My goal for this "thing" is to learn tricks and tips related to Google searches, Google Docs, and Google Apps for Education.
From Polly's curated list of many wonderful options, I chose to explore the following:
Gale Databases Integrate Google Apps for Education
Gale has made it possible to save articles from some of their databases directly to Google Docs and Google Classroom. This is a great feature that allows students to gather database resources (complete with citations!) in Google Docs and then do a close reading of the document, adding comments, paraphrasing/summarizing in the document, work on it as a group with a shared document, etc. Teachers can easily insert documents in Google Classroom assignments or announcement. I tried it and it worked for me!
Teacher Zen with Google: 50+ Tips, Tools, & Apps
From this web article I learned two helpful things: 1) how to manage my web extensions by going to "window" on my chrome browser and then choosing "extensions;" 2) Students have to be 13+ to use Google+ including Google HangOuts.
6 Steps to Teaching Students to Search
Loved the simplicy of this suggested list of 6 things to teach students to do when searching. I think it does have to be about this simple or students get overwhelmed. This has inspired me to come up with my own top things to teach. However, I think the whole topic of web site credibility is big and should be covered separately.
Google for Teachers: 100+ Tricks
Didn't find much new here.
15 Must-Have Google Lesson Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills
Google offers 5 lesson plans on 3 levels (15 total) to teach effective search skills. The beginning lesson requires two 50-minute lessons, complete with learning standards and embedded lesson slide presentations and videos. The standards for the Beginner Lesson 1 were for 5th, 6th and 8th grade, and the lessons seemed a little advanced/long for my elementary population. However, I could borrow materials from it and simplify it.
Do Your Students Know How to Search?
Loved this quote: "Teachers – especially in the elementary grades -need to develop a shared vocabulary around the skill of searching. They need to make sure their students learn some basic search strategies and keep applying them until they become almost automatic." Appreciated the information provided here addressing searching on a deeper level - primary sources, search bubbles, country searches to get global perspectives, etc. Best find: a video explaining how to use Google News to find primary sources. I learned that newspaper articles can be considered primary sources if the articles are written at the time the event occurred.