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                                                                                                                          Created by: Larissa Hurm, Kelsey Steele, Allison Hill, Ashley Tidrick,

                                                                                                                            Casey Tunnicliffe, Christina Baker, Katie Irving, Angela L. Peppler

    


What is iGoogle?

iGoogle was originally named "Google Personalized Homepage" and "Google GI".  It is a free and fully accessible Google application that serves as a personalized home page, similar to that of My Yahoo! and Netvibes. iGoogle users are capable of selecting unique and personalized themes for their homepage. On this self-designed, at-a-glance information page, users can organize content such as; Gmail, top news headlines, weather forecasts, stock quotes, movie show times, games, pictures, and much more. On the iGoogle homepage, users can download gadgets which interact and appeal to the user's specific interests. iGoogle allows the integration of all Google applications in a canvas view, that is, it permits the application full screen and functioning access. This is available for all applications including Google Reader, and Google Docs. iGoolge was first released in May of 2005- later it was renamed, expanded and rereleased on April 30, 2007.  It can be accessed in 42 different languages and over 70 countries.   

For an overview of this site see the handout below.

Handout.docx


What is the purpose of iGoogle?

iGoogle is designed as a customizable and personalized homepage. It can be enhanced with gadgets that bring news, weather, current events, and much more to the user in one simple and uniquely designed page.  It provides users with a large variety of information in a very short amount of time. Since it is completely self-customized, it plays to the user's likes and desires, bringing in only the information that is personally relevant and important.

iGoogle provides its users with many different gadgets from news and weather to entertainment and games. It can be used in almost every setting imaginable. iGoogle can easily be incorporated in the world of business, by connecting all employees with Gmail, and providing the latest and most up to date financial information.  It can also be incorporated into education very easily, with applications that involve foreign language, and connecting users to history, literature, art and science. IGoogle can open many doors for students, teachers, businesses, and general users, by increasing the speed and access to enormous amounts of information. The experience is just a few clicks away!
Image captured from iGoogle.

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How does iGoogle work? How do you start using it?

iGoogle is a personalized homepage that allows the user to access everything needed in one place. It has made searching, blogging, and sharing documents with others both easier and more time efficient.

For new users, it is fairly easy to get started using the amazing features of iGoogle.

1)     Go to the classic Google search page.

2)     Click on the "iGoogle" tab in the upper right hand corner.

3)     It will require/request users to create or enter a Google account.

-this allows Google to track the user's searches, and uses of the program to ensure it is working properly, and to help make the sight better in the future.

4)     It will then lead the user through the steps of creating his or her personalized homepage.

The link below will give you step by step image instructions on how to create your homepage

iGoogle Account Creation 

iGoogle offers its users much more than the normal Google search engine. iGoogle users are able to select a theme for their homepage- this has become a "crucial" feature as of lately because it is seen as allowing the user to create an emotional attachment to their page. There are many colorful themes that users have to choose from, and they can be changed as many times and often as desired.

Secondly, it allows users to add only the features he or she wants, such as; local weather, news, movie reviews, and much more. One of the newest features is the "web history" gadget. This additional feature allows users to look up information quicker, and without as much hassle because it creates a personalized search of all the websites that you have visited.  Users can also simply delete websites from their search history, to eliminate any problems that may be associated with them.

Lastly, users can share information freely and easily with others like; writing documents, videos, audios, and much more creative information. iGoogle also allows users to subscribe to RSS feeds and blogs that will stream directly to the personalized homepage. iGoogle's main concern is personalization, to make it your homepage and your information that has been searched and shared. It also allows users to add "widgets" and "gadgets" to make certain content quickly available and accessible. Tabs that the user wants can be added, and those that are not desired can be deleted. In addition to the preset gadgets/widgets that can be added, users can also choose and create their own.

In using the gadgets, users can not only select which of these they want on their homepage, but also where on the homepage they are located.  By using a "drag-and-drop" feature, users can completely rearrange their page to make gadgets appear where desired.  Another feature is the cascade view, which will allow users to expand all gadgets, including Gmail, Google Finance, and Google Docs, to full screen viewing.

Below is a link to an instructional video created by Google that walks users though creating a personalized homepage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbf0dlESX8E

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How is iGoogle related to other  internet applications?

iGoogle can relate to other applications in the sense that it allows the user to create their own homepage by selecting gadgets that the user finds useful or entertaining, such as; news, music, entertainment, games, cooking, sports, and business just to name a few.  By incorporating many different types of gadgets/widgets, iGoogle can easily relate to other web applications such as YouTube, T.V. Guide.com, and iTunes. It allows the user to access their favorite websites through their homepage. In doing this it allows users to centralize all of the most important links and information desired. 
 It is similar to other web applications such as Yahoo and Windows Live, except iGoogle allows for the complete personalization and customization of the homepage.
iGoogle can easily be used with other applications on the web, including popular websites like YouTube, and Blogger. It has an official YouTube application that can be added to the users personalized homepage, allowing easy searches and bringing in the most popular videos of the day.   

iGoogle can be used with any and all Google applications which include; Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Pisca and Google News. It also has a "Wikipedia" gadget, which allows users easy access to all the information available there.

It is capable of bringing RSS feeds and blogs directly to the homepage. This allows users to keep up with what interests them without having to go to several websites- now it is all located in the same area. 

iGoogle is currently going head to head with websites like My Yahoo! and Facebook.  It is competing to be the top homepage and is well on its way to achieving that goal. 

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What are some unique ways of using this application?

iGoogle provides different "widgets" that make various "sub-applications" more accessible. Some of these include iReminder, which allows users to set up a "To Do" list. Reminders for each item on the to-do list can be sent to an e-mail or mobile device. This allows people in many occupations, including teaching, to effectively remember tasks that need to be done.

This can help in the classroom by allowing a teacher plan out a lesson plan ahead of time on iGoogle, and have it sent to his/her e-mail for when he/she needs it.

Another bonus from this application is that while many businesses and schools use Microsoft Outlook as their mail service, iGoogle can accommodate mail and calendar from Outlook on an iGoogle tab. These are just a few widgets that iGoogle has that can easily be used in the classroom and other places of work.

The best part about iGoogle is that it provides all of these great tools and services for free! This is a huge factor as to why iGoogle is the most helpful program to be used in schools and businesses all over the world.

In businesses all over the world, iGoogle is a great application for all employees. Many of the widgets that iGoogle has can allow fast access to programs that employees use on a daily basis. For instance, a few of these helpful widgets include Google Notebook Scratch Pad, iSuggest, iReminder, Timesheet Recorder, CallWave Text Messaging, and Google Calendar.

  • Google Notebook Scratch Pad: This can be used to take down quick notes during meetings or at the user's desk. Using iGoogle, a user can tag entries, export these entries into
    Google documents and send them through Gmail.  
  • *iSuggest:*This gadget can be used to look up other websites that are related to the ones that a user is searching for. This allows more research done for the user without doing any extra work.
  • iReminder: A useful gadget that can send reminders to a mobile device, an e-mail address, and sometimes to other programs.
  • Timesheet Recorder: This allows users an easy way to keep track of time, minute by minute.
  • CallWave Text Messaging: Using this gadget, users can send text messages through iGoogle instead of typing it out on their mobile device.
  • *Google Calendar:*This gadget allows users to keep a calendar on their homepage. They can add events and reminders to this gadget so they can stay up to date on their work.

In the classroom, besides the gadgets, iGoogle is a great resource for students to begin research projects and to find any general information. The search tool on iGoogle is extremely easy to use and perfect for all ages. Not only is this site helpful for students, it is extremely helpful for teachers. 

Teachers can use this tool to search for information they may need for lesson plans, use gadgets, and keep all of the applications they often use throughout the day in one place. The ease and convenience of the iGoogle homepage is ideal. One example is that users can have their mail from Microsoft Outlook and many other mail accounts in their main page by using special gadgets. A teacher can easily create a class iGoogle account and homepage. This would allow for students to have easy access from home or school to whatever the teacher wants them to be able to view. Some gadgets that may be helpful in the classroom include the following: To-Do-List, Notebook, Word of the Day, Top Stories, iReminder, Enhanced Bookmarks Gadget, and Make Your Own Gadget.

  • To-Do-List: This allows a teacher to not only create a daily reminder list on his/her own homepage for herself, but also create one on his/her student's homepage to keep track of daily tasks, the lesson of the day, and homework assignments that are due.
  • Notebook: Students can type quick notes while doing research or other work on the internet or computer.
  • Word of the Day: Students can expand their vocabulary by using this gadget that takes up a very small amount of space.
  • Top Stories: This is a fun and unique way that students can get acquainted with current events.
  • iReminder: Teachers can create a lesson plan ahead of time on iGoogle and have it sent to their e-mail for whenever they need it.
  • Enhanced Bookmark Gadget: Allows teachers to create a list of web links that may help enhance their students' learning.
  • Make Your Own Gadget: Teachers can create their own presentation or content to share with their students.
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How can iGoogle be used in a learning environment?

Elementary Education

iGoogle can easily be incorporated in to the elementary classroom.  There are a wide range of gadgets that can be added, which could help enhance the learning experience of students at any level.  Teachers can simply search the gadgets and add those they see as being useful to their own specific classroom, or plan of study.  There are gadgets available for almost every subject! 

 iGoogle offers maps and Google Earth for the kids to learn geography, or they can use Google Group and Blogger to communicate with each other!  Another great application available on iGoogle is SketchUp.  It allows the students to work with visual hands on tools by making 3D sketches of ideas or problems, like learning about the area of a box, and it's a lot of fun too!   

Using iGoogle in the classroom can make learning fun for kids!  Students can use gadgets such as sudoku puzzles to help with their adding and problem solving skills in math during their free time.  New tips, Spanish words, facts, jokes and quotes are offered daily to intrigue the students into learning something new every day! 

Subject

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

English (Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Writing)

"Online English Grammar" "Whitesmoke Grammar Checker" "Word of the Day" "Google Reader" "Google Docs" "Dictionary.com" "Spelling Bee (Word Game)"

Math

"Math Dictionary" "Free Math Worksheets" "Bee Smart Math Addition" "Bee Smart Math Timetable" "Jump Grades"

Science

"NASA Image of the Day" "Sally Ride Science" "Science for Kids"

Social Studies (History, Geography)

"GeographyZone.com Geography Game" "Geography Game: USA Game" "Google Maps" "This Day in History"

Foreign Language/English as a Second Language

"Google Translator" "Online English Grammar" "Spanish Word of the Day" (Almost all languages have a word of the day available)

Combined Subjects

"Question of the Day for the 1st through 6th Grade Student" "Jump Grades" "Karooba Endless Education Trivia"
Or teachers can create their own gadgets, which can be customized and made to include information from the lessons being covered in class with the students.

Below are two lesson plan examples that incorporate iGoogle.
Elementary Lesson Plan.docx

MiddleSchoolLessonPlan.docx

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Secondary Education

iGoogle can be very helpful in secondary level learning situations. iGoogle, has many gadgets are available for both students and teachers to use that will enhance the classroom experience. Countdowns can be made for assignments, daily reminders, or simple lists can be made available for students to view the upcoming agenda. 

One of the most useful features about iGoogle is that it allows students and teachers to communicate effectively with each other. Teachers will be able to remind students of in class events or homework that is due, this way if students forget something they can always check their iGoogle. The same situation for teachers applies as well; if a teacher were to forget to remind their student's of something during class, they could send out a message through iGoogle to remind them. Teachers can also create a countdown for assignments which can be posted on iGoogle so students will be constantly reminded of what is due and when.  This application can also be help students communicate with each other about questions, concerns, or just general comments relating to the subjects being discussed in class. 

Subject

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

English and Literature

"Online English Grammar" "Google Reader" "Google Docs" "Daily Literary Quote"

Math

"Math Dictionary" "Free Math Worksheets" "Step by Step Math Solving Calculator" "NumberCruncher Game"

Science

"ScienceDaily: Latest Science News" "DiscoveryNews Top Stories: Discovery Channel"  "NASA Image of the Day"

Social Studies

"Google News" "CNN.com"  "Discovery News-History" "This Day in History" "Google Maps" "MSNBC.com-Politics" "Psychology Today"

Foreign Language/ English as a Second Language

"Google Translator" "Online English Grammar" "Spanish Word of the Day" (Almost all languages have a word of the day available)

Music

"Guitar Chord Finder"  (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)

Home Economics

"Allrecipes-Daily Recipes"  (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)

Construction and Design

"How Stuff Works" (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)


Not only can iGoogle be very beneficial to students and teachers, but it can also be fun!  iGoogle has applications such as video chat, photo albums, and you can even personalize your iGoogle to have the settings to make it easy to navigate to your specific interests!  Learning is always better and easier when it can also be enjoyable and fun!  

Below is a lesson plan example that incorporates iGoogle

Secondary Lesson Plan.docx

Post Secondary Education

This application can easily be incorporated into the post secondary classroom. iGoogle allows teachers to create a site for any specific class they wish. On this site, the teacher can place the student's assignment, and they can create a notebook which allows the teacher to write notes for the students to access. They can also make changes to the assignments through iGoogle.

One way teachers can use iGoogle in their classroom, is through educational distance learning. This type of learning occurs when the teacher and student can be in different places at different times, or when the teacher and student are in different places at the same time. One way teachers can effectively use distance learning is to use iGoogle and host online seminars that the students must participate in. Another way teachers can use distance learning through iGoogle can be done by having a guest lecturer during their class, or by allowing the students to see live demonstrations that the teacher or someone else has made. 

 Teachers can also use iGoogle by holding online office hours instead of having students come to the office to talk, the conversation can simply be held over the internet through "Google Talk". Teachers can also connect with other colleagues by using iGoogle to discuss ideas.

A different way iGoogle can be used in post secondary education is through the students. Just like the teachers, the students can also benefit from using iGoogle in the classroom or at home. iGoogle offers an easier way for groups to communicate when working on projects. Some of these ways students can communicate is through voice or video chats with other people within the group. Through this, other students that are in the group will be able to hear and see what people in the group are thinking. Lastly iGoogle allows groups to work in ease is through the sharing of websites, notes, ideas and or resources. Instead of having to get together to work on things, students now have the opportunity to work from iGoogle to complete and create what they need.

Student / Teacher Needs

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

Writing, Journaling, and Note taking

"Google Docs" "Blogger" "Google Notebook" "Page Creator"

Communication, Email, Chatting

"Gmail" "Google Talk" "AIM Messenger" "Yahoo Messenger"

Assignments

"ToDo" "Countdown"

Below is an example of how students and teachers alike can use this amazing tool in the classroom. This diagram demonstrates how the many Google applications can be used together in conjunction with iGoogle.


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Business/Industry

Some more areas where the iGoogle application can be used, are in businesses and industries. In these two areas, the company/workplace can create a personal webpage that will supply to its specific needs. This then allows the workers to communicate back and forth with each other through Gmail or by chatting. In this way, the employees are able to receive immediate feedback from other co-workers within the company. A second way iGoogle can be used to organize business information is through the use of Google Calendar. A few of the ways Google Calendar can be used to organize information is by having managers and owners post important announcements and events that may be important to the workers. This allows the workers to see what events are going on within the business and it also saves time and money for the people who are sending out announcements and updates.

A different way that iGoogle can be used in businesses is during faculty/business meetings. Instead of handing out papers for the employees to review during and after the meeting, the presenter or manager can create a presentation and display it on iGoogle. This allows anyone within that business/company to see what went on during the meeting, and the meetings now can be run more efficiently and with ease. 

Office Need

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

Communication, Email, and Chat

"Gmail" "Google Talk" "AIM Messenger"  "Yahoo Messenger

Organization and Documentation

"Google Docs" "Google Notebook" "ToDo" "Countdown" 

Finance

"Google Finance Portfolios" "Marketwatch.com-Top Stories" "Wall Street Journal: US Business"

News

"Google News" "CNN.com-Top Stories" 

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International

iGoogle is available in 70 different countries, and in 42 different languages.  Here are five ways to use it to easily bring an international aspect to your classroom or business. One way, users can use Google Talk to communicate effectively with people all around the world. Not only does Google Talk create ease of international communication, but it is also extremely easy to access. Google Talk has the capability of not only running on computers in many different versions but it can also be used on mobile devices and other electronic internet devices. Second, iGoogle also allows users to use an application called Google Translator. This application allows ease of understanding translations from international countries. This allows international communication to be more effective and more convenient. Third, users can have another opportunity to have more effective international communication and understanding by setting up video conferences using the iGoogle homepage. Fourth, iGoogle allows users to stay informed on international breaking news and current events by having this news directly streamed to their own personalized homepage. Lastly, users also have the ability to post blogs, videos, and other information to share with people all over the world. iGoogle has become one of the easiest ways to interact with anyone globally.

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How is iGoogle being used in the classroom?


iGoogle is an amazing tool that can easily be brought into the classroom, and give it a new dimension. It is a great tool that requires no extra funding and can quickly bring the larger world into the classroom
There are gadgets that can be added for almost anything, and any subject that the students are working on. And they can be added in just a few mouse clicks! Consider a few enhancements to a lesson plan that can be easily provided by iGoogle:

Language Arts-Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary

Many gadgets exist on iGoogle to facilitate to the classes specific needs but some very useful ones that can easily be incorporated are "Quotes of the Day" "Word of the Day" "Daily Literary Quote" "Online English Grammar" and "Match Up (Word Game)."  Each of these gadgets can bring variety into the classroom, and really contribute to daily lesson plans.  Quotes of the day can be used as writing prompts.  The Online English Grammar gadget can be used to help students correct mistakes in their papers and to write with proper grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.  And to bring some educational fun into the classroom, allowing students to play the Match Up Word Game is a great way to spark some interest in Language Arts.


 
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Science

There are near limitless possibilities that will allow students to go beyond the classroom.  In doing a space or universe unit, NASA gadgets can easily be added and incorporated to enhance the learning experience.  NASA offers a live video feed, and an image of the day, allowing students to see and experience new things.  Along with a space unit incorporating NASA, the "Sally Ride Science" gadget could also be used, it is designed to spark interest in children about space exploration and science in general.

Other gadgets that offer great possibilities for the class to learn are the "Discovery News Top Stories: Discovery Channel" and "This Week in Science" both of these will bring the cutting edge of science directly into the classroom, and open new doors to students.


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Math

There are several gadgets devoted to furthering the understanding of mathematics, and many can easily be used to help enhance students learning as well. For the teacher there is "Free Math Worksheets form MWO" which will supply math sheets appropriate for many different ages.

For students there are several educational tools that can be used quickly and easily the  "Step by Step Math Solving Calculator" can walk students through difficult math problems, and break it down piece by piece; it is great for difficult homework.  Another great tool is the "Math Dictionary" which allows the teacher or student to look up difficult math terms.

For younger students there are also several great features that iGoogle can help with.  A gadget called "Jump Grades" offers a personalized tutoring program, that assesses the students needs and then facilitates to them. (This is also available for reading.)

But there are other gadgets that will bring a little educational fun into the classroom as well. For younger students "Bee Smart Math Addition (Spider Attack)" and "Bee Smart Math Times Table" both of which provide students with great practice. For more advance learners there are a few options as well the "NumberCruncher Game" and "Math in a Minute."

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Social Studies

This subject matter can easily be enhanced with iGoogle.  For current events, a RSS feed can be added to the homepage that will bring all sorts of breaking news stories right into the classroom.  There are also gadgets that can be added to supply students and teachers alike with current events "Google News" "CNN.com-World" and "Time-Top Stories" just to name a few.

But current events is not the only aspect that can be enhanced, "This Day in History" can be added and will allow students to learn what happened of historical significance each day of the week.

Geography can also be assisted by iGoogle students can access the "GeographyZone.com's Geography Game" which will have them put the world or certain countries or continents together.  There is also the "Geography Game:  USA Game" which has players put the US in order. Both of these games can help students learn the placement of states and countries around the world.  Another way that geography can be enhanced with iGoogle is through the Google Maps gadget that can be added.  This will allow students and teachers alike to view and zoom in on almost any part of the world they would like.

 

English as a Second Language and Foreign Language

There are many ways to bring Foreign Language learning into the classroom with iGoogle.  There are gadgets that include "Spanish Word of the Day" which provides students with a Spanish word and its English equivalent. But it also provides phrases for students to learn. It also allows them to hear the word with the "Audio Word of the Day."  Also available in iGoogle, is Google Translator.  This allows users to get type in a passage/phrase/word, and have it translated into the language they desire. 


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 Other and Combined Subjects

Some applications/gadgets are designed as educational games, and trivia games.  Teachers also have the option to create gadgets.  This would give the teacher the ability to create specifically designed programs for the students to access, like trivia games, or vocabulary workouts etc.

For more information on how iGoogle is currently being used in classrooms look at the following websites: 

http://21cdavis.blogspot.com/2007/09/igoogle-reading-strategies-and-silent.html

http://ism-online.org/techthink/archives/13

http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blogs/649749:BlogPost:120044

http://sbrownedm310summer07.blogspot.com/2007/07/igoogle-in-classroom.html

http://www.google.com/educators/p_php.html

To Research and access more iGoogle Gadgets click the link below: 

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&type=gadgets

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References


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                                                                                                                          Created by: Larissa Hurm, Kelsey Steele, Allison Hill, Ashley Tidrick,

                                                                                                                            Casey Tunnicliffe, Christina Baker, Katie Irving, Angela L. Peppler

    


What is iGoogle?

iGoogle was originally named "Google Personalized Homepage" and "Google GI".  It is a free and fully accessible Google application that serves as a personalized home page, similar to that of My Yahoo! and Netvibes. iGoogle users are capable of selecting unique and personalized themes for their homepage. On this self-designed, at-a-glance information page, users can organize content such as; Gmail, top news headlines, weather forecasts, stock quotes, movie show times, games, pictures, and much more. On the iGoogle homepage, users can download gadgets which interact and appeal to the user's specific interests. iGoogle allows the integration of all Google applications in a canvas view, that is, it permits the application full screen and functioning access. This is available for all applications including Google Reader, and Google Docs. iGoolge was first released in May of 2005- later it was renamed, expanded and rereleased on April 30, 2007.  It can be accessed in 42 different languages and over 70 countries.   

For an overview of this site see the handout below.

Handout.docx


What is the purpose of iGoogle?

iGoogle is designed as a customizable and personalized homepage. It can be enhanced with gadgets that bring news, weather, current events, and much more to the user in one simple and uniquely designed page.  It provides users with a large variety of information in a very short amount of time. Since it is completely self-customized, it plays to the user's likes and desires, bringing in only the information that is personally relevant and important.

iGoogle provides its users with many different gadgets from news and weather to entertainment and games. It can be used in almost every setting imaginable. iGoogle can easily be incorporated in the world of business, by connecting all employees with Gmail, and providing the latest and most up to date financial information.  It can also be incorporated into education very easily, with applications that involve foreign language, and connecting users to history, literature, art and science. IGoogle can open many doors for students, teachers, businesses, and general users, by increasing the speed and access to enormous amounts of information. The experience is just a few clicks away!
Image captured from iGoogle.

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How does iGoogle work? How do you start using it?

iGoogle is a personalized homepage that allows the user to access everything needed in one place. It has made searching, blogging, and sharing documents with others both easier and more time efficient.

For new users, it is fairly easy to get started using the amazing features of iGoogle.

1)     Go to the classic Google search page.

2)     Click on the "iGoogle" tab in the upper right hand corner.

3)     It will require/request users to create or enter a Google account.

-this allows Google to track the user's searches, and uses of the program to ensure it is working properly, and to help make the sight better in the future.

4)     It will then lead the user through the steps of creating his or her personalized homepage.

The link below will give you step by step image instructions on how to create your homepage

iGoogle Account Creation 

iGoogle offers its users much more than the normal Google search engine. iGoogle users are able to select a theme for their homepage- this has become a "crucial" feature as of lately because it is seen as allowing the user to create an emotional attachment to their page. There are many colorful themes that users have to choose from, and they can be changed as many times and often as desired.

Secondly, it allows users to add only the features he or she wants, such as; local weather, news, movie reviews, and much more. One of the newest features is the "web history" gadget. This additional feature allows users to look up information quicker, and without as much hassle because it creates a personalized search of all the websites that you have visited.  Users can also simply delete websites from their search history, to eliminate any problems that may be associated with them.

Lastly, users can share information freely and easily with others like; writing documents, videos, audios, and much more creative information. iGoogle also allows users to subscribe to RSS feeds and blogs that will stream directly to the personalized homepage. iGoogle's main concern is personalization, to make it your homepage and your information that has been searched and shared. It also allows users to add "widgets" and "gadgets" to make certain content quickly available and accessible. Tabs that the user wants can be added, and those that are not desired can be deleted. In addition to the preset gadgets/widgets that can be added, users can also choose and create their own.

In using the gadgets, users can not only select which of these they want on their homepage, but also where on the homepage they are located.  By using a "drag-and-drop" feature, users can completely rearrange their page to make gadgets appear where desired.  Another feature is the cascade view, which will allow users to expand all gadgets, including Gmail, Google Finance, and Google Docs, to full screen viewing.

Below is a link to an instructional video created by Google that walks users though creating a personalized homepage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbf0dlESX8E

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How is iGoogle related to other  internet applications?

iGoogle can relate to other applications in the sense that it allows the user to create their own homepage by selecting gadgets that the user finds useful or entertaining, such as; news, music, entertainment, games, cooking, sports, and business just to name a few.  By incorporating many different types of gadgets/widgets, iGoogle can easily relate to other web applications such as YouTube, T.V. Guide.com, and iTunes. It allows the user to access their favorite websites through their homepage. In doing this it allows users to centralize all of the most important links and information desired. 
 It is similar to other web applications such as Yahoo and Windows Live, except iGoogle allows for the complete personalization and customization of the homepage.
iGoogle can easily be used with other applications on the web, including popular websites like YouTube, and Blogger. It has an official YouTube application that can be added to the users personalized homepage, allowing easy searches and bringing in the most popular videos of the day.   

iGoogle can be used with any and all Google applications which include; Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Pisca and Google News. It also has a "Wikipedia" gadget, which allows users easy access to all the information available there.

It is capable of bringing RSS feeds and blogs directly to the homepage. This allows users to keep up with what interests them without having to go to several websites- now it is all located in the same area. 

iGoogle is currently going head to head with websites like My Yahoo! and Facebook.  It is competing to be the top homepage and is well on its way to achieving that goal. 

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What are some unique ways of using this application?

iGoogle provides different "widgets" that make various "sub-applications" more accessible. Some of these include iReminder, which allows users to set up a "To Do" list. Reminders for each item on the to-do list can be sent to an e-mail or mobile device. This allows people in many occupations, including teaching, to effectively remember tasks that need to be done.

This can help in the classroom by allowing a teacher plan out a lesson plan ahead of time on iGoogle, and have it sent to his/her e-mail for when he/she needs it.

Another bonus from this application is that while many businesses and schools use Microsoft Outlook as their mail service, iGoogle can accommodate mail and calendar from Outlook on an iGoogle tab. These are just a few widgets that iGoogle has that can easily be used in the classroom and other places of work.

The best part about iGoogle is that it provides all of these great tools and services for free! This is a huge factor as to why iGoogle is the most helpful program to be used in schools and businesses all over the world.

In businesses all over the world, iGoogle is a great application for all employees. Many of the widgets that iGoogle has can allow fast access to programs that employees use on a daily basis. For instance, a few of these helpful widgets include Google Notebook Scratch Pad, iSuggest, iReminder, Timesheet Recorder, CallWave Text Messaging, and Google Calendar.

  • Google Notebook Scratch Pad: This can be used to take down quick notes during meetings or at the user's desk. Using iGoogle, a user can tag entries, export these entries into
    Google documents and send them through Gmail.  
  • iSuggest: This gadget can be used to look up other websites that are related to the ones that a user is searching for. This allows more research done for the user without doing any extra work.
  • iReminder: A useful gadget that can send reminders to a mobile device, an e-mail address, and sometimes to other programs.
  • Timesheet Recorder: This allows users an easy way to keep track of time, minute by minute.
  • CallWave Text Messaging: Using this gadget, users can send text messages through iGoogle instead of typing it out on their mobile device.
  • Google Calendar: This gadget allows users to keep a calendar on their homepage. They can add events and reminders to this gadget so they can stay up to date on their work.

In the classroom, besides the gadgets, iGoogle is a great resource for students to begin research projects and to find any general information. The search tool on iGoogle is extremely easy to use and perfect for all ages. Not only is this site helpful for students, it is extremely helpful for teachers. 

Teachers can use this tool to search for information they may need for lesson plans, use gadgets, and keep all of the applications they often use throughout the day in one place. The ease and convenience of the iGoogle homepage is ideal. One example is that users can have their mail from Microsoft Outlook and many other mail accounts in their main page by using special gadgets. A teacher can easily create a class iGoogle account and homepage. This would allow for students to have easy access from home or school to whatever the teacher wants them to be able to view. Some gadgets that may be helpful in the classroom include the following: To-Do-List, Notebook, Word of the Day, Top Stories, iReminder, Enhanced Bookmarks Gadget, and Make Your Own Gadget.

  • To-Do-List: This allows a teacher to not only create a daily reminder list on his/her own homepage for herself, but also create one on his/her student's homepage to keep track of daily tasks, the lesson of the day, and homework assignments that are due.
  • Notebook: Students can type quick notes while doing research or other work on the internet or computer.
  • Word of the Day: Students can expand their vocabulary by using this gadget that takes up a very small amount of space.
  • Top Stories: This is a fun and unique way that students can get acquainted with current events.
  • iReminder: Teachers can create a lesson plan ahead of time on iGoogle and have it sent to their e-mail for whenever they need it.
  • Enhanced Bookmark Gadget: Allows teachers to create a list of web links that may help enhance their students' learning.
  • Make Your Own Gadget: Teachers can create their own presentation or content to share with their students.
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How can iGoogle be used in a learning environment?

Elementary Education

iGoogle can easily be incorporated in to the elementary classroom.  There are a wide range of gadgets that can be added, which could help enhance the learning experience of students at any level.  Teachers can simply search the gadgets and add those they see as being useful to their own specific classroom, or plan of study.  There are gadgets available for almost every subject! 

 iGoogle offers maps and Google Earth for the kids to learn geography, or they can use Google Group and Blogger to communicate with each other!  Another great application available on iGoogle is SketchUp.  It allows the students to work with visual hands on tools by making 3D sketches of ideas or problems, like learning about the area of a box, and it's a lot of fun too!   

Using iGoogle in the classroom can make learning fun for kids!  Students can use gadgets such as sudoku puzzles to help with their adding and problem solving skills in math during their free time.  New tips, Spanish words, facts, jokes and quotes are offered daily to intrigue the students into learning something new every day! 

Subject

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

English (Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Writing)

"Online English Grammar" "Whitesmoke Grammar Checker" "Word of the Day" "Google Reader" "Google Docs" "Dictionary.com" "Spelling Bee (Word Game)"

Math

"Math Dictionary" "Free Math Worksheets" "Bee Smart Math Addition" "Bee Smart Math Timetable" "Jump Grades"

Science

"NASA Image of the Day" "Sally Ride Science" "Science for Kids"

Social Studies (History, Geography)

"GeographyZone.com Geography Game" "Geography Game: USA Game" "Google Maps" "This Day in History"

Foreign Language/English as a Second Language

"Google Translator" "Online English Grammar" "Spanish Word of the Day" (Almost all languages have a word of the day available)

Combined Subjects

"Question of the Day for the 1st through 6th Grade Student" "Jump Grades" "Karooba Endless Education Trivia"
Or teachers can create their own gadgets, which can be customized and made to include information from the lessons being covered in class with the students.

Below are two lesson plan examples that incorporate iGoogle.
Elementary Lesson Plan.docx

MiddleSchoolLessonPlan.docx

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Secondary Education

iGoogle can be very helpful in secondary level learning situations. iGoogle, has many gadgets are available for both students and teachers to use that will enhance the classroom experience. Countdowns can be made for assignments, daily reminders, or simple lists can be made available for students to view the upcoming agenda. 

One of the most useful features about iGoogle is that it allows students and teachers to communicate effectively with each other. Teachers will be able to remind students of in class events or homework that is due, this way if students forget something they can always check their iGoogle. The same situation for teachers applies as well; if a teacher were to forget to remind their student's of something during class, they could send out a message through iGoogle to remind them. Teachers can also create a countdown for assignments which can be posted on iGoogle so students will be constantly reminded of what is due and when.  This application can also be help students communicate with each other about questions, concerns, or just general comments relating to the subjects being discussed in class. 

Subject

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

English and Literature

"Online English Grammar" "Google Reader" "Google Docs" "Daily Literary Quote"

Math

"Math Dictionary" "Free Math Worksheets" "Step by Step Math Solving Calculator" "NumberCruncher Game"

Science

"ScienceDaily: Latest Science News" "DiscoveryNews Top Stories: Discovery Channel"  "NASA Image of the Day"

Social Studies

"Google News" "CNN.com"  "Discovery News-History" "This Day in History" "Google Maps" "MSNBC.com-Politics" "Psychology Today"

Foreign Language/ English as a Second Language

"Google Translator" "Online English Grammar" "Spanish Word of the Day" (Almost all languages have a word of the day available)

Music

"Guitar Chord Finder"  (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)

Home Economics

"Allrecipes-Daily Recipes"  (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)

Construction and Design

"How Stuff Works" (Create your own gadget that supplies to your specific needs)


Not only can iGoogle be very beneficial to students and teachers, but it can also be fun!  iGoogle has applications such as video chat, photo albums, and you can even personalize your iGoogle to have the settings to make it easy to navigate to your specific interests!  Learning is always better and easier when it can also be enjoyable and fun!  

Below is a lesson plan example that incorporates iGoogle

Secondary Lesson Plan.docx

Post Secondary Education

This application can easily be incorporated into the post secondary classroom. iGoogle allows teachers to create a site for any specific class they wish. On this site, the teacher can place the student's assignment, and they can create a notebook which allows the teacher to write notes for the students to access. They can also make changes to the assignments through iGoogle.

One way teachers can use iGoogle in their classroom, is through educational distance learning. This type of learning occurs when the teacher and student can be in different places at different times, or when the teacher and student are in different places at the same time. One way teachers can effectively use distance learning is to use iGoogle and host online seminars that the students must participate in. Another way teachers can use distance learning through iGoogle can be done by having a guest lecturer during their class, or by allowing the students to see live demonstrations that the teacher or someone else has made. 

 Teachers can also use iGoogle by holding online office hours instead of having students come to the office to talk, the conversation can simply be held over the internet through "Google Talk". Teachers can also connect with other colleagues by using iGoogle to discuss ideas.

A different way iGoogle can be used in post secondary education is through the students. Just like the teachers, the students can also benefit from using iGoogle in the classroom or at home. iGoogle offers an easier way for groups to communicate when working on projects. Some of these ways students can communicate is through voice or video chats with other people within the group. Through this, other students that are in the group will be able to hear and see what people in the group are thinking. Lastly iGoogle allows groups to work in ease is through the sharing of websites, notes, ideas and or resources. Instead of having to get together to work on things, students now have the opportunity to work from iGoogle to complete and create what they need.

Student / Teacher Needs

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

Writing, Journaling, and Note taking

"Google Docs" "Blogger" "Google Notebook" "Page Creator"

Communication, Email, Chatting

"Gmail" "Google Talk" "AIM Messenger" "Yahoo Messenger"

Assignments

"ToDo" "Countdown"

Below is an example of how students and teachers alike can use this amazing tool in the classroom. This diagram demonstrates how the many Google applications can be used together in conjunction with iGoogle.


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Business/Industry

Some more areas where the iGoogle application can be used, are in businesses and industries. In these two areas, the company/workplace can create a personal webpage that will supply to its specific needs. This then allows the workers to communicate back and forth with each other through Gmail or by chatting. In this way, the employees are able to receive immediate feedback from other co-workers within the company. A second way iGoogle can be used to organize business information is through the use of Google Calendar. A few of the ways Google Calendar can be used to organize information is by having managers and owners post important announcements and events that may be important to the workers. This allows the workers to see what events are going on within the business and it also saves time and money for the people who are sending out announcements and updates.

A different way that iGoogle can be used in businesses is during faculty/business meetings. Instead of handing out papers for the employees to review during and after the meeting, the presenter or manager can create a presentation and display it on iGoogle. This allows anyone within that business/company to see what went on during the meeting, and the meetings now can be run more efficiently and with ease. 

Office Need

iGoogle Gadgets that could be added

Communication, Email, and Chat

"Gmail" "Google Talk" "AIM Messenger"  "Yahoo Messenger

Organization and Documentation

"Google Docs" "Google Notebook" "ToDo" "Countdown" 

Finance

"Google Finance Portfolios" "Marketwatch.com-Top Stories" "Wall Street Journal: US Business"

News

"Google News" "CNN.com-Top Stories" 

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International

iGoogle is available in 70 different countries, and in 42 different languages.  Here are five ways to use it to easily bring an international aspect to your classroom or business. One way, users can use Google Talk to communicate effectively with people all around the world. Not only does Google Talk create ease of international communication, but it is also extremely easy to access. Google Talk has the capability of not only running on computers in many different versions but it can also be used on mobile devices and other electronic internet devices. Second, iGoogle also allows users to use an application called Google Translator. This application allows ease of understanding translations from international countries. This allows international communication to be more effective and more convenient. Third, users can have another opportunity to have more effective international communication and understanding by setting up video conferences using the iGoogle homepage. Fourth, iGoogle allows users to stay informed on international breaking news and current events by having this news directly streamed to their own personalized homepage. Lastly, users also have the ability to post blogs, videos, and other information to share with people all over the world. iGoogle has become one of the easiest ways to interact with anyone globally.

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How is iGoogle being used in the classroom?


iGoogle is an amazing tool that can easily be brought into the classroom, and give it a new dimension. It is a great tool that requires no extra funding and can quickly bring the larger world into the classroom
There are gadgets that can be added for almost anything, and any subject that the students are working on. And they can be added in just a few mouse clicks! Consider a few enhancements to a lesson plan that can be easily provided by iGoogle:

Language Arts-Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary

Many gadgets exist on iGoogle to facilitate to the classes specific needs but some very useful ones that can easily be incorporated are "Quotes of the Day" "Word of the Day" "Daily Literary Quote" "Online English Grammar" and "Match Up (Word Game)."  Each of these gadgets can bring variety into the classroom, and really contribute to daily lesson plans.  Quotes of the day can be used as writing prompts.  The Online English Grammar gadget can be used to help students correct mistakes in their papers and to write with proper grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.  And to bring some educational fun into the classroom, allowing students to play the Match Up Word Game is a great way to spark some interest in Language Arts.


 
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Science

There are near limitless possibilities that will allow students to go beyond the classroom.  In doing a space or universe unit, NASA gadgets can easily be added and incorporated to enhance the learning experience.  NASA offers a live video feed, and an image of the day, allowing students to see and experience new things.  Along with a space unit incorporating NASA, the "Sally Ride Science" gadget could also be used, it is designed to spark interest in children about space exploration and science in general.

Other gadgets that offer great possibilities for the class to learn are the "Discovery News Top Stories: Discovery Channel" and "This Week in Science" both of these will bring the cutting edge of science directly into the classroom, and open new doors to students.


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Math

There are several gadgets devoted to furthering the understanding of mathematics, and many can easily be used to help enhance students learning as well. For the teacher there is "Free Math Worksheets form MWO" which will supply math sheets appropriate for many different ages.

For students there are several educational tools that can be used quickly and easily the  "Step by Step Math Solving Calculator" can walk students through difficult math problems, and break it down piece by piece; it is great for difficult homework.  Another great tool is the "Math Dictionary" which allows the teacher or student to look up difficult math terms.

For younger students there are also several great features that iGoogle can help with.  A gadget called "Jump Grades" offers a personalized tutoring program, that assesses the students needs and then facilitates to them. (This is also available for reading.)

But there are other gadgets that will bring a little educational fun into the classroom as well. For younger students "Bee Smart Math Addition (Spider Attack)" and "Bee Smart Math Times Table" both of which provide students with great practice. For more advance learners there are a few options as well the "NumberCruncher Game" and "Math in a Minute."

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Social Studies

This subject matter can easily be enhanced with iGoogle.  For current events, a RSS feed can be added to the homepage that will bring all sorts of breaking news stories right into the classroom.  There are also gadgets that can be added to supply students and teachers alike with current events "Google News" "CNN.com-World" and "Time-Top Stories" just to name a few.

But current events is not the only aspect that can be enhanced, "This Day in History" can be added and will allow students to learn what happened of historical significance each day of the week.

Geography can also be assisted by iGoogle students can access the "GeographyZone.com's Geography Game" which will have them put the world or certain countries or continents together.  There is also the "Geography Game:  USA Game" which has players put the US in order. Both of these games can help students learn the placement of states and countries around the world.  Another way that geography can be enhanced with iGoogle is through the Google Maps gadget that can be added.  This will allow students and teachers alike to view and zoom in on almost any part of the world they would like.

 

English as a Second Language and Foreign Language

There are many ways to bring Foreign Language learning into the classroom with iGoogle.  There are gadgets that include "Spanish Word of the Day" which provides students with a Spanish word and its English equivalent. But it also provides phrases for students to learn. It also allows them to hear the word with the "Audio Word of the Day."  Also available in iGoogle, is Google Translator.  This allows users to get type in a passage/phrase/word, and have it translated into the language they desire. 


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 Other and Combined Subjects

Some applications/gadgets are designed as educational games, and trivia games.  Teachers also have the option to create gadgets.  This would give the teacher the ability to create specifically designed programs for the students to access, like trivia games, or vocabulary workouts etc.

For more information on how iGoogle is currently being used in classrooms look at the following websites: 

http://21cdavis.blogspot.com/2007/09/igoogle-reading-strategies-and-silent.html

http://ism-online.org/techthink/archives/13

http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blogs/649749:BlogPost:120044

http://sbrownedm310summer07.blogspot.com/2007/07/igoogle-in-classroom.html

http://www.google.com/educators/p_php.html

To Research and access more iGoogle Gadgets click the link below: 

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&type=gadgets

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