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Google Apps

Link to Google agenda (Cara Wolford's sessions)
Google Apps and Services (Clif Mims' sessions)

WATCH:  New and Improved Google Docs Video

DISCUSS:  How many of these Google Tools do you Already Use?

COLLABORATE:  List New Google Apps you Discover - Give brief (one line or less) description

COLLABORATE MORE:  List New Ways to use an "oldie but goodie" Google App.
 Google App
 How I'd Use It Instructionally or Productively
 Google Squared
 it takes your search term and makes a table out of it. You can add/delete categories and it adjusts. Great for comparing info. Teachers can use this tool and skip right to the analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, etc.  Also if you click on info in the boxes you can get the sources and even see conflicting info from multiple sources, which means further research or quick source evaluation.
 Google Translator
This feature allows educators to translate documents, web pages, parent letters, and many other educational texts into the native language of English language learners.  This is a great tool to bridge the communication gap with ELL families and it makes differentiation much easier and less time consuming. 

There is an app for smart phones that will use voice recognition software to translate conversations between two languages. 

Click here to go to Google Translator
 Google Calendar Google Calendar allows users to organize personal, professional, and collaborative efforts in one place.  You can link the school's calendar to your own and combine events to stay organized and current on events. Consider creating multiple calendars (one for students/parents, one for collaborative planning, one for your own meetings...) Embed one (or more) on your website and it will automatically update when you make changes.  Try the invite feature to eliminate multiple emails trying to find a time to meet with people.
 Google Docs     This feature allows educators to share documents of any kind and edit from anywhere that has an internet connection.  This app makes sharing documents easier because everyone has the capability to edit without emailing back and forth.  Consider the possibilities of collecting/sharing/analyzing information through Google Forms and the spreadsheet it will create. Students don't need accounts; make the form/spreadsheet/doc public and provide a URL.  Input Science experiment data, take a class/school survey, use it for quizzes, keep one open on a desktop and use it for a class book recommendations database.
Task and Product:  Open your grade level Google Docs page or create a new one that will evaluate various Google tools and applications.  The goal is to have a living document that outlines best uses for these various features.  This will be a valuable resource during Friday planning sessions and help you during the academic year.  Within this session, the goal is to find 10-15 Google Apps and evaluate them in this format or a similar one that works best for your planning group.
 Google Tool          Teacher Expert or Who This Would Work For  Brief Summary of Google Tool or App Rating:  Is this tool applicable for your grade level, classroom resources, and student population?

YouTube Video

Other Resources:

Tom Barrett's Maths Maps - Using Google Maps in Math, Writing, etc.
Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways to Teach