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Google Apps for High School


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Google Apps for High School

  1. 1. … in the high school classroom [email_address] CUSD, Fall 2008
  2. 2. Global changes have transformed our school systems into borderless pedagogical realms where zeitgiests like Google and Wikipedia have truly changed what it means to be a student in the 21st century. Instead, we need to acknowledge the practices and processes that our students now use, and build upon them. No longer can we define schooling as 1950s schoolhouses looming over Middle American neighborhoods. Students have embraced a tech-literacy that much of today's teacher population has overlooked, ignored, or has failed to embrace as wholeheartedly as our students. … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  3. 3. <ul><li>Teaching literacy is no longer just about teaching two of the three &quot;R&quot;s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R eading, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>w R iting, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a R ithmetic , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>it now includes a whole swarm of information and techno-literacies. In other words, educators in the 21st century need to be teaching information and techno-literacies to help better teach the various literacies associated with reading and writing. No longer can we expect our students to move from classroom to classroom to the tune of bells signalling shifts in discipline. We must follow the pedagogical processes outside the classroom and into the ever-growing curriculum surrounding our students daily lives of wireless connectivity, synchronous global information, social networking, and virtual workspaces. </li></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  4. 4. <ul><li>Google Apps (applications) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk (embedded in gmail) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Docs ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> ( </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  5. 5. <ul><li>Gmail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email account that includes almost 7G of storage space where students need not ever lose emails. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entire message searching, tag organizing, built in IM tool (see Google Talk) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All students receive same email simultaneously. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Archive” emails to confirm receipt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful search of mailboxes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All students have immediate access to each other for group studies, projects, and tutoring. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I keep a database all of emails and email conversations to better share information with students to increase their understanding and learning. </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  6. 6. <ul><li>Google Talk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online chat system that allows users with gmail accounts to “chat” with one another. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires both parties to agree to the chat. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can reply to an email in “chat” mode. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructors can spend time answering the largest and smallest of questions while at home on nights and weekends. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is an “invisible mode” so instructors can be online without anyone knowing it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can talk to one another online and answer questions themselves. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gTalk allows that “hallway chatter”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student comment: “ I use gTalk to help get a hold of my classmates when I need help. It’s really beneficial when you need to exchange ideas for projects or homework. gTalk makes communicating with others easier and faster so it’s more convenient for me to reach people .” </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  7. 7. Google Talk … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  8. 8. <ul><li>Google Docs (docs, presentations, spreadsheets) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An online program that is very much like Word, PowerPoint, & Excel. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who don’t have MS Office can use Docs for free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7G worth of free storage where students will NOT lose files for school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a “sharing” option where students can (simultaneously) collaborate on files with the instructor or his or her classmates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a revision history that records who did which part. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I share documents with the students that they need for the course, and I keep them all online so they can access them any time of the day or night. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There’s no more paper trail and no more claiming to have not received the information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Just added support to save & shared PDFs. </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  9. 9. Google Docs (& Spreadsheets) … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  10. 10. Google Docs (& Spreadsheets) … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  11. 11. Google Docs (& Spreadsheets) … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  12. 12. Google Docs (& Spreadsheets) … in the high school classroom [email_address] <ul><li>Presentation allows: </li></ul><ul><li>Online slide show </li></ul><ul><li>Publish option - anyone can view online </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with other students on school presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with colleagues on workshop presentations </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A powerful online calendar that seamlessly synchronizes with Outlook calendars, iCalendar, Entourage, iPhones, and Smartphones or PDAs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The capability of sharing calendars with other Google account users so all collaborators can edit, change, and view the calendar at anytime. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include “evite” capability & reminders. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I share course calendars with with all my students, and anytime we make any additions or changes the students received those changes immediately. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructors can share calendars and both have full read/write access. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There’s an embed option, to put the whole calendar on a public website for parents/guardians to view. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I know longer hand out paper calendars. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student comment: “ I like how you make us use the Google calendar because i have a different color calendar for all my events and it is a life saver .” </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  14. 14. Google Calendar … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  15. 15. Google Calendar (Embedded) … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  16. 16. Google Calendar For more information on Google calendar watch this tutorial:
  17. 17. … in the high school classroom [email_address] <ul><li>Google Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Formerly known as Google pages </li></ul><ul><li>Free online web site builder where instructors can build simple web pages for courses they teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to remember url (e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to add widgets (e.g. create an Stats website and have a statistical calculator embedded on the course website or an etymology search on an English site) </li></ul><ul><li>Easily embed the course calendar on the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers do not need to be logged into Google. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to to get started </li></ul><ul><li>*This is a newer app and can be finicky. Look for a tutorial video on it soon at </li></ul>
  18. 18. … in the high school classroom [email_address] Google Sites
  19. 19. <ul><li>Google Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A powerful discussion board through Google that allows students to continue discussions outside of the classroom with other students in other sections of the same class. This can be set as a closed system where users must be invited to use it and/or even view the posts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For each course, the instructor can build a Group to which he or she invites students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I have a “live” Google Group that’s an extension of the classroom. We have 190+ students in 8 sections and they can all interact here. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(My 2008-2009 students have been discussing the summer reading since April 2008 on their Group.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students tend to reflect and discuss online when it’s not tied to a grade. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Groups is still a little clunky for students who are afraid of technology. It does not default to a threaded discussion; however, the power of Google is that they are in perpetual beta with constant updates. </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  20. 20. Google Groups … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  21. 21. Other Google Apps iGoogle - Internet Portal Reader - RSS reader for Google Scholar - Scholarly articles student can use! Books - Search/Read entire books for free Notebook - annotate websites, take notes on surfing Web Alert - Emails you when it finds a key phrase you enter. Orkut - Facebook for Google (more popular in Asia) Picassa - Photo sharing/gallery Mobile - Google Apps on your phone Google Video/YouTube - tutorials, how tos, etc… … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  22. 22. <ul><li>fyi… is not technically a Google App! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever saved favorites on your home computer? Have you ever wished you wrote the web address down before leaving the house for the library? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> is an online bookmarking site that allows you to sync all your computer browser bookmarks to one free, online account. This account has strong tag options and annotation fields. is also &quot;social&quot; that allows for easy sharing with anyone as well as specific individuals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student researchers begin building their annotated bibliographies while the site information is still fresh in their minds. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>S tudent comments after one course: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tags, and the ability to search them, cross-reference them, and view them as clouds .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I liked that all the information that I needed was in one place .” </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  23. 23. … in the high school classroom [email_address]
  24. 24. Resources <ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over the next weeks I will add tutorials, videos, step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you need something quick & dirty, check YouTube. You’d be surprised at how good some of the videos are. </li></ul></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]
  25. 25. <ul><li>All information created by Devon Adams ( and Shelley Rodrigo ( </li></ul><ul><li>Shared under Creative Commons license. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>… in the high school classroom [email_address]