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What are Google Apps?

Google Apps is a package of cloud-based services that can provide your company or school with a whole new way to work together online—not just using email and chat, but over video conferences, social media, real-time document collaborations, and more. Just sign up for a Google Apps account providing the domain name you want to use with Google services. Once you show us that you own the domain, you and your team can begin using Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and other core Google Apps services, as well as additional services like Google+, Hangouts, Blogger and more.

Why are we using these tools?

Mendon-Upton is using the suite of apps in support of our keywords surrounding 1:1 Learning:
  1. Collaborate
  2. Communicate
  3. Innovate
At the center of Google Apps is collaboration.  Collaboration is built into all of Google's services.  You can work on a shared document with a colleague in real time whether they are in the same room, next door, or across the state.  The edits you make on your document show up instantly on the document your colleague is working on.  The same goes for the work with your students.

Along with that, Google allows you to communicate by sharing your creations with your intended audience.  This can be as simple as sharing curriculum with colleagues, notes with students, and upcoming assignments with your parents.

Lastly, Google Apps allows you to innovate; to find new ways of exploring content with students, and having them immersed in the same features of collaboration and communication that you enjoy with your colleagues in planning.

Seems like a lot.  Where do I begin?

Right here.  Follow the sections displayed on the top left of this page.  Go through each of the pages that describe what the various features are and how you can use them in your classroom.  If you have any questions, just click here.

Training Resources

Visit the Google Training Center for more in depth information about all of these tools.

Also, become a Google Ninja, by going through the Educator training here.

Feeling Smart?

Volunteer to be a Google Guide at your school to help with the transition process from Office 365 to Gmail, and/or get certified as a Google Certified Educator.