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By Tatum Travers • August 26, 2016

Finding Innovation in Google Apps for Education

By 2020, Google Apps for Education is predicted to have over 110 million users, due in part to the ease with which districts can use Google’s free suite of tools to encourage classroom collaboration. But many districts are failing to tap into the more innovative uses of GAFE, missing opportunities to nurture creativity and critical thinking in students.

During a recent webinar, we asked educators to share the most innovative uses of Google Apps for Education that they’ve seen in their district. Here are highlights from what they shared.

Google Apps for Education

Google Docs

I have students create a table of contents for their multimedia projects. They use links in section titles to make it easy to jump to those sections in their work.”

“I use Google Docs to develop collaborative meeting agendas with a team of administrators. This lets us develop policies and standards operating procedures together."

“Google Docs are a powerful tool for writing workshops. I sometimes use Google Docs to ask students to caption images or photos when we’re addressing mood or tone in class.”

Google Forms

“We use Forms to take inventory of student interest. This information determines the personalized learning activities students participate in throughout the year.”

“When students submit assignments through Google forms, teachers can export answers to a spreadsheet. This simplifies grading and speeds up the process of submitting student work.”

 “I embed short video clips in Forms and ask students to give feedback, report their learning, and assert their opinions. This data is tabulated in its own unique data set.”

 “As an administrator, I use Google forms to capture Teacher Self Assessment and Reflection responses as part of our teacher evaluation process.”

 Google Hangouts

“If a child can’t come to class due to illness, they can use Google Hangouts to follow along from home.”

 “Schools at different sites in the same district can work on the same PBL activity and use a Google Hangout to share questions, hypotheses, or research results.”

 “Our class used Google Hangouts to connect with a playground construction company. We got to see how they designed playgrounds while students worked on designing their own playground equipment.”


Google Slides

“As a SPED teacher, I’ve used Google Slides to create social stories for my children on the spectrum.”

“One student in my class used Slides to build an interactive game. This served as a springboard to sharing his passion project.”


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