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MeL Minute

Using Google Tools to support student research and lesson planning

by Sonya Norris on 2020-08-27T09:32:58-04:00 | Comments

The eResources in MeL are easy to share in any learning management system that a school or university might be using.  EBSCO and Gale products allow users to share articles, images, video clips and more with a simple copy/paste of the permalink.   The Google tools associated with MeL eResources, however, can streamline the copy/paste process by dropping and organizing content with a quick click of the Google icon. 

Google Drive

Whenever Google Drive is available within an eResource, the user can click the icon, dropping the opened content directly into their Google Drive account.  The content will then be organized, alphabetically, into a folder automatically created by that vendor.

Google Classroom

Whenever Google Classroom is available within an eResource, the user can click the icon, prompting the Google Classroom interface to appear on the screen.  The eResource item (article, video, image, etc. . . .) that is opened drops directly into Google Classroom, and users can then build assignments directly connected to the shared content.

Chrome Extensions

In addition to the tools within the eResources, Britannica School offers a dynamic Chrome Extension that allows a user performing a Google search to retrieve results simultaneous to those found in Britannica.  A click on the Britannica results will take the user directly into the Britannica resource offered through MeL. 

eResource vendors that offer Google Tools:

  • Britannica
  • Gale
  • World Book

Brought to you by Ann Kaskinen from the MeL Team.

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