in the Middle School Classroom

Amy Hopkins Caddo Mills ISD

About Me
‡ 6th Grade Technology Teacher in the Caddo Mills ISD ‡ Webmaster for District and Middle School websites ‡ Technology training for CMISD and other districts/programs

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My Family

‡ Implemented use of Google Accounts in my classroom 4 years ago with 8th graders ‡ District converted email to Google Apps 2 years ago ‡ Converted my classroom/middle school campus to Google Apps this school year with news of full suite of products being added in Fall 2010.

Flickr picture courtesy of Eric Begin

Google Apps BEFORE ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Email Docs/Spreadsheets Calendar Sites Contacts

Google Apps AFTER Original suite of products PLUS ‡ Blogger ‡ Reader ‡ Notebook ‡ Picasa Web Albums And MANY MORE

WHY Google Apps for Education?

Because as much as we might be resistant

We must EMBRACE technology!


Step 1: Purchase A Domain

‡ I used ‡ $10.47 per year ‡ Our domain name is

Step 2: Register this domain for Google Apps
By going here to Google Apps for Education ‡ Completing this form will immediately launch a standard edition of Google Apps while Google reviews the education application. Continue setting up the domain in the meantime. ‡ Google will email requesting more information regarding application. Reply to the message with the required information.

‡ If in 48 hours Google has not been upgraded, complete this form:

‡ Enable services for your domain and closely follow the instructions on-screen.

Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership
‡ You must confirm that you own the domain you signed up with.

There are two verification methods:
1. Upload an HTML file to your site 2. Create special CNAME and MX records for your domain
‡ Must return to the website where domain was purchased and make additions there

Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership
CNAME Records
Creating a CNAME record shows that you have access to your domain's DNS settings, which proves to Google that you own the domain. For help:

Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership
MX Records
An MX record identifies an email server available to the domain. Most domains have multiple MX records, arranged in order of priority. When someone sends an email message to the domain, the first available server in the priority list handles the message. For help:

‡ Step 3: Customize Google Apps
‡ Upload your logo on the control panel so it will appear on the sign-in page and on applications ‡ Go into each product and customize
± enable/disable services and certain options ± relatively easy; some are very technical and may require help from IT personnel ± choosing basic options is not difficult and will suffice unless there is interest in more advanced services

Step 4: Create User Accounts
‡ Once signed up and customized, you can now create as many user accounts as you need from the control panel. There are two ways to add users: 1. Add users individually 2. Add users in bulk ‡ Our student usernames are:

1. Add users individually
‡ To do this, click User Accounts tab and then Create a new user . ‡ Enter each users full name, username and temporary password. Then click Create new user button. ‡ Repeat for as many users as you have.

2. Add users in bulk
‡ Recommended if you have 10+ users in your organization, as adding each individually is tedious and time consuming. ‡ To create multiple accounts at once, upload a spreadsheet of users accounts and usernames by click the Upload link from the User Accounts tab.

CSV Bulk Upload Template

For more help with implementation steps, Google can help! Google Apps Administrator Help

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Caddo Mills 6th Graders Use:
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ iGoogle Gmail Docs/Spreadsheets Bookmarks Reader Notebook Calendar

‡ Picnik New!
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‡ iGoogle
‡ Customized homepage ‡ Students can pick themes and gadgets to add to page, educational AND non-educational

‡ Gives students an email address to make signing up for educational websites EASY! ‡ Teachers communicate with students on issues such as:
± Test/quiz reminders ± Late work ± Sending of study sheets/handouts/assignments

Google Docs and Spreadsheets
‡ Ability to create documents word processing, spreadsheets and presentations ‡ Can also upload already-created documents and continue working ‡ Access from anywhere the user has an Internet connection ‡ Allows users to collaborate with others on documents ‡ New features added often!

Google Bookmarks
‡ Students can save their favorite websites to access at any time ‡ Create labels or folders/categories to keep them organized ‡ Share bookmarks with others ‡ No more having to remember website names and addresses!!

Google Reader
‡ Constantly checks favorite news sites and blogs for new content ‡ Shows all of your favorite sites in one convenient place A great site for kids to learn about Current Events that we subscribe to!

The Big Picture

Google Notebook
‡ Aids in compiling research save only the information from a website that is really wanted ‡ Clip information into notebooks for later access ‡ Makes creating citations for a Works Cited page a SNAP! saves all needed information

Google Calendar
‡ Full functioning calendar with LOTS of extra features
± ± ± ± Receive email or mobile text-message reminders Share calendars with others Print out your calendars, if needed. Access Google Calendar from a mobile phone

‡ Acquired by Google March 1, 2010 ‡ Photo editor with lots of fun features for students
± Edit: crop, resize, sharpen ± Create: effects, frames, stickers, text



Works Cited
‡ 123jschwartz. "Why Google Apps for Education? ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2011. <>. Begin, Eric. "Red fox pup ( wild ) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!." Welcome to Flickr Photo Sharing. Yahoo, n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2011. <>. "Google Apps." The Next Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2011. <>. "Icon with question mark - OpenClipArt." OpenClipArt. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2011. <>. "Joes Non Notebook Video." Music Videos, Politics, and Funny Videos at Vodpod. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2011. <>. "Laptop - OpenClipArt." OpenClipArt. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2011. <>.



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in the Middle School Classroom
Amy Hopkins Caddo Mills ISD

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