Google Apps for Education


Google Apps for Education

A group for people interesting in learning and sharing ideas around the implementation of Google Apps for Education.

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Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2014

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iPad apps that work well with Google Drive

Started by Joanne Finnegan. Last reply by Katie Dunbar Dec 16, 2014. 3 Replies

Math maps

Started by Grace Gorman. Last reply by JFarrow Oct 12, 2014. 1 Reply

Converting Worksheets to Google Docs

Started by Ian. Last reply by Tandra Ericson Sep 21, 2014. 1 Reply

Novel Studies with Chromebooks

Started by Ian. Last reply by David Miller Aug 6, 2014. 2 Replies

Group Projects

Started by Kevin Majewski. Last reply by Kevin Majewski Aug 5, 2014. 8 Replies

Using gClassFolders?

Started by Niilo Alhovaara. Last reply by Scott Tobias Nov 16, 2013. 1 Reply


Started by Conny Melvin. Last reply by Matthew Piecara Jul 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Google Apps in Literacy Centers

Started by Becky Smith. Last reply by Matthew Piecara Jul 18, 2013. 3 Replies

Google Apps In Ed & Training Staff

Started by Beverly Meyer. Last reply by Karen Fox Mar 17, 2013. 9 Replies

ePortfolios using Google Sites

Started by Smita Kolhatkar. Last reply by Smita Kolhatkar Jul 21, 2012. 4 Replies

Alternative to Google Sketch-up

Started by Christine Nasserghodsi. Last reply by Smita Kolhatkar Jul 19, 2012. 5 Replies

Google Forms for Voting

Started by Tom New. Last reply by Penny Hildinger Jun 3, 2012. 2 Replies

Password Reset in Google Apps

Started by Kimberly Allison. Last reply by MsLisaKate Mar 28, 2012. 5 Replies

Collaboration through Google Docs

Started by Niilo Alhovaara. Last reply by Laura Gonzales Feb 14, 2012. 11 Replies

Help on starting Google Apps Ed

Started by V G. Last reply by Niilo Alhovaara Oct 24, 2011. 7 Replies

Using Docs to assess

Started by Dan Sitter. Last reply by Allison Hart Oct 20, 2011. 8 Replies

Google Apps Email vs. Gmail - Can't login to both tonight

Started by Anne Jeschke. Last reply by Anne Jeschke Jul 28, 2011. 3 Replies

Google Apps Issues and Solutions

Started by Roger Grant. Last reply by Marshall Haire Jun 14, 2011. 13 Replies

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Comment by Claude Almansi on August 3, 2013 at 12:28am

@ Courtney Kendall,

If you add people's gmail addresses to a Google Drive / Docs file, this per se means that you confer them a certain type of privilege, defined in a drop list set by default on "edit", if they sign in with their gmail address.

If you don't want them to have to sign in, then you must set the privacy options on "viewable to anyone who has the link".

Re this group: it's pretty safe to post a question on its "wall" as you did,  because it has been dormant for almost a year. But in other more active groups, if you have a question, it's better to post it in the "Discussions" area: this way you'll be sure that question and replies will be kept together.

Have a nice field day!

Comment by Courtney Kendall on August 2, 2013 at 8:14pm

I used Google Docs to create schedules and maps for teachers for Field Day. My intention was that since my district is pushing technology and all teachers have district Gmail accounts, that I would save paper and share the documents with the teachers. I spent hours creating my documents and getting them ready to share. When I was finally ready to share, I added all of the teacher's email accounts and an email was sent out from Google to all of them. I specifically chose the option to not include a login upon viewing because I knew several teachers would not remember their password, so I opted instead for them to just click the link. However, the link only worked for about 5 out of 50 teachers. I deleted everyone and tried again. An error kept showing up on teacher's screens and not many could access the documents. I ended up having to print all of the documents for all of the teachers in the end and totally ruined my great idea of keeping everything paperless. What could have happened and what would be the fix?

Comment by Susan McClements on August 15, 2012 at 11:58am

response to Groups in Google

Does she have all the students emails in her Google account and she is logged on to her school Google account. She can't be on her personal Gmail account.  She need to own the group. She can create it in her Google mail if all the students appear in her contacts.  She creates a group and then adds all the students. Then in Google Docs when she has a Doc or even collection (folder) to share, You click the Share button on the right side of the screen. A Sharing Settings dialog box appears. at the bottom there is a box label Add people to share, you can just type the name of the group and it will appear.

Hope this helps
Susan McClements
Technology Facilitator
South Bend New Tech
South Bend, IN

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On Aug 15, 2012, at 9:26 AM, Classroom 2.0 wrote:

A message from Klista Lawyer-Reynolds to all members of Google Apps for Education on Classroom 2.0!

Someone please help me out! My district is starting to use Google Apps, but we haven't completely reached the point of no return.  I have a teacher who's been using Docs for a few months and she wanted to make a group for all of her students so it would be easier to share.  I set up a group for her, added her to it, and shared a document with her as a test.  She can't see the document.
To troubleshoot, I've tried about everything - delete the group, make a new one, delete the teacher account, make a new one, unshare, reshare, change the permissions, take out funky characters... What am I missing? We do not have the mail feature turned on yet, but I've had other teachers use groups with no problems. When I look at her account, it shows that she's a member of the group I created for her.
Please help!

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Comment by Mark Tozer on May 24, 2012 at 9:40pm

I believe I'm asking this question in the right place...

I've been promoting to other teachers in my school all year the benefits of using google docs and google calendar for collaboration.  I've done my lesson plans all year on docs, made calendars for myself, school, district, and mapping my grade level standards.  Other teachers have not caught on at all.  With a couple like-minded teachers coming into our school next year, a new principal who is supportive of the idea, I am trying to make plans for next year.  Here is where I've run into a new problem.  I've been using the regular docs, not Google for Ed.  When I've asked about using it as a testbed in my school for my district, I have been met with some resistance from central admin.  Docs were available to me all year until our network was "updated" this past March.  Gmail has always been blocked.  What is a good way to approach this? I don't really understand the cost to the district (we live in a big city... over 40 schools.)  I want my next communication with downtown to be clear and direct, pointing to how I'd like to use it personally (lessons, calendars, curriculum mapping), as a collaboration tool, and possibly, and perhaps most importantly, as a tool to collect immediate feedback from students on a regular basis through FORMS designed to go to spreadsheets, in order to sort students quickly into groups to better facilitate "differentiation* - perhaps even integrate grade-level and even cross-grade level classes.


1.) I believe this is a "battle" worth fighting so I'm looking for advice, but how can I address the (I'm sure) typical worries of administrators?

2.) How (much) / what does the district pay?  With time and upkeep... or is it all or nothing as a district?  What exactly is free for teachers and students?  I've been using pieces through our current network, but want all features, including youtube for ed.

3.) What would you say if you were in my shoes?  (Besides, 'Hey, these are not my shoes' :-)

4.) Am I in the right space here?  Should I start a Discussion thread?  (I need to learn more about the etiquette of Classroom 2.0.)


Comment by Maria Sommer on April 13, 2012 at 12:08pm

We had an issue this week uploading pictures to GoogleDocs. We had the students take a picture of themselves with some fungus (7th Grade Science), with the intention of having them insert it in a GoogleDoc. We found on the fly that if the picture was over 1.0 MB, it would not insert into their doc. So, after a flood of frantic emails from students and parents, we suggested they do the project on MSWord instead. Other than reducing the file size of the pictures, does anyone have suggestions on how we can make this work better next time around? 

Comment by Zee Ann Poerio on April 1, 2012 at 4:09pm

You can connect all your Google Docs with your Edmodo library.  I had all the students do this last week.  Log on to GA and Edmodo.  In Edmodo click on the library tab.  On the left, click on the Google Docs then click on Connect with Google Docs and then ACCEPT.  All the files from Google Docs will copy into the Library, so it makes it easy to attach their documents to assignments or posts.  When you update a document in google, refresh the page in edmodo and everything will be current.  GREAT FEATURE!  If you have more than one google account (like one personal one and one for school, make sure you are the connecting the one you want for school.  You can also disconnect the account if you need to do so.)

Comment by Maria Sommer on March 24, 2012 at 6:41am

I would love to hear more about the Chromebooks - 

I use Google Apps much the same as Katie. I'm investigating how GA integrates with edmodo. 

Comment by teresa.mackinnon on March 24, 2012 at 6:36am

i have recently started using google chromebooks with google apps for education in higher education and would be pleased to hear from others doing similar thing.

Comment by Smita Kolhatkar on January 16, 2012 at 9:12pm

Hi Katie,

With 5th grade I use Google apps as follows:

1. Research on topics.

2. Sharing and collaborating documents - students amongst themselves

3. Creating sites and ePortfolios

4. Creating project directions and sharing with students

5. Google drawings when they want to draw online to illustrate their writing/poems

6. Google bookmarks to bookmark important sites.

7. Gmail for communication.

Will update as I think of more.


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