How high is your Google Doodle IQ? Tantalizing free ways to engage students, parents and teachers through tapping into the resources of the daily changing Google Doodle- Grades 4-12

Chromebook Creation and Learning on Display

In what way did Google Doodle distinguish itself in January 2010 when it honored Isaac Newton?

When the game Pac-Man was celebrated, how was its doodle different from the other doodles that had gone before it?

Who was Susan La Flesche Picotte and why is her 152nd birthday being commemorated as a Google Doodle?

What did Google Doodle give artists Andy Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci?

What’s a doodler do for Google?

On John Lennon’s 70th birthday, how might someone who wanted to hear “Imagine” have celebrated thanks to Google Doodle?

If you wanted to virtually play with a Rubrik’s cube on its 40th anniversary, how could you get in on the fun?

Do you as a teacher know the answers to the above mini Google Doodle IQ test?  Even more to the point do you know how to use your Chromebook Google features access quickly and for free identify the correct answers to the questions above?  Even if the answer is yes, your chromebook used in targeted inquiry fashion by you and your students and parents can access much more than just the right answers to the mini quiz above.

Yes, you would be using your trusty Chromebook word file and data curator.  research the Google Doodle archive and for many of the doodles note hyperlinks for research plus also watch animations or play with interactive games virtually.  Fine so that is fun for you and maybe if on a given day you check out the Google Homepage and there is a relevant event or person or cultural artifact or other digital process being celebrated you can use it as a motivating beginning student research “do now” or as a culminating less scavenger and how did Google doodle anticipate what we are studying connection to your content.  But is that fun and digitally captivating quick enjoyable “Google Doodle” add-on fix-ALL the educational cross content literacy learning value to be drawn from these daily illustrative, sometimes animated, sometimes interactive and occasionally linked to video doodles?

No!  These doodles can be tapped for infinite deep research, learning on display, informational, creative and critical thinking as well as mastery of content outcomes.  For grades 3-5, students can research the links celebrating these and detail the ways in which the letters of the Google Logo were altered to reflect the themes of content of the holiday.  They can create Chromebook based word doc detailing their research and commentary on the illustrations and altering of the Google logo to address the theme of the day.   Where the current logo does not include an interactive or attached video or game play aspect, students based on their research can suggest how following year Google Doodles can include an appropriate music or video component or interactive game or puzzle.  They can actually email these to the Google Doodlers- those engineers, illustrators, artists who design Google Doodles who include Jenny Hom and Dennis Hwang.  These research suggestions can be sent to the Google Doodlers as persuasive arguments which authenticates a required form of writing. They can have in individual docs and the teacher can Chromebook console manage a set of aggregate persuasive writing and argument data which is authentic.   Many Google holiday Anniversary date doodles recur each year, so after students go through the archives to view samples for say International Woman’s Day or Martin Luther King Day or Earth Day or US Independence Day, they can be challenged to combine their holiday research in word docs and their arts or public domain use  of graphic images or photographic skills in Chromebook curated picture docs into developing a Google Doodle inspired image for the coming year anniversary or celebration that reflects their take on a new design.

Students can maintain their own adapted Google Doodle format designs file on their Chromebook. In addition to being submitted to Google 4 Doodle student competition, students can acknowledge the Google Doodles as an anchor logo genre and use their adaptation of this format on their own school website.

Students in grades 3-5 and those in grades 6 and beyond who are learning and infusing STEM Engineering Design Principles into their studies, can be challenged by an assortment of teacher selected Google subject related archive samples (say for Science and invention Google doodles celebrating Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells) to develop a Scratch Stop animation game or Thaumatrope or animated flipbook for these historical figures or in case of the science fiction authors they can include key characters or even the titles of these works.  The final prototypes of such a research and design Stem build (which can be portfolio compiled on their Chromebooks as well as managed in the aggregate by their teacher from the console) can not only be included in the makerfaire expos at the end of the Stem units in either upper elementary or middle school but also be submitted to the student contest Google4Doodle.  What is most rewarding and real to the commercial world of marketing and audience acceptance of a digital or commercial product is that winning submissions for this contest go onto the Doodle 4 Google website where the public vote for the winner. The winning Google is hosted on the Google website for 24 hours. How pertinent to PARCC standards as students mirror real world digital and print audience selected design competitions.

But even more than viable commercial and digital design and engineering process design opportunities, the Google Doodle logo teaching and learning opportunities extend far beyond researching each daily one by going to the hyperlinks and search result page for the Doodle subject.  Given increasing diversity of global holidays, anniversaries, cultural events and overarching global concerns such as peace, pollution, terrorism and beyond, many adult and young users of Google may question the relevance or appropriateness of a particular day’s subject or a political position/view implied by the selection of a particular subject over another one on a given day.  Of course, as with any recurring daily posting, these questions or controversies have no unanimous correct answer, but grades 6 and beyond students can weigh in on them and provide arguments with supporting details for why or why they are not relevant and whether Google should remove the Doodle.  Interestingly on September 13, 2007, Google removed the doodle for Roald Dahl because the anniversary of his birth was also Rosh Hashanah and he had been criticized for being Anti-Israel.  Google was critiqued for not having a Google Doodle on Memorial Day as well.  Students can have debated and argue for or against whether these public criticisms were or are valid.  As students study a particular subject or consider figures, events and pop culture artifacts recognized in their native cultures or terms from diverse cultures that have not been featured in Google Doodles, they can develop designs, arguments and back up research on their Chromebooks which can go on their own school sites and be shared with Google 4 Doodle.

Parents and students can share talk and play and research Google Doodle hyperlinks.  Many doodles resonate in terms of adult family experiences in ways that can enhance their role as partners in their children’s education.  Students can record parent comments as audio files and include parent art as pictures on their Chromebooks at home   Parents can offer and with their children suggest other doodles for recurring holidays or additional regional or global subjects for Google Doodles.  Parents can draw on these experiences to collaborate with students in arguments and designs for even more culturally integrative doodles.  These shared family designs can be included at home on the Chromebook picture files for use later as part of class study and for learning on display.  The artistic design and interactive plus digital qualities of Google doodles make them accessible to ESL families and a broad spectrum of digital learners. Chromebooks allow family members to collaborate and curate shared learning response.

Google Doodles are aptly named fun but rigorous learning opportunities that like their print counterparts seem initially superficial but actually delineate infinite learning, inquiry, design and engagement.  Doodle 4 Google, a contest but also no contest for captivating learning, curated by, to and with Chromebooks.

Google Doodles

Google Doodle Channel on You Tube

Doodle 4 Google 2017

Doodle4 Google

Dr. Rose Reissman,

Academic and Grant Funding Director for Sector 5

About Sector 5,

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