Thursday, January 21, 2016

Technology - Google Apps

A few years ago, Richmond moved from relying heavily on traditional email and desktop applications from Microsoft to Google Apps. Google Apps includes email, documents, spreadsheets, calendars and more that are all provided by Google. 

One of the main reasons we made the switch was that it provides a better way of collaborating with others. Students can work together on an assignment at any time using a variety of internet connected devices and can see the changes that are being made as they are happening. 

Google Apps has worked great in our classrooms and it can work for you at home too. If you have a Gmail account, you have access to Google Apps. If you don't have a Gmail address, you can sign up for free at gmail.com.  Here are just a few ideas of ways that you could use Google Apps at home with your families:

Gmail - Keep in touch with email that is hosted by Google and accessible from a large number of connected devices. 

  Google Calendar - Create events in this online calendar and share them with family      members. Put anything from sporting events to music lessons on a shared calendar so everyone in your family knows what's going on. 

Google Drive - Create documents, spreadsheets and slideshows to share with the family. Create a shared document or spreadsheet to keep track of things like homework and chores.


There are so many other uses for Google Apps in your home that you can explore and the best part is that it's completely free!