For collaboration and efficiency this tool allows educators to share documents in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Educators can make comments, make changes, and have a discussion regarding the document. Educators can upload documents from their own computers or create a document in the program.
- Google Docs Help
- Google Docs Tutorial
- Use for team collaboration such as Multidisciplinary Team Meetings, school counseling resources.
- Use for sharing resources and documents.
Google forms are a tool through Google apps that helps you plan events, send surveys, give quizzes, and collect other information. When recipients respond to the form the information will automatically collect in a spreadsheet, which can then be downloaded to Excel for further analysis.
- Google Form Help
- Google Form Tutorial
- Russ Sabella’s Powerpoint on collecting data using Google
- Use for surveys, needs assessments, self-perception data.
- Use to send weekly notes to parents to survey when they can be involved.
Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content.
- Google Sites Help
- Google Sites Tutorial
- Use for team project, employee profile, school counselor site, student club
Google Calendar is a great way to keep yourself organized with all your meetings, appointments, to-do’s, and happenings around school. You can have multiple calendars within your Google Calendar to easily separate the types of things you’ll do throughout the day. Groups can share calendars so that you don’t have to send/receive invitations. You can also embed a Google Calendar on your school’s website to share with your school community.
Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast, simple group chat.
A Google Group is a user-owned group created using the Google Groups service. Google Groups not only allows you to manage and archive your mailing list, but also provides a method for true communication and collaboration with group members.
- Google Groups Help
- Google Groups Information
- Use for group counseling, committees, dialogue in schools.
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® allows you to use Microsoft Outlook® 2003, 2007 and 2010 effectively with Google Apps. You get the cost savings, security and reliability of Google Apps, while employees can use the interface they prefer for email, contacts, calendar and notes.
Google Video Chat and Cell Phones
Google translate is an online tool that will translate whole sentences for you in Spanish, English, and French as well as over 60 other languages. This website also will translate entire websites. This is a great tool to use with families that do not speak English. They can translate the school and districts web pages to another language or when you meet with them you can talk through Google translator.
Google Voice lets you choose a new phone number that stays with you, not a device or location. Your Google Voice number won’t be your existing mobile device or land line number; you select a new number when signing up, which you can use for all your phones. You have one new number which can be connected to all of your devices.
- Google Voice Tutorial
- Use to give parents and students access to cell number without giving out your cell number so that they can call or text you.
- Use to connect all of your devices with one phone number.
- Use to record conversations or share memorable voicemails.
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.