#ililc5 – Google Apps for Education: Jo Rhys-Jones

With brains gradually starting to reach a degree of cognitive overload after a day-and-a-half of sessions (not to mention a raucous Saturday evening Show & Tell… 😉 ), Jo Rhys-Jones‘s hands-on, introductory workshop on using Google Sites and Apps as a kind of DIY VLE was FAB.

In her school, the financial situation has precluded the buying-in of an off-the-shelf VLE, and so they have decided to use Google’s suite of freely-available tools and build their own. Pupils can design and create their own websites, subject to supervision from Jo and the staff, of course, and they have also enlisted the support of the grandparents to give an audience to the kids’ efforts.

After a quick run-through of what to expect, we were unleashed on a test site, and gave the various tools a go. I can’t share what I created with you, as this site has ceased to exist, I believe, so you’ll just have to have a look at the tools for yourself!


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