Feelin' Googley
Do you know about all the Google tools?
Literacy Project
Check The Literacy Project if you are interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. Use the Google search engine to find books, scholarly abstracts, videos, literacy organizations around the world, blogs on literacy, and mailing list groups on literacy.

 What a great way to use this powerful search engine!

Book Search uses the Google search to find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms. Then click a book title and just like a card catalog entry, you will see basic information about the book. Google partners with book publishers and is planning to catalog the world’s books. They show snippets of books that still are copyrighted and show the full book when they are out of copyright.

When you find a book:

• browse the available pages to see if it is interesting
• use an additional search for other pages in the book
• find and read reviews on the web about that book
• find the book in a local library
• buy the book from one of the online booksellers,
• learn more about the publishers.

The Scholar Search allows you to search for abstracts, articles, and a group of articles.  Each search results contains a citation with the title, author names, and source of publication.

  1. Title - links to the abstract or the complete article
  2. Cited by - identifies others that cited this article in group
  3. Library links online - finds an electronic version of the work through your library’s resources.
  4. Library links offline - finds libraries that have the book.
  5. Group of - finds other articles in this group that may relate to this work.
  6. Web search - searches the entire Internet for information about this work.
  7. BL - purchase this article from the British Library.

Google Video focuses on educational videos. Curious how they are going to integrate YouTube.  What is cool is that you can upload and share your videos  about reading and literacy only.  It will be interesting  to see how they manage the number of videos available.

You can upload your video of any size and any format. Just include the Educational genre and include labels (similar to tags) to assist others to find your video. You can share your link or embed your video into your blog or web page. Find a video, then click Email-Blog-Post to MySpace. Then copy the source code. If you use this text editor, click View Source on the bottom left and paste the source code of your video. Then you can view your video that is hosted on Google’s server. Here is a video,
The Great Chase Visual Literacy I embedded. If you do this, be aware that you will not see anything in edit mode - only in preview, view mode, or view source to see the code.