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4 Ways to Use Google as an Educational Tool for Children

4 Ways to Use Google as an Educational Tool for Children

Quite simply, Google has dominated the web because of the vast amount of tools it provides. Bloggers can conduct research, trace website speed, and drive traffic to their websites. Educators can utilize Google Earth for geographical studies, Google Trends to help children understand the shifting tides in society, and Google Gravity to teach children about astrology.

It’s amazing how far Google has come from its beginnings. Developers are making billions of dollars creating engaging applications so people can download them to their laptops, smart phones, and other devices. But aside from content marketing, today’s youth can benefit greatly from these 4 Google tools:

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1. Google Earth

In June 2001, Google introduced the “Earth” application, and it transformed the way we locate countries, cities, homes, and plot coordinates. Many teachers are using this application to show children how the earth looks, and how to use coordinates to pinpoint a location. However, the introduction of Google Earth has been huge for developers in the education sector. How? They’ve created 3D goggles allowing students to take expeditions to different places in this world. This technology has allowed countries who can’t afford real class trips to still provide opportunities to their students. As part of a recent project, Google is donating 3D goggles to third world countries so they can give children the opportunity to explore.

The amazing thing about Google Earth is that it’s free so everyone can use it no matter where they are in the world.

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2. Google Trends

There will come a point when children need to conduct research for an essay. Even if they are just writing a basic one-page paper on a topic, they still need to learn how to research. The introduction of Google Trends has allowed children to seamlessly find the information they are seeking. As a matter of fact, teachers are adding research paper assignments to their curricula because Google has provided an easy way to effortlessly find trending topics. Google Trends is a tool which provides data on growing searches focused around a specific keyword. All that’s required from the student is a starting point or “target” keyword.

The results will show what people are searching, how it’s growing, and by doing further research, why the trend is growing. Children are now asked to focus on a topic and put together a list of other relevant keywords. This concept requires children to think about the future and in what direction society is heading.

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3. Google Gravity

This tool was first introduced so you can prank your friend into thinking their screen was collapsing. However, it started to gain popularity with teachers since it helped explain the concept of gravity to their students. Google Gravity has incorporated other tools like Sphere which spins search results where students can control the direction. Google Anti-Gravity which creates an environment of floating objects is a great way to show children what happens if gravity is NOT on our planet.

If you like aquariums, then you’ll enjoy Google Underwater. This tool turns your screen into an aquarium with sharks and various species of fish.

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4. Google Keyword Planner

If you want a creative way to teach children about related keywords use the Google keyword planner, one of the best tools to conduct research. It’s a free tool offered by Google allowing you to paste in a “target” keyword, and find similar words or phrases quickly. It’s great when writing content for the web, or if you want to show children how keywords should be grouped together.

Final Thoughts

It’s no secret Google has changed the way we interact online. It’s also remarkable how Google expanded from being just a search engine into a multi-faceted educational platform for children. If you have children or are a teacher, then you might want to consider introducing the tools above to your class. They are great for learning purposes and will help them think outside of the box.

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The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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