wording simple. Ex: who is the president of Samoa? Once you receive your results, you can fine tune your question. Ex: who was the president of Samoa in 1976? Use Tech Jargon • Try to use words that are closer to the results you are looking for. Ex: instead of searching for a “place to eat sushi” try “sushi close to me” Google will help • Spelling and Capitalization are covered, there is an auto spell check.
As more schools adopt Google products, educators and students must become literate in internet privacy . . . • It is important to remember that everything done in the cloud might be seen by others. • Though Google now claims not to use Apps for Education data for advertising purposes, they admitted to mining student data “for a variety of purposes, including potential advertising” earlier this year (Education Week). • One of the selling points of these cloud based tools is that teachers and students can view revision histories and comments made by collaborators. • Google’s privacy policies change periodically. What is private now, may not be in the future. “Another big concern is commercialization and student privacy… Google’s business motive here is to expose young users to the Google brand. To hook them early”- Anya Kamenetz
Institutions like schools are alluring targets for cybercriminals for a number of reasons. Internet bad guys will often pose as members of an institution and try to trick faculty, staff, and students into giving personal information by email or by having them enter it into convincing counterfeit web sites. This is called phishing, and it may be especially important to educate young students, who might be more trusting of people posing as school officials, about these dangers. • Remember: • Your school or employer will never ask for personal information, including usernames and passwords, because they already have it. • Don’t trust links or attachments in emails from unknown senders. • When in doubt, always confirm the validity of a suspicious email by contacting your school’s IT or other appropriate department. . . . and security. “Phishers are becoming much more sophisticated and convincing, making it even more important for users to become savvier & not get hooked.” -Security.Arizona.edu
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