Google Apps for Educators

Google Apps
The concept of Google Apps is sometimes not entirely clear. Occasionally, people use it synonymously with Google Docs. Perhaps a schematic will help clarify just which is which and how all the Googles are related!

Google Apps Schematic

Google Apps Schematic

It can be seen from this, that Google Apps is the big umbrella that includes all the component pieces, such as Google Docs, Google Mail, Google Sites and Google Calendar. Stretching the definition further could include other apps such as Google Reader, Blogger, and Photos (Picasa.)

Each sub-page of this evolving site page will be devoted to one of the Google Apps, however please bear in mind that the integrated nature of Google Apps is a great example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. By way of illustration - the schematic you see above is a Google Drawing that is embedded into this Google Site. If I edit the drawing, it automatically updates on this site page.