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Google Apps Gets Google Groups

Google Adds Groups to Google Apps Premier and Education Editions

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Google announced that is now including Google Groups in the Premier and Education editions of Google Apps. The company says Groups is one of its most widely-used applications, so it only makes sense.

When a group is set up, employees/students can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, shared folders, sites, calendars, and videos with the group, rather than having to include individual email addresses or try to remember who joined or left a certain group.

Google cites the following Google Groups features that are now included:

- Fast set-up
- Searchable archives
- Sharing with a group
- Reply on behalf of a group
- IT capabilities

"After enabling the new service from the administrative control panel (add ‘user-managed groups’), users can start managing their own groups without burdening administrators for support," says Rajen Sheth, Senior Product Manager, Google Apps. "Administrators can still set group policies and manage other group settings."

Google says Google Groups will be rolling out to Google Apps Premier and Education Edition domains today, so there is a chance you won’t see it right away, but you should very soon.

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  • http://edublend.blogspot.com Manish Malik

    This is great. I have used Google Apps with my students and think that its great. Apps uses cloud based technology and this forms a cloud learning environtment.

    The Cloud gives control to people on their documents/work etc, it makes them publishers/authors/broadcasters etc. A spin of sharing and collaborative working added to the mix and we have what I call as the Cloud Learning environment. Here the control is shared between the learner and the facilitator or the academics .
    This is new, as the old institutional VLE (or virtual learning environments, kept most of the control with the institutions or the academics) and the PLEs (personal learning environments) did not quite provide a cohesive platform to bring different people together form different walks of life uniformly.
    To read more about a CLE, see http://edublend.blogspot.com/2009/12/cloud-learning-environment-what-it-is.html

    An Example of that is my Exam revision site that taps into the students informal learning experience/practice. I blogged about it here
    http://edublend.blogspot.com/2009/12/examopedia-re-birth-on-google-sites.html
    And the resources is an Open access resource that can be accessed here:
    http://sites.google.com/a/port.ac.uk/examopedia/

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