Today was an incredible day of learning and collaborating with teachers and classified staff from OUSD. About 150 Oceanside staff members attended our "Going Google" Boot Camp, volunteering their own time (during summer break) to practice using the the tools in the G-Suite. I had such a great time teaching four sessions and helping those who are just starting out with the Google Apps. Presenting on the G-Suite is my favorite! I love when teachers start to realize ways that the Google Apps can simplify their work flow and increase productivity. I also like hearing about the various classroom applications that teachers think of. So much creativity! Check out #GOside on Twitter to see the excitement and learning that happened at our Boot Camp today!
Here are the presentations that I gave today. Feel free to use them as a resource and share them with colleagues.
Google Classroom is such an amazing tool, and as most of you know, I love teaching teachers how to use it. I was so excited to have the opportunity to present an "Introduction to Google Classroom" for beginners at this year's National CUE conference in Palm Springs, CA. My colleague and friend, Melissa Monroe, and I presented to a room full of educators who were excited to learn more about this powerful Google App. The entire hour long presentation was full of excellent questions and feedback from our audience. If you were part of that crowd, "Thank You" for attending and making our work so meaningful.
I am posting the presentation slide deck below. Please feel free to pass this along to any colleagues that could benefit from it.
I've recently discovered HyperDocs ... and I'm absolutely obsessed with them now! If you haven't heard of them before, a HyperDoc is basically a Google Doc with a ton of hyperlinks included. Student follow the directions of the HyperDoc, watching videos, reading articles, and accomplishing various tasks along the way. I really like using them with my Middle School students in the STEM Lab. HyperDocs make things easier because there are usually about 15 different things happening in the Lab with my Middle School students. I also really like them for Extra Credit assignments, since they can work through the HyperDoc independently.
One of the first HyperDocs that I used with my Middle School students was "Comic Life Digital Citizenship." This HyperDoc walked students through creating a Super Digital Citizen character that protects people online. It's based on a lesson from Common Sense Education, but also incorporates the Comic Life software that I use in my lab.
Check out this awesome student work!
A great resource for sharing HyperDocs is Teachers Give Teachers. This website has a massive amount of HyperDocs that you can easily add to your Google Drive, make a copy of, then modify however you need to. I just recently downloaded a "Getting to Know GAFE" HyperDoc that I'm excited to share with my Middle School students.
Try out a HyperDoc with your students today!
Here is an awesome video to get you excited about Google Classroom!
Google classroom is an amazing app that you already have access to! Through the Google Classroom, you are able to communicate with your students and post assignments for them to complete. Projects that students create in other apps (Thinglink, iMovie, Popplet, Educreations, etc.) can easily be uploaded to the Google Classroom for you to view and assess! You can even return student work if you would like editing done, then students can re-submit when ready. It makes grading student iPad work SOOO much easier!
Basic information about the Google Drive can be seen in this short video!
Think of the Google Drive as a digital file cabinet! Except ... it's way cooler than a file cabinet. In the Google Drive, you can upload Docs and PDFs that you already have saved on your computer. It is a "cloud" storage for you. In addition to uploading things, you can also create Documents (Google Docs), Presentations (Google Slides), Spreadsheets (Google Sheets), and Google Forms (check out my example below) directly in the Drive.
In my teaching experience, one of the greatest features of Google Drive, is that you can share documents with your colleagues with the click of a mouse. No more making a photocopies for your grade level team! You can just share the document in the Drive and they have access to it. Or better yet, you can share a grade level folder, and your colleagues can browse your "file cabinet" at their leisure.
Google Classroom and Google Drive go hand in hand (as well as docs, slides, and sheets). If this is something you would like more information about, please complete this Google Form!