Friday, 30 November 2012

Resources for Schools That Have Gone Google

There are many benefits for educational institutions that adopt Google Apps for Education. Many of the benefits are not visible right away, however. There are online resources and communities to help us find the hidden gems and guide us in best practices. In this post I will list all of the support structures that I am aware of, and that the few folks I consulted on this shared with me. Undoubtedly there will be many that we missed. Please tell us of other resources in the comments and I will add them to the original post as they come in.

From the Mothership
GAFE FAQs
Google’s Guide to Going Google
Technical Support for GAFE Admins (the technical heroes that make it happen in the background)
Google Chromebook Schools Google Group (Mostly technical discussions and requires membership)
Google in Education Google Plus Page
Google in Education Website
Eduonair Online Hangout Series
Google Apps Regional Google Groups

Conferences
GAFE Summit Series (Hosted by Edtech Team)
GAFE Summits (Hosted by others)

Trainers and Training
Become a Google Apps Certified Trainer
Directory of Google Apps Certified Trainers
Google Teacher Academy
Eduonair Online Hangout Series (double listed here again because this is a great resource)

Tips and Tricks Websites focussed on GAFE and Chromebooks
Google Gooru
Jennie Magiera's Chromebook PLC

Addendum..
Google+ Communities
Google Apps for Education community - Everything GAFE
Google Chromebook community - discussion about Chromebooks for Edu
Hapara Google Apps for Education
Using Google Apps as a Free LMS
Google Certified Teachers (anyone can read)