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Monday, July 16, 2012

Big Ideas About Technology & Learning: 3 Ways To Use Google Mail (GMail)

Google Docs is an application that allows users to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with all school stakeholders (students, parents, faculty & staff, administration, board, and community).

Google Forms is an application that allows users to create forms (interactive documents that facilitate data collection). All data entered into the form is automatically entered into a downloadable spreadsheet!

Google Calendar is an application that facilitates the efficient managing and sharing of events.

Google Mail (GMail) is a multi-faceted communication tool. Do not be misled by its simple user interface! Beneath it are a rich set of functions that allow you to accomplish ...

  1. Bilingual Parent Communication. Use Gmail's Translate feature to communicate with parents in different languages.
  2. Global Writing Projects. Establish pen pals for your students in other states or countries, and use the Translate feature to let them correspond!
  3. Internal Email Addresses. Establish school-based email addresses for all stakeholder groups (Administration, Faculty, Staff, Board, Students - even Parents) to effect spam-free, virus-free communication and file exchanges.

To Learn More ...
  1. Google Apps in Classrooms and Schools: 32 Ways to Use Google Apps (Slide Presentation - 54 Slides)
  2. Google Apps in Classrooms and Schools: 32 Ways to Use Google Apps (Professional Development Webinar - 58 minutes, 52 seconds)
Please share your thoughts on these "Big Ideas" and best practices by leaving comments below. Email us or follow us on Twitter @dbrowndbrown to submit your own "Big Ideas" and best practices!
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