Google Applications in Education
With Google's unofficial corporate motto being 'don't be evil' it is hard to imagine a time before the advent of Google; bulletin boards, 33kbps narrowband, telephone lines engaged due to internet usage and more recently 'Google Apps'.
It is becoming clear that Google is positioning itself in the forefront of creativity and becoming the preferred application for institutions throughout the world.
After signing up to an email address using Google gmail you now have at your fingers an abundance of applications ready to enhance and promote learning not only in your classroom but also with the parents of students, community and even globe of interested citizens.
By utilising Google's Calendar you can now promote the school calendar for all to see, and users can sign up to receive SMS text messages of important events so the parents have no need to circle the wall calendar slightly leaning crooked on the refrigerator door.
Another package available recently from Google is Google Docs which replaces the traditional Microsoft Office Suite of Excel, PowerPoint and Word. The application is web based so the need for updating the software is now a thing of the past and collaboration is now completely intertwined with the application.
With these new products continually being refined and upgraded by Google the need for downloading the new patch or upgrade is now redundant. There is however a growing uncertainty as to the reasoning behind Google's motivation to provide free products such as these. I hope Google is still holding themselves true to their motto.
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