Using Google in your classroom or school has enormous benefits!
Improved Collaboration with Students & Teachers
You no longer have to attach documents and save multiple versions. With Google Apps for Education, you can simply share a document, spreadsheet, etc with a person or group of people. Are you holding a meeting? Share the agenda beforehand so people can see the agenda and add agenda items and thoughts before the meeting. Everyone can have access to the document and add to it, simultaneously! You can also provide simple feedback to students. All you have to do is add a comment to the document and the students will see it!
Access From Anywhere
Not only can you access you Google Drive from your personal computer, but you can log into Google from any computer! You can also access your drive files from any mobile device. I can't tell you how many times I've edited a document on my phone. The other great thing about Google Drive is that you can easily search for your files and create a simple organization system.
Record of Changes & Feedback
You can view every change that has been made to a Google document, spreadsheet, or slideshow with a few clicks. You can see who made what changes, and when the changes were made. This is especially helpful when you want to see what a student has been doing during class. Also, when you make comments you will have a record of all the feedback you've given.
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As I approached my first PD with the staff of my high school, I was -of course- nervous! I know I'm not the only one who sometimes get butterflies, even after doing this for 6 years.
But I was incredibly surprised how well everything went! Using those tried-and-true methods of remembering peoples' names and calling on their expertise and ideas was instrumental in this PD being successful.
Whenever you're doing a PD, I always rely on these things:
What do you use when leading a PD?
I must say that I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into when I came on as the "Technology Integration Specialist" (TIS) at a high school in greater St. Louis, MO. This was the first year for the TIS position, which had its own advantages and disadvantages (more on that later), plus it was my first year in the district.
I was charged with doing some training in the weeks leading up to school on Google 101 and 201. Knowing that my school has just started to dip its toe into the Google for Education world, I had a good idea of how to approach these sessions. Being introduced to some of the staff through a PD was somewhat nerve-wrecking. Here I am, standing before them as the "expert", knowing that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression". So I came prepared...with FOOD. I learned through my last principal that having food at PD always eases the blow (there has to be a scientific study on this somewhere...).
Thankfully, my years' of experience and PD on presenting PD fully prepared me for this moment. But I wasn't expected for what would happen...
Am I the only one who is so OVER students making PowerPoints/Google Slides/Prezis? I mean, even though I go over what to do & not do, the kids still end up committing every PowerPoint crime their is (as explained by this guy).
If you're wanting to avoid a PowerPoint like the one above, there are some helpful guidelines that I even use when creating presentations for workshops.
These suggestions are from Chapter 5 of "Unmistakable Impact" by Jim Knight
As school starts to gear up for a lot of the country, you may be faced with a new (or existing) technology policy for your class. This can be overwhelming.
There's no doubt that you will encounter things you NEVER anticipated when it comes to students and technology, just like your first years as a teacher. "You put WHAT in the pencil sharpener?!"
Over the years I've found a few things that have worked for me in helping curb some of the issues that can occur with having tech in the classroom.
Here are some tips that have been helpful to me:
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Most schools today are having some kind of technology in the classroom initiative. If you were like me, I suddenly had 30 devices in my classroom with not much training on how to manage it all.
The infographic below are 7 steps to help you manage technology in the classroom. If you have other ideas or questions, leave them in the comments.