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"The reality is that technology is playing, and will continue to play, a critical role in teaching and learning" (Merisotis, 1999).

"All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and out of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society" (U.S. Department of Education, 2010).

Marian University GAFE Reference Page

Google for Educators Weblinks:
  1. Calendar
  2. Docs
  3. Groups (asynchronous & synchronous discussions)
  4. Books
  5. Geo Education (Earth, Maps, Sky)
  6. Picasa
  7. Notebook
  8. Mail
  9. Forms
  10. Charts

Classroom Activities and Resources:

Ideas for Google Docs with Staff, Parents, & Students:
  1. Staff meeting agendas & follow up notes
  2. Grade level or subject area team planning
  3. Classroom Observations / Template
  4. Weekly Announcements to Staff or Parents
  5. Listing of upcoming school events
  6. Back up Important Documents (Cloud)
  7. Event Planning
  8. Student assignments: Create, Edit, Revise, Share, Grade, Comment
  • Write a collaborative story
  • Group planning for projects
  • Lab reports
  • Collaborative brainstorming
  • Cloud Computing - no more jump drives
  • Class newsletters
  • Classroom announcements
  • Note taking
Quick tips with Google Docs
First Day with Google Docs in your Classroom (blog)
10 Tips to Using Google Docs
35 Ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom
Using Google Docs to Create Student Projects (blog)

"The Internet is like an automobile one hundred years ago. It is still being improved upon" (Draves, 2007).

Google Forums for Quizzes, Surveys, Tests and More
Google Charts for Graphs, Maps, Tables, Data and More (Extra Tools Available)

"Lifelong learning is the engine that runs the Information Age" (Draves, 2007).

References & Resources:
Casinelli, C. & Lynch, M.F. (n.d.). Tech Tips Tuesday. [website]. Retrieved from
Draves, William A. (Ed). (2007). Advanced teaching online. River Falls, WI: LERN Books.
Merisotis, J. (1999, September-October). The ‘What’s the difference?’ Debate. Academe, pp. 47-51.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. (2010). National Education Technology Plan.
Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. Washington, D.C.