Venturing into Google Cloud (Thanks G-Suite). Am I leaving iWork?
The Google Cloud platform may be better for me. I prefer using Apple's Keynote, Pages, Notes, and Numbers (collectively known as iWork). But that's not where my university nor my students are right now.
Most folks think these issues to be relatively small compared with teaching lessons consistently, communication, differential learning, and collaboration. I would argue that all those things shine through the platform used by the facilitator. This is one of the primary reasons I hate blackboard. Things don't seem organized. It's like a bunch of tools thrown into a pot call LMS. Visually, it's unappealing. My students hate it too.
I'm giving G-suite a try. I like the automation included by Google in G-suite. My calendar is automated and has many of the features I liked about Fantastical (calendar app for the Mac/ios). One thing the G-calendar has that Fantastical doesn't is the ability to automatically add things based on my time availability and my goals (ex: fitting exercise in my schedule based on other commitments). The G-drive platform provides constant updates on when files are added, changed, modified, and commented on - in real time. Gmail (and Inbox by Gmail) have 'free' tagging systems and snoozing capabilities (I used a monthly subscription service by Mail Butler) and Mail Act-On (paid service) to manage tagging on Apple Mail. The list goes on.
But, there's something sweet and lovely about using Apple's native products. And that 'sweet and loveliness' keeps drawing me back. However, I think there's a way to use both service. As Sal Soghoin rhetorically asked on an episode of Mac Power Users (one of my favorite podcasts EVER), when it comes to being with Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft (and I'm paraphrasing), "Why does it have to be all or nothing". It doesn't. We live in a world where we are fortunate enough to be able to mix and match."
Boy, I hope I can find the right amount of mixing and matching before classes start in the fall...!