What it is: Google Mail, also known as Gmail, is an email solution that allows teachers and students to communicate. In SCPS, email rights are dictated by age groups. Elementary school students are only able to exchange email with faculty members; middle school students can email other students and faculty, but only within SCPS, and high school students have the ability to email anyone - either within SCPS or outside.
What it can do: Google Mail works directly with many other Google Tools, so tasks become more efficient when they are used together. One example is teachers can create a quiz in Google Forms, send it to a group of students, and those students can fill out the form directly in their email. That saves a lot of time! Teachers can also email students about grades, homework, and can send files directly to students.
What it is: Google Calendar is a collaborative online calendar. Multiple students and teachers can edit the same calendar, and individuals can layer multiple calendars on top of each other. Teachers can share their assignment calendars which will appear on students' calendars.
What it can do: Several schools already maintain a calendar of events in GApps. Students can 'subscribe' to these calendars to keep up-to-date on activities and events at the school and in the school division. Teachers can also publish their own assignment calendars that students can access to keep aware of upcoming due dates and projects. Students also have their own personal calendar (which will remain private unless they share it) that they can use to record appointments, events, and activities that are appropriate for them.
What it is: Google Docs is a word processing software, similar to Microsoft Office products. Students can write papers, create slideshow presentations, and work with spreadsheets and forms. Google Drive is where these documents are stored. Google Drive also provides a place "in the Cloud" where students can store files to easily access them from anywhere.
What it can do: Google Apps gives teachers the ability to collaborate and work with students. Instead of waiting for a student to turn in a draft of writing, for example, teachers can access student work (and give them feedback) through the writing process. Students can access their work on any device with an Internet connection, and easily collaborate with other students on group projects by sharing the same document. Students can also use the integrated research tool to quickly look up information and/or automatically cite sources.
What it is: Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your Google account with all your Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and can provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
What it can do: Google Classroom gives teachers the ability to create announcements, assignments and resources in Google Classroom. It allows the teacher to provide real-time feedback to students. Google Classroom allows students to have an organized, collaboration tool to use in their classes. Classroom allows students the ability to collaboratively work together on projects, take quizzes and exams, master new learning content, and submit assignments to teachers.
What it is: Google Sites is a structured web page-creation tool that is offered by Google as part of the Google Apps productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.
What it can do: Google Sites gives teachers and students (HS only) the ability to create a website. Elementary and middle school students are able to edit an existing site. Any teacher can create a site for students to edit a project.