Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tech Tip: Google Apps for Students

Great news! Starting this year, students have access to their own Google Apps accounts through our school.  Here are some tools that you might be able to put to good use in your classroom.
Getting Started
From the school homepage, student can click on  Students > Google Student Login.  The first time students login, they will have to accept the terms of use before they can proceed. This message will only appear the first time they login.
The Basics
Use Google Docs to have students  write and share papers, spreadsheets and presentation files (think PowerPoint) with each other and you over the Internet. 
Students also have access to  Google’s e-mail program, Gmail.  They can only send or receive e-mail from other WEGO students or staff members, so it is perfect for sending messages to your class or having them send you documents by e-mail. 
Google Calendar can help students stay organized. They can also subscribe to other calendars. This is useful if you want to set up an easily updatable class calendar with  them.  The calendar comes with a to do list program called Tasks that you can access in Gmail too.
For the Adventurous
If you want to go beyond the basic features, you might want to try using Google Sites, Groups or Blogger. Sites is an easy to use web page builder. Groups allows you to create a e-mail listserv for your class.  Blogger is a great tool for creating blogs.
Got Questions?
These are just a few of the ways you can have students use their Google Apps accounts. If you have questions about student logins, setting up blogger or using the other Google programs, contact the LRC or technology staff. We would be glad to help.

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