Google Apps for Education is Google’s suite of web-based tools that help the busy teacher work more efficiently and effectively for working with students, collaborating with colleagues, and communicating with parents.
Here are some of the most popular Google Apps for Education:
Google Drive: Teachers are using Google Drive to store all of their important documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. Google Docs is now part of Google Drive. Having access to all of your files from any device connected to the web really helps with not worrying about what device you will use or only being able to access files when connected to a specific network. Teachers are able to collaborate with each other and with their students in real time. The Google Drive mobile app for Android works great for creating and collaborating on-the-go. Think of it like the flash drive you never have to worry about using!
Google Calendar: Whether you’re managing a single calendar or multiple calendars it has never been easier than Google Calendar. Keep track of family, meetings, and class assignments with ease and update them all easily from your mobile device. Teachers love being able to create multiple class calendars to remind students of homework and other class and school events. The calendars can be placed easily in a classroom website or Learning Management System.
Google Sites: If you’re needing an easily editable, media rich solution for your classroom’s online presence, you will definitely want to check out Google Sites. Again, editable from anywhere, and not device or software specific other than needing a web browser. Teachers really like being able to update their Google Site from home and school both. If you’re using Google Docs and Google Calendar you can easily embed documents and calendars right in your Google Site. Videos from YouTube can be inserted directly on your site for easy sharing with students.
If you’re looking for additional resources on how Google Apps for Education can be used in your classroom be sure to check out the Educator Resources page as well as the Google Lesson Plan Search page.
For examples of how Google Drive and other Google Apps for Education can be used on your tablet, be sure to check out the Google Mobile site.