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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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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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