Google Apps Overview


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Very brief introduction to Google Docs and Google Groups as examples of the interactivity of applications Google offers for educators to use for 21st Century learning.

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Google Apps Overview

  1. 1. Some information in this presentation is from Patrick Douglas Crispen Used with permission Sharon Elin 2009 You have a Click here! iGoogle
  2. 2. G o o g l e Do You Remember Life Before ?
  3. 3. Life in the library… (alone)
  4. 4. Labor-intensive research! (alone)
  5. 5. Paper avalanche! (alone)
  6. 6. Most of our students don’t remember life without Google or the internet… And they don’t work alone.
  7. 7. &quot;College students spend the majority of their time on the internet as opposed to other mediums … <ul><ul><li>Lowe, Veronica. &quot;Study: College Students' Internet Use - iMedia Connection.&quot; IMedia Connection: Interactive Marketing News, Features, Podcasts and Video . 20 July 2006. IMedia Communications, Inc. 10 Feb. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul>&quot;… They no longer just surf websites, rather they now … communicate with peers, conduct research, share photos and view videos.” Jennifer Floren, founder and CEO of Experience Inc . (not alone)
  8. 8. We can meet them where they live by using G o o g l e A p p s
  9. 9. (You probably knew this…) Google offers more than a search engine!
  10. 10. Much more! That’s a whole lot of stuff!
  11. 11. Today’s goal is to introduce a few favorites for educators. That’s a whole lot of stuff!
  12. 12. Google knows that times have changed, and so should the tools for learning.
  13. 13. Some students consider the old ways of learning tired, weak, and irrelevant…
  14. 14. Some students consider the old ways of learning tired, weak, and irrelevant…
  15. 15. Shift Happens
  16. 16. Shift Happens Times have changed
  17. 17. Shift Happens His hairstyle is already outdated Times have changed
  18. 18. How do 21 st Century Students Learn? (and how does Google help?)
  19. 19. Collaborating Gmail Google Docs (including text documents, slideshow presentations, forms, and spreadsheets) Google Sites Google Groups
  20. 20. Creating Google Docs (including text documents, slideshow presentations, forms, and spreadsheets) Google Sites
  21. 21. Social Interaction Gmail Google Groups Google Sites
  22. 22. It starts with a Google account
  23. 23. It starts with a Google account <ul><li>Open a free Google account (Not the same as a Gmail account, but linked to it) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Inviting collaboration Google Docs
  25. 25. Google Docs Live link Create new documents or upload existing documents
  26. 26. Google Docs Share a document so others can edit it online
  27. 27. Google Docs You can check the history of all revisions by the users. You can roll back to an earlier version.
  28. 28. Google Docs Publish a finished file in a webpage or blog… Or download as .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .html, .xls, or .zip files
  29. 29. Google Spreadsheets <ul><li>Create a survey or a quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Invite others to submit answers online or provide a link </li></ul><ul><li>Answers appear in a spreadsheet in Google Docs </li></ul>Live link
  30. 30. Google Spreadsheets <ul><li>Like Excel files, data can be tallied with formulas. </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet can be shared for editing by others or kept private. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Inviting social interaction Google Groups
  32. 32. Google Groups
  33. 33. Google Groups
  34. 34. Google Groups
  35. 35. Google Groups vs Blackboard <ul><li>Unlike discussions in Blackboard, discussions in Google Groups can be opened to users outside the course. </li></ul><ul><li>This allows cross-curricular interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine several classes communicating on one common topic… </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine inviting the world to join the discussion! </li></ul>
  36. 36. Google Groups vs Blackboard Did you know you can also enjoy group chats in real time on Google?
  37. 37. Google Apps help us reach 21 st Century learners, who are naturally inclined to explore the world online! Watch the following video, showing school systems using Google Apps.
  38. 38. Enjoy the video on the next slide, showing school systems using Google Apps.
  39. 39. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. ~Isaac Asimov This presentation was prepared under the “Fair Use” exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and is restricted from further use. Please contact Sharon Elin for permission to use this presentation. She will probably say yes.