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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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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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