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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 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?

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 “peer 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. Groups will be chosen by your instructor as this will give you a chance to work with people you may not normally work with and to also try subjects you may not initially want to.
5. Create a training presentation on the Google tool you have been assigned and teach the class.

Instructions

1. 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.
2. Research your topic and understand it like an EXPERT.
3. Write the lesson plan including list of activities. Discuss your lesson plan with your instructor.
4. Prepare the Powerpoint presentation for your lesson.
5. Schedule and deliver your training. Each student will be required to speak for a minimum of 10 minutes excluding set up time, breaks, pauses and activity. Total time of the presentation cannot exceed 15 minutes including activities.
6. Click here to find students with the same topic. Please feel free to work with students from other sections who are also assigned the same topic.

Time Frame

This project will be 4 weeks long. It will start on the first week of the semester and will end on the fourth week.

By the end of Week 2, you will have become an expert in your topic. During this week, you will meet with your instructor to discuss your ideas for your lesson.

By the end of Week 3 you will have written your lesson plan  and finished your Powerpoint presentation and be ready to deliver your training.

Presentations will start on Week4. There will be a QUIZ at the end which will count towards your final grade for the project.

Deliverables

Resources

Assessment

Issues within your teams must be identified and resolved early. Do not come at the end of your project to tell me about problems within teams!!

This project will have the following assessments:

1. Lesson plan (did you deliver it on time and did it meet expectations). Group assessment.
2. Training presentation file (did it follow the lesson plan; was it high quality). Group assessment.
3. How you did as a trainer (well rehearsed, knew material, well prepared, spoke for allotted time and kept to time limits). Individual assessment.
4. Final marks for each student will include marks for the Lesson Plan, Presentation Assessment and Quiz grade.
5. You must do the presentation on your scheduled date and time unless absence is excused by student services.
6. 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.

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, started on time, kept the attention of every student. Individual students were well prepared and knew their material. It should look like you spent a great deal of time in preparing/delivering your training.

Lesson plan was delivered on time and shows creativity and expertise.

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 10 minute criteria for speaking time will only be eligible for a "B" as the highest grade!

Lesson plan was delivered on time but lacks creativity and expertise.

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.

Lesson 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.

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. Lesson plan is not complete.

Group/Individual makes excuses for why their work is not better.

F

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

Google Tools

These are the tools in which students must demonstrate expertise:

  Tool # of students
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? 1-2
2. Search techniques (how to search, compound searches, Boolean searches, etc). Talk about these and demonstrate on different search engines 1-2
3. Google interface (what are the elements on the main and other Google pages 1
4. 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
5. Google Web Search Features (http://www.google.com/help/features.html) 1
6. 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
7. 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 and how can students get their own gmail account) 1-2
8. Google Labs – (what is it and what kind of information can one find on it) 1
9. Google Desktop 1
10. Google Finance 1
11. Google News 1
12. Blogger Instructor
13. Google Docs 1
14. Orkut 1
15. Calendar 1
16. Google groups 1
17. Google Blog Search 1
18. Google Toolbar 1
19. Google Sketchup 1
20. Google Picasa 1
21. Google Web Accelerator 1
22. Google Scholar 1
23. iGoogle 1
24. Google Language Tools 1