Google Apps for Education isn't "Microsoft Office Lite".
This is the future of content creation and collaboration.
Google Apps can be used anywhere - from the Windows computers in our library and labs, to our wireless Chromebook carts, to computers, smartphones, and tablets at home.
And accessing all of these tools is very simple. After logging into your Pathfinder e-mail, click the grid of squares in the upper-right. All of the other services provided with your Pathfinder account are shown here.
When you first log into your account to see your e-mail inbox, you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of what services are available as part of your account.
Your Pathfinder account includes:
Google Drive allows you to create, edit, and collaborate on word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can access these files from anywhere in the world, and you can share them with other students and staff. You can collaborate on documents in real-time; any edits you or your collaborators make are immediately visible to each other. Students can work together on projects: not only on any Chromebook or Windows computer in the building, but also at home.
Google Forms is a way to collect and automatically tabulate data from students and staff. This tool can be used to create surveys, data entry forms, quizzes, and more. If you collect data on paper from Pathfinder staff and students, only to manually transcribe that data later into a spreadsheet, Google Forms can do all that work for you!
Google Sites allows you to create a classroom, club, or department website. You can use the website to communicate with your students and their parents/guardians. Or, you can use the website to create and update department documentation, and as a place to collaborate with your fellow staff. All of the tools that were used to create the new PathfinderTech.org homepage are free and available to all staff to use as part of their Google Apps for Education account.
Google Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback and grading efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. And it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.
Google Calendar allows you to maintain a private calendar, as well as share public calendars with other staff and students. For example, a teacher could post assignment due dates on a calendar that is shared with all of their students. Staff can send calendar invitations to other staff members, so that they are automatically reminded of upcoming meetings or events. You can subscribe to public calendars for building resources, such as the library or the building's Chromebook carts.