Educator’s Guide to Google

Search HatEducators have the universal desire to impart knowledge, instill lessons, and encourage learners to find out things on their own. In this modern day and age, traditional learning still takes place within the four walls of the classroom but it can also occur over the unconventional and exciting virtual world of the internet. As such, educators may take to the World Wide Web for information, activities, and other data. One of the most popular resources for information is Google.

Educators can take advantage of the different ways that Google has made learning easier. To complement conventional methods of teaching and learning, educators can turn to Google in finding bits and pieces of information that can be pieced together with whatever is learned in the classroom setting. For example, to help educators who are teaching a lesson about synonyms, they can simply type in “synonyms” on the search bar of the Google search engine. Within seconds, the popular and the most-used search engine will provide a listing of the websites that contain actual text typed in by the searcher or related to the search word “synonyms”. Thus, the educators are armed with more and more information related to their topic. This makes looking for information or supporting data easy and convenient on the part of the educator.

For lessons involving geography, educators can make use of Google Maps to pinpoint the location of particular landmarks that are part of the unit being taken up. This is especially helpful in giving the learners a big picture of the rest of the area where a certain landmark can be found. Besides, searching for a landmark happens almost instantaneously, making for an engaging and fast-paced lesson on geography. Further, the views of a particular location can be switched from map view to Earth view to satellite view—giving the learners many chances for transfer of learning. Another good thing about Google Maps is that it provides driving directions to certain locations, if applicable.

Aside from viewing online maps, educators can also make use of the different and varied images that they can find through their search in Google images. For example, if educators want to discuss the latest developments in Hurricane Irene’s rampage on the US East Coast, they may simply type in “Hurricane Irene photos” in the search box and Google will do a search on relevant photographs. Aside from photos, educators may even look for related videos and news. These visual aids can further enhance the learning experience of the learners by giving them a chance to see the fury of the mighty storm and by allowing them to think about the necessary safety precautions to take, if a storm ever hits the local area.

However, educators who do not want to be the only ones adept in using Google for research can go a step further and instruct their students on the ways of using the search engine. Educators must tell their students that the choice of the right keywords to use in the search is very vital. The educators should inform the students that using a variation of keywords may be necessary to get the information they want. For example, if the learners want to find synonyms that are adjectives, they must type in “adjectives synonyms” to get better results instead of simply typing “synonyms” that could give a wide range of synonyms that are not restricted to adjectives.

To summarise, Google is a great resource for educators as they can get a lot of helpful information and additional activities to use in the classroom through the different Google features available. In addition to these features at the fingertips of educators, classroom posters are also on hand. These posters are specifically designed by Google to help students (and other interested persons) navigate the different Google features at their disposal. With all these wonderful features that can be used by educators and learners, the learning process will be guaranteed to be fruitful and enjoyable.



Dan Petrovic, the managing director of DEJAN, is Australia’s best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. Dan is a web author, innovator and a highly regarded search industry event speaker.

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