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20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation

Google Apps for Education is a powerful toolbox that opens up exciting possibilities in the classroom for students and teachers. Here are some concrete, practical and innovative ideas for using them. (Public domain image via Pixabay) Google Apps for Education has made new ideas and activities possible in classrooms all over the world. They’ve allowed for creation and collaboration in ways that weren’t possible in the past. One of the best parts about the entire Google Apps suite is that teachers and students can use these versatile tools to create their own custom-made learning experiences. When the #DitchBook community on Twitter started talking Google Apps for Education, great classroom ideas flew around for the entire hour. To see the entire chat, check out the Storify of the evening by clicking here. Here are 20 ideas that stood out to me that could be implemented in classrooms immediately: 1. Did you miss the #HyperDoc Webinar today? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

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