Sunday, July 20, 2014

Google Apps for Education

With the roll out of the 1:1 implementation, I was thrilled to find out we would be using Google Apps for Education (GAFE). I had been using Google Docs, personally, for several years now and had even used it for my school work as well.
My students and I worked through GAFE together as we brainstormed ideas on how to use it in the classroom and how to increase collaboration.  The 'Share' button became my students best friend! For those of you unfamiliar with GAFE, the 'Share' button allows you to share that document with another person and they can work on the document at the same time as you. It's great for collaboration!

It was hysterical when I first started quick reading their essays during class. I would pop into one students writing while they were working on it (They were all required to share their work with me). The entire group that person was in would fall silent and stare at that one computer screen as I made a few quick comments on the paper. I would here "Miss Camp's posting on my document" in whispers across the room as I hopped from essay to essay.
Here are a couple of things we did using GAFE:

Amazingly, my Special Angles Artwork project was featured over at Alice Keeler's blog here:
Math: Creating Angles in Google Drawing
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  1. Kids look totally engaged! Our district recently "went Google" and offered a one-day training they called the Google Summit which exposed teachers on how to use different aspects of GAFE in the classroom. I'd love to learn more about how you use it for lit groups - do you have any resources or posts you could send my way?

    :) Antonia @ forkin4th

    1. Hi Antonia!

      I'd be more than happy to do a more detailed post on the ways I used it in the classroom. That was my next step in the blogging series. :) I'll share links to my google docs I used as well, but a lot the students just created on their own. If you need anything more detailed feel free to send me an email! I'd be happy to connect with you about this.




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