In recent years, the use of the technology in the classroom, as a key instrument for the development of education. Thanks to this growth and acceptance by the teachers and students, big tech companies created resources to facilitate learning. In this post, we will tell you all about Google tools for education, which will allow you to complement your classes.
Google for Education offers the best tools, devices and cloud-based Google technology for educational centers or for home education, primary and secondary students. These educational resources work together to enhance teaching and learning, and that teachers and students can make their classes more flexible, agile and safe.
Within Google Workspace for Education you can find educational apps like Google Classroom, Google Calendar, Meet, or Google Drive, plus Chromebook computers and Google Jamboard, the interactive whiteboard designed by Google. These tools can be used for free or paid (which includes features improved).
1. Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a complete and very useful tool for teachers and students, since it allows manage, measure and optimize the teaching process. It is very easy to use and is characterized by being very secure when it comes to protecting student data and activities.
The application is within Google Workspace for Education and was designed to manage classes, either in person or remotely, in a centralized manner. allowing create, classify, and collect student assignments; and provide greater collaboration and communication between teachers and students.
Among its main advantages are:
Ease of use: you can learn to use it in a few minutes, whether or not you are tech-savvy.
Greater collaboration: since all the information is in the Google cloud, it allows you to work simultaneously on the same document with the whole class.
More communication: With the Google Meet tool, it is possible to organize meetings at any time and wherever you are, to solve doubts or face-to-face tasks with students or teachers.
Access from anywhere: It doesn't matter if you are at school or at home, with these educational resources you can learn and teach from anywhere and on any device, offering greater mobility and flexibility.
2. Google Slides
With the tool Google Slides you can assemble presentations for students and thus complement your classes. It allows you to create visually appealing slides so that the learning more interactive, without the need to create copies.
In addition, several people can work at the same time without the need to update the versions since is edited in real time, ideal for making it possible to collaborate between students and teachers at the same time. Each user can control who has permission to edit, view or add comments, and write comments and assign tasks to develop tasks or brainstorm as a team.
Google Earth is an application that allows you to explore a virtual globe. It stands out for being realistic, it has high-quality images, and it allows you to view the relief of cities, buildings, etc. in 3D.
It is considered useful for schools since in addition to showing the geography of all the countries and cities of the world, it provides information on the history of the places, the characteristics of nature, among other resources.
It is free and can be used on all platformswhether mobile or desktop. It is also possible to use Google Earth online without having to install anything on our devices.
Between the google tools for education, google drive is one of the most complete and useful since it allows to improve the collaboration between students and store files in real time. Works alongside other Google Workspace for Education apps like Google Slides, Google Docs or Google Sheets where it is possible to edit documents and then save them all in one place from any device.
Another noteworthy feature of this tool is the security it provides, as it ensures encrypted and secure access to files. All the files that you have in your cloud can be analyzed and deleted if they are dangerous. Being a cloud native app, it is not necessary to have local files and the risks to which your devices are exposed are minimized.
You can also open and collaborate on Microsoft Office files without having to convert them, plus edit and save over 100 other file types, including PDF, CAD, images, and more.
5. Google Sheet
the tool Google Sheets It allows create and edit spreadsheets to make data-driven decisions. It allows to measure the progress of the students and control results, all this collaborating in real time and from any device.
To optimize and complement your classes, it is possible that teachers write comments and assign homework to further the analysis of the data.
Also, being Connected with other Google appsIt facilitates teaching and learning. For example, inserting charts from Sheets into Google Slides and Docs. You can also reply to comments directly from Gmail and easily present your spreadsheets in Google Meet.
6. Google Docs
The Google Docs or Google Documents serve to create online documentsThey are word processors. The files will stored in the Google cloud And they can be organized in folders, shared between different people, downloaded to all devices, or sent by Gmail.
One of its benefits has to do with the collaboration between students and teachers or study groups. Like the rest of google tools for education, they can be edited in real time, shared, commented via chat or notes, and sent.
More advantages: the number of formats it accepts, such as Microsoft files; the possibility of creating forms to carry out exams or questionnaires; Avoid using extra space from the device's memory, greater security against viruses or attacks.
7. ¿Cuáles son las herramientas de Google for Education?
The package of google tools for education was designed for promote education. They are educational resources that facilitate and improve teaching through technology, allowing the way of learning to be transformed, making it more interactive.
They work together, they complement each other to make the experience more productive and so students and educators can develop their potential. They are characterized by being secure, easy to use and flexible.
As we have seen, within this set of tools the following stand out:
Google Sheets, Docs and Slides
To these are added the Chromebook computers, who work 100% in the cloud and include all Google applications, along with the operating system of Chrome OS.
Regarding prices, Google Workspace for Education offers a free plan Education Fundamentals, for all schools that meet the necessary requirements. And then, for those who need more premium features, Google also offers paid editions, such as Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Education Plus.
8. Manage your educational ecosystem with Chromebook
As we have seen in our last post about student laptops, Chromebooks are a great option for students and teachers. These computers were designed by Google to work or study a lot faster, safer and easier.
They allow personalized learning environments, with all Google tools integrated and in the cloud, allowing students to participate either individually or in groups, at school or remotely.
Secondly, the chromebooks They also offer the security provided by Google in all its services, you can work calmly since it has a multi-layer security system that reduces the risk of attacks, and they are also updated automatically.