Google I/O, a conference for developers, was held 2 weeks ago. It’s usually full of long keynotes and detailed sessions about how to make apps and devices more mobile-friendly or powered by the thumb-taps of millions of smartphone users.
Although it’s not intended for consumers, a lot of news usually comes out of the conference that’s of interest to people using Google’s products. Since they make just about everything, you will probably be affected by at least one announcement from I/O.
Google didn’t unveil a new self-cleaning, Internet-connected coffee mug, so I thought I’d share the Top 5 Google Products Homeschoolers Can Start Using Today.
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Released in December 2008, Google’s Chrome browser is currently the most popular browser worldwide with a 51% market share on PCs. Because Google is a driving force in developing and establishing web standards, Chrome scores very high on web standards tests. There is also a large extension library that extends the functionality of Chrome beyond web browsing.
Google Drive and Docs has a much more disjointed history. It’s an amalgam of multiple acquisitions made by Google and merged into a single product. Google Drive and Docs allows users to store and edit documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations, and more. All of this is provided free of charge.
Introduced in June 2011, these inexpensive laptops use Google’s own OS which allows them to work seamlessly with other Google products. Chromebooks are designed to be used when connected to the Internet but there are means to work in “offline” mode when there isn’t an Internet connection available.
If you’re looking for a free way to collaborate with other homeschoolers, Google Hangouts are the way to go. This video conferencing allows you to meet face-to-face (virtually) with other people and even record and shared that meeting with thousands of people.
I’ve mentioned YouTube numerous times in the past and I think there are very few homeschooling parents who don’t see the value in the plethora of educational channels and content on YouTube. It’s nice to know the Internet isn’t just a collection of cat videos and stupid human tricks.
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