Here’s the deal. Google Apps for Education are free and powerful. We’ve written an entirely separate e-book about about using them well. It’s no surprise that so many schools have adopted these tools (over 100 million users at last count).
Google Apps are good at what they do because they have a laser-sharp focus on providing intuitive, collaborative tools for work and school. Rarely does Google try and do something without this deep intent and focus; they set their sights on doing a handful of things and they execute those things brilliantly. (It’s not to say everything is a home run. RIP Google Notebook.)
Ultimately, this means that GAFE is going to form a solid foundation for the schools that use them, but they can’t do everything. If you get every classroom using Google Docs but fail to provide communication tools that facilitate meaningful usage of those GDocs, you’re only halfway there. Or, at the very least, you’re missing a huge opportunity to use these collaborative tools to their full potential.
This is a long way of saying that schools adopting GAFE often supplement their toolkit with other pieces of edtech and we’d like to share some ideas for selecting technology that best complements a sturdy Google Apps foundation.
The ideas we’re sharing today are going to cover what GAFE does, what it doesn’t do, what you (probably) need to do at your school, and ideas for thoughtfully covering your edtech needs not covered by Google. What we really want is for you to walk away with a few ideas for getting the best supplementary edtech in classrooms that are already using Google Apps. Download your own copy today and go deeper with GAFE.