To get started, implement the gClass folders system for your classes. It is SUPER EASY to use. Just grab the gClass template, fill it out with your student list and it will create a 'class folder', a edit by all class folder, a view only class folder (for handouts, etc), and a 'dropbox' for each student. All shares/permission set up automatically with a script that runs behind the scenes. Go to the link above. It is a tell all.
"This course is to prepare educators to use Google Apps for Education in their classroom with students. The course utilizes Google training materials and digital based learning theories to explore the power of the Google Apps suite of tools as well as cloud-based technologies in the K-12 settings. Educators will be exposed to all of the major Google Applications as well as create a final project and presentation on their implementation of the tools in the classroom setting."