This week we began taking small groups of high school and junior high kids into the labs to learn Google Apps. Not surprisingly, it went very well. The students got into the accounts, and within a few minutes they were emailing, IMing and trying to load the video drivers so they could vid chat. It went like wildfire, if I showed one kid something, soon, everyone in that row had it. Real genuine learning. They enjoyed it a lot. Some of the features they thought were most interesting/fun:
Email (we sometimes forget that this is the generation which has had little need, and therefore little reason to learn how to use it)
Sharing documents (they discovered this on their own)
The ability to access it from their phones
The draw program
Next time we will have an actual assignment, but for today, they learned a lot just messing around with it. I hope the ability to see how it can be used for schoolwork comes to them equally fast.