Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Going Google District Wide Hangout on Air TODAY

Going Google - District Wide

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Implementing Google Apps for Education in your district means more than adding Gmail and using a few 'Docs'. Google Apps for Education can replace many processes, subscriptions, and software by taking advantage of Sites, Forms, Sharing and Collaborating, Templates, Docs and more.

We've got a great group in the hangout today - Eric Griffith, Andy Littlefield, Alice Barr, Andrew Stillman... 

Hoping to have a collaborative/share session that leaves everyone with a fresh thought or idea on their Google Apps deployment.  
Google Apps Training Center

Some resources to help you 'Go Google - District Wide'

Google Apps for Edu Lesson Plans
Google Apps for Edu Recorded Webinars

Please feel free to add resources here as well in the comments or your tip or trick for Going Google - District Wide!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New England Google Apps for Education Summit November 3 & 4

A series of Google Rock Stars are lined up for this event including Google's Senior Education Evangelist, Jamie Casap,  as Keynote Speaker and Tina Ornduff of Google Earth Education Outreach who will be leading an entire strand of sessions devoted to the Geo apps.

 It will be held on November 3 & 4th (weekend so you don't have to take time off from school) and if you've attended Google events already you know that this is full of information, collaboration, energy and FUN!  You will be inspired with ideas and meet other 'googlers' including Google employees themselves.  http://ma.gafesummit.com/

I will be presenting -

Getting Going with Student Use of Google Apps - The One Stop Shopping Experience Learn how a variety of projects created within Google Apps for Edu and other online resources can be weaved into a portfolio using Google Sites.  This is an ideal way for students and teachers to fully utilize the GAFE Suite while exposing students to a rich 21st Century online learning environment based in Google!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Getting ready for the European Google Apps for Edu Summit

The First Ever -  Google Apps for Education European Summit, is next week...  Here is a preview of what I intend to share -

Taking Google Forms to the Next Level - I am hoping to share with my audience, user friendly and easily adaptable instruction on how to take Google Forms beyond the step of a basic 'survey.'  Google Forms are one of the most popular Google Applications and so versatile.  They play an integral role in the 'paperless classroom' and more.  This is not an intro to forms and I am not a script guru ... so this is perfect for someone who is 'intermediate'...   

Learn. Create. Share. Portfolios w/ Google Sites - I have a hard time give a 'title' to this presentation.  I want to share how the whole GAFE suite of apps can support project based learning and hit a plethora of targets at the same time.  By using the suite - email, docs, presentation, spreadsheet, forms, and site (to begin with) a teacher/class can learn, create, and share while becoming more proficient with Google Apps and developing ICT skills.  Some courses or units of study lend themselves to using more apps and the accumulation of such projects (created independently, collaboratively or both), can be presented and shared as a final product in Google Sites that students can connect to other portfolios and keep with them beyond.   Having worked for over a decade in technology integration prior to Google Apps I have gleaned a great appreciation for the limitless opportunities it offers for creating rich and engaging 21st century learning environments..