At Excelixis, we have discovered that google apps can give us all the tools we need to teach our students efficiently and effectively.
There is one tool for each of our and your needs, and there are definitely more than enough tools to enhance communication between the tutor and the students. Considering the fact that 99% of teaching is based on communication, then we would feel confident that the tools we use can fully bridge the gap that is caused by distance learning.
Of course not! Creating and using a Google account is very simple. Using the tools, can be a bit more complicated, but you don't need to worry, we've got you covered.
We will explain below which tools we use, and how you can use them to your benefit, but we don't stop there.
If you have decided that you want to learn with us, we will give you a full tutorial on how to prepare everything, even if you haven't got a google account or even if you have never used similar tools again in the past. And if you have any problems while using these tools, we will offer you all the support you need.
And, consider this: if you have not used similar applications in the past, the worst thing that can happen is that you will add one more thing to your CV!
Chrome is a web browser created by Google; it has features and extensions that help all google products work seamlessly under one browser.
Chrome is necessary as it is currently the browser that works best with google hangouts, as it requires very few settings for hangouts to work.
You do not need to worry much about installing it on your computer; the installation is an easy process. Of course, we have a tutorial on how you can install it.Google Chrome Website
Hangouts is the video conferencing application that we use to have a lesson.
Hangouts has several features that we like. It allows for more than one participants in a call, and it works very well with the rest of the apps.
The feature that we like the most is that it allows uploading the lesson directly to youtube. If you want, we can record the lesson while having it, and share it privately with you only, for as long as you need it, before we delete it.Google Hangouts Website
We hope that we don't need to explain this one...
We use youtube in various ways. We share videos that promote our services, share the lessons with our students privately, and upload educational videos for our e-learning platform.
Youtube is amazing and very useful. And we like it. If you want us to share private videos with you only, a google account is automatically your youtube account.Youtube Website
Another one that we don't need to explain.
There is nothing complicated about gmail at all. You send and receive e-mails. Of course, there are many more features, but its main purpose is to communicate.
Gmail is the starting point of every google account. You start by creating an account here, and then you move on to the rest of products by Google.Gmail Website
Google plus is a social media network by Google.
It is not really necessary to have a google plus account, but it has some features that we believe you will like.
For educational purposes, for example, it can be a place where you can find information about our activities and news, and also socialize with other students and communicate with them. Give it a try, you never know...Google+ Website
Drive is probably the most useful tool, and not just for learning purposes.
It is a cloud storage service. That means that you can have your files, such as your documents and photos saved there.
We use it to share documents with you. For example, you can share an essay you have written there. It comes with a word processor, spreadsheets and a tool for presentations. In other words, all we need for an online classroom.Google Drive Website
We use Google calendar to schedule our lessons. So simple.
The element that we like about calendar is that we can all share the same calendar. So, you can share your schedule with us or your classmates, making it easier to find a slot for a lesson.Google Calendar Preview
Finally, google classroom brings everything together.
Google classroom is a virtual environment designed to combine different google products, for learning purposes.
We have created our own space in Google classroom, and we would like to share it with you. But, until you decide, here is a preview of how it works:Google Classroom Preview