Using Google Apps

References:

Google for Education website
Essential Resources Guide
The Nativity Story - According to Google
Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways to Teach
Math Maps
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Tools:
 Google Apps that are available for educators and what they do..

Docs

Create rich documents with images, tables, equations, drawings, links and more. Gather input and manage feedback with social commenting.This feature allows educators to share documents of any kind and edit from anywhere that has an internet connection.This app makes sharing documents easier because everyone has the capability to edit without emailing back and forth. Consider the possibilities of collecting/sharing/analyzing informationthrough Google Forms and the spreadsheet it will create. Students don't need accounts; make the form/spreadsheet/doc public and provide a URL. Input Science experiment data, take a class/school survey, use it for quizzes, keep one open on a desktop and use it for a class book recommendations database.

Drive

One safe place to store and share all your stuff, including photos, videos, documents and other files that are important to you.

Sheets

Keep and share lists, track projects, analyze data and track results with our powerful spreadsheet editor. Use tools like advanced formulas, embedded charts, filters and pivot tables to get new perspectives on your data.

Slides

Create beautiful slides with our presentation editor, which supports embedded videos, animations, dynamic slide transitions and more. Publish your presentations on the web so anyone can view them, or share them privately.

Sites

Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages. No HTML skills required!

Calendar

Google Calendar allows users to organize personal, professional, and collaborative efforts in one place. You can link the school's calendar to your own and combine events to stay organized and current on events. Consider creating multiple calendars (one for students/parents, one for collaborative planning, one for your own meetings...) Embed one (or more) on your website and it will automatically update when you make changes. Try the invite feature to eliminate multiple emails trying to find a time to meet with people.

Forms

Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way.

Google+

Google+ makes learning more accessible, relevant and collaborative by connecting students, teachers and lifelong learners in a virtual classroom.

Groups

Google Groups is an effective way to participate in online discussions.

Blogger

Blogger is the free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.

Course Builder

An open source Massive Open Online Course platform enabling educators to create and deliver online courses to small or large audiences. Course authoring made easy and scalable. Built to support pedagogical experimentation and courses of all kinds.

Google Apps Scripting

Google Apps Script allows educators, administrators and students to write powerful applications and workflows in the cloud to extend, automate, and integrate Google Apps using JavaScript.

Flubaroo

This free tool integrates with Google Apps to help you quickly grade assignments and assessments, analyze student performance, and share grades.

Oppia

Create bite-sized interactive online educational activities that give immediate, personalized feedback to learners.

Translator

This feature allows educators to translate documents, web pages, parent letters, and many other educational texts into the native language of English language learners. This is a great tool to bridge the communication gap with ELL families and it makes differentiation much easier and less time consuming.

There is an app for smart phones that will use voice recognition software to translate conversations between two languages.

*https://www.google.com/edu/tools-and-solutions/index.html
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