•  Google Apps For Education

    Goals:
    *Increase student engagement 
    *Expose our students to the latest technology - software and hardware
    *Create student centered learning environments
    *Allow students and teachers to do new things, work collaboratively and create projects
    *Prepare our students for the transition to online testing as we move toward Common Core State Standards 
    implementation
    *Provide equitable access to computers to all students 

    Why Google Apps for Education? 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDI_249CFY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Chromebooks for Education 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWGPzoKGxhU
    What is Google Apps for Education? 
    Google Apps - who else is using it? Lots of schools!
    RJUHSD Google Apps Training Site 
    RJUHSD Chromebook Resource Site

    Educational Benefits of Chromebooks and GAfE:
    *Fast boot time – 8 seconds - They boot up in 8 seconds and resume instantly -- eliminating the typical
     down time wasted while traditional computers start up and connect to a network.
    * Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud, so multiple students can use the same 
    Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in. 
    * The Google Applications are free for student use; such as Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, 
    and presentation).
    * Allows for easy student and teacher collaboration and feedback.

    IT Benefits of Chromebooks and GAfE:
    *Web Based Management
    *Reduced setup time
    *No programs to install – all student work will be saved in the “cloud”
    *No viruses 
    *Updates are automatic
    *Easy to use - minimal IT support needed.*Inexpensive - allows more devices to be purchased


    Google Apps for Education
    1. Free
    2. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, sites, networking, collaboration, and lots more
    3. Students can access their files from any device
    4. Students can share their work with their teachers
    5. Students can collaborate with others on the same project at the same time
    6. Unlimited potential
    7. Safe (management of GAFE and Chromebooks)
    8. Allows students to create projects, instead of just consuming information
    Chromebooks 
    1. Cost - 1/3 cost of a laptop
    2. 1/10th the setup time
    3. Less IT support needed, automatic updates, 
    4. Easy to use, fast, light
    5. Start up in 7 seconds
    6. Battery lasts 6.5 hours or more
    7. Thousands of free web-apps available
    8. Internet based - student data is stored online and accessible from any device
    9. Works with digital resources we already use
    10. Research shows that technology-transformed interventions improve learninge
    11. Allow for collaborative, project based lessons and learning
    12. Technology based, online collaboration and personalized instruction helps with student engagement and learning
    Note about Google Apps and Education:
    Google Enterprise 
    Editor's note: This guest post was contributed by +Rich Kiker, the top-rated Google Certified 
    Trainer and founder of Kiker Learning.

    Educators should demonstrate certain traits to effectively serve today’s learners. Google Apps for 
    Education gives us a virtual landscape where educators can deploy these traits anytime and anywhere. 
    We have extended our educational tools to include Chromebooks and Android tablets, so now educators
     can create an environment poised for inquiry, driven by discovery, and saturated with opportunities for 
    student achievement.  

    To this end, any teacher, coach, parent, or mentor can shape a child’s journey by plugging into connected 
    learning to empower a learner with voice, design thinking, and digital awareness. 

    This is why I am educator who has #GoneGoogle with conviction.