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Google Apps for Education (GAFE): Staying Informed

Google Apps for Education has been adopted by over 45,000,000 students and educators and is and incredibly powerful collaborative and productivity tool. These tools include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Sites, Classroom, Google+, Hangouts and more. Google releases updates on a consistent basis therefore educators need to stay abreast of the many added features and updates. I’ve compiled a list of the websites I use to stay ahead of the curve.
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Google Apps for Education (GAFE): Staying Informed
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    John Cork says:
    The official source for information about Google’s education-related efforts. This website isn’t focused as much on the technical aspects of GAFE but rather on how GAFE is being utilized as a powerful force in education. As of writing the website has blog posts covering the Google Science Fair, a report on teachers using Google Expeditions, e-books inspiring writing and faster quiz feedback with Google Forms. This is the website where I find a lot of inspiration for using GAFE in my teaching
  • John Cork says:
    I love Google Classroom and it just keeps getting better! With “Classroom” I have the ability to see who has or hasn't submitted their work, provide real-time feedback, post class announcements, embed videos and more. Google adds new features to Classroom on a frequent basis but there is no need to worry . . . Google’s Classroom support page includes a month-by-month listing of each new feature with links to more information on how to effectively use these features.
  • John Cork says:
    Google is constantly releasing improvements to its suite of GAFE Apps. As the Google Apps for Education Administrator at my school I rely on the “What’s New” site to keep abreast with the constant evolution of Google Apps. Here you’ll find a calendar of events that details update releases and when they will become available. I find this site essential for planning and staying knowledgeable. Check back often!
  • John Cork says:
    Get the latest detailed news about Google Apps from their “Apps Update” blog. Check back here regularly to see what's new, or subscribe to receive updates by email or RSS feed. The blog-styled website includes detailed information on Google Apps Updates, Google for Work, Google Chrome, Apps Developer, Gmail News, Drive News and Docs News.
  • John Cork says:
    The “Google Apps for Education” Community on Google+ currently has over 238,000 members that enthusiastically post and share information on everything GAFE related. This vibrant community is essential to anyone using GAFE as you’ll find resources, support, training, tips & tricks and more. The best part of this community for me is that I’m always finding new ways to bring GAFE to my teaching practice.
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