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Google Apps has been embraced by millions of schools and campuses, but is your classroom getting the most from it? Join educator Aaron Quigley as he shows K–12 teachers how to use Google Apps for Education to streamline communication, save time, and increase content mastery. Administrators can learn how to set up Apps for Education, verify your domain name, and add users, while teachers learn how to sort personal from school email, set up email signatures, add events to calendars, and create lesson plans with Google Drive. Administrators and teachers alike can learn how to set up custom Google sites for collaboration with parents and students, and extend Google Apps with apps like YouTube and Google Scholar.
Throughout this chapter you've taken a look how to create a collaborative website for the staff. There's also some great ways to use Google Sites inside of the classroom, and I wanted to share a couple of ideas with you. The first one is a student work showcase. Teachers have the opportunity to go in and create a Google site for the particular classroom. They can then upload student work to the classroom. This is almost like creating digital bulletin boards. Here, we can create websites that are only accessable inside of your organization's Google apps for educators. That way you can post student work and student names without the fear of them being accessible to the public.
Please just be careful that you set all of your privacy settings correctly and you limit the access to people that are only within your organization. Creating these digital bulletin boards, students can then go through and view information inside of the school. They can also take their log ins home, log in to their specific page for the class, and show family and friends their work. Another way I like to use Google Sites in the classroom is to give students the power of creating the site themselves. This is a great way for students to showcase their learning when it comes to group projects. For example, you can create a very basic Google site and the front page is going to be, either a rubric, or a description of what you want your students to do for a particular project.
Students then go into the website with their own logins. Here they can pages, and information. They can add links to other sites. They can add photos and videos. And they can even create a blog, in which they can showcase their learning. So that way, when it comes to grading student group work, all you have to do is access their group site. Go through the individual pages, and assess their learning. I hope these tips and tricks are something you can use in your classroom as you start integrating Google Apps for Educaiton into your own instruction.
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