What are google apps? They include google docs, google forms, google spreadsheets, google presentations . . . you get the idea! Any of those collaborative tools from google that you can access from google drive. You may also have heard the term GAFE (Google Apps for Kids). It’s the same thing, but geared specifically toward students. Google offers school district packages.
I think google apps are absolutely imperative to education in the 21st century. I don’t know what we ever did without it! There are A LOT of great tutorials and explanations out there. If you are brand new to using google apps and looking for a beginners guide to getting started, here are some of my favorite tutorial series:
Google apps also include add-ons from the chrome web store, and more options are being added all the time. This is a really helpful organizational tool for the ease of creating student accounts. When students are logged into their student gmail account, they can access add-ons such as powtoon, voicethread, narrable and automatically set up accounts using the credentials from their account. Trust me, you will be very grateful for that lifesaver!
One of my new favorite add-ons from the chrome web store is fetchnotes. I learned about fetchnotes from this blog post by Teaching With Technology. With fetchnotes, you can add hashtags # to organize your notes in different ways, and you can share your notes with others!
This article from Edutopia, written by Beth Holland, outlines how to apply higher level thinking skills with google docs using the add-on screencastify. It’s brillant! I tried this with 5th graders this year, and they were VERY motivated to do some higher level reflecting!
Here are some amazing teacher organizational add-on tools have been added to the chrome web store: flubaroo, doctopus, goobric, and common curriculum lesson planner. These tools will be huge time-savers and help you on your way to becoming a paperless classroom!
Here are some more of my favorite add-ons with links to the chrome web store:
– Class Dojo
Summer is a great time to get to know google apps, which is why it is our 21st Century tool of the month for June. I promise you will find it worth the time and effort!