Google Apps for Education
Last year I was lucky enough to attend the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit in Melbourne. Previous to attending this conference I had heard great things about the power of Google Apps but had yet try these out for myself.
After two days at this wonderful conference I was overwhelmed at what GAFE could do in a 21st Century Classroom. I was amazed and jumped on board straight away switching from Microsoft Office to Google Apps.
Below is an quick insight to Google Apps for education is.
Google is allowing students to adapt and become versatile 21st Century learners. Through the use of GAFE, students are easily able to embed the 5 C’s into their daily work; Create, Capture, Collaborate, Connect, and Communicate.
Since October 2013, I have used GAFE to;
- Share documents with students and staff
- Comment on students work
- Survey Students and collate data
- Create planning documents with colleagues so we can collaborate with one another
- Create Presentations and share with students and staff
- Share Calendars with staff and students
- Create assessments for students
- Create assessment rubrics
- Assess student learning
- Share folders with staff and students
- Collaborate with other professionals around the world on technology within the classroom
I recommend all schools to strongly consider becoming a GAFE school as the versatility and accessibility for teachers and students is changing the way we think and teach, greatly benefiting each and every student.
Is your school using Google Apps for Education?
How are you using Google Apps for Education in your school?
Eleni Kyritsis is an award winning Year 3 Teacher and Leader of Curriculum & Innovation from Melbourne, Australia. Eleni facilitates professional learning workshops around the world that focus on unleashing creativity and curiosity in classrooms.