What is The Cloud?
The Cloud refers to Cloud Computing and has nothing to do with the weather. Merriam-Websters Dictionary defines Cloud Computing as "the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer." Translation - in education settings most school that go Chrome use the G Suite for Education, also referred to as Google Apps for Education.
What are the main tools in the G Suite for Education? There are many tools in the G Suite. An image is posted below showing all those tools with some basic data that has been reported by educational communities using these tools. The main tools most teachers and students use are:
Drive - The ultimate powerhouse to store your information. Store your files securely and access them from any device using Google Drive. You can also open and edit your files from any device. No more forgetting files from home or bringing the wrong flashdrive. Google Drive is great for creating and collaboration on classroom assignment. You can view the history of documents to see when and how long the document was created and who actually participated in the assignment. You can build Docs, Sheets and Slides all in Drive easily and at varied levels of private and viewing access. You may story any type of file in Google Drive safely and securely.
Calendar - A tool to help organization and collaboration. Easily attach documents from Google Drive to a day or time in calendar. Great for attaching PDF's of Homework assignments for those student that always forget to take reinforcement work home. Create calendars for specific events and share calendars and activities easily. Even sound out invites to events, reminders for projects, quizzes and tests.
Classroom - According to Google. "Google Classroom is mission control, designed with teachers and students to connect the class, track their progress and achieve more together." It is the ultimate teacher webpage. Easy to access, easy to update, easy to use.
Gmail Email that allows teachers to communicate and collaborate easier, share resources faster and use time more efficiently. It allows people to create labels, search for messages, organize your inbox and use chat with other employees in the school.