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Hipster Google — Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Eric Curts  
You know about Google Docs, Gmail and Search, but what about other hidden Google gems? Learn about 70-plus educational tools including nGram, Trends, AutoDraw, Music Lab, Toontastic, Landlines, Meme Buddy, Reverse Image Search, Instant Search Cards, Semantris, Grasshopper, Art Palette, Timelapse, Data GIF Maker and more!

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to have a Google account (personal or Google for Education) and a Windows laptop, Mac laptop, or Chromebook to fully participate in the session. Optionally attendees may benefit from an Android or iOS phone or tablet to try out some of the mobile tools covered.
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to explore a wide range of lesser known Google tools that educators and students can use for teaching, learning, creating, collaborating, exploring, and expressing their knowledge. Throughout the session I will explain and demonstrate each tool, giving examples of how they can be used in schools, and allowing the attendees to explore the tools as well if they wish.
In this session we look at over 70 lesser-known Google tools. Even though these tools are less known than Docs and Slides and Sheets, they provide students with fun, engaging, and powerful tools for learning. Students can expand and deepen their searching skills with tools including nGram, Google Scholar, reverse image search, Trends, Google Arts and Culture, and more. Students can also express their learning through creativity tools such as Google Earth Projects, Autodraw, Toontastic, Chrome Music Lab, Meme Buddy, and more. This wide collection of tools empowers students to have so much greater choice when selecting how they want to learn, explore, collaborate, and create to share their learning.


In this session we will cover a wide range of lesser known Google tools. For some tools we will spend several minutes to try out the tool and see how it can be used in schools. For other tools we will mention them briefly to expose the attendees to the tools. New tools are added frequently, so this list may change, but at the moment the tools to be covered would include the following:
Ngram Viewer, Google Scholar, Instant Search Cards, Reverse Image Search, Google Trends, Google Alerts, Power Searching with Google, Be Internet Awesome, Google Dictionary, Art Palette, LIFE Tags, Socratic, Talk to Books, Tenor, VR and AR models in mobile search, Fact Check Tools, Google Lens, Google Earth, Landlines, Timelapse, Earth View, Google Maps Planets and Moons, Access Mars, The Wilderness Downtown, Floom, Google Fonts, Quick Draw, AutoDraw, Toontastic, Meme Buddy, Chrome Music Lab, Groove Pizza, AI Duet, Inside Music, Semi-Conductor, Blob Opera, Tone Transfer, Listen to Transformer, Paint with Music, Assisted Melody, Chrome Canvas, Just a Line, Verse by Verse, The Nonsense Laboratory, Chimera Painter, Scroobly, Monster Mash, Emoji Kitchen, Google Translate Mobile App, Data GIF Maker, Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier, Look to Speak, Google Recorder, Google Arts & Culture, OK Go Sandbox, Semantris, Puzzle Party, Visual Crosswords, Cultural Crosswords, Art Coloring Book, Grasshopper, Applied Digital Skills, Digital Garage, Tune, Read Along, Stack, Measure Up, Google Phishing Quiz, Mindful Break

Supporting research

The tools addressed in this session cover such a wide range of resources, there would not be just one specific supporting research source. Schools are often limited by budgets and struggle to find resources to allow their students to learn and create with technology. This session helps address this common need by demonstrating over 70 engaging, but free, lesser-known Google tools that can be used in schools.

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Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium

Eric Curts is a veteran educator who currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center in Ohio where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences across the country. Eric runs the award-winning blog where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".

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