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Just learned about the new Google Docs Research tool via @moniamaro59

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I’m collaborating with 6th grade Social Studies teacher Monica Amaro ()  on an iMovie project where here students will research topics about the culture, religion, architecture, medicine, food, language, politics, etc. of Tenochtitlan, Mexico. They’ll be gathering their research in Google Docs. Monica just showed me something that one of her 6th graders showed her: Google Docs now has a Research Tool that allows embeds a right-side column for you to google websites, images, quotes, and scholarly writings about the topic.

The most satisfying feature for us so far is that when you located images, they are embedded into your Google Doc and their location is cited in a footnote at the bottom of the page. There is no excuse for forgetting to cite your sources anymore!

I found the article below about using the embedded Google Doc’s new Research Tool here:

How to use Google Docs’ new Research tool: New feature automates research process, making it easier for everyone

By Leslie Meredith

Whether you’re a student facing final papers or a parent helping kids with research assignments, Google has just made the process a lot easier with a new tool that automates the research process.

Simply called “Research,” the tool lets you conduct searches for terms related to your document or search for just quotes or images from a panel that appears to the right of your document.

Searching for a location automatically brings up a Google map that you can insert as is or edit by zooming in or out. Photos can be filtered to include only those that are licensed for free use — a good idea to avoid copyright problems.

For Web page results, hover over the link to see a preview of the page. Like what you see? Click “insert link” to add it to your text.

Further, the Research tool lets you insert a citation, automatically formatted, into your document.

Here’s how it works: After you’ve inserted a link, click “cite.” Google will add a superscript footnote number to the link in your text and generate a properly constructed footnote at the bottom of the page.

There are three ways to activate the research panel. Within an open document, go to the “Tools” menu at the top of the page and select “Research.” You can also use a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+R on a PC and Command+Option+R on a Mac. To jumpstart the process, you can right-click on a word or highlight a phrase to launch a search for your term.

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Seriously amazed that you can use an image to start your #Google image search…

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Try it here and now: http://google.com/imghp

So Don Buckley (my boss and mentor) is helping me craft my presentation for Friday’s PNAIS Fall Educators Conference. I’m doing a breakout session on Collaborating with New Media and New Literacies. Don sent me a slideshow he put together to illustrate Henry Jenkins’ list of new media literacies for our participatory culture. As none of the images Don used were cited yet, I dreaded the arduous process of locating these images anew in order to cite them properly. I was totally blown away when I noticed a new camera icon in the Google search toolbar which allows you to search by image and not by text! Holy cow! Now there is absolutely no excuse one can possibly offer for improperly (or simply avoiding) citing online images.

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Faculty at The School kicked off The Year of Innovation this week thanks to @donbuckley and Aruliden.

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Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.– Erwin Schrödinger

Don Buckley (@donbuckley) is the Director of Innovation at The School at Columbia University and my boss. It has been a pleasure to work with him for the last 5 years, and he has only continued to amaze me with his energy, creativity, and refusal to be stagnant or predictable.

Last year, Don was instrumental in partnering with Aruliden and Bernhardt Design for the Tools at Schools design project. Our 8th graders learned how to research, analyze, ideate, design, prototype, and present, and the full-size models of their desk, chair, and locker were on display at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May. Incredibly The School won the Editors Choice Award for best design school! I wrote a post about it here: http://karenblumberg.com/tools-for-schools. Don submitted a SXSW proposal about this project. Click here to vote for it: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/8644

This year, Don and the incredible designers from Aruliden (founded by Rinat Aruh and Johan Liden) will teach our faculty to think like designers in order to redesign our school. We were told that Design Thinking entails the following steps: Define, research, analyze, ideate, prototype, refine, repeat, choose, implement. As an introductory activity we worked in small groups to define problems we recognized within education and specifically at our school. We were then told that our groups would be focusing on one of the following issues: discipline, lunch, grading, homework, recess. My group was assigned discipline, and we spent time talking about how ideally we would teach kids to be more disciplined by teaching them to find interests and be self-motivated to develop strategies to maintain focus.

The timeline for our Year of Innovation is:

Day 1: August 30 – Define the problem

Day 2: October 4 – Map out the problem

Day 3: October 25 – Allan ChochinovReframe the problem

Day 4: December 6 – Blue Sky brainstorm

Day 5: January 3 – Paola AntonelliBlue Sky to real life

Day 6: January 31 – KickstarterCommunicating creativity

Day 7: February 7 – Story solutions

Day 8: April 3 – Tell the story

Day 9: April 17 – Aruliden open house

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