Google has many resources and tools available for teachers and students. Google is a one-stop shop that allows creativity, organization, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, communication, administration, and problem-solving. The Google Suite of programs is free to users. The programs are web-based and hosted in the cloud (Google, 2018). The Google programs also allow users to use Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher and lower order thinking skills along with using the SAMR model of design for use (OTTL, 2018). Google programs can also be adapted for those with disabilities such as being deaf, blind, hard of hearing, and that have low vision. Also, Google can be used across many connected devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Two of the biggest resources in the Google Suite are Google Docs and Google Classroom. First Google Docs is a suite of tools that resemble word programs. Tools in the suite include spreadsheets that allow Excel format cells, graphs, and charts, Presentations that are similar to PowerPoint, Documents that are similar to word documentation and writing, and Forms which allow for users to create report forms, quizzes, assessments, and polls (Google, 2018). Teachers can use this set of tools for lesson creation, lesson administration, grade tracking, and presentation or training. Students can use these tools to complete papers, create presentations, and track projects. Users can allow sharing of the documents so other users can add or delete information through collaboration. The next big resource is Google Classroom. Google Classroom is like some learning management systems. Teachers can create classes and lessons for students (OTTL, 2018). The program allows for the creation of assignments, announcements, discussion boards, and areas to provide grades and feedback (OTTL, 2018). Google Drive is a useful tool for students and teachers which allow users 15 gigabytes of storage space for files and documents (Google, 2018). Users can create group folders or individual folders to keep files organized. Another organization tool from Google is the calendar. Users can keep track of important dates and times. Calendars can be shared for groups or made for individuals. Links can quickly allow users to add information to their calendars. Users also have communications tools like Gmail and Hangouts available. Gmail is the suite email that allows users to send messages to each to communicate. Teachers can send information about the class, respond to questions, send lessons, and send announcements to students. Also, it too can be used for storing documents, files, and text. Google Hangouts is a web meeting and video/text tool for users. Users can video or text chat on the program. The classroom can add guest speakers to the class through Hangouts and teachers can communicate with students and parents. Google is also known for its search functions for general web search, scholarly search, book search, video search, and even picture search (Google, 2018). Another set of useful resources include Google Maps and Google Earth. Students can use these programs to learn geography, visualize areas, and take virtual field trips right from home or the classroom.
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