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Lorenzo A. Myers EDUC 204 Mrs. Heironimus March 25, 2010 Google Apps Google Apps is a new technological innovation that is a solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community. Google manages all the technology details, so teachers can focus time, energy and budgets on teaching students. Google apps are tools that could enhance learning and provide students with the necessary tools for achievement. Google apps have evolved and effectively change the academic atmosphere. Google apps are free and reliable. Google app gives students, teachers and staff the opportunity to share ideas more quickly and help them to get things done more effectively when they have access to the same powerful communication and sharing tools. Google Apps Education Edition lets tech administrators provide email, sharable online calendars, instant messaging tools and even a dedicated website to faculty, students and staff for free. There's no hardware or software to install or maintain, since everything is delivered through a standard web browser -- anytime, from anyplace. There are five types of Google apps that are essential in the educational environment. The first on is Google mail, also known as gmail. Google mail offers email to your faculty, students and staff with 2 gigabytes of storage per account, search tools to help them find information fast, and instant messaging built right into the browser. Google mail will act as a tool for communication for the entire school. This will limit interruption in the classroom and decrease distraction inside the classroom. The second app is Google talk, which is a creative idea. Google talk gives teachers and students the opportunity to call or send instant messages to their contacts for free -- anytime, anywhere in the world. There are many possibilities for people collaborating on projects from different locations. This will broaden not only the teacher’s horizon, but students as well. This will create a lot of interaction from different locations. The third Google app is Google calendar. This is probably the most effective application. Google calendar is a tool that gives everyone the opportunity to organize their schedules and share events, meetings and entire calendars with others. As the principal, you can even publish the school calendar on the schools’ website to let families know about events like back-to-school nights, homecoming and vacation days. The third application is Google Doc. Google Doc give students and teachers the opportunity to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and then collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window. This is vital, due to the fact it all can happen in a web browser. Instead of copying and pasting or saving information, you can create everything in the web browser. The last app is Google site. Google site is effective because educators could create a class site and edit it the same way they edit a document -- no technical expertise required. The site can bring together all the information educators want to share with your colleagues and students, including docs, calendars, photos, videos and attachments. Google has discovered new ideas and methods that could govern a great educational setting. Google apps are essential not only outside the classroom, but inside the classroom as well. Google apps are very beneficial, easy, and free. Google apps will be the next technological innovation that will be seen throughout many educational environments.
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