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1 What’s Up with Google? Patti Chappell Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Adapted from Patrick Crispin’s December 2008 Presentation

2 “These are much deeper waters than I had thought.” Google is a constantly-moving target. Google adds new tools and features practically daily. In this presentation, we’re going to track what Google has been up to recently. Image source:

3 OUR TOPICS Google Bells and Whistles Google on the Road Google Research Tools Google Search Tools Google Productivity Tools New Google Announcements Image source:


5 Google Search Wiki You can now: ◦ “Vote up” a hit; ◦ Remove a hit; or ◦ Comment on a hit. All changes are saved to your Google account and will not [directly] impact the searches made by others.

6 GoogleGoogle Search Wiki Google To see an aggregation of all promotions, demotions and comments, go to the bottom of the page and click on "See all notes for this SearchWiki”

7 Google Image Search Content Filters Google Image Search lets you restrict your results using three content filters: 1.News content from the last 30 days 2.Faces (using Google’s face detection technology) 3.Photo content (using Google’s non-face detection technology)

8 LIFE Photo Archive Millions of photographs from the LIFE archive are now included in Google Image Search.Google Browse the archive directly or add source:life to limit your search to the LIFE archive hosted/life

9 Google Maps Now has Google Earth-like navigation. – Click the small yellow man to see the street view imagery. – Drag the icon to the correct location. The terrain layer has been updated to include contour lines and hill shading. Historic traffic data is available.

10 Google Finance Google Finance now shows real-time data for all NASDAQ stocks. There is no longer a 15 minute delay.

11 Google Earth Browser Plugin Google Earth can be used from a browser without you having to download the full application. Just download and install the Google Earth plugin. The plugin works with Firefox 2/3 and IE 6/7 on Windows.

12 Google Sky As of March 13, 2008, you can now use Google’s Sky tool—originally part of Google Earth—in any web browser. You can view the universe at different wavelengths (visible, x-ray, or infrared) and even play with the transparency to blend between the wavelengths.

13 Google Translate Google supports the translation between English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. That’s 1,156 language pairs!

14 Google Personalized Homepage You can create your own Yahoo-esque Google homepage that shows you – Your latest Gmail messages, – Headlines from Google News and other top news sources, – Weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes, and – Bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer. Google Personalized Homepage [a.k.a., “iGoogle”] is available to everyone with a Google account.

15 iGoogle 2.0 Launched in mid-October 2008, iGoogle 2.0 moves the tabs to the left. It also adds a “canvas view” that allows Google Gadgets to become full-fledged applications. To switch back to version 1, access your settings page and change your language to English (UK).

16 Google Help Google now has a unified help center, categorized by activity [e.g., “searching, shopping, and browsing the web”] The search box at the top of the help center is actually a custom search engine that searches 218 Google sites.

17 Download Google Help Files Add ?fulldump=1 to the end of the address of most Google help center homepages For example: support/ ?fulldump=1 This doesn’t work on all Google services.

18 GmailGmail Themes Gmail You can now apply themes to your Gmail interface. Choose Settings > Themes.

19 Google Mail Goggles To prevent you from drunk emailing, Gmail has a “Mail Goggles” tool that will force you to answer some simple, timed math questions when you attempt to send an email late at night or on the weekends. You must answer the questions correctly in the allotted time for the email to be sent. To enable, go to Settings > Labs > Mail Goggles > Enable [and then Save Changes]


21 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) Google Business Directory Assistance

22 Additional Google 411 Features “Text Message” ◦ To receive an SMS “Map It” ◦ To receive a map “Details” ◦ To get more details

23 About Google 411 Google 411 is completely free. You can access Google 411 from any telephone. ◦ You need a cell phone to receive text messages and maps. Google 411 doesn’t offer residential information … yet.

24 Google Voice Search for the iPhone Updated iPhone application [“Google Mobile App”] you can download from the iTunes App Store. Launch the app on your iPhone, hold the phone to you hear, and and speak after you hear the tone. Lower your iPhone from your ear and Google automatically converts your speech to text and searches for what you said. apple/app.html

25 Google Mobile Maps You can access Google maps on most new cell phones, not just iPhones. Google Mobile Maps is a downloadable cell phone application that lets you view maps and satellite imagery, find local businesses, see real-time traffic information, see your location with or without GPS, and get driving directions on your cell phone. Just go to in your web-enabled cell phone

26 Google Personalized Mobile Page You can set up a personalized iGoogle page for your mobile device too. Go to your iGoogle settings page to choose which gadgets you add, remove, or rearrange. iPhone and iPod Touch users should go to

27 Mo’ Mobile Depending on your cell phone and provider, you may be able to access additional Google services on your cell phone. Visit on your cell phone’s web browser.


29 Google Book Search Search inside over one million books. – 100,000+ books added by partner publishers and authors – 10,000+ works from the public domain – 3,000 new library books added each day [Harvard, Oxford, UC System, NY Public Library, etc.]

30 Book Search Goal Google Book Search’s goal isn’t to get you a book for free. Google Rather, Google Book search’s goal is to ◦ Help you find what you are looking for inside of a book; and ◦ Show you where you can find that book in a bookstore or a library There are a few exceptions.

31 Google Scholar [Beta] Limits your searches to ◦ Peer-reviewed papers ◦ Theses ◦ Books ◦ Abstracts and articles A great tool to search for scholarly information from ◦ Academic publishers ◦ Professional societies ◦ Preprint repositories ◦ Universities and other scholarly organizations Source:

32 Now appearing at Google… GoogleGoogle search results now show metadata for scientific papers [e.g., authors, number of citations, other versions.]

33 Google Knol [Beta] Google has their own wikipedia-esque collection of authoritative articles about specific subjects. You can read, comment, and even contribute to particular knols. You can also listen to and even download an MP3 file of a few articles.

34 News Archive Search Google News now lets you search through over 200 years of news articles. Just go to and click the “News Archive Search” link.

35 “All The News That’s Fit to Search” News The default search shows articles in order of relevance to the query. The timeline presents a timeline of events and articles associated with the query.

36 GoogleGoogle for Educators Google Google for Educators offers teacher’s guides for Google’s most popular tools. These teacher’s guides include – Basic information about each tool – Examples of how educators are using those tools – Lesson ideas The site also offers lesson plans and videos from Discovery Education that show you how to use Google Earth and Google SketchUp in the classroom.


38 Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization of content creators who have built upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach.

39 Google and Creative Commons By default, Google doesn’t search for Creative Commons licensed content. But, if you click Google’s Advanced Search link [to the right of the search box]…

40 Usage Rights Usage Rights There you’ll find a Usage Rights pull- down list with five options: 1.Not filtered by license 2.Free to use or share 3.Free to use or share, even commercially 4.Free to use share or modify 5.Free to use, share or modify, even commercially

41 GoogleGoogle Suggest Google Google Suggest is now available by default when you search Google. Google Suggest guesses what you are typing and auto- completes your search queries using a dynamic list of popular queries.

42 GoogleGoogle Q&A Google Answers to plain text CIA World Factbook-type questions now appear at the top of your search results. What is the population of Iraq? Where is Bulgaria? How many people live in Canada? What is the currency of Cuba?

43 Refine Your Search For certain topics, Google now lets you refine your results by directory topics. The labels come from the Google Co-op directory.

44 Skip Flash Intros For sites that have [time-wasting] Flash intros, Google now offers a “Skip intro” link that lets you jump straight to the site’s content.

45 Longer [Secondary] Search Boxes Google automatically adjusts the search box on the search results page for long queries. Remember, though, that Google has a hard limit of 32 keywords

46 AlternativeAlternative Query Types Alternative Google Calculator Enter your equation or problem in the Google search box Google Dictionary Use define:keyword 64 inches in ftDefine:reality

47 Alternative Query Types Google Weather Enter weather: and the city, state, and/or zip code Google Movie Showtimes Use movie: and the city, state, and/or zip code Weather:23112Movies:23112

48 Alternative Query Types Google Time Enter what time is it in [insert location here] Google Translate Enter translate [insert word here] What time is it in Iraq?Translate biblioteca


50 Google Accounts Google Accounts Many of Google’s newest tools require you to have a free Google account [which is not the same as a Gmail account]. To create a new Google account, – Go to – Click the “Create an account now” link – Follow the on-screen prompts

51 “Bending” the Rules If your students don’t [or can’t] have their own email addresses, you can create a set of emails for them using your Gmail account. Add “+kid’s name” and it will filter to your gmail account – Example: You can then use these email addresses to create a free set of classroom Google accounts.

52 Google Sites Google Sites Google Sites is a free, online, WYSIWYG web editor that lets you easily create your own group websites. Google even gives you your own URL [ sitename] and 10 GB of storage for your pages and uploaded files.

53 Google Docs & Spreadsheets Google Docs & Spreadsheets is available to everyone with a Google account. Docs & Spreadsheets lets you – Upload Word or Excel files or create new documents and spreadsheets online – Edit your files online – Invite others to edit your files online – View the files’ version histories and roll back to previous versions – Publish the finished files to the world as web pages or blog posts – Download the final, edited files as.doc,.rtf,.pdf,.html, and/ files

54 Footnotes in Google Docs You can now add footnotes to Google Docs by choosing Insert > Footnote Footnotes appear in the document margin on- screen and at the bottom of the page when printed. Problem: Google Docs still doesn’t support pagination. 

55 Google Docs Templates Google Docs now has 314 document, spreadsheet, and presentation templates you are free to use. You can create a new document from a template by choosing New > From Template…

56 Our Feature Presentation As of September 2007, Google Docs also lets you collaboratively create, edit, and share PowerPoint-type presentations. You can import existing presentations or use the on-screen slide editor.

57 Google Custom Search Engine Google Custom Search Engine If you have a Google account, you can now create [and share with others] your own personal search engine that only searches the sites you specify. Examples – Econ Search Engine – Edublogsphere Search – Mrs. Gray’s Research Sites for Kids

58 Google Personalized Search Google Personalized Search is an option for users with Google accounts. Google Personalized Search reorders your search results based on your history of past searches, giving more weight to topics that interest you. For example, if you search for “fly fishing” today your future results for a search on “bass” will be more heavily weighted toward fishing than the musical instrument.

59 Google Notebook Google Notebook is a free research tool, available to everyone with a Google account, that lets you create a notebook of your online discoveries – quotes, images, etc. Think of this as Google’s 3x5 index cards for internet research. Step one is to download and install a free Google Notebook browser extension [or a bookmarklet] for IE or Firefox.

60 Using Google Notebook The next step is to find a resource you want to remember – a text passage, an image, and/or a bookmark. Highlight that resource and then click the Open Notebook link in the bottom corner of your browser.

61 Using Google Notebook Google Click the Star. ◦ This adds the highlighted resource and its URL. ◦ This also adds the date you added the resource to your notebook.

62 Reviewing Your Notebooks To view, edit, and organize your notes, either choose Tools > Go to my notebook homepage or go to You can – Edit or delete existing notes – Manually add new notes – Create new notebooks – Share your notebooks with other collaborators


64 Google Announcements For more information about what’s new and what’s next at Google, I recommend visiting the following sites: – Google Labs – Google Press Center – Google Blog – Google Blogoscoped – Google Operating System

65 This work is licensed by Patrick Crispen to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- Share Alike 3.0 license

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