Google Suite of Educational Tools (GAFE)

Google Suite of Educational Tools (GAFE)

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Though Google classroom is considered to be one of the effective virtual learning and teaching online tools available, before implementing the same, one should be aware of the useful educational tools made by Google to support Google Classroom, more precisely the collaborative use of respective tools could only be bringing the right results. However, there is considerably less literature on the specific use of the Google Suite of educational tools, which is sometimes referred to as Google Apps for Education or GAFE. This is symptomatic of the challenges of studying online learning platforms: the nature of the learning platforms changes very rapidly, and research into the educational strengths and weaknesses of such tools are often well behind the deployment and uptake of these tools by educational institutions.

While using Google Class room, one should be aware of using the GAFE tools, which could enhance the effectiveness of Google Classroom practices, the major Google Apps for Education or GAFE are 

  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs
  • Google Presentations
  • Google Spreadsheet
  • Google Forms
  • Google Talk
  • Google Sites
  • Blogger (Blogspot)
  • Google Photos
  • Google News
  • Google Maps
  • Google Earth
  • Google Translate
  • YouTube

Specific Google search tools 

  • Google Web Search
  • Google Image Search
  • Google News Search
  • Google LIFE photo archive
  • Google Similar Images
  • Google in Quotes
  • Google Book Search
  • Custom Search Engine

Other Resources

  • Classroom Activities,
  • Google Apps Help Forum
  • Infinite Thinking Machine: A blog for educators from Google.
  • The Official Google Blog
  • Classroom Posters

Goes on to above tools several benefits that are specific to GAFE, including the ease in setting up to share information, the simplicity of assignment management and enhanced communication, using the GAFE product in teaching methods increases both the educator’s and student’s competency in using twenty-first century technology