10 Reasons why Google Apps are changing the classroom
By Nick Acton
We live in a world where the answer to unanswerable questions is ‘Google It’. This turn of phrase is becoming about as common as technology itself. It has become so common that we don’t even think about the massive revolution that search engines have brought into our lives. However, I would suggest that many of us are not ‘Googling it’ as much as we could be. As a company, Google have made some significant steps into the education arena.
Allow me to explain the technicalities of using Google in a bigger, better way. First things first, in order to start utilising some of the applications available, you will need to create a free Google Account. This will gain you access to ‘Gmail’, ‘Drive’, ‘Docs’, ‘Calendars’, ‘Maps’, ‘Youtube’, ‘Google Translate’ and other non-specifically educational apps. Whilst these are brilliant, and can open up a world of opportunities in the classroom, taking a step further forward into Google will bring even more positive possibilities. Creating a free ‘Google Apps for Education’ account (through a designated partner such as ourselves) enables you to use ’Google Classroom’, ‘Sheets’, ‘Slides’, ‘Google Hang Outs’ and ‘Google Groups’ as well as all of the previously mentioned apps. Their combined power will be elaborated on throughout this blog.
1) Truly Collaborative Learning
2) Live Teacher Collaboration
3) Ongoing Assessments
4) Automatic Saving
5) Unlimited Free Storage
6) Everything in One Place
7) Google Classroom
8) New learning opportunities
9) A Truly Paperless Classroom
10) Future Proof Teaching and Learning
It almost sounds too good to be true! I can assure you that this isn’t the case. It’s better than just ‘good’ and it is honestly true. Allow me to dwell on the issue of honesty for a moment. Many teachers may question the security of the information being stored, shared and saved on a Google infrastructure. It’s no secret that Google share internet searches and so on with advertisers within the commercial market. Rest assured… The Google Apps for Education are not within that same remit. Any education information associated with a Education Apps login is completely secure. The data is not even accessible by Google. There really are no worries at all. I can’t think of a single reason why a school wouldn’t embed this suit of apps into their day-to-day teaching and learning structure. The fact is that you can use these tools in conjunction with any other apps that you already use. A school can have it’s cake and eat it. I can’t recommend it enough. It really does bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘Google It’.