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Hipster Google - Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom 2BC

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Technology Integration Specialist
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".

Session description

You know about Google Docs, Gmail, and Search, but what about other hidden Google gems? Learn about 70+ educational tools including nGram, Trends, AutoDraw, Chrome Music Lab, Toontastic, Landlines, Reverse Image Search, Instant Search Cards, Semantris, Art Palette, Timelapse, Interview Warmup, GameSnacks, Data GIF Maker, Read Along, Scroobly and more!

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.

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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 Lens, Google Trends, Google Alerts, Be Internet Awesome, Google Dictionary, Art Palette, LIFE Tags, Socratic , Tenor, VR and AR models in mobile search, Fact Check Tools, Google Dataset Search, Google Earth, Landlines, Timelapse, Earth View, Google Maps Planets and Moons, 100,000 Stars, Access Mars, Floom, Google Fonts, Quick Draw, AutoDraw, Toontastic, Meme Buddy, Chrome Music Lab, Groove Pizza, AI Duet, Inside Music, Semi-Conductor, Blob Opera, Blob Beats, Viola the Bird, Tone Transfer, Listen to Transformer, Paint with Music, Assisted Melody, Chrome Canvas, Verse by Verse, The Nonsense Laboratory, Chimera Painter, Scroobly, Monster Mash, Coloring Page Generator, Emoji Kitchen, Tab Maker, TextFX, Data GIF Maker, Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier, Look to Speak, Google Recorder, Interview Warmup, Google Arts & Culture, OK Go Sandbox, Semantris, Puzzle Party, Visual Crosswords, Cultural Crosswords, Art Coloring Book, Odd One Out, Geo Artwork, Notable Women, GameSnacks, Return of the Cat Mummy, Descent of the Serpent, Applied Digital Skills, Digital Garage, Tune, Read Along, Stack, PhotoScan, Measure Up, Google Phishing Quiz, Mindful Break

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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.

Several of the resources and approaches demonstrated in my session are listed as positive influences on student achievement in James Hattie's "Visible Learning" study including:

Creativity programs
Vocabulary programs
Mathematics programs
Science programs
Play programs
Technology with learning needs students
Technology in writing
Technology in other subjects

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Session specifications

Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
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.
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.
Additional detail:
Session will be simulcast live