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Google Drive adds 5,000 new stock photos

Google has recently added 5,000 stock photo images to Google Drive. Under the image search box, Google notes that the images are all “labeled for commercial reuse with modification”, which makes me think they can also be used for other projects created outside of Google Drive?

To access the images:

  • Create a new file in Google Drive
  • Use the INSERT–>; IMAGES option from the editing toolbar
  • Select the SEARCH option

In addition to the new set of Stock Photos, the Google Drive image search also provides easy access to images from Life and regular Google Image searches.

(via: Classroom Tech Tools

Google Search & Google Tools Update

Thanks to the great library folks at Capital Region BOCES for a fun day of learning and sharing. Fun to be in a room full of librarians when an earthquake strikes. Everyone instantly started researching and connecting with friends to find out what happened.

As promised, the slides from today. If anything is missing or a URL doesn’t work, do let me know!

Google Demo Slam

Screencasts of tech tools are all well and good, but Google’s Demo Slam videos are terrific fun as well. Each one demos a Google tool or Google tip in an unconventional way. I’ll be using some of these in workshops, they’re lighthearted and very creative ways to demonstrate the power of Google’s many tools. Yes, ok, I’m a Google fan-girl. But you knew that!

A few of my favorites.


Google’s Global Science Fair

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Google’s Global Online Science Fair is open to students aged 13-18 and is accepting submissions from Jan 11 to April 4.

Of coures, the project encourages the use of many different free Google tools : Google docs to create surveys, gather data and create presentations;  YouTube to present a video of the  project; Google Scholar and other search tools for research, and so on.

Google and partners (CERN, National Geographic, Lego, Scientific American) are offering some pretty great prizes like a trip to the Galapagos Islands, scholarships and more.

And students will need a Google account to submit their project via the template available in Google Sites. (Sample submission)

Want to know more? Check out the Resources for Teachers page.

Too much Google?

Say what I might about Google owning our lives  (and I do!),  this looks like a fabulous opportunity for your students. And a great chance for you to explore some tools that you may not have tried yet. I know what great things educators are doing with these tools from all the interesting ideas I’ve heard in the  Google Tools workshops I’ve been teaching.  Of course, there are are many other tools that students can use in their research projects as well. That’s the basis of another workshop I’ve been offering called Research 2.0 Hope to see some of you at the next session later this month in Saratoga.

New & Not So New #7

A few odds and ends. Some new, some not.

  • Teach Parents Tech Not just for your parents! For anyone who needs a refresher on basic computer “stuff”. This fun (and really useful) site includes around 50 video tutorials on topics like: copy & paste, change your background, attach a file to an email,  browse the web with tabs and so much more. All those things that your family and your library patrons often ask for help with! Brought to you by the folks at Google.
  • The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators – Looking for some new tools for use in your classroom? Or looking for ways to use tools you already love? Give this free ebook a read. Covers tool for elementary, middle & high school, social media tools for (more…)

Google Instant Music Videos

No doubt you’ve seen the new Google Instant search feature by now, where Google not only tries to anticipate what you’re going to type, but also changes your search results as you type. (I assume I’m not the only one who’s turned it off because they were getting dizzy?)

Anyways, geek that I am, I love these music videos that use Google Instant for the visuals.  Whirled Creative seems to have started it with Instant Elements