Google’s official blog just published one of their most interesting blog posts and it’s about how one amazing teacher uses web technology to help her students learn while using their full potential.
The teacher’s name is Cheryl Oakes and she is a resource room teacher from Wells, Maine. What sets her apart from many other wonderful teachers is that she likes to incorporate the web and Google’s search services to customize the learning experience for each student. One of her most notable students is a young woman named Morgan who has a serious learning disability that hinders her from learning the way most students do. Morgan had a hard time to searching the internet and finding webpages that she can easily read. Cheryl then introduced her to Google’s Search by Reading Level, a special tool that enables a user to search for specific information that is tailored to a specific reading level. This helped Morgan learn to use the web to research independently.
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And that’s not all. Cheryl noticed that Morgan had a hard time using the keyboard to type , so she showed her another unique tool from Google called Voice Search. This unique feature allows users to use their voice to search. They can simply click on the little microphone inside the search bar and speak into a headset with microphone to find whatever they are looking for.
Its amazing what modern technology can do but it’s even more amazing that teachers are finding new and inventive ways to teach their students. Thanks to Cheryl and Google, things are looking up for Morgan as she’s finishing up her high school career with success. She also plans on taking her first college course later this summer. Today’s technology is changing everything we do from how we work to how we are educated and it’s exciting to think about what possibilities could be around the corner!