Google Inservice Follow Up

Here are the notes from each section (you might have to log into Google with your LR account to view):

1. Google Drive Apps

2. Google Drive and Google Classroom

Part 1
Part 2

3. Google Drive, Google Classroom and Automation

I am available for Google assistance! Come to A111 any period and we can work together to design lessons.

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Creating Calendars for Multiple Categories-Set up for LRHSD App.

You may want or need to create multiple calendars for different clubs, activities, sports or categories.

I will be briefly presenting at the activity advisors meeting tomorrow, but in case you miss it here is how you can create a calendar that pushes events to the LRHSD App.

Click here for directions for Google Calendar.

Click here for directions for Schoolwires.

Useful Google Teacher Tech- Rich Kiker

I think Rich Kiker sparks inspiration and starts momentum in new directions for teachers.  There are plenty of acquisition and meaning-making sites on his dashboard (built within a Google site with Symbaloo):

https://sites.google.com/site/kikerlearning/google-dashboard

He pitched Google Classroom which we have been working with for 2 years.  For those of you thinking about giving it a try, watch the classroom 101 video:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/

Rich also sent along the link to his portal, please enter your email address here:

Click here for the form.

If you need a coach and accountability partner please schedule a time to meet with me.

 

 

Shawnee Technology Links Discussed in Today’s Meeting-10-20-15

  1. Google Classroom- Sign up for discussion and collaboration.
  2. Google Calendar for planning.
  3. Google Add On- Attendance Sorter, Developed by Shawnee senior, Tovly Deutsch.  Tutorial Video click here.

Teacher Websites in the LRHSD.

We have many options to organize curriculum and course material for our students.  Teachers present material, ask students to perform a task, then collect the product and anything else observable and give feedback. We collaborate with students throughout the process of creating.

How?

Verbally, on a whiteboard, or on lined paper in handwriting are the fundamentals. We can introduce technology to help organize and clarify the fundamentals: print formatted documents, use photocopiers, and then integrate some form of a submission, collection, folder and filing system.

I can help as the Computer Instructional Specialist with word document software and helpdesk.lrhsd.org can help with the printer hardware.  Filing is up to you and the cabinet.

We’re lucky to have so many technology options and support in 2015 (standing on the shoulders of giants, technology has come a long way), most teachers have some form of a website to assist in the process of learning.

On the most advanced side, I love collaborating with teachers who have online classrooms, we can inspire our colleagues with lesson ideas and push the boundaries of online learning and bring your own device.  I can provide advice and support if you want the easiest system for online learning, or some blend of whatever works for you.

For beginners, my best advice is to identify all the frequently asked questions you receive as a teacher, then develop a resource page that helps answer those questions.  I found that videos or specific directions in the style of a wiki help with this.  Check out my CIS resource page.  I send links to the answers via email when it’s a frequently asked question.

It’s been 10 years since Google Docs started the process of live editing word documents on the web according to wikipedia.  I’ve been using it in class officially for 9 of the 10 years.  Many of us are familiar with Google Drive’s basic features and it’s ability to replace the Microsoft Office software suite.  Most of us are using it’s sharing and commenting features, which make it very powerful for collaboration and feedback.

For the past 4 years LRHSD has been officially connected to Google Apps for Education; LR teachers and students log in with LR email address and current password, then off we go!

Disclaimer: Google is one of the largest companies on Earth and many schools and universities are using the service.  We have no guarantee that the service will last forever.  We also have to have a plan for students and any data that will be in their portfolio for college and career.  Once students graduate from LRHSD their user accounts are deleted.  That being said, in my opinion, it’s still my choice and the very best option for teachers and students.

Currently, and most notably, Google Classroom (launched last year) integrates with Google Drive and creates a simple “stream” to send and collect assignments, questions and announcements.  Students get alerts in their student email when teachers post in Classroom and they see what has been posted sequentially in the stream when they log in.  Creating “template” assignments, sending copies to students, collecting them and giving feedback (even graded point values) to the students in the class is a breeze.  It’s all archived in the Drive in folders giving you the ability to simply sort and reuse all your work.

Just this week Google released integration with Google Calendar, making the system complete in my opinion.  Students can log in, go to their Calendar and see a complete list of all assignments and due dates to all their classes that use Classroom.

In my opinion it makes sense for anyone comfortable with trying new technology to give Classroom a try.  To see a list of current LRHSD users for inspiration and support, click here.  I can see a future with all teachers gravitating to Google Classroom.  It would make it easy for a student to log in and see all their classes, assignments, and announcements in one place.

My setup is as follows (…this year! It changes every year!):

Major Daily Use:

    • Google Classroom as the starting point for every activator, summarizer, and lesson (Bring your own device should work well, do you guys have any feedback on this?). Connects with Google Drive and alerts via LRHSD email. Check out this review for the basic functions. I think it’s the bees knees.
    • Google Sites (wiki template) for all instructional support. I post all my “frequently asked question” answers here. Most times it’s a video detailing a multi-step process or solution.
    • Youtube for all instruction video uploads.  Interested in making tutorials?  I can help you.
    • Google Calendar for lesson planning, scheduling and sharing with students. Classroom is integrated with Calendar, automatically posting assignments in a sortable, color coded by class, calendar view; it speeds up the process!

Minor Daily Use/Periodic Updates:

    • Schoolwires for public information, linking to my Google Classroom, Embedding my Google Calendars, Linking to Google Sites Wiki, and ShawneeTV.com; also contact information and PR.
    • Social networks for PR and communication with the community.

Used to use:

    • Eboard for grandfathered support and training. EBoards are no longer given to new teachers.
    • Quia for quizzes and tests. LRHSD pays for the service. Keeps all your questions for future use and updates. No longer use due to performance exams and portfolio products being a better assessment in my classes.
    • Schoolwires for classroom management, has apps similar to Google Classroom (assignment app creates assignments, links to Schoolwires calendar, no submission options, no feedback options, no grading options), but much less user friendly and less ability to collaborate and give feedback with students.
    • iOS apps for specific tasks, we ran an iPad pilot program for 2 years and concluded that website based integration was easier than app based integration.  In my opinion, “bring your own device” and connect to any teacher website (because it is more universal) is the way to go.

I will post updates to this list of core websites supported by LRHSD, especially if comments below are discussing other options that we are using.  Please start the discussion here, or even better, join my Showcase Google Classroom-
Shawnee HS PD.

If you would like to join the Showcase Classroom and follow along please:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. Sign in using your LR Email address( bpistone@lrhsd.org) and password
  3. Join as a teacher
  4. Go to “+” button top right and click “join class”.
  5. enter the class code: 1teiuxa

LRHSD Google Calendar Tutorial

If you go to the Youtube video directly you can click in the description to jump to these points:

0-1:30 Overview of importing LRHSD schedule and bell schedules
1:31 Overview of Google Classroom integration with Google Calendar
2:35 Adding LRHSD Day Schedule (iCal, copy URL, add URL)
3:16 Exporting a Calendar
4:02 Import the bell schedule (settings, import calendar, choose file, ClassScheduleTemplate.ics, select calendar, import)
4:57 Planning with the calendar events

Here is the Bell Schedule Template that can be imported to your Google Calendar: Click here to download.

Google Classroom in the LRHSD!

Here is a new and easy way to distribute assignments and files to your students for collaboration and assessment this year: Google Classroom.  It’s free and we are already connected in the LRHSD; you and your students log in with your LR email address and off you go!

First and foremost, it is EASY.  Log in, select teacher, then create classes with section numbers.  You can manually add students or give students the class code to join once they log in (send them to http://classroom.google.com then they can login with their 123456@lrstudents.org and password).

Once you have a classroom you have 2 choices.  Make an announcement or create an assignment.  It’s that simple.

Announcements

Announcements are simple threaded comment boxes similar to what you would see on any forum, like the Facebook news feed.  You can post text, links, videos, Drive items (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations) or attachments; then students can see it in the classroom “stream” and comment.

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Assignments

Assignments get instantly distributed to students in the class.  They can be a google drive item (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations), a youtube video, a hyperlink to another page, or an attached file.  You can also have multiple files in the same assignment.  

Drive items can be set to:

  • view only
  • make a copy for each student (to edit in their own user Drive)
  • public and anyone can view and edit.

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Once assigned, all students see it in the class forum “stream” and it gives you a number for done or not done:

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The teacher can click in to the assignment and grade.  More on this later, I’ve yet to try it with students…

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I’m also not sure if notifications go out through the Outlook Email, or through the Gmail associated with each user (Gmail is not currently turned on for LRHSD Google Apps for Education users).  I’ll be posting a follow up once I have a few assignments with students this year.  I also had a question about text message alerts, which is not a feature in Google Classroom.  My suggestion is use Wiggio or Edmodo for that.

I also checked the Google Classroom support forum and there is currently no feature to copy a “class” (with all assignments and assets) from one year to the next.  It has been requested and is most likely something we’ll see very soon.  The other thing that concerns me is once students graduate from LRHSD their user accounts are deleted.  If you have a long term portfolio need (for college/posterity) you won’t be able to use Google Classroom yet, as it is only available for Google Apps for Education users.

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Want more information? Here is more about Google Classroom.

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