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7 Practical Ways of Using Google for Education

by njysandy (writer), , September 10, 2019

Google provides easy tools to engage students anytime, anywhere and on any device, here are 7 practical tips to use Google for education.

Internet has turned into a vast sharing platform. To enhance its usability, Google has provided several innovative services to enhance the effectiveness of this versatile social platform. From cyber social connectivity through Google+ to introduction of file storage and sharing platform Google Drive, Google has facilitated the Internet user to an extreme extent.

Easy to use interface of the Google’s services and high-end customization make these applications feasible for educational purposes. Whether you are a fifth grade newbie, a college student or an experienced teacher, these advanced services are designed keeping in mind the core requirements of educational needs.

Let’s go through Google’s applications and their usefulness one by one.

1. Google Scholar

Google Scholar is designed to help out students as well as teachers to stay in touch with the modern researches and advanced work going all around the world.

Versatility of Google Scholar

There’s no field restriction. You will find data relevant to all fields of life. Everyone can have direct access to the useful material published by famous institutions, journals, and researchers.

Ease of Searching

Google Scholar has a ranking mechanism too. Moreover, its auto filter search mechanism is designed to fetch best and optimized results against user queries (searches).

2. Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an outstanding addition to the list of Google Education applications. The sole purpose of this application is to create a better environment for student-teacher collaboration.

Blending and Usage

Google classroom is a blend of multiple Google applications (Gmail and Google Drive) which makes it more useful because these platforms enable efficient and fast sharing of data like quizzes, school assignments, college essays, grades, etc. In short, it possesses everything that an actual classroom could have.

3. Gmail

As we all know, the key purpose of Gmail is to connect people through emails. But, its functionality has no limitations. From Internet advertisement to information sharing, it performs all the functionalities.

What can we share?

Through Gmail, one can send and receive important documents like sample papers, notices, event alerts, etc. Moreover, if the size of the document is greater than 25 MB, you can share this via Google Drive and an email will be sent to the receiver. Through that email, the receiver can access relevant material.

4. Google Alerts

Google Alerts has been developed with a motto “Get Notified.” This is a sub-system of Google applications. It is designed to keep the user updated about the ongoing changes.

A Helping Hand

This system helps the students and teachers to stay in touch with the modifications and changes related to any event.

All members will be notified if anything new happens like schedule modifications and upcoming events. In short, the user will be notified if anything changes.

5. Google Hangouts

This app is developed to enhance collaboration and provide a direct channel of communication between two or more users.

Usage and Benefit

With Google Hangouts, students can stay connected with their instructors and other fellows. It’s an efficient forum to have discussions, live chats, and video lectures.

A Problem Solver

Students can share their problems and issues with their teachers and classmates to get appropriate help and answers.

6. Google Drive

Google Drive makes storing and sharing heavy data possible. With Google Drive students can access shared files and folders.

Data Security

Data uploaded to the drive is backed up at Google servers which not only prevents any kind of data loss but also ensures secure data transfer from sender to receiver.

Data Accessibility

Students can access e-books, notes, research abstracts, etc. In short, students can get all helping material that is mandatory for their course as well as task completion.

7. Google Books

Google Books is probably the most versatile and biggest online book library ever. It is the best forum to get all kind of books and magazines in the document form.

Free vs. Paid

E-books available are either free or paid. It depends upon the nature of the book as well as publishing rights.

Access to Right Material

Students can access this bulky library to find appropriate helping material. The search mechanism of this complex system enables the users to find the right book depending upon their need and requirement.

Overall Educational Advantages of Google Applications

  • Google applications provide customized solutions to ensure a paperless working environment.
  • This system provides all the resources that are required for better student-teacher collaboration to promote an adaptable learning environment.
  • An easy to use interface, so that it’s possible for everyone to use and understand the complex system.
  • Multi-language support function of the Google API’s ensures that its resources are open for all regions, bilingual students as well as teachers.

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