So it's time to share :) and you benefit from my wandering. I have been playing around with Google Apps including Google + and here's what I found....
10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust to the Google Generation is screaming eMINTS to me loud and clear.
25 Ways Google Can Help You Become a Better Teacher has a lot of good ideas but #26 and above seemed more in line with my ideas. (fyi - #12 needs to be deleted and Google Reader orphans need to come on over to Feedly. It's AWESOME.
If you're interested Google Hangouts but not sure what you might do with it then you might find these ideas helpful. And this gathering of resources from teacher/presenter Matt Gomez will be helpful as you get started or continue using Hangouts.
With so many schools going to Chromebooks for so many reasons I felt like I need to learn a bit more about them and found these training resources from Google. I have made it about halfway through their materials and know so much more. Now to get my hands on one!
I also found this webinar, Google Apps for Education 101, about why and how schools my consider going Google. It's very simple and informative about the benefits Google has to offer for K-12 schools.
Managing the work flow in a full Google Apps for Education classroom might seem daunting, but I think that gClass Folders is just the way to organize student/teacher shared folders. Let it do the work of creating student/class shared folders for you with a spreadsheet an a little Google Script.
Finally, for those that didn't know it, The eMINTS National Center is in the process of creating our own professional development workshops/sessions/bootcamps to help teachers better understand how to use this dynamic suite of tools to support authentic learning. We currently have 4 trainers working towards getting our Google Apps Trainer Certification (and I am one of those - yipeeeee). Contact eMINTS if you are interested in learning more or booking some sessions for your district or organization. Or learn more at the eMINTS Conference just a couple of weeks away at our FREE eMINTS Academy on Feb. 26; register now!