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carolyn fruin
If I'm just starting with Google apps, what are the very basics I should know?
Dec. 26, 2013 at 5:12 am
David Prindle
I use Google apps all of the time. I have my students created shared GDrive folders with me to store all of the things they create in class. I use GDocs for many tasks, GForms for formative/summative assessments and periodic Checks for Understandings (Quizzes). I use Flubaroo to grade all of the assessments. GForms and their resulting Spreadsheets are used for data collection and analysis in lab. Everything can be embedded in many external apps such as Sophia tutorials, LiveBinders, Wordpress sites etc. I prefer Google Apps over MS Office in that I can share docs across classes and don't have to do critical updates every week. If you are just starting out just start simple with Docs and then branch out. Once you use Google Apps for Education you will not go back to MS products.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm
Kristin Pontarelli
Also, you can add a Flubaroo script to a Google Form that I ask students to fill out after they have watched each tutorial. They have to submit the form for homework. However, they can get a response to the questions they answered emailed to them straight away to let them know if they are on the right track or not.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm
Kristin Pontarelli
For Language classes, I love Google Voice. I give my students a prompt in Spanish and they call my Google Voice number and leave me a message in Spanish. I can them text them back a response indicating whether it is correct or not. Strangely enough, they like getting texts from me!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm
Nichole Carter
The more you play around with Google apps, the more comfortable you get with them the more you realize they can do for you. In the end they can make your life so much easier! I would say start using Google apps as your go to, default programs instead of Word or Excel. This will allow you to get to know what they can do better. There are a ton of tutorials on youtube that can help you if you get stuck.

My favorite is using google docs for the writing process, having students share the document with a teacher and you can watch and give feedback in live time! It's amazing!
Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Cynthia Clark
For K-12 Google apps and software is pretty robust, considering what most students use them for. Basic formatting is available in both the document and spreadsheet software, and the presentation software seems to add more features every day and is getting closer to PowerPoint.

The beauty of these of course is their collaborative nature. Students can work on a document at the same time from different geographical locations. I use Google Docs for my course syllabus, make it public (but only I can edit) and provide a link for my students. If I make changes I don't have to resend. I use Google Drive to store course materials, and students can share their documents there as well. I don't like the idea of student flash drives in my computer! Plus, if students use Google Drive and Docs, there's no more "oh, my computer crashed". That won't matter as everything is now on the cloud and they can share from their smart phones if necessary ;-).
Dec. 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Kathryn Nafziger Blankenship
Google Apps are very good for simple documents and collaborating with students and colleagues on the same document. It is difficult to replace Microsoft Office with Google Apps though.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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