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Google Tools You Aren’t Using but Should Be in Your Library

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: Room 116

James Allen   Sherry Gick   Nancy Jo Lambert   Nikki D Robertson   Tiffany Whitehead  
Google Drive is an educator’s best friend, but there are tons of Google tools out there to help librarians stay organized, increase productivity and help engage students. Learn from some Google-certified librarians how to utilize new, lesser-known and more advanced features of Google for the library and beyond.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Account
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During the course of this session, we will engage participants in brief tutorials, followed by challenge opportunities for them to learn through hands on experience and application for each of the following tools:

Google Earth: Participants will explore new Voyager Stories, use the measuring tool, and learn how to add their own content to Google Earth by importing .KML files.

Google Docs: Participants will learn how to use Google Drawings to create at least 2 different products in a Google Doc and use the Explore tool to add research and resources to their Google Doc to create a resource for teaching digital citizenship.

Google Forms: Participants will learn to apply advanced features of Google forms to create a survey to solicit feedback from teachers and/or students to reflect on and enhance library services.

Google Keep: Participants will learn about advanced features of Google Keep (mobile & desktop) as well as the Chrome extension to enhance their Google Docs and Slides workflow, creating keep notes as citations and audio reminders to share .

Experiments with Google: Explore Experiments with Google; a world of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Voice Experiments, and Adaptive Design. Join Nikki D Robertson as she demonstrates ways to spark discussions while exploring amazing experiments, tools, and resources that just might inspire your students to create their own Experiments with Google.


The presenters will briefly showcase possible outcomes and uses of the Google tools in real situations and model what this looks like when used by teachers and students. (5 minutes)

Participants will then break into groups and rotate through stations, speed dating style. Each of the 5 presenters will lead a station and present on various Google Tools:
James: Google Earth & Slides Add-ons
Nikki: Experiments with Google
Nancy Jo: Google Docs Drawings & Explore
Sherry: Google Keep & Keep Chrome Extension
Tiff: Google Forms for Assessment & Feedback, Chrome Extensions

At each station presenters will share a brief demonstration of the tool, followed by an interactive and exploratory challenge where participants will use their own devices to learn and interact with the tools through a hands-on experience (50 minutes). During the rotations, participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and examples to a Google Slide deck that will serve as a valuable take-away for the session.

Following the stations, we’ll have a 5 minute wrap up and we’ll share the resources curated by the group as well.

Supporting research

"Solutions Built For Teachers And Students | Google For Education." Google for Education. N. p., 2018. Web. 26 Sept. 2018.

"G Suite For K12 Institutions | Google For Education." Google for Education. N. p., 2018. Web. 26 Sept. 2018.

Google Applied Digital Skills - Teach & Learn Practical Digital Skills.” Google For Education, A Grow with Google Program, Accessed 26 Sept. 2018.

"Google gaining ground on us edtech market." Tech & Learning, Sept. 2017, p. 8. Academic OneFile, Accessed 26 Sept. 2018.

Bell, Kasey. "Dynamic Learning With G Suite | Shake Up Learning." Shake Up Learning. N. p., 2018. Web. 26 Sept. 2018.

Experiments with Google. (2019). Retrieved 7 June 2019, from

Classroom, U., & Classroom, A. (2019). Use Experiments with Google to Spark Discussions and More in Google Classroom. SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community. Retrieved 7 June 2019, from

Get Musical In Your Library MakerSpace With Chrome Music Lab . (2019). Retrieved 7 June 2019, from

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James Allen, Kentucky Department of Education

James Allen is a teacher librarian and EDhub Director at Eminence Independent, a kindergarten through twelfth-grade public school in Kentucky. James is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Google Earth Educator Expert. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians and is a member of the American Association of School Librarians Best Apps for Teaching and Learning committee.

Sherry Gick, Five Star Technology Solutions
Nancy Jo Lambert, Reedy High School Frisco ISD

Nancy Jo Lambert is a Google Certified high school teacher librarian in Frisco Independent School District at Reedy High School. She is a presenter advocating for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She holds positions in the Texas Library Association,Texas Computer Education Association, American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, and the Texas Association of School Librarians. She has been published in professional journals and won numerous awards and grants. She is known for her sharing her professional work on her library website:

Nikki D Robertson, ESC Region 13

Nikki is a veteran educator, school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President. Nikki is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning, is now available for purchase through the ISTE Store and/or Amazon.

Tiffany Whitehead, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Tiffany Whitehead is the Director of Library at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She actively shares library ideas and resources on her blog,, and on Twitter, @librarian_tiff. She has served as the President for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. Tiffany is National Board Certified in Library Media and was named one of the 2014 Library Journal Movers & Shakers. In addition to regularly facilitating professional development opportunities on her school’s campus, Tiffany presents frequently at state, regional, and national library and technology conferences.

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