Google Apps for Teachers

Recently, our district decided to make the switch to become a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school.  We are in the middle of the transition and are slowly adding teachers to our district account, one site at a time.  This transition has made things simpler for me, and the discussion that I have had with several teachers has gotten them in the mode of thinking about how Google could be leveraged to making their lives easier too.

The difficulty I have had is helping them understand just why they should use Google Apps.  The biggest and best answer I can give is that Google allows the following:

  • Free Cloud Storage – 15GB for a Free user, 30GB for a GAFE Teacher
  • Access to Google Drive
  • Real Time collaboration – share docs and collaborate from anywhere at anytime with an Internet Connection
  • Google Docs – word processing in the cloud
  • Google Forms – for quizzes and tests
  • Google Sheets – for collecting and sharing data
  • Google Slides – convert your PowerPoints into slides and access them from anywhere.
  • …and the biggest…NO NEED TO CARRY AROUND FLASH DRIVES ANYMORE!
To help our teachers learn how to use these apps, I have created a few tutorial videos that I wanted to share with everyone.  

Google:  An Introduction

Google Docs

Google Forms

Google Slides

Beyond these videos, there are several links that will help new users keep up with Google News:

Google Gooru – http://www.googlegooru.com/
Google Educators – Sand Springs – https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoogleSSPS/
The Official Google Blog – http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

Hopefully the videos and the links will help you as you Go Google!

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