Google Apps in Use

Over the past few months we have seen the entire public school system of Oregon will welcome Google Apps. Many have spoken to the three major benefits of Google Apps:

1) It saves schools money, a top issue on Education reform
2) It boosts academic performance and motivation, and are increasing their reading ability
3) It prepares students for digital communication in the real world, prepares students for the outside world

http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/

Alison Saylor’s technology class is using Google Apps for Education to allow her students to create online portfolios and complete projects online. Alison says “It’s a fun way to do it and they (the students) really get into it. They’re very engaged.” She is a computer and technology teacher at Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge Colorado, “I just talked to a kindergarten teacher yesterday who’s ready to get kids on Google Apps,” the district education-technology specialist said. “The demand is huge, and it seems to be meeting a need in this 21st-century learning environment.”

http://www.9news.com/seenon9news/article.aspx?storyid=155212&catid=509

If you’re a teaching looking to connect with other using Google Apps in the classroom surf on over to Classroom 2.0.

This is a group for people interesting in learning and sharing ideas aorund the implementation of Google Apps for Education. With over 300 members you are sure to connect with a fellow teacher. Current topics being discussed are K-5 Classroom use, funding, and help starting out.

Check out Techy things to Do this year in your classroom
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