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ERIC Number: EJ869558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1481-1782
Supporting 21st Century Learning through Google Apps
Nevin, Roger
Teacher Librarian, v37 n2 p35-38 Dec 2009
At Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute (CVI) in Peterborough, Canada, the Learning Commons is the school's central place for introducing new technology to students and teachers. This includes collaborative projects with teachers to develop curriculum that uses new technologies. Over the last few years podcasting as well as other online and video collaborative e-learning tools have all been implemented through the Learning Commons. Currently, as the teacher-librarian at Adam Scott CVI, the author is piloting two new projects--Google Apps and Netbooks. Both pilot projects support the two most important trends in educational technology according to the "Horizon Report"--cloud computing and portability. These projects had an immediate and significant effect on improving learning for students as well as inspiring teachers to integrate technology in the classroom in order to engage students. In this article, the author discusses Google Apps which uses the paradigm of cloud computing. Google Apps has the most popular applications available as part of their cloud including a word processor as well as spreadsheet and presentation software. All that is needed to use Google Apps is a browser and access to the Internet. These applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) allow students and teachers to create documents, share calendars, email, chat, create web pages, video, and more. It is secure as everything stays within the registered domain and cannot be accessed by people who do not have a login. It is an excellent tool to provide e-learning. It works on any computer including Macs and many Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) such as cell phones, iPhones, and netbooks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada