Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Google Classroom Has Arrived!

I spent yesterday training my school's 7th and 8th graders about Google Classroom and some of the Google Apps. After explaining the importance of using all internet-based products appropriately, especially Gmail, we dove into joining all of our classes with class codes. The students enjoyed seeing the different themes that their teachers had chosen and how easy it was to access each class.

In order to practice submitting work, I had them do a very simple Doc assignment that required using a "Free to use, share, or modify" picture from the "Research" tool. Students were impressed by the citation magically appearing with the selection of a photo. "Research" was definitely a big hit with them. Equally impressive, was the automatic naming of their assignment file with their own name.

The teachers and I will continue training the students about the other features in Classroom and other Apps. I am excited to assist them in collaborative projects with Classroom. The magic of Google never stops!

Here's the agenda that I used:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Getting Googley in Middle School

Today, I accomplished my first task from my original post! I did a Google Classroom PD for my middle school teachers. I decided to have my teachers experience Classroom as a student. As we went through assignments, we went through the different functions of each app: Docs, Slides, and Forms. Then, the teachers created their classrooms, one for each period. They put all of their class codes on a Google. Which leads me to my next task: Creating  a Google Classroom PD for my middle school students. My job is always busy and never boring! Love it!

Here's the link to my agenda with resources for the training: