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Google has transformed into being more than just a search engine for its users. People from all over that have accounts are able to create videos, documents, and recently online classrooms. Our 21st century learners are able to collaborate in a way that we weren't able to as learners. There are three parts of Google that can enhance the way our students conduct and dissect their research.

Google Apps

Google has many apps that can be used such:
  • drive
  • docs
  • spreadsheets
  • folders
  • etc.
Google can be used in the business, school, and personal setting. It is a convenient learning technology tool that can be used to collaborate among stakeholders. It can be used as a place to collect research, modify, and make connections. Google Doc can be used as a live document, so the shared document can be viewed live while adding new information from all involved. Here students can share information found on a topic, add comments, or even discuss skills needed to correctly identify useful information.

Example of a Live Google Doc

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Google classroom is a great tool for teachers to interact with students in and outside of the classroom without losing the classroom setting. As it relates to research and information fluency, Google classroom can be used to gradually release activities and opportunities for students to incorporate the skills that their teacher feels needs more attention in selected assignments. Teachers can also assign projects with a timeline, which will allow students and teachers to track their data, files, and share critiques of what they find to support their learning.

Google Hangout

Google Hangout allows teachers to introduce their students to collecting information from primary resources. In this realm, teachers are able to make appointments with zoos, representatives of the state, and even habitants of other countries and continents to ask questions relevant to the topics they are discussing. With this application, students are able to compare what information looks like when it comes from primary and secondary sources. They are also able to see clearly the who, what, when, where, and why if the questions asked are clearly developed.
Watch a Google Hangout in Action

Now that you see how google is being used in classrooms, think about your classroom. Add comments (insert and comment) to the google document in the section that is labeled with your content. Tell us how a teacher in your content area is using google to promote better research and information fluency skills, or share your ideas on how you will do it behind your four walls.
Using Google in My Classroom

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