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Intro to Google Apps for Education

When we think of Google we often think of the search engine that is so popular its brand name is synonymous with “internet search.” But Google is so much more than that. Google Apps for Education is a platform that connects all your Google Tools for classroom use. It is free for schools, ad-free, and works across any device. Here we will give an overview of Google Apps for Education and what they can be used for.
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What Tools Are Included in Google Apps for Education?

Classroom - An app solely for Google Apps for Education users. Teachers can use it to create classes and lesson plans, distribute assignments, and give feedback to their students.

Gmail - an email server at your school's domain, so you can keep your personal and professional accounts separate.

Drive - file storage that syncs files, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations all together in the cloud. Includes Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Calendar - online calendar that is shareable and integrates with other Google tools like Gmail, Contacts, or Hangouts.

Vault - Vault preserves and protects all your data and is free for Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts.
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What Tools Are Included in Google Apps for Education? cont.

Docs - Google Docs is the best Google tool for writing essays and other documents.

Sheets - Google Sheets is used for basic formulas.

Slides - Google Slides is the presentation tool used for creating slideshows.

Sites - Google Sites is a website launcher that can be used to create your own class website. No knowledge of code needed.

Hangouts - Hangouts is a video conferencing tool that is perfect for group video calls, virtual office hours, and even virtual fieldtrips.
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Benefits of Google Apps for Education:

Since Google Apps for Education is tailor-made for teachers to use in the classroom, it has several benefits with students in mind.
  • There are no advertisements on GAFE. This makes it so there isn't any distracting content while you're trying to teach.
  • Teachers get additional storage for Gmail and Drive since you will be collecting emails and work from so many students.
  • Google Apps for Education has enhanced security features so students are protected.
  • Teachers have full admin control of all user accounts.
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Here are some resources for using these tools in your classroom:

Have you used Google Apps for Education? Do you think this tool is helpful? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to editor@simplek12.com.


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