With the myriad of tools that Google has to offer, we would be foolish not to take advantage of the excellent educational tools Google can provide us (as teachers) and our students. In this class, we'll explore a few of the "social" tools that Google has to offer. To see an even more extensive list of educational tools by Google, read this post Darren made on his personal blog about why he thinks every teacher should have a Google account. This post about Google Docs is also very informative.

  • Google Docs - Wow. Create documents, spreadsheets, and (now) presentations without paying the fiddler. The best part about using these with your students is the collaboration features they have included: multiple people can be editing the same document at the same time (and with the Revisions tab, you can even see which student contributed what).

  • Google RSS Reader - RSS has drastically changed the way online communications take place. While there are a number of RSS Readers available, we will be learning about Google's because it's not stored locally - thus, with Google reader (and others - like Bloglines, for example) you can read your feeds from any computer on any campus.