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Google Apps for Education : Bringing the Cloud to the Classroom

Google seems to be poised to take over the world, and this is not limited to the Internet. Google applications and functions are now coming to schools and universities. Google’s Apps for Education is streamlining education around the world, making it easier for teachers and administrators to connect with each other, their students and their peers; and, it is all offered all for free.

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What Google Apps for Education Offers

When designing Google Apps for Education, the team at Google looked at the increasing productivity and satisfaction that personal users had with the technological innovations at their disposal, and compared that to the technology being implemented in schools. What they found was that, while individual consumers were increasingly happy with the technology at their fingertips, schools were not reporting the same level of satisfaction. With Apps for Education, Google is changing all of that.

Google’s Apps for Education offers schools free use of collaborative programming, such as Google Docs, a personalized start page and Google Sites, as well as communication tools, like Google Talk, Google Mail and Google Calendar. This combination of programs provides numerous benefits to educators.

Benefits of Google Apps for Education:

Real Time Collaboration through the Cloud

What Google Apps for Education provides that few other services have is a way for students and faculty to interact in real-time. Real time collaboration makes working as a group more efficient. This is seen particularly well in online classes, where teachers and students do not meet face to face.

In this scenario, a professor can assign a project to a group of students and place the file within the system for all to access. Students, regardless of their geographic location, make changes to the file in real-time, and when the group is finished, they submit the final draft to the professor via the Google App. The professor can oversee and make suggestions throughout the process, if necessary, because he or she will maintain real-time access to the file.

Greater Accessibility

Schools and universities that have implemented Google Apps for Education give their educators greater accessibility to stored data. With the program, which is entirely secure, educators can access their data and documents with any Internet-ready device. If a teacher wants to check on a project or have a conversation with a student while on a laptop at the local coffee shop, no problem. The Google Apps for Education platform can be accessed anywhere, at any time, as long as the individual has an Internet connection.

Better Communication with Students and Colleagues

One of the foundational features of all Google Apps is communication. The Apps for Education program fosters faster, more efficient communication between teachers and their colleagues and students. A teacher can instantly message the entire class to alert them to a change in an assignment, and colleagues can make plans for school events through instant messaging and email technology.

Google estimates that 14 million students and teachers around the globe are currently using Apps for Education. By providing greater collaboration opportunities through the cloud, better communication and improved accessibility, Google is becoming an integral part of the modern education system, and today’s teachers are thankful for the changes it has brought to their classrooms. How many of you feel that modern education system should be out of School and should happen in real world. Here is an interesting video by a student against schooling. You can find full text here:

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Download Google Voice App for iPad and iPod Touch

Google voice app for iPhone launched few weeks ago but it was not supporting iPad or iPod Touch but now Google is launching new version of Google Voice which will support both iPad and iPod Touch.

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You can enjoy all basic features of Google Voice app on iPad and iPod Touch like reading voicemail, sending and receiving test messages etc. You can also take advantage of Google voice’s Click2Call feature for Google Voice calls.

Apart from basic features here are more interesting features:

  • With Push Notifications, you can automatically disable Text forwarding to avoid multiple notifications.
  • Send all callers directly to voicemail by switching to “Do Not Disturb” in Setting tab.
  • Sending text messages would be easier because you don’t need to press “OK” button anymore.
  • You can easily make calls from address book now via “Dedicated Contact” in Dialer tab.

There are few more bugs fixed in new version to provide you a good experience with Google Voice app. Just like earlier iPhone Google Voice app, this app is available in US only. If you are in US, you can download the new Google Voice app from Apple iTunes.

DokDok: Easily Manage Your Email Attachments Online

dokdok-1 E-mail attachments are a great way to share items via electronic mail. However, sometimes managing email attachments sent or received can be cumbersome since they’re not particularly organized when they’re sent or arrive. DokDok is a free to try web app which can be used to manage your email inbox attachments efficiently.

With DokDok, business users can easily verify that an attachment is the most recent version, track its changes, and share it with others members of the organization – all without forcing a change in typical business workflow. This is especially helpful in those work areas where a single attachment has to change in multiple hands and maintaining the most updated record about the content/type/details of the email attachments is a difficult task.

DokDok is essentially different from the traditional file sharing app, a cloud synching service, or an enterprise document management system. DokDok aims to convert the email inbox into a powerful and productive document sharing tool.

Currently DokDok is available for Google Apps and can be added to your Google Apps listing via its Google Apps Marketplace page.

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DokDok’s premiere feature is the automatic document archive which automatically archives and saves attachments present in your e-mail inbox. This saves time as every attachment can be found without looking for old lost attachments.

DokDok also helps renaming attachments to know which version is the latest and also allows users to work on both the older version of the attachment and a newer version at the same time, with the option to even compare both versions side by side. This support is for all attachments in Microsoft Office formats i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. files and OpenOffice.org formats.

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DokDok is a great way to manage and share email attachments without having to engage in any kind of complexity. We recommend it to anyone who uses Google Apps and deals with a lot of email attachments online every day.

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