Teacher as Digital Nomad, Part I

Note that this post will be a work in progress, so come back again or queue it up in your aggregator!

I was asked to present to the members of a Teaching Literature in Secondary School course. Typically this usually results in a “how to use your Plymouth State resources” monologue. Which isn’t to say it isn’t useful, but it’s not exactly inspiring.

As I was working with this group, a couple of things immediately stood out: 1) this was a mixed class of undergraduate and graduate students and 2) many of these students if they weren’t already in a position to work with students would be graduating in the spring. As student accounts are removed within 6 months of their graduation, they would need to move their work in order to retain access it to it. Well that got the little cogs in my head spinning and with all the recent buzz over Google Apps for Education and my previous post on the “Digital Nomad,” I decided to take a chance and dive into resources that would enable these current and future professionals to develop, access and share their resources without being required to be place bound. I started with the growing suite of Google apps.
Google Apps
Google’s legacy is the search engine we all know, but not as many folks in my area are aware of the companies efforts to develop a suite of products that can be accessed anywhere one has a network connection. Some of these applications include: G-Mail, Docs & Spreadsheets (Docs was formerly known as Writely), Calendar, G-Talk, and in beta (think not quite ready for primetime – Saturday Night Live) – Page Creator, Personalized Homepage, Groups and Reader. So how is this different from Microsoft Office, you might ask? Well, for one thing, your documents are available online so you can access them from any computer with Internet access. Additionally, you can control access to your documents for online collaboration.

The key to the kingdom is a simple and free Google account.
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