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Google Apps for Education
By now, most of you have understood that our acounts are Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. This means that we have our own school domain with different storage and security features than a 'normal' Google account. Chanda, Damir, Rebecca, and Anja are administrators of this domain and can always be contacted for help, including issues with passwords. Currently all students grade 5 and up also have their own account.

The 'apps' part means that we have access to online productivity tools/software for free. The ones everyone knows about include Mail, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, but there are others such as Photos, Sites, Google+, Drawings and Forms, and  then there are even more on the Marketplace. Each of these apps have unique features and they may or may not be able to interact with each other - but certainly the more you stay within this system the easier it is.

This week, find out more about some of the lesser known tools that Google has to offer, but if you still need help with the basics, there are great tutorials and guides available. Get started here and here, and/or contact Anja for 1:1 support.

How can you use Google's other services with your students?

Google News
 Need current events? Need them in a variety of languages, from a variety of national perspectives? Want to customize what you see? Then try using Google news with your students, or to inform yourself about what is happening around the world.

Google Trends
Get real data for real inquiries. Find out what people have been searching for as a way of analyzing language development, tracking issues, identifying regional interest, and for answering other questions that connect your units to the real world. For example, a search on 'makerspace' shows that the term began to be used in April 2011 and originated in the US, with interest increasing over time.

Google Earth
Go anywhere, for free! Google Earth is not just for learning geography. There are so many features that can support learning in many other subjects. Use this Guide to get started with ideas.

Google Keep
Love post its? Have ideas that you want to jot down quickly, keep, and organized - but not on paper? Try Google Keep and also share this tool with your students. It is a simple and effective way to keep all those bits and pieces of 'things' you want to remember - as text, audio, images, and lists. And they can also be shared with others. For example, it could be used as a simple project management tool for group work.

Books and Scholar
Google Books allows you and your students to search through eBooks and to read excerpts. You can create your own collections (Bookshelves).

Google Scholar is a specialized search engine that searches professional articles and other sources. Particularly for DP students, this is an important alternative to traditional search engines.


Meet the new Google Drive
If you haven't updated to the new Google Drive, you should do so! Look for the Settings Wheel when you are in Drive and click it. If you are not on the newest version, you will see a message asking you to experience the new drive.
Sharing documents on Google Drive can sometimes feel a little confusing. Watch this short video about sharing if this is true for you. Also remember, you should organize your files in the Drive, NOT in Shared With Me.

Other ideas:

Need a refresher about our ISS accounts (isswiki and issev), click here.

What are some things that students should be able to do with Google Docs? Click here and find out.

Google Marketplace Apps of the Week:
You can find these apps by cllcking your Apps Launcher in your Drive, and going to 'More'.

This is an excellent mind-mapping tool to which we have premium access through our account. It is intuitive, endlessly flexible, customizable, and multi-facted in what it can do. If you are a visual thinker and/or need your students to be, this is one of the best online mind-mapping tools around. Seamlessly integrates with Google Drive and allows for collaboration.

The cousin of LucidChart, LucidPress is an excellent publishing tool. Like Pages, it allows you and your students to create professional looking publications. Unlike Pages, they can do it collaboratively in real-time, just like a Google Doc. A multitude of features for editing, layout, and styles are available. The Shout! magazine published in the Upper School uses LucidPress for their excellent work, as one example.
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