Google is an incredible learning tool. Yes, we all know how to use Google's search engine. Now let's learn the rest of the site!//
  1. **iGoogle**- Add news, games and more to the Google homepage. Set up your iGoogle account. You can use your Boerne ISD email address to register. This one is really just for you. Add some gadgets to your iGoogle homepage.
  2. **Google Docs**- Create and share your projects online and access them anywhere. First, watch "Google Docs in Plain English". Then, create a new word processing document in google docs. Here's a step-by-step guide.In your document, start a list of the ways you could use this Google Docs in your classroom. Invite a couple of people in our class to view and edit the document.
  3. **Google Earth**- Explore the world from your computer. Check out the Google Earth video at the bottom of the page. To start exploring, look in the "Places" box. You can tour the Grand Canyon or visit the Eiffel Tower! Then, try typing in your address in the "fly to" box. For some great ideas on how to use Google Earth in your classroom, click here. For ELA teachers, there are great "Lit Trips" here. And a combination of Flickr and Google Earth is called Earth Album. Check it out!
  4. **Google Calendar**- Organize your schedule and share events with friends. How could you use this with your students? Add your ideas to your Google Docs document. Invite others to add to your document.
  5. **Blogger**- Share your life online with a blog -- it's fast, and easy. Can you blog with your students? Absolutely! Can they blog? You bet! Start your own blog right now about how your students could use Blogger. Start next year off with a blog right away and have a record of all the cool Web 2.0 stuff you're doing with your students. Find more information about blogs here.
  6. **Google Scholar** - You know about the Google Search Engine. But did you know Google has a place to find authoritative and relevant sources for research? Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research. Click here for more information on Google Scholar.
  7. **Google Custom Search** - Create a customized search experience for your class. With Custom Search Engine, you can harness the power of Google to create a search engine tailored to the needs of your students. Try making a search engine right now using Brittanica and Nettrekker. Or, check out this example. (Type math in the search box.)

Speaking of Web 2.0.....read this document. It's important! You have to set up some strict ground rules with your kids. Make your expectations high and hold them to your standard.
Oh, and btw - what did I use for this inservice? A Wiki! But that's another inservice.....

Google Earth Video - for more Google videos, click here.