Top 5 Google Products Homeschoolers Can Start Using Today – WHS 154

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 I/O 2015

Photo credit: Carlos Luna

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.

The Wired Homeschool is underwritten by Scholaric: The homeschool planner that SAVES you time. Plan, track, and organize your homeschool more easily than you ever imagined. Start your free trial today.

Thanks to all the individual patrons who have supported the podcast.

Chrome

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.

Drive/Docs

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.

Chromebooks

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.

Hangouts

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.

YouTube

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.

Podcasting for Homeschoolers

If your kids have shown an interest in podcasting but you don’t know how to get them started, I’m offering a free 6-week course that will introduce them to the basics of podcasting.

Connect Socially!

  • Subscribe, rate, and review the podcast in iTunes
  • Join the Facebook page

  • Circle on Google Plus
  • Follow John Wilkerson

Leave a Voicemail

You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use this convenient widget to record a message right from your computer.

Etc.

Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive monthly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention.

The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com

Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

*Not really. That’s a joke.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes

%d bloggers like this: