Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thing #7 Google Tools

Wow, I've only known Google as a search engine and never even paid attention to anything else it offers. I have tried Google Maps before but I usually use Mapquest to get directions. So it was a fun experience exploring all the different Google Tools available for free.

I created a Google Calendar and customized my own iGoogle page. I really liked the To Do list and I added it to my iGoogle page, but I have no idea how to put a copy of it in my blog. I tried right clicking, copy and pasting but I couldn't figure it out. I can see how some people would really enjoy the different games it offers although I'm not a game player (no time, maybe when I retire!) I added Simply Recipes to my iGoogle page because I love to cook and am always looking for new recipes.

I saw a few gadgets that could help in teaching. One of our units in Kindergarten is "Nighttime". It would be fun to track the Current Moon Phase during and after the unit. I also liked My Stock Portfolio. Economics teachers could use this application and have their students create their own stock portfolio and track its progress over a period of time. There is so much more to explore in Google! I wish I had more time.


  1. you iGoogle page won't show to us thru a link...if we click on it we would see our own pages!... about the only way you can show us your page is to take a screen shot of it and add it as a "picture"

    I have the repice one as well on my page...and dream about cooking, don't actually do it much anymore!

  2. VWB - I don't cook at all, and fortunately I have a husband who does that. I know, I'm very lucky!

    KinderKid14 - You can also put a feed onto your iGoogle page for your google reader if you have one. I love seeing new posts from the blogs I follow on my iGoogle page. Very helpful! Just thought I'd pass along the tip. :-)

  3. Is there an easy way to check on a dialog you've started with a blogger, besides checking different blogs and conversations?

    Sometimes, I leave a post for someone, then check their blogs over the next few days to see if they replied to me and asked me a question, etc. I know on our own blogs, we can moderate. I just wondered how you are discovering posts.

  4. you can add widgets for comments...on older Blogger blogs there is a place to check for email alerts...go to Blogger help pages or google it!