Google Apps for Education - The beginning of our journey!
- Blogging - PrimaryBlogger
- Planning - Evernote
- Saving/Sharing work on iPads- Dropbox
- Saving documents on laptops - School Server
- School Email - Outlook 365
- Unlimited Google Drive Space - Once your schools is set up, you have unlimited Google Drive space meaning anything on your school server can now be transferred to Google Drive meaning teachers don't need to be at school to access documents, plans etc.
- Virtual Staffroom - We have built a Google Site that has an announcement board and calendar. Again, it is accessible from anywhere meaning teachers can find out what's happening without needing to be in school.
- Email and the ease of sharing and collaborating on documents - Google gives you access to their equivalent to office tools - docs, slides, numbers etc and these can be easily shared with staff.
- No more printing planning! Planning can now all be stored on Google Drive, saving money and then can be accessed on any device a teacher has - phone, tablet computer. If you are still printing planning for it to be handed in and checked each week, you're doing it wrong, planning can be stored on the drive and accessed by the powers that be. It is also worth mentioning Ofsted have also said:
'Ofsted does not specify how planning should be set out, the length of time it should take or the amount of detail it should contain. Inspectors are interested in the effectiveness of planning rather than the form it takes.'
- Most apps are available on every device - need to make a note on my planning, I can do that on my phone, iPad, Chromebook or laptop at home!
We will give it a go and see, so I will probably blog again in the future once we have trialed some more of the Google tools including the Classroom feature!