Tech Talk Tuesday: Google for Education

(WTNH)– It’s Tuesday so it’s time for tech talk. Google is now being used as an education tool. Keith Atchinson from the FUSION Interactive Group was on GMCT to explain how it all works.

1. How can teachers use GMAIL this in their classrooms?

2. Why is it important to create a calendar?

3. It seems like everyone is using Google Drive. What are the benefits that teachers don’t know about?

Gmail, Calendar and Drive

Gmail:
– Teachers and students can set up their own email through the Gmail service
– Gmail apps provide you with 30 GB of space – HUGE!! – and it’s automatically backed up
– Advanced searching capabilities make it easy to find emails
– Chat functionality allows you to see other students when they are online and start a live chat with them

Calendar:
– Students and faculty can organize their time better
– Calendars can be shared with others in your class making scheduling easy
– Calendar integrates with your Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows calendars as well so you can keep your schedule right on your cell phone or tablet and set reminders to pop up about upcoming events

Drive:
– Cloud based hard drive for you to upload all of your class documents, assignments and other files you want to share
– 30 GB of free space per user but you can upgrade to 100 GB for only $5/month/user
– Ability to share individual files or entire folders with specific people or your entire class. You can even create and reply to comments for great online collaboration
– Easy to create online forms and surveys and even templates for uniformity in your documents
– You can use Google Docs, Sheets or Slides to create text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Sites:
– Easy to create shared works paces for classes or faculty departments
– Can build project sites without knowing any kind of code
–  Permissions and controls can be set to allow different access points by individual user
– All of these tools work great on either PC or Mac and even Linux computers
–  No need to buy or download software – it’s all up in the cloud!!

Classroom:
    – Combines all of the features of Mail, Docs and Drive and allows teachers to create and collect assignments paperlessly
– Automatically create a Google Document for each student and Drive folders for each assignment and each student
– Students can keep track of what is due on the Assignments page and Teachers can easily see how has completed the assignment

Other Products:
– Chromebooks or tablets designed for in-class education
– YouTube videos for education
– Google Play apps approved for education
– Google Maps

How to start?
Go to https://edudirectory.withgoogle.com/ and look for a certified trainer to help your school figure out if Google Apps for Education is right for you and how to get started with the plan for implementation

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