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Using 16 Google apps as media in school learning

The professional competence of teachers and school leaders absolutely must be developed in line with current developments in technology and information. This does not exclude the possibility of implementing e-learning using the facilities provided by Google. The following is a review of 16 Google apps in the internet world that should be developed by an educator as internationalization development:

1. Google Search Books, Google Books makes it easier for us to find the various terms we are looking for in the learning process. It's about finding pages that include our search term in a book. Once we find a given book, we can browse the available pages, search further within that book, find reviews online, and find out where to buy the book or check it out at the nearest library, and in some cases, even read entire titles. on line.

2. Google Earth, here we will explore every corner of the world using Google Earth where the world map display uses 3-dimensional features. This is particularly useful for educators to increase student knowledge, especially in geography or social science classes.

3. Google Maps, like Google Earth, Google Maps has an intuitive service to navigate a map of a global area. This allows us and students to search and learn addresses all over Indonesia and many other countries. You can freely switch between map, satellite, terrain and StreetView modes to get perspectives on various places in Indonesia. Best of all, Google Maps is an online application, so no download is required, and you can access it from any internet-connected computer.

4. Google News is news from every country in the world, with Google News, we can browse major sources of learning more easily. Google News can help us make our scheduled lessons more interesting and informative. If we study current events, for example, like the riots in the Middle East, we and the students can learn what observers around the world have to say about the issues. When we study American history, such as the American civil rights movement, we can quickly find primary sources to provide students with new knowledge.

5. iGoogle, you and your students can gather useful content from across the site and view it in one place on iGoogle. From current events provided by many news providers to your local weather and school events calendar, you can select a number of custom items and place them on a page specific to all your personal interests. Here are just a few of the hundreds of features available for your site :

  1. Date and time clock
  2. Your class calendar, easily accessible to students
  3. Bookmarks for quick access to your site are recommended for students
  4. News from various trusted news sources
  5. Link to your class blog with messages to students or families
  6. New! Access to election videos searchable via Google

6. Searching the Web Searching the Web can be a wonderful tool for students, and a little instruction on how to find academic resources will help our students become critical thinkers and independent learners. Through the content on this site, we can help students become skilled researchers, whether they are just beginning to conduct research or are ready for more advanced training.

7. Google Apps Education Edition, students, teachers, and staff can share ideas faster and get things done more efficiently when they have access to the same powerful communication and sharing tools. Google Apps Education Edition allows technology administrators to provide free email, a shareable online calendar, instant messaging tools, and even a dedicated website to faculty, students, and staff. There's no hardware or software to install or maintain, as everything is delivered through a standard web browser - anytime, from anywhere

8. Google Custom Search Engine, very useful for teachers Basically, you create your own search engine by selecting the sites that Google will index. It only searches sites I specify, goes through a lot of spam

9. Blogger makes it easy for teachers and students to share their work, class notes, and pictures online. And with new access controls, teachers can even create private blogs for the eyes of their class only. As a teacher, Blogger can help you stay in touch with students, their parents, and the rest of the school. With Blogger, you can update parents on their children's progress and keep them updated on upcoming events, post class or school newsletters, share photos and student work, of course post documents, projects and results, and easily set up collaborative group projects online with a simple way to track student progress. Students can use Blogger to communicate ideas, photos, and lecture notes, improving their writing skills.

10. Google Calendar is an easy way for teachers, administrators, and students to share time-related information such as shift schedules, homework deadlines, and school holidays. Anyone who needs to view the calendar can use it from any Internet-connected computer and access it on the school's existing web page or in their own Google Calendar account. Changes made by the calendar organizer are automatically seen by anyone viewing them, making outdated versions a thing of the past.

You can set separate calendars for each class and share each with designated groups of students, parents, or the whole community. You can use Google Calendar to share information about course topics and descriptions for each session, assignment due dates, test and quiz dates, and field trips and other activities. You can also use the calendar to organize your schedule with other teachers and administrators. And administrators can use the calendar to keep students and families informed about holidays, parent-teacher conference dates, and other school-wide events.

11. Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that lets you and your students instantly and securely create, store, share, and collaborate online in real time. You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There's no software to download, and all your work is securely stored online and accessible from any computer.

12. Google Group, with Google Groups, you can create your own space to communicate and collaborate, securely, with other people online. You can use Google Groups to post important information such as student or parent contact information, host online discussions, and manage and archive multiple mailing lists. We've designed Google Groups to be simple to set up and easy to use, so you can start using them to quickly share information with students and parents.

13. Google Page Creator can make you more efficient in and out of class. Using the page builder, for example, you can create a page detailing your lesson plan and add a link to your page from your school's website so other teachers can learn from your experience. In the classroom, you can use Page Creator to introduce students to computers. Since Page Creator allows users to view the HTML code of the page they are creating, students can see how editing the HTML code instantly changes the look and performance of their page. Google Page Creator can make it easier for students to share information about the things that really matter to them

14. Piccasa, for use in your classroom, you can organize photos of your class and special events, and create each of your students a photo CD. You can also create web albums that students can access from home and incorporate them into your photography curriculum by having children take photography-related lessons, post them to web albums, and present oral reports.

15. Google SketchUp is an easy-to-use program that lets you and your students create, modify, and share 3D models. From the history of computing, you will be surprised how easy it is to visualize your ideas in 3D. And when you're done, you can export the image, create a movie, or print a view of what you've created.

16. Google Notebook, with Google Notebook you will be able to :

  1. save snippets of websites on the web so you can access them later
  2. annotate your clipping with your own thoughts or comments
  3. organize clippings in different notebooks or in sections within a notebook
  4. browse the full text of your own notebook and any public notebook
  5. invite specific collaborators to contribute to your notebook - simply click on the "sharing options" link in the upper right corner of your Google notebook and enter the email addresses of the people you want to share it with
  6. share your notebook information with everyone - once in the "sharing options", select "publish this notebook" to make your notebook public.

This is an explanation of Google's application which is provided free to the education world, I hope it will bring many benefits to the education world, especially the Indonesian people.