In this post, I want to review all of the Google Apps that I use in my educational environment. I will be explaining how and why I chose the apps I use. When I initially started using Google Apps for Education my friend Leah, had told me about her friend and instructor at Fresno State Alice Keeler who was an up and coming Edtech local Google Apps for Education guru. I started using her blog as my self directed guide to the world of Google Apps for Education. Her resources inspired me to think big and create the change I wanted to see in my classroom. So as promised here is how I use Google Apps for education
Google Classroom- In my classes I used this example of LMS to
-post vocabulary terms
-warm up images/links/quotes/resource videos
-post lesson/unit objectives
-planning schedule/due dates
-posting example tutorials
-posing discussing questions/opinions
- In experimenting with other example of LMS such as Brainhoney and Edmodo, I found that Google Classroom is the core of the Google Apps for Education and is completely integrated with the iCloud storage system (Drive) document creating resource (Docs) as well as the presentation resource (Slides)
-Critiques reflection prompts
-collaborative documents (script for broadcasting)
-template for course documents/vocabulary
- One of the primary reason I prefer Google docs to previous word processing resources like Microsoft Word is the fact that all changes save instantly and are access online via Google sign in. The remote access from any device makes this easy to make changes anytime. In addition, Docs is obviously integrated with the rest of the Google Apps for Education. Google Docs is also amazing in the fact that it can be used to encourage collaboration by its feature in which multiple users can edit a single document.I also really like the comments section that enables me to provide instant feedback to my students on their documents. Lastly, I like the ability that student can search and insert pictures within Google Docs.
-presentations of units/lessons/vocabulary
-art students use Slides to create end of year art portfolio
- As with the other google Apps for Education, the auto save feature and the integration with the other Apps for Education are among some of the primary reasons I used Google Slides. You can also add video into a slideshow.
-Organizing course content (teacher/students)
- Google Drive has transformed how I plan and organize all the content I create for my classes.From archiving past Google Classes, to organizing Google Doc templates, to sharing content with students and colleagues my Google Drive is the driving force (no pun intended) to my curriculum/content organization. I love the 24/7 access to all the forms of content I have created and with the new team folders I can collaborate with colleagues with content creation.
Google Arts & Culture
-Virtual field trips
-Researching art content
-Resource for super zoom works of art
- Some of the amazing ways I can virtually escape the confines of the classroom is using the 3D museum tours available via Google Arts and Culture Institute. I also love the extensive collection of themes, artists, genres, and collection available on these website. Within this feature, students are able use the super zoom function to get an up close and personal experience with master works of art.
-Global scavenger hunts for various content
I recently used this a Typography/Graffiti unit I created for a webquest unit within a beefy hyperdoc I created.With this unit I was able to customize the pinpoint with links to resources about that location for the unit. ( see the Hyperdoc link in the Google Docs reference in the beginning of this post)