I am at the beginning of another great professional development camp with 3D GameLab. This time though I am focusing on Google Apps for EDU. I have chosen to participate in this quest chain during the October super camp to aid in reviewing content I have learned through my own exploration in order to prepare to become Google Certified. In addition, I hope to learn some new tricks and tips along the way.
On day two of camp I am on a roll. I have created this portfolio to record my progress in learning/reviewing Google Apps for EDU, explored Google Spreadsheets formula and auto fill features, and explored Google Forms. It never ceases to amaze me how much as an adult I enjoy the magic of unlocking new quests, leveling up, and earning badges, rewards, and achievement. The process of being on the student end of things in 3D GameLab reaffirms what an amazing tool this learning platform really is.
As for Google Apps, I find that it also is an amazing set of tools. I love the fact that these applications are completely free for starters. I have worked in two schools that have adopted Google Apps. In both locations I find that working in the cloud gives me the flexibility I need to work on things at home and school. This platform also looks exactly the same on a Mac as a PC given the fact that it is web based. With that said it doesn’t matter which system you are familiar with it basically functions the same in both operating systems. Often times in education I have seen a switch in operating systems in a school district make staff very uncomfortable. However, with Google Apps the features will be located in the same location regardless of which system you are using. With any application web based or otherwise the key to get others to use it is training. I am hoping that this quest chain will continue to enhance my own skills so that I can effectively train my colleagues to transition to using Google Apps.