This week my teacher candidates were introduced to the collaborative world of Google Apps for Education. We focused on the basic suite of Gmail, Drive, Forms, Slides and Calendar. Sylvia Duckworth’s sketch note of GAFE (seen below), sums up nicely the overview of Google Apps For Education.
The students had to create a collaborative presentation about 5 Things I Should Know About Google Apps. This is a small sample of their learning.
As a history teacher, I am always trying to make the past relevant for my students. I ask them to consider not just facts and dates but the overall big ideas that tie history together. Blogging gives them an opportunity to engage and express their own thoughts on the subject matter. It is a great way for the reserved, quiet student to share their voice. If you haven’t tried blogging with your students, Blogger and Edublog is a good place to start. Even if you don’t have students create their own blogs, a class blog is a wonderful space to share ideas.
At the start of the month, I had the honour of presenting two sessions at the Google Apps for Education Summit here in Ottawa. My presentation was Creating Assessments For, As and of Learning using Google Add-ons. Here is a copy of my presentation.
Today I attended a session on Blended Learning. As part of the session we broke out into groups and looked at what other tools we could use to help engage students in the classroom These were some of my favorites that I can’t wait to try.
Poll Everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com/
VideoNot.es in Google Drive http://www.videonot.es/