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Google Apps

Amongst other things, has the Google Apps tools built in. These are a fantastic set of web tools which allows you create and collaborate in the cloud. In this set of tasks you will work through each of the Apps and consider how you could use these to enhance your learning.


Gmail is the email tool within Google Apps:
  1. Go to
  2. Click 'Compose'
  3. Send a learning related email to someone else in If you start typing their name in the 'To' field the person you are looking for will come up. You could send your email to another student or a teacher. If you can't think of anyone to email, send one to me about your progress on this course.
Record your progress in your ePortfolio.

Google Docs

Google Docs provides most of the functions you need for creating in schools. It contains a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and drawing tools. Whilst these tools don't do everything the Microsoft equivalents do, they do have a couple of advantages over the Microsoft versions. Firstly, the documents live on the web - this means you can access them any where, any time. And secondly, Google Documents are designed for collaborating - which means more than one person can be working on one document at the same time!
  1. Go to
  2. Click 'Create' and start by creating a Document. Experiment with the Document App by creating the sort of document that you would have created in Word in the past.
  3. Repeat this process for each of 'Presentation', 'Spreadsheet' and 'Drawing'.
  4. 'Forms' allows you to create online 'Surveys' - have a go at creating one of these. Can you think when and how these might be useful in your learning?
  5. Click here to open the Collaborative Document task. Complete one row of the table. Can you think when being able to collaborate on a document could be useful?

Record your progress in your ePortfolio.

Google Sites

You're already using Google Sites to create your ePortfolio, but Sites can be used to make any website you like.
  1. Go to
  2. Create a new site, but this time make it about something other than yourself. Think of a topic from any subject which you've really enjoyed learning recently and create a website about it. Try to use as many of the features as possible - for example, make sure you insert images and videos. You could even use the 'Share' button to ask some of your classmates to collaborate on your website. 
  3. When you're website is complete, click on 'Share' and change the access to 'Public on the web'.
  4. Tweet a link to your website.
Record your progress in your ePortfolio.

Google Groups

We're using a Google Group to power our discussion forum.

  1. Click on 'Course Discussion Group
  2. Either answer someone's question, or post your own new topic. Your new topic could be regarding something you're having difficulty with on this course and need help with, or you can share your progress on the course so far.
  3. When would this sort of group be useful in your learning?
Record your progress in your ePortfolio.

Google Calendar

There is also a calendar function in Google Apps. 
  1. Go to
  2. Under 'Other calendars' enter "" in the 'Add a coworker's calendar' box - this should add the PL Pupil Calendar to your calendar
  3. Add your own dates to your calendar
  4. When would sharing calendars be useful to your learning?
Record your progress in your ePortfolio.