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Google Apps for Education: A Connected Classroom Essential

Is your school a Google Apps for Education school? Google Apps has so many great features that are perfect for your connected classroom! If you haven’t gotten started yet, or even if you’re already experienced, this week’s freebie has tons of great tips for you!

Using Google Apps are a great way to begin your connected classroom culture. These easy-to-use applications can increase productivity for both you and your students. Google Apps are a popular alternative to traditional office programs. These free applications do not need to be installed on each individual computer but are accessed by visiting Google’s website, making them accessible for students everywhere, and opening up opportunities for global collaboration.  

A few of our favorite Google Apps:

Google Drive allows your students to access their work both in class and at home. This saves the hassle of having to print, save on a thumb drive, or email a document to yourself. Students can even create folders to share documents with their classmates. This is especially helpful for class projects.

Google Hangouts is a popular way to connect your classroom to others around the globe. The video conferencing application can be used to talk with multiple people at one time, making it a great tool for remote study sessions or connecting multiple classrooms at one time. To find other classrooms to connect with, visit the Hangouts in Education page.

Google Docs, Google’s word processing application is full of features that students can utilize to help them better communicate and collaborate. For example, students can let others in the class view, comment or edit their documents, making Google Docs a great way for having your students comment on each other’s work. This week’s freebie, “10 Hidden Google Docs Features Every Student Should Know About” highlights features that can help your students get the most out of Google Docs.

Add-Ons are what makes Google Docs different from Microsoft Word. You get added functionality in a Google Doc because other developers can create scripts to expand on its functionality. For example, students can install an add-on which helps them to create APA citations.

Google … being Google is always updating, changing and adding some pretty cool features to Google Docs. When you take all those updates and then add the ability to add add-ons and Google Docs becomes more than the word processor you grew up with. It’s a whole new way to think about the way we create text based information.

We’re excited to be launching our brand new series of micro-credentials created by educators, for educators! They’re perfect for educators who want to take their professional development to the next level. Be on the lookout for more resources about the connected classroom and for more information about our upcoming micro-credential “The 1:1 Teacher.

Looking to grow your Personal Learning Network? Join our Facebook community and connect with educators around the globe. We’ll be sharing tons of great resources, featuring live events and conversations with the Eduro team, and building a community of networked and engaged teachers – just like you!

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Our 21 Day Challenge is intended to engage and grow the Eduro Learning community and celebrate the launch of our Micro-Credential program. For 21 days, post a picture to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media channel using the themes below. Make sure to tag us @edurolearning and #edurochallenge so we can re-share!

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