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  1. Consider trying to build a virtual classroom. Virtual classrooms can replicate your real school and classroom. Students will love to walk around a familiar place. This paves the way for online classes so you can teach classes not oficially offered by your school. There is also great possibilities with recreating historical places and having historically accurate virtual people.
    1. See examples (link)
  2. Have a student create a whole lesson and build a website.
    1. See this sample (link) complete with online quizzes
  3. Build a digital lesson library
    1. have student create online presentations for a topic
      1. you will have a mechanism to see exactly how much the students know and what they are lacking
    2. take the presentations that the students made and polish them to be used the following year as instructional material
      1. add emphasis to details that students did not include in their presentations (meaning that they missed its significance)
  4. Add a gadget to a Google Docs spreadsheet. Gadgets include interactive maps, graphs, Google Maps, motion charts, tables, Google search results, and many more (link)
  5. Use comics as an interdisciplinary project between art and a foreign language using pixton (link)
    1. the art teacher teaches facial expressions
    2. the foreign language teacher provides a scene and required vocabulary and grammar
  6. Add a widget to your blogthat tracks where users are from.
    1. Investigate where users are from using Google Maps or Google Earth
    2. Leave a comment on a classroom blog in another country
  7. Create a Google Earth or Google Mapscontent overlay (known as a KML file). Examples of overlays include historical regions, people migrations, climate change, CO2 emissions, demographic information, disease tracking.
    1. Attach your own relevant images to important map locations
    2. Build a 3D model of buildings at your location using Google Sketchup.
    3. List of Google Earth lesson plans (link)
  8. The inspiration for this activity came from a bartop arcade games called Photohunt. You are shown two versions of the same picture. One has five minor differences with the original picture. You try and spot the five differences as quickly as possible.
    1. Students use Photoshop to make a versions of a photo with five minor differences
  9. Historical collage
    1. Students make a collage of a particular time and place in history. They can use images from the Internet and make the collage on paper or digitally using an editing program like Photoshop. Other students must identify the incorrect aspects of the picture based on what they know about the time period and region.
  10. Geography Quiz
    1. Students are shown a picture of read an article and must determine the location where the image or story took place. Students can add digital pins to a Google Map if they are to add several and then grade each others.
    2. Have the students research the home states of famous celebrities or sports figures and plot them on a map.
      1. I like this example of T.V. sitocms and where they were based (link)
  11. Ideas on how to use Twitter in the classroom (navigate to bescolleges.com and search for top twitter resources)
    1. Twitter can be used to communicate with students
    2. Twitter can also automatically add notes to Ubernotes (link) or your Google calendar (link)
  12. Advanced Google search techniques (link)
  13. Use Web2.0 tools to provide students their homework assignments
    1. Teacher creates an online calendar for assignments, tests, and projects
      1. Examples of online calendars include Google Calendar (link) or 30Boxes (link)
    2. Teachers can use Netvibes (link) to create a dashboard for monitoring student blogs
      1. See example of one teacher (link)
    3. Students use an RSS reader to subscribe to their teachers' calendars
      1. Examples of RSS readers Google Reader (link) and Netvibes (link).