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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.
As educators, we have a natural workflow over working on documents at home as well as in our school building. Google has a built-in application to really help us out when it comes to this particular area, and that's Google Drive. Google Drive is essentially a network drive that allows us access to our documents in a variety of places. Before we start diving into how we can use Google Drive as an educator, let's make sure we fully understand the concept behind what Google Drive is. With Google drive, Google takes a section of the server and then they allow you to upload your own documents to this. This could be Word documents or Excel spreadsheets, pictures, videos, files, Google Docs, whatever it is that you'd like.
Here you have a place that you can send all of your different files to and they're stored in the Google server. Furthermore, you have the ability to sync your computer with the Google server. That way you have a folder on your computer, and whatever you put into that particular folder, will be automatically synced with the Google servers. In addition to that, if you add something to the Google servers, it'll automatically be sent back to your computer. One of the areas that Google Drive has become really beneficial to teachers is through collaboration. You have your space on Google server but some of those documents, some of those files and spreadsheets, you may want to share with a collaborator.
Well here, the collaborator has the ability to pull them directly from your Google server. They can also have the opportunity to upload files. And it doesn't mean they have access to everything that you have. Maybe you only want that collaborator to have access to one spreadsheet. Well then that collaborator can change and upload that one spreadsheet. And any changes that you make will automatically be downloaded to their computer as well. So, with that one spreadsheet, any changes on your computer will be automatically reflected on your collaborator's computer. This way, you can work on quickly creating documents together.
Now that we understand a little bit about how the Google Drive can help us collaborate, let's go ahead and dive into some actual examples.
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