Web-based Cloud collaboration has both empowered and disrupted organizations. It is changing the way we work and learn. This 100% online class will prepare you to successfully use online collaboration in the classroom/workplace, and provide the chance to practice being an expert user and domain administrator of Google Apps for Education. A custom domain installation of Google Apps For Education will be used. Readings will include Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and Disrupting Class, How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Students will design a final project that demonstrates using Google Apps for Education at an expert level. Students may choose to prepare to take the Google Trainer Certification exams as a final project. Access to a well functioning laptop and DSL/Cable speed Internet connection are required.
This session will introduce Google Apps Scripting to non-programmers. We will walk you through using some premade Google Apps Script such as Flubaroo (self grading quizes), (Mail Merge withing Google Apps) and (Sending custom emails based on spreadsheet data). Join us if you are new to using Google Apps Scripts or if you would like to share tips and tricks to help colleagues take the mystery our of using Google Apps Scripts.
If you think the most compelling reasons to use Google Apps are free email solutions, shared calendars, and more efficient and collaborative workflow for staff -- THINK AGAIN! This session will feature examples of students learning using Google tools such as using Google Spreadsheets to simulate banking to model the branches of government to presenting proposals for increasing streetlights to make their city safer using Google Maps. Learn how a rural Vermont school deployed Google Apps to its students first. Students took the lead; adults followed, and eventually the whole school district joined. Students first - is a tried and true method of going Google. Bring your own examples of student learning with Google Apps to share.
This week I got to meet a rock star team of educators from the Park Hill District who are about to lanuch a 5th grade 1:1 program in Kansas City, Missouri. After working with them for 3 days on ways to use tools including Google Tools, Voice Thread, and Digital Storytelling Tools, I can''t wait to see this amazing team lead the way in the transforming of teaching and learning through the Park Hill FLiP project.
While I was there I learned that Kansas City has become the home of Google Fiber Space. How exciting for this area to be at the front of the pack bringing 1000 MB Internet speeds to communities.