When I first saw the assignment on Google Apps training, I didn’t realize how little I actually knew about Google. There are so many different ways to incorporate Google into a classroom. I also didn’t realize that there was a whole section on Apps for Education and how certain apps could be used. For example, I use Google Calendar for my everyday personal calendars, however, I do not use it for school. I think that if I used it for school as well, it would keep me that much more organized. I didn’t know that you could attach documents using the calendar. I like this option because it is just another way that I can stay organized. The more organized I am, the more efficient I will be as a teacher. Another useful app that I experimented with is the Google Sites app. A lot of my colleagues use this tool for their classroom website. I have always used iWeb for my websites, so I found navigating the Google Sites a little rough at first. After playing around with it for a while, I started to get the hang of it and was able to see the value in using this app. The feature that I like the most is that it auto-saves and I can access and edit it anywhere I have Internet access. With iWeb, I have to use my computer to make changes and I have lost my website more than once. I is difficult to recreate a website once you have all the information on it! I also really like the forms app. I had never thought about embedding an informational form on my class website until taking this class. I love the idea and again, it will keep me so much more organized. I have always used Google Docs with my class and as an educator. I have found it is a great way to collaborate with students and colleagues.
There are so many more ways to use Google Apps. I think the training site will come in extremely help to me and I am so excited to learn more.