Are you Google crazy?  I hope you are using Google Forms, Presentation, Drive, Calendars, Sites, etc.  If you are not, you need to START now.  Google offers so many powerful tools that can save you time and bring really cool web 2.0 experiences to your classroom.

For starters, use Google Chrome as your web browser.  Use the podcast below to learn some Google Chrome Basics...

Google Chrome

1. Chrome is designed to be fast.
2. Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple, and has features that are designed for efficiency and ease of use.
3. Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, autoupdates to make sure you have all the latest security fixes, and more.
4. Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history, and other settings to all your computers. Just go to the Wrench menu and select “Sign in to Chrome."
5. Chrome has many useful features built in including automatic full-page translation and access to thousands of apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.

A Few Great Chrome Extensions to Check Out:
1. - URL shortener
2. Block Ad
3. Buffer
4. Last Pass
5. Stumble Upon
6. Awesome Screenshot (great when using chromebooks)
7. Turn off the lights
8. Select and Speak or Speak It
9. Clearly Chrome Extension for Students: Use a “Pin Tab”. If you have multiple tabs open, use a “Pin Tab” to make the tabs the size of the little icon on the left side.

Don’t overlook Paste and Search and Paste and Go. These two features are available when you right-click to add a word or URL to Chrome and will save you an extra step.

Reopen a closed tab. Oops! If you didn’t mean to close that tab, just press Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen it.

Use the Chrome shortcuts. Open a new tab, see your history, maximize your window, and much more with these shortcuts.

Take advantage of the address bar. With Google Chrome, you can use the address bar to perform a Google search, quickly access pages you’ve already visited, and get recommendations for places to go.

Go incognito. If you don’t want to leave traces of where you were browsing, use incognito mode instead of having to go back and delete your history and cookies.

Use the bookmarks manager. Stay organized, rearrange bookmarks, search for bookmarks, add folders, and much more with the bookmark manager.

ChromePass. This tool will give you a list of all the password information stored in Google Chrome.

Save as PDF. Save any page as a PDF with this bookmarklet.

ChromeMailer. If you’ve lost valuable time when having to manually enter email information from a website because Google Chrome doesn’t support the mailto: function, then you will love this extension.

Google Chrome Backup. Back up your personal data, bookmarks, and more with this simple tool.

 ***Reminder. When you log into Chrome on a public computer, make sure to disconnect your account  and delete the user before walking away from that machine. What are you waiting for? Click below to download Google Chrome:


Google Forms  Check out Google Forms.  It's easy to get started, just check out the Google Docs Help Center. Need ideas on how to use Google Forms in the classroom ? 80 Ways to use Google Forms

General Resources

Google in Education (NEW)
Chromebook Central (Community)
Google Apps EDU Guide to Going Google
Google Apps EDU Deployment Guide
Get Google Apps EDU for Your School
Google Apps Marketplace (EDU Category)
Watch an upcoming Live Google EDU Webinar
Google Apps EDU Training Center
Google Apps Learning Center (for Users)
Google Apps YouTube Channel
YouTube for Schools
YouTube for Teachers
Crib Sheets (for Other Google Tools)
Google Teacher Academy Resources
Chromebooks for Education

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