Here are useful resources for the latest news in GAFE- Google Applications for Education
Google Classroom is a new Edmodo-type learning management system and Google Slides is now available on ipad.
Below are details
Intro and instructions for students http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas/student-introduction-to-google-classroom
Intro and instructions for teachers http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/how-to-use-google-classroom-teacher-instructions
Basic tour, including a Rollout Video herehttp://www.google.com/edu/classroom/
Google Classroom Thoughts so far:
It's not perfect yet, but ultimately this should be a great feature for your class, especially as it gets more integrated features.
Please send your feedback and suggestions for features to Google .( The bottom right of the teacher Classroom page has a "feeback" button. Please use it to request features YOU need)
Basic intro of Google Classroom in 7 easy steps-
Using Google Classroom with iPads:
Google Classroom Presentation Slides by Geeky Gafe Girl via Jacob Standish
These two images are the view as a teacher and the view as a student of the same page.
My Online staff and PD area. For convenient in the classroom folder I place an electronic copy of the staff handbook here and copies of all those email attachments that teachers may need later but not have space to keep. Easy access when needed from home or phone, areas to comment and share, and no more full email.
Google Slides is a presentation tool instead of PowerPoint. It lets students work from home without Powerpoint and also lets them collaborate. This link includes templates and instructions
NEW! Slides is now an iPad app
Many teachers have been disappointed that students can't work on their presentations if they are using iPads.
The Google slides app is a step toward equalizing the options of working in GAFE across devices.
this is a good blog review about the new powerpoint-type app's uses and limitations http://jonathanwylie.com/2014/08/25/review-google-slides-for-ipad-is-now-available/U
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.