Cloud Computing: GoogleDocs for Teachers
What is cloud computing? How can it help me in the classroom? Join us for an information workshop to learn about GoogleDocs and other great free tools that are available. Learn how you use these in the classroom so you too can join the world of cloud computing! Discover some of the benefits to using Google by exploring these great features: (ADE Criteria: Content, Instructional strategies, Technology)
1. Google Calendar- synchronizes with your iPad and provides widgets for your wiki
2. Google Documents & Forms – Create documents, presentations, spreadsheets and forms and store files online using Google Documents. Great for creating surveys, sign-in forms, etc.
3. Google Reader – an aggregator that can be used to compile your favorite feeds
4. Google Labs
5. Using online storage for easy file access

Workshop Agenda:
1. Let's Get Started!
2. What is cloud computing?

3. Remember, you MUST have a Google account. You can sign up for one here:
https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount?continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&hl=en

Google Calendar
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/topic.py?topic=15270
You will create a Google Calendar for your classroom.

iGoogle
Set up a customized Google homepage.
http://www.google.com/ig/settings
Choose a theme and add your calendar.
Find a RSS feed or gadget to add to your iGoogle page.
http://www.google.com/help/ig/videotour/

Google Docs
http://www.google.com/educators/p_docs.html
Guide for getting started: https://docs.google.com/View?docid=dcdn7mjg_72nh25vq
Use Google Docs for:
Documents
Presentations
Spreadsheets
Forms
Organizing & sharing files in Google Docs.
Surveys with Google Forms
Google Reader
http://www.google.com/reader/view/?hl=en&source=mmm-en

Some additional resources:
GoogleDocs Tipsheet and Resource Guide http://scr.bi/bdeH3U
GoogleDocs Livebinder by Sanchom http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=26265
34 Interesting Ways* to use Google Docs in the Classroom http://bit.ly/fugTQB
Google Docs in Plain English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA&feature=related
My Google Docs page: tinyurl.com/4c7lvky
Using Google Docs In The Classroom-Tips And Tricks: bit.ly/eGx04d
Managing your classroom with Google Docs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Ik-ooveAo&feature=relmfu
Over 70 Google Forms For The Classroom: bit.ly/e9AeBV

Other Google Products
Google Squared http://www.google.com/squared
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/products/index.html
Google A-Z https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TQupkuKAo7HQT-Sc8wMOcqVvXtc9j4QGWA2BrfBWpbI/mobilebasic?pli=1&hl=en
Google News Timeline http://newstimeline.googlelabs.com/
Yep. Google Will Do That... http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/yep-google-will-do-that.html
Handy Google Search Tips: 19 Simple Tricks You Need To Know http://huff.to/dZO56j
Google Tools for Schools: GoogleEarth http://bit.ly/gmPEMS
Google Tools for Schools: http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/cliotech/google-tools-for-schools-4697652
K-12 Guide to Going Google: http://bit.ly/dVpjx1
Google Sites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbK2S95jUsc
Dropbox www.getdropbox.com
Office 365 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/education/school-services.aspx#fbid=LZX3OaDhkz2

Google Advanced Search help
http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1221265&answer=136861&rd=1
Google for Educators http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html
Classroom Activities http://www.google.com/educators/activities.html