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Speech-recognitionSpeech Recognition is a Google Docs Add-on you can now use in Google Docs.

How to get this Add-on

  • Open a Google Doc.
  • Chose Add-ons-->Get new add-ons.
  • Search for Speech Recognition.
  • Add it

How to use the Add-on

  • Begin by choosing your language and region.
  • Then click Start and begin speaking.
  • Your voice will be recognized and entered as text.

We have tried it in 3 different languages and it worked well.  One thing we have learned is to enunciate a bit more clearly.

Give it a try and see what you think.


fake text conversation
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Google Search is full of little helpful features.  Google has put all their tips and trick in one spot so you don’t have to search for them.

Some of useful Google search tips for teachers:

  • Search by file type:  Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.
  • Get number conversions: Convert any measurement -- like miles to kilometers or ounces to liters -- by typing in the number and unit of measurement.
  • Get definitions: Put define: in front of any word to get its definition.
  • Calculate anything: Enter any math equation into the search box and Google will calculate your answer.
  • Read public domain books:  Read the complete texts of public domain works like Moby Dick for free by selecting "books" in the left panel of your search results.
  • Search by voice: To search the web by speaking, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen to activate search by voice.


For the complete list of Google Tips & Tricks go to:

There are 7 billion people on this planet.  1 billion in the Americas, 1 billion in Africa, 1 billion in Europe, and 4 billion in Asia.  Data visualization helps us better understand the earth's population distribution.

world population per continent

Gapminder is a data visualization website and downloadable application that allows us to visualize some of the world’s most important trends such as environment, health, energy, gender, economy, demography and governance.

The data animations transform statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive and even playful.  


In this video Hans Rosling, Swedish physician and Professor of International Health and cofounder of Gapminder, explains how to use the website (or download):
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Check out some Gapminder resources.  You will enjoy seeing statistics come to life.