The final session I attended before the keynote was a session about Google, more specifically, the apps of Google. I am just going to jump right in to the list of things mentioned with a brief benefit. Needless to say, the following was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the uses and implications of using these Google Applications.
Google Account Does Not Mean Gmail - Most people assume that in order to get any of these apps, you need to have a Gmail address. The important thing to know is that a Google account does not mean that you are going to have a Gmail address. You can sign up and use your university email or whatever else you want with it.
Google Drive - Great tool for collaboration and creating documents that are the equivalent to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. There is also a Form tool to send basic surveys and sign-up documents
Google Plus Communities - Requires Google plus, but a better version of Facebook's Groups
Creating and Event with Google - If you create an event with your Google Plus account, you can turn on a "party mode." This allows people to take pictures and they attach to the event so that you can capture the event.
Google Hangout - Video chat and type chat with everyone. The video chat can replace meeting in the physical space. The on air function allows you to hold meetings and present slideshows. On air can also be recorded to generate webinar like material. This is the first thing I am going to try.
Google Chrome - Google's internet client is smoother running and many of the apps can be opened from an apps page in Chrome. The additional benefits of some apps to run specifically off of Chrome can help increase productivity
Boomerang for Gmail - Allows you to schedule and set reminders from emails to your Google Calendar. A nice addition to help with your crazy routines.
The Old Reader - Discussed was the sad departure of Google Reader, but the RSS feed reader "The Old Reader" was mentioned to help people transition away from Google Reader into something that looks like an older version of Google Reader (which was the point of creating the old reader)
Google Script - A database of formulas and scripts to help with a multitude of different tasks in spreadsheets.
Google Scholar - As researchers and educating our students how to do research, Google scholar is a database that pulls scholarly material. A must for the college environment.
Google Search - It is a classic. Much like we refer to all facial tissue as Kleenex, the search for anything has come to be known as "Google-ing". It still has a lot of power because it allows us to learn any of the mentioned services or whatever else we want. As a person with a hacking mentality, Google is already my best friend, but this session has shown me our relationship is stronger than I thought.