We use Google in our everyday lives on the internet. Most of us use the search engine component of Google. However, Google has many other tools that are very useful to the individual, organization and Internet community.

What are these tools? How can you use them effectively? How can you search effectively? How can you improve your productivity with these tools? What can you learn from and about these tools?

There is a second part to this project. After you complete this part, you will use all of the tools in real life in your work as students and will demonstrate how you have used these tools. The second part of the project is the practical part where you put to use everything you will learn in this project.

Objectives

1. Understand all components of Google tools. What they are, what can you do with them and how they can be used to improve your daily productivity.
2. Learn and use Google tools.
3. This is a training project and it will be done in either small groups or individually depending on your topic. You will be assigned a topic on Google and it will be your job to become an EXPERT on that topic. You will then teach/train the other members of the class and make them experts.
4. Create a detailed training plan on the Google tool you have been assigned and train the class in the use of the tool.

Instructions

1. First, you MUST have a Google account and login.
2. Your instructor will assign you to a topic. If it is a group topic, meet with your group to discuss what you need to do.
3. Research your topic and understand it like an EXPERT.
4. Write the training plan including hands-on training guidelines. Discuss your training plan and training guideline with your instructor.
5. Prepare your training session (Powerpoint (if you need one) plus hands-on training material).
6. Schedule and deliver your training. Each student will be required to speak for at least 7 minutes excluding set up time, breaks, pauses and activity. Total time of the presentation cannot exceed 20 minutes including activities.
7. You must do the presentation on your scheduled date and time unless absence is excused by student services.
8. Regardless of the topics covered during the presentation, the Quiz will cover all of the Google tools listed below. Your task is to understand these and follow up with your instructor in case of issues or questions.
9. Click here to find students in other sections with the same topic. Please feel free to work with them and collaborate.

Time Frame

This project will be 5 weeks long. It will start on the second week of the semester and will end on the sixth week:

Week Activity
1. Topics are assigned and your research starts. By the end of the week, you are an expert in your topic. You may meet with your instructor if you feel you are ready. Otherwise, you will schedule time to meet at the beginning of week 2.
2. You must meet with your instructor at the begnning of the week. Make sure to have a rough training plan in mind and be prepared to discuss your ideas for your training. At the end of this week, and will have finished your training plan and training materials.
3. By the end of this week, you will have finalized and prepared your hands-on activity and your Powerpoint presentation (if you need one) and be ready to deliver your training. You will start rehearsing your training session this week as well. Class submits all material on ONE CD/DVD.
4. Presentations start
5. Presentations, wrap-up, quiz and reflection

Deliverables

  • Training plan of what each person/group will cover during the training including materials for hands on activities. (Hardcopy)
  • Powerpoint presentation of lesson (if needed). Each section will burn presentations and materials onto a CD/DVD and hand it to your instructor
  • Training session

Resources

The main resources for this project will come from Google.com. Other secondary resources are your instructor and the internet. In addition, please read the following required articles on Web 2.0 terms and technology:

1. Article on Web 2.0 Wikipedia
2. Tracking the business benefits of Web 2.0. Please register for free on the site McKinsey Article
3. Interactive Survey on Web 2.0 McKinsey Survey

Assessment

1. Training plan (did you deliver it on time and did it meet expectations). Group
2. Training materials (did it follow the training plan; was it high quality). Group
3. Did you meet with your instructor to discuss your ideas? Were shared ideas incorporated into the training? Individual
4. How you did as a trainer (well rehearsed, knew material, well prepared, made the training FUN, spoke for allotted time and kept to time limits). Also, your scores will be dependent on how well you answered the "WHY" (why is this useful to me and why would it be useful to a business). In addition, you will be assessed on how well you did in convincing the trainees to use your "product". Individual
5. Final marks for each student will include marks for the Training plan and materials (15%), Instructor meetings (15%), Training assessment (50%), and attendance (20%). If there is a Quiz, the Quiz grade will also be factored into this.  

This project will be marked in the following manner:

Grade

Assessment

A

Training has all of the required elements – training was fun with excellent activities and kept the attention of every student. Students learned from training. Individual trainers were well prepared and knew their material. It should look like you spent a great deal of time in preparing/delivering your training. There were no equipment problems or malfunctions and the training was perfect and above expectations.

Training plan was delivered on time and shows creativity and expertise. No absences from any of the other trainings

B

Training has all of the required elements but training is weak. Activities are not interesting or well thought out. Trainers cannot demonstrate expertise in their subject matter. Presentations that do not meet the 7 minute criteria for speaking time will only be eligible for a "B" as the highest grade!

Training plan was delivered on time but lacks creativity and expertise. Minimal equipment or technical malfunction.

C

Training lacks a few of the required elements but it looks like some effort has been made. Trainers are not well-prepared and cannot demonstrate expertise.

Training plan was not delivered on time and lacks creativity and completeness. Some deadlines have not been met and group/individual makes excuses for why their work is not better. Major equipment malfunction.

D

Training lacks a few of the required elements and it looks like little effort has been made. Trainers are not well-prepared and do not show expertise. Training plan is not complete.

Group/Individual makes excuses for why their work is not better. Major equipment malfunction that takes up a large percentage of training time.

F

Training does not meet criteria or student was absent. Training plan also does not meet criteria and/or was not submitted.

Google Tools

  Tool # of students
  Blogs and Google Blog Search (two topics) * Instructor
1. Search Engines. Compare and contrast all of the main search engines that are available. How are they similar? How do they differ? Does each have a different purpose/focus? Talk about compound searches, boolean and demonstrate. 1-2
2. Google interface (what are the elements on the main and other Google pages). Train students on where all the tools are for subsequent trainings. 1
3. Google searching (how to do searches on Google, “I’m feeling Lucky” searches, compound, Boolean searches, Search operators, “+”, synonym, domain search, numrange search, etc) * 1-2
4. Google Apps ( http://www.google.com/apps/). What are the features and benefits from a MIS standpoint of using Google Apps? 1
5. Google Web Search Features (http://www.google.com/help/features.html) 1
6. Google Chrome 1
7. Google Earth (What it is, how to use it, what can one find on it and how is it applicable in the UAE, what is GPS) 1-2
8. Gmail (compare and contrast other web-based email such as Hotmail, Yahoo mail. How much storage does Gmail offer. How does the user interface look, how can students get their own gmail account and can this be used for business?) 1-2
9. Google Docs * 1-2
10. Google Calendar * 1
11. Google Sites * 1
12. Google Finance * 1
13. Google News 1
14. Google Desktop 1
15. Google Groups 1
16. Google Picasa and Picasaweb 1
17. Google Scholar 1
18. Google Language Tools 1
19. Google Reader * 1
20. iGoogle * 1-2
21. Google Labs – (what is it and what kind of information can one find on it) 1
22. GooglePack 1
23. Google Sketchup 1
24. Google Toolbar 1

*- Essential topics