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Monday, 12 January 2015

Going Google

This post is the first in a short series where I share how Google Apps has changed the way staff work at my school.

I use my numerous Google accounts every single day. Not only do I have a Google Apps for Education account for work, I also have my own Google Apps for Work account which I use for testing and any freelance work. Alongside those, I have a number of personal Google accounts for various uses.

If you have your own Gmail account, you'll know how good the experience is. Start using Drive and everything gets even better. When you use Calendar and schedule appointments for Hangouts with one click, you realise that everything has become seamless. Imagine that for your school - an experience that everybody shares, literally, as documents teachers create are collaboratively edited to take a great lesson plan and make it even better. Imagine watching the SLT edit the SEF in realtime and the admin team collating information without copying and pasting from one document to another. Imagine parents filling out a Google Form setup by the Vice Principal to find out what they think of student planners and asking for their opinion about setting homework online.

I'm lucky because I don't have to imagine any of that. Just over a year into using Google Apps, the attitudes towards technology for learning, collaboration and efficiency have already changed. I can't wait to see what changes next. By no means are we finished! In fact, we've only just begun! The next posts in this series will share some of the ways we've used Google Apps to streamline workflows across the school.

You can sign up for Google Apps for Education completely free here if you're an eligible educational institution.

Don't forget - all of this is the same for businesses too. If you like the sound of your employees working together like never before, you can sign up for a free trial of Google Apps for Work here.
Image credit: https://www.google.co.uk/work/apps/education/benefits.html

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