Friday, May 11, 2012

Google Apps in Education

What is all this talk about "the cloud?"

Why do I need to set up "Home Sharing" for my iTunes?

How can I keep up with files over the course of jobs, years, and computers in the coming years?

There has been a recent revolution to share files to the web over the last 10 years or so... These questions and many others are answered by a simple fact: the way we communicate has changed. Just like the telephone changed the way we share information across the country and globe, the internet has changed the way we share electronic files. It is no longer a necessity to possess a piece of information, only to have reliable, efficient access to it.

The days of a computer or smartphone crashing and loosing data are over. With the ability to access information from a single repository through multiple devices we are free to become truly mobile. Okay, okay, let's slow down a bit... Let's begin with Google.

Google has a long history as a giant among the titans of the internet. It is third in terms of web mail (though it hosts many domains outside of the "@gmail.com" domain that may not be counted), supports all platforms as the Chrome browser, and is synonymous with the words "internet search" (Google-it!). But what you may not know is that Google also links you to Blogspot, YouTube, and Picassa just to name a few. Google hosts everything from source code editors to websites, word processors to presentation tools, and computer aided design programs to free books online!

Lets get started with few basic Google features. All require a GMail account to interact, so why don't you go ahead and make one: CLICK

If you already have one, watch the videos on the following:
Mail
Calendaring
Contacts
Websites
Documents
YouTube
Maps
Books