In this two-day course, we’ll get you up to speed on the incredible array of services and applications that Google provides to teachers and students for free. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, this workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities and realities of a paperless classroom, as well as having a place to showcase student work, collaborate with experts in the outside world, and managing your limited time in a more effective way.
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Create a Google Site to provide information to students and parents, highlight classroom activities, and showcase exceptional student work.
- Create a collaborative Google Slides presentation, and publish it to their Google Site.
- Be able to effectively use Google Classroom for assigning and collecting student work digitally.
- Create a lesson plan utilizing additional Chromebook apps where students will create a project, demonstrating strategic and/or extended thinking.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Get Signed into my Google Classroom – Access Google Classroom here
- Google Apps Scavenger Hunt
- You may want to review the Google for Eduction Blog later on
- Google Cast for Education in YOUR Classroom
- Mastering Gmail and Google Search
- Have a lot of “Bacon?” Try Unroll.me
- What Else Besides Gmail? Rundown of:
- Google Sites
- Task: Create an About Me Teacher Google Site
- Take Your Pulse – Google Docs Experience Level
- Google Drive Basics
- AirServer app to view iOS/Android devices on your teacher computer
- Sharing & Collaboration in Drive
- Task: Collaborate to Create Google Slides Presentation, focusing on highlighting the 5 best things they’ve learned today
- You may want to try SlidesCarnival.com
- Cool Detours
- Google Hangouts and YouTube Live Streaming. Don’t have your own YouTube Channel? Here’s how to set it up. You can also take a look at Jing and SnagIt.
- Anyone interested in storytelling with 360˚ photos? Learn more about Google Street View (app downloads on upper right of new window) and StorySpheres.
- Google Classroom Overview
- Task: Create a class in Google Classroom, including class rules/expectations, syllabus, links to frequently used websites and creating a class discussion topic and assignment. Invite teachers from class to participate as students in their classes and turn in assignments. Use Screencastify or Screencast-O-Matic to record a tour of your Classroom.
- Google Docs: Media Research Assignment
- Optional Task: Create your own themed Google Docs Research Assignment
- Useful Chrome Extensions
- Creative Chrome Apps for Depth of Knowledge Levels
- Task: Create a lesson plan using a creative Chrome App or any other G Suite tool that we have learned about in our class. Please include in your plan a student-created project or activity, aligned to a core area of yours, aimed at DOK level 3 or 4. You can submit a Google Doc, a video, or any artifact that illustrates and demonstrates to me how you will use these tools with your students in your classroom.
9 Tips for Teaching With YouTube.
A good friend of mine suggested that I take a look at the learning platform that TED-Ed (http://ed.ted.com/) has developed for teachers. It is a powerful platform that helps teachers (or administrators, or students – anyone, really) to take ANY video from TED or YouTube and easily turn it into a flipped lesson that learners can view and do anywhere, anytime they have access to a browser.
First, TED-Ed offers pre-made lessons on just about any subject for you to use with your classrooms. You can also browse by Series to see other thought-provoking lessons. You can use each lesson as-is, or you can flip them to customize the instructions, questions and resources to fit your lesson.
If you can’t find something there that you need, you can ‘Find & Flip‘ any video on TED or from YouTube. Search for the video you need, preview it, and then Flip it!
You will now start to build a lesson based on this video:
- Give it a title of your choice
- Let’s Begin… – State the learning objective or intended outcomes, introduce the topic and video
- Watch – Students watch the video
- Think – Create up to 15 different multiple choice &/or open answer questions about the content. You can even set video time code hints to help your students out.
- Dig Deeper – Point your students to other web content, provide notes, or link them back to your class Web site or any other online resource.
- Discuss – allows for interactive discussion on the video
Once you are done, Finish the Flip and you’ll get a custom URL to your lesson. This will allow you and your students to track their progress and how they have done on each lesson.
This learning platform is incredibly easy to use and has some amazing potential. It would even be a great tool for students to build their own projects to peer-tutor other students on any topic.
And… If the video does not exist on TED or YouTube, you can always record your own to upload and use for a lesson!
Boy… I wish that YouTube was around when I was teaching Simple Machines in 8th Grade Science. That just made me sound very old…
Not more than an hour after the second presentation of the day, I participated in a Faculty Lounge presentation from UEN on apps for the iPad that will allow you to create those Khan Academy-style recordings and podcasts. With just one app, you have everything you need – even the tablet to write on! You might want to look at a stylus to make writing easier, but this solution is MUCH less trouble and expense (unless you don’t already have an iPad!).
Here are my two favorites from what I saw:
- ScreenChomp from TechSmith (Free): Basic app that gives you a white board and a pen to sketch out your ideas. Bring in images from your camera roll and records your actions and voice. Recordings are saved to their site, but you can download the videos from there.
- Explain Everything ($2.99): A more full-featured screencasting app that allows you more flexibility for your lessons like bringing in documents for annotation, multiple slides, and far more sharing and exporting options.
Presentation available here:
Links from the presentation:
- iTunes U (link will open iTunes on your computer)
- Khan Academy
- Introduction to the Atom on Khan Academy
- Camtasia Studio (PC)
- SmoothDraw3 (PC)
- Wacom Bamboo Tablet
- Screen Video Recorder (PC)
- Microsoft Paint (PC)
- Screenflow (Mac)
- Paintbrush (Mac)
- BaiBoard (Mac)
- Jing Pro (Mac & PC)
- Jabra Bluetooth/USB Headset (from Amazon)
- xTag Wireless Microphone (from Amazon)
- Debut Video Capture (PC)
- YouTube information on requesting longer video uploads
- How to turn a Posterous site address into an iTunes Podcast feed link
- My SEDC Tech Training USTREAM Channel
- Examples of Blabberize in action
‘I am strongly supportive of teachers having access to social networking so they can use worthwhile educational sites such as Facebook and particularly YouTube,” he said. ”Teachers will be able to teach their students about digital citizenship so that students will be responsible users themselves of social networking sites at home.’
Teach them to be responsible Digital Citizens where there is some guidance and supervision instead of blocking and filtering.
Great to see that the tide of blocking and filtering is slowly turning.
In case you didn’t know, SnipSnip.it is an easy way to share your favorite parts of videos you like.
Here at SnipSnip, we believe that there are two kinds of people in this world… The kind that just snip videos and the kind that do more with those snips. If you fall into the second category, then you’re in luck. Soon, SnipSnip will allow you to do more with your snips.
Until then, snip on!
Excellent idea! What a great tool for educators who are integrating YouTube videos into their instruction – too bad it only works if YouTube is not filtered in the district.
I wish that this site would go one step further and allow you to download your snips – but I guess that there may be too many copyright implications with that. Maybe they are hinting at this feature above???
Some quick links for today’s training – I’ll add more information as we encounter it!