Google Apps for Education MUST be the most significant thing that has happened to education in years!  Google's completely FREE, beautifully integrated, and easy to use suite of tools naturally infuses itself into a classroom curriculum as a learning tool second to none. It follows the philosophy that technology should be seamlessly integrated, effortless, and a non-issue.  If technology is invisible, it's doing its job...helping students learn, helping teachers teach, and creating opportunities for growth and development.  Google Apps for Education DOES that!

WHO
Can & Should
Use Google Apps for Education?

  • Educators & Students!
  • Google Apps for Education is FREE.The core offering of Google Apps is entirely free for educational institutions. This includes user accounts for future incoming students. NO HIDDEN COSTS!
  • Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University, and this is just one way that they choose to give back to the educational community.

WHAT
is Google Apps for Education?
(GAFE)

  • Hosted solution* for email, calendar, and chat with integrated communication and collaboration
  • Online suite of applications/programs that are comparable to Microsoft’s Office Suite--with no need to install!
  • Other applications are integrated for tasks such as website development, blogging, and more.
  • Can be used with any device
    • Any browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
    • Any operating system (iOS, Linux, Windows, Chrome OS, etc.)
  • Strong security, reliability, encryption, authentication, privacy
  • NO Software to install and maintain (updates done automatically!)

WHERE
Can Google Apps for Education Be Used?

  • Access all of the services including documents anywhere with an internet connection
    • school
    • home
    • public place
    • any device: computer, smart phone, or tablet
  • No need for flash drives or remote access to network resources
  • Compatibility: No Version issues:
    • Students or staff no longer have to struggle with doing work at home or outside the school building and then having conversion issue from one application to another

WHEN
Can & Should
Google Apps for Education
Be Used?

Today! Tomorrow! And Always!

  • 24-7 access to files with an internet connection
  • Offline files

WHY?

  • Easy to understand user interface for students and staff
  • SEAMLESS integration of applications (they all easily work together!)
    • STRONG Collaboration potential for students and staff
      • Live, web-based documents that are stored in the cloud and can be accessed anywhere (with an internet connection) by multiple users at once
      • Complete revision history with the option to revert to a previous version of a document at any time
      • Shared Calendars to manage tasks and meetings
      • Student Learning:
        • Research
        • Data collection
        • Data analysis
        • Integration of Forms & Sheets
      • School Use:
        • Information Collection
          • surveys
          • questionnaires
          • registration forms
      • Teacher Use:
        • Online Quiz & Test Creation
        • Self-graded options available also
      • Reduces the school’s environmental footprint via:
        • Online Documents
        • Increased, streamlined electronic communication vs. paper
        • Shared Calendars

HOW
Can Google Apps for Education
Be Used?

Google Docs

  • Powerful word processor
  • Collaborative approach to creating and sharing documents
  • LIVE web-based documents that more than one user can access and edit simultaneously
  • No more email attachments
  • One copy of each file
  • Full revision history
  • Built-in research feature
  • Upload existing Microsoft Word documents & convert
  • Export to common formats: Word, PDF, txt.etc

Click on the link below for tutorials &
more about student and teacher use of Google Docs

Google Sheets

  • Powerful, fully-functional spreadsheet program
  • Integrates with Google Drive, Sites, and other Google Apps
  • Export/Download to common formats: CSV, Excel file, PDF, Tab Separated Values, Web Page
  • Integration with Google Forms for data collection & analysis
  • Full revision history

Click on the link below for more about student and teacher use of Google Sheets

Google Slides

  • Slideshow program
  • Integrates with other Google Apps programs
  • Full revision history
  • Collaborative approach to creating and sharing documents
  • LIVE web-based documents that more than one user can access and edit simultaneously
  • No more email attachments
  • One copy of each file

Click on the link below for more about student and teacher use of Google Slides

Google Forms

  • Student Learning:
    • Research
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis
    • Integration of Forms & Sheets
  • School Use:
    • Information Collection
      • surveys
      • questionnaires
      • registration forms
  • Teacher Use:
    • Online Quiz & Test Creation
    • Self-graded options available also

Click on the link below for more about student and teacher use of Google Forms

Google Drawings

  • Student Learning:
    • Students can demonstrate learning via drawings:
      • Import images
      • Text boxes
      • Word art
      • Create shapes, lines, etc.
      • Import
      • Insert tables
      • Flow charts
      • Graphic organizers
      • Research Tools built-in--just like with Google Docs!
    • Teachers Can:
      • Create drawings
      • Export image files
      • Collaborate with students just like with Google Docs--insert comments, check revision history

Click on the link below for more about student and teacher use of Google Drawings

Is There More?

YES!  The programs discussed above are just the core suite of programs.

There are many other Google programs:

  • Blogger
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps for Education
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Search

Just to name a few! Check out the link below!

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