Fostering Collaboration via Google Apps

Saito, Tami
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Educators in the state of Hawai'i currently use the Lotus Notes email host program as a method of communication and collaboration. One public elementary school in Hawai'i, on the island of Maui, is currently in the process of replacing Lotus Notes with Google Apps for Education. More than just an email system, web-based Google Apps for Education offers an easy way to share documents, work together virtually in real-time, and much more. Educators requested assistance on learning the basic necessary skills for Google Apps for Education, in particular on Gmail and Google Docs. To meet that need, an online training module was designed and delivered through a Weebly website that utilized an interactive tour, instructional videos, and step-by-step instructions with screenshots that are printable documents. Participants were asked to complete a challenge at the end of Module 1 & 2 as a way to reinforce and assess what was learned. Survey results indicated that all participants have considered using Gmail and Google Docs as a way to collaborate with their fellow colleague.
This project was done in partial fulfillment for a master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Google Apps for Education, Gmail, Google Docs, Instructional Design
Saito, T. (2014, April 22). Fostering collaboration via google apps. PowerPoint presented at the 19th Annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
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