We will be exploring some of the great FREE Google tools that align nicely to educators. Using these tools may seem a bit confusing at first, but as you become proficient with them, they will save you TIME!


Gmail

Use Gmail to stay connected.

Gmail features:

  • Aggregation of multiple accounts
  • Searchable mail
  • Chat
  • Text messaging to phones
  • Much, much, more...

Google 
Calendar

Keep track of your schedule easily using Google's free calendar service.

Calendar features:
  • Easy event creation
  • Multiple calendar layering
  • Sharing of calendar
  • Easily embed into websites
  • Much, much, more...




Google Docs

Move your classroom handouts and other information to the cloud.

Benefits:

  • Accessible anytime
  • Realtime collaboration
  • Printing is now an option
  • No more flash drives 


Google Groups

Groups can be used as a "microblog". Very easily managed by the administrator for content filtering.






Google Chrome

A great browser to use or keep for your backup on your computer. 


Google Sites

A great tool to create FREE websites. A teacher in the 21st century should have a strong online presence.




Picasa

A great way to share and store photos. New features are being added such as face recognition...a great way to organize your photos!