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Monday, July 30, 2012

Big Ideas About Technology & Learning: 4 Ways To Use Google Talk

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.

Google Talk is a text, voice, and video chat application. When used wisely, it can facilitate powerful, positive communication between school stakeholders ...

  1. Invite Guest Teachers To Your Classroom. Use Google Talk's video chat to allow teachers from other charter schools to be guest stars in your daily classroom production!
  2. Increase Parental Involvement. Allow parents to participate in daily instruction by leading your classroom warmups, or by reading to students!
  3. Conduct Parent / Team Meetings. Imagine the scheduling convenience of conducting parent conferences or collaborative department meetings online!
  4. Conduct Online Office Hours. With parental permission, allow students to ask questions and receive help on homework, or even more detailed project assignments!

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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