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CAT534 Ripped From The Headlines - Google Apps

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CAT534 Ripped From The Headlines - Google Apps

  1. 1. Open source applications and their takeover of more traditional software packages.<br />Google Apps<br />
  2. 2. Literature Review<br />“A free alternative to Microsoft Office? Google Apps gives you that plus plenty of bonus reasons to switch: collaborate on documents with others at the same time; whip up a Web page stocked with downloadable files; and work on it all from any Web-connected computer.”<br />- Google Office: The Missing Manual.<br />“I think it could be really revolutionary. In terms of collaboration and efficiency, I think it could go a long way,”<br />– The DePauw Newspaper<br />“Google Apps for Education currently provides e-mail services to more than 2,000 colleges and universities, including Brown, Northwestern, Cornell, Notre Dame and Georgetown”– Yale Daily News<br />“Google is making a huge investment in developing the Ajax approach... with Google Apps.”<br />- The Adaptive Path Magazine<br />
  3. 3. Literature Review<br />“Google's Apps for Education program has gained significant momentum as student tech demands mount and budgetary pressures strain campus IT departments. Handing the e-mail keys over to Google helps schools avoid costly server upgrades while capitalizing on Web-based e-mail's popularity among students.”– Time Magazine<br />“The use of collaborative technology in an educational context increases students' engagement with course content, enriches the learning process, and enhances active participation through content creation”<br />- University of Israel<br />
  4. 4. Literature Review<br />Universities and colleges are beginning to switch over to Google, due to cheap cost and high features.<br />From big colleges like Yale, to small K-12 institutions<br />Students and teachers alike love Google’s simplicity<br />Google’s constant innovations make products better over time<br />Google Apps like Google Docs still “in beta,” improving all the time<br />Companies like Microsoft remain “unworried”<br />Sales for Office products remain to grow<br />Some consumers still see web “apps” as too buggy, unreliable to use in place of psychical software<br />Requires a constant, reliable Internet connection to run Google Apps well, where as Microsoft Office can be run offline<br />
  5. 5. Effects on Education<br />
  6. 6. Effects on Education<br />
  7. 7. Google Apps as a Teaching and Learning Tool<br />Great For Classroom Use!<br />Can be used to supplement lessons<br />Notes, handouts, rubrics can supplement lessons<br />Can be used to talk and give live feedback<br />Can be used to vote anonymously and decide classroom activities <br />Can be a great means of instantly sharing student’s work with the rest of class<br />
  8. 8. Google Apps as a Teaching and Learning Tool<br />Great For Outside the Classroom too!<br />Rubrics can be posted and shared<br />Study Guides<br />Can be filled out right on the page!<br />Readings can be shared<br />Homework can be posted and collected<br />Homework can’t be “lost”<br />Paperless submissions<br />No “broken printer excuses”<br />
  9. 9. NETS<br />NETS Goals Can Be Furthered Through Google Apps<br />Creativity and Innovation<br />Cutting edge gadgets and tools go beyond what Microsoft Word can create<br />Communication and Collaboration<br />Google Docs redefines the way people collaborate on work<br />Research and Information Retrieval<br />Making all of you documents that you create available anywhere for free redefines information retrieval<br />Digital Citizenship<br />Creating a Google identity encourages students to think of their online activity as carefully as they might their education<br />Technology Operations and Concepts<br />Google Apps is redefining the expectations of web applications.<br />
  10. 10. Higher Order Learning Skills<br />While Google Apps doesn’t exactly teach learning skills it can support and enrich skills that are taught in the classroom<br />It’s important to teach students how to fully use the programs, so they might use it to the best of their abilities<br />The use of collaborative technology in an educational context increases students' engagement with course content, enriches the learning process, and enhances active participation through content creation. <br />In addition, students’ involvement in learning activities via collaborative tools improves their final course grades<br />
  11. 11. Social <br />Cultural<br />A more collaborative experience<br />Invites sharing<br />More transparent classroom<br />Moving towards an online culture<br />More time required for students to use computers<br />Requiring computer usage both in and out of the classroom<br />Impact on Society, Legal, Social, Cultural or Ethics?<br />
  12. 12. Google Apps – Pros and Cons<br />The Good<br />It’s Free (relatively)<br />Innovative<br />Sharable<br />Always Improving<br />Great resource for students<br />The Bad<br />Requires Good Internet<br />Not as comprehensive<br />Still “in beta”<br />Requires Google Account<br />May not be as secure<br />
  13. 13. Additional Information / Web sites<br />Google’s Official App Site for EDU:<br />www.google.com/a/edu<br />Google App’s Wiki:<br />www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Apps<br />7 Things You Should Know About Google Appswww.net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7035.pdf<br />Google Docs in Plain English (Vid)<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA<br />
  14. 14. Works Cited<br />
  15. 15. Closing / Summary<br />While Google Apps still has a ways to go, and certainly won’t be taking over the world tomorrow, it’s becoming a more and more viable option for many educators and their administrations. <br />I’d invite everyone to try uploading one document to Google Docs, the next time multiple people need to edit a document of yours. I am sure you’ll find yourself saving, time and effort.<br />Thanks for your time! - Chris<br />

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