Google Tools

The 800 lb gorilla when it comes to Web 2.0. It has many tools, and is adding more every day. Of course, like many other web 2.0 tools, you will need to set up a user name and password. One advantage to using Google is that you only need one username and password for everything.Google Docs TourGoogleED WikiGoogle's own Google Apps TrainingTips and Tutorials for everything Google.

Free e-book: Google Docs for Teachers

K-12 Lesson Plans

Goollery -A collection of awesome Google related projects from people around the world.
Use Google Tutor to help learn how to use different tools!
Google Almanac is a good place to check out tools.
Here is a list of all Google Tools.
Check out the Docs for Teachers page!
Google Docs Blog!
Going Googly with Google Tools
Techy Tips for Techy Teachers - Google Docs! You will need a google login to see this.

Google in Education Ning- Join other teachers and see what they are doing with Google Tools

Google Docs Blog!

Google Web Elements



GMail

Gmail currently offers over 6500 MB of free storage,with an additional 10 GB available for $20 per year. It has tens of millions of users. A year after Gmail was announced, Rich Text Formatting was introduced, which allows the font size, color and text-alignment to be customized, as well as the embedding of bullet points and numbered lists.
Autosave is another feature in Gmail — a system for avoiding loss of data in case of a browser crash or other error. Gmail offers a spam filtering system. According to Gmail, messages marked as spam are automatically deleted after 30 days. All incoming and outgoing e-mails are automatically scanned for viruses in e-mail attachments. If a virus is found on an attachment the reader is trying to open, Gmail will try to remove the virus and open the cleaned attachment. Gmail also scans all outgoing attachments and will prevent the message from being sent if a virus is found.


Google Docs

You create, edit and share word processing, spread sheet and presentations on the web. Check out Atomic Learning for video tutorials.

Use a form to have students take a take a self graded quiz. Watch this tutorial:


You can even make a form to send out to people. Responses are automatically put into a spreadsheet. Fill out this form to try it out. You can see the spreadsheet here.


Google Maps


Check out this blog for interesting info.


Google Earth

Google Earth User Guide
Check out this video for more on Google Maps and Google Earth.





Google Labs

Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time. Your feedback can help us improve them. Please play with these prototypes and send your comments directly to the Googlers who developed them.

While it is really a blog, Blogger can be found under the "more" menu in Google.


Google Calendar

An easy way to keep track of events. They can be updated by everyone, or just those select few that you choose. The real power, is being able to embed your calendar into your own website.


Google Presentation

Will be used at the TIE Conference.


Google Wave

Check out the Google Wave Educators Wiki!

Alternatives


Here are a couple of alternatives to Google Docs, perhaps not so well known, but still worth taking a look at.

Think Free

www.thinkfree.com/common/main.tfo
ThinkFree can replace Word, Excel, and Powerpoint with its suite of online apps, and they offer downloadable versions of their software as well.

Zoho

www.zoho.com/
Zoho is one of the most complete online office suites, offering more tools than you'll even find in Microsoft Office's student and teacher version.