Session 3: An Every Teacher Must Have Toolkit of Google Apps

Overview: Google Apps can provide teachers with wonderful tools to enhance the learning and collaborating experience for their students. In today's session we will explore as many of these tools as we can in one day.

Date & Time: Wednesday April 11, 2012

Objectives: To provide teachers with the skills to become educators utilizing the many tools that Google has to offer.

Class Description: Based on the foundations established during our first two sessions, teachers will see how Google Apps can help them on their quest to become innovative educators.

Common Core Standard:
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Icebreaker Activity: Tweet from your newly created twitter account using #edtech
  • Video: The Learning Society
  • Google Drive
    • Docs
    • Spreadsheets
    • Forms
    • Presentation
  • Google Reader
  • iGoogle
  • Share out
  • Evaluation

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9:00 Icebreaker:
Tweet from your newly created twitter account using #edtech
9:10 - 9:20 Video

10:00 - 12:00 Google Apps Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers

Google Drive

What is iis a free online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that allowsyou to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents with others. If you know how to use other word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs, you can easily use Google Docs. Instead of emailing files back and forth between collaborators, Google Docs allow people to work on a single version of a document together online. The chat feature on presentations makes it possible to create a “permeable classroom” by bringing experts into a lesson to interact with students online. You can also create web-based surveys to collect information from students, teachers, or parents.
Ideas for Google Docs
Why use it?

Students can use Google Drive to:

    • Work on their files from any computer—all they need is a internet connection.
    • Get instant feedback on their work from multiple collaborators and their teacher.
    • Publish their papers and presentations on the web for an authentic audience.

Teachers can use Google Drive to:

    • Provide timely feedback to students at any point during the writing process.
    • Collaborate with colleagues on shared materials and assessment data.
    • Publish handouts and presentations online for students and parents

Activity 1: Building and sharing a Doc

Be Inspired:Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the classroom(32 Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom presentation by Tom Barrett)
    • Create a Google Doc
    • Share your Google Doc
    • View revision history
    • Publish your Doc
    • Download it as: Word, PDF or RTF
    • Print your Doc (hint: first it opens it as a PDF)
    • Create a collection / share the collection / change color of tag
    • Organize your Docs and add it to a collection
    • Open up a Doc from the Template Gallery
    • Submit a Doc to the Template Gallery
    • Embed a Doc into a Site

Activity 2: Spreadsheets and Forms

Creating a Form (Interesting Ways to use Forms in the classroom)
Be Inspired: Ideas for using spreadsheets and forms
    • Create a simple survey using a Google form
    • Fill out your own survey
    • Email the survey to a partner
    • Open the spreadsheet to see the results
    • Change to list view
    • Show summary of responses
    • See what you can embed on spreadsheet: charts, images, gadgets, drawing ...
    • Sort your data; freeze rows
    • Embed the spreadsheet or form into Google Site

Activity 3: Presentations

Be Inspired:Collaborative Poetry project
Google Tools Conference Presentation
    • Create new presentation
    • Format / Presentation Settings / Change theme or background
    • Choose slide layout
    • Insert text, image, drawings, video, table, shape
    • Incremental reveal
    • Speaker notes
    • Start Presentation / view together
    • Share settings
    • Download as pdf, ppt, or text
    • Publish, embed

Open Channel Discussion

1:30 - 2:00 Share out and Evaluation

Other Google Tools:

Google Groups:**

What is it?
With Google Groups, you can set up your very own place to communicate and collaborate, safely and securely, with others online. You can use Google Groups to post important information such as student or parent contact information, host online discussions, and manage and archive multiple mailing lists. We designed Google Groups to be simple to set up and easy to use, so you can get started using it to share information with students and parents in a hurry. You can set up your group to be pubilshed for all to see, or you set it as a private group and share only with those of your choosing. And because you can customize Google Groups pages, you can make your group feel like a true home on the web.

Google Groups features like online discussions and real-time editing can make it simple for students to work together even when they're not in the same physical location, sharing research findings, collaborating on group projects, and comparing notes on classroom lessons. Because you can set up multiple groups, Google Groups can make it easier to communicate directly, and privately, with the parents of your students. And Google Groups can improve communication between parents, about topics like carpools or snack schedules.

Why use it?
Students can use Google Groups to:
    • Share ideas, store documents, and organize web resources as they work in project teams.
    • Create a private group for school clubs or sports teams to share the latest news and announcements.

Teachers can use Google Groups to:
    • Make class handouts, reading materials, assignments, and web links available to students and their parents.
    • Send email announcements to parents.
    • Centralize resources and communication for professional learning communities

Google Voice
Why use it?

With Google Voice, learners can call in and leave messages that can be emailed, downloaded as .mp3 files, or embedded in web sites using the included html code. Basically, it’s a way to create audio recordings, without the need for a computer or mic.

Here are some ways that Voice can revolutionize your teaching style:
  • Vocabulary:Learners can speak sentences or paragraphs that demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary words. You could even embed these in a class website, to serve as review/reference materials.
  • Audio Study Guide:Instead of having a class scribe, enhance the role by giving one learner the task of calling in the content, creating an audio archive. You can rotate learners, so they each get the chance to serve in the role. Embed each message into a website to serve as an audio study guide over the content.
  • Math Solutions:To demonstrate understanding of a topic or the solution to a problem, the learners can talk it out. When I was a math teacher, I would have loved this as form of assessment that allowed me inside the kids’ heads.
  • Foreign Language:Kids can call in and read a paragraph or speak sentences, allowing you to hear how proficient they are and diagnose areas where improvement is needed. It could be used as oral responses to teacher questions or to recite pre-written material to assess their reading and pronunciation abilities.
  • Audio Field Trip Journal:Have kids leave messages throughout the field trip that documents their experiences. Speech: Learners can record speeches via the phone. Bonus: Take advantage of the voicemail transcription feature. Assess learners’ enunciation by seeing how accurate Google Voice transcribes their messages.
  • Get in Character:Let the learners have fun by leaving messages in character. Perhaps you’re studying historical figures or fictional characters. Let the learners assume the role and record messages assuming that role. I’d love to hear what the kids come up with when given this task!
  • Podcasting:Since the voicemails can be embedded in websites or downloaded, this would be a super simple way to record a podcast!
  • Work the Custom Greetings:Since Google Voice lets you have unique greetings for different groups of callers, you could create a greeting personalized specifically for your students. Kids can call in to receive homework tips, announcements, upcoming test information, or other class reminders.
  • Reflection Tool:Get rid of those spiral notebooks that have been serving as journals since I was an elementary student over 20 years ago. After a class discussion or project presentation, have the learners record a reflection via Google Voice. It’s paperless!
  • Announcements or Audio Newsletters:Instead of creating a printed class newsletter, why not call your own Google Voice number and leave a message consisting of a class announcement or audio newsletter? Then, simply embed it on your class website for parents and learners to access.

Google Docs Blog
Google Scholar
  • Google Scholar
  • Why use it?Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
  • Activity using Google Scholar
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Google Reader

Customizing your iGoogle page

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Google Drive

Google Custom Search

Google Custom Search allows you to create a Google search engine that scours only the sites that you authorize. This allows you to build a library of high-quality, resource-rich websites that will streamline your students's research.

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