Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is more than an email system or an alternative to Microsoft Office. Google Apps for Education offers a suite of cloud-based applications that can fundamentally change the way teachers deliver curricular materials and the way students learn. Many school have moved to GAFE or are planning to move to GAFE.
Two things are vital for this transition to be successful. First, districts should not think of this transition as a matter of technology. Instead, districts should look at this transition as a strategic plan for curricular delivery. Secondly, districts must invest in professional development. If classroom teachers are to make the most of the educational value derived from the GAFE platform, they will need a great deal of professional development. This training should include how to use the applications and how to integrate them into the curriculum.
The ESC can provide assistance with strategic planning as well as comprehensive professional development on the entire GAFE suite. For more information, please contact Mike Corcoran.
We have a number of online GAFE training videos. Videos are produced by our Technology Coordinator as a quick reference to learn about most of the GAFE products. This is a new project only recently undertaken and the library of videos grows each month. Be sure to check back regularly to see new videos. You can also follow his YouTube channel and/or Blog for the latest additions.
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