8 Reasons Your School Should Get Smart With Google Apps for Education

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If you have a Gmail account then you are probably already familiar with some of Google’s applications. But did you know that they have a special suite of productivity tools created especially for educational institutions?

Google Apps for Education includes some tools that you might already use, like Google Drive and shared calendars, but it also offers special applications designed to help bring technology into the classroom so that your teachers can teach better and you staff can work more productively.

Here are 8 reasons why your educational institution should already be using Google Apps for Education:

1. Professional email addresses

With Google Apps for education everyone on your staff receives an email account with the school’s domain.

2. Easy sharing and collaboration

Using Google Apps you can create documents and spreadsheets to be shared with your staff and administrators in just a few minutes, without printing out a singe piece of paper. You can also invite others to edit a document online, to ensure that the details meet everyone’s approval.

3. End of your scheduling woes

How many times have you had to reschedule a staff meeting because one of your teachers had an important engagement for that very date? With Google’s share calendars this is no longer a problem because everyone’s schedules are available for easy access.

4. It’s all in the clouds

Since the Google Apps are all cloud-based, you can access all of your emails, documents and calendars at any time, from any device.

5. No permission slip left behind

Is there a school field trip coming up? Use Google Forms to create permission slips that won’t get left in your students backpacks because you can share them directly with the parents, online. You can even receive notifications when the forms are signed.

6. Be more productive

Google helps increase productivity for educators with Google Classroom. Teachers can create and collect assignments paperlessly, as well of keep track of which assignments have been turned in, and provide feedback to students on their work. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click.

7. Save Money

The Oregon Department of Education switched their entire public school system to Google Apps for Education after estimating that it would save them $1.5 million a year. Since the suite of Google applications is free and eliminates the need for other email systems, desktop office applications and IT support, your school can save some a significant amount of money. Just think of all of the other uses that money can go to….

8. Increase your student’s motivation to learn

Studies have found that encouraging students to get involved in technology increases their motivation to learn. With Google Sites students can create their own websites and e-portfolio as part of their studies. A science teacher in Main Township taught her students to use Google spreadsheets to track and code date in collaborative online tables, such as real scientists do. With Google Apps for Education it’s easy to bring technology into the classroom and prepare your students to enter the real world.

 

Is your educational institution using Google Apps for Education? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?

 

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