Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Do You Know About Google Alerts?

Do you have a special interest that you would like to follow but just can't always find the time to search for the latest information? Google Alerts can help. 

Google Alerts are e-mails that are automatically sent to your inbox whenever new information becomes available on your search terms. Depending on your search preferences, Google will monitor News, Web, Blogs, Video and Groups (or all of them) for new information, and send it to you on the schedule you've set up.

For example, suppose you are interested in following the latest posts on CCSS elementary math, or CCSS early language, or have a particular professional interest, if so, then, set up a Google Alert. When new information is available, an e-mail and snippet will be sent to your inbox.

The image below outlines how to set up Google Alerts:

Applications for Education
Google Alerts can be a great way to find resources you can use in your classroom.  For example, if you're a mathematics teacher, set up an alert for "mathematics lessons" or mathematics games" and new content will be delivered to you.  In a course that requires students to share current events stories, Google Alerts could be useful for students to track stories on a particular news topic.

This is an especially great tool for us busy teachers!  Check it out soon, if you haven't already!

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