Starting your Google Site

posted Aug 28, 2014, 1:47 PM by James Petersen

Google Sites can be intimidating to start with, but once you’ve seen how to create using a Google Site, you’ll be hooked. Learn how to integrate Google Drive folders, documents, and other items directly into your site. Find out how to use site templates and page templates to make your site have a consistent look and feel. Set up a homework document so that you don’t have to constantly do the same work in more than one place. Use the different types of pages and gadgets to make a site that’s visually appealing, interactive, and always up to date. If you want to set things up once, and keep your site up to date without extra hassle, this session is for you.

Google Sheets 101

posted Jun 19, 2014, 7:00 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 19, 2014, 7:04 AM ]

    Are you interested in learning how to leverage the power of spreadsheets to manage your data more efficiently? Learn about how to navigate a spreadsheet, how to use formulas to do your calculations for your, and how to use the data in new and productive ways. This session will cover beginner concepts such as how to use formulas, how to format your data so it looks right, publishing your spreadsheet, and getting your sheets to talk to one another. It is recommended that attendees bring a laptop or chromebook (a tablet with the Google Sheets app installed will work, but it will be a little more difficult to follow along).

Spread Some Sheets

posted Apr 7, 2014, 10:21 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:59 AM ]

    Want to learn how to leverage spreadsheet formulas to simplify how you work with your data? This session will cover some hands-on activities to help you configure a spreadsheet solution to typical tasks that teachers face, such as building a grade book, managing student contact info, recording observations, generating a class schedule in your calendar, and managing communication. By combining spreadsheet formulas with Add-ons or Apps Scripts, you can leverage these amazingly powerful tools to automate a lot of the repetitive work we all find ourselves doing. Most of the tips and techniques covered will work in both the old sheets and new sheets. This is an advanced session, so knowledge of spreadsheet commands, add-ons, and scripts will be helpful.

Authoring Scripts

posted Apr 7, 2014, 10:14 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:56 AM ]

Have you ever wanted to know how scripts and add-ons do all those wonderful, magical things automatically? Do you find yourself doing the same work multiple times? This session will introduce you to the world of writing code to get Google Apps to do that work for you, freeing up time for other things (like learning how to code). Based on the JavaScript programming language, Google Apps Script can connect to 11 different apps, and even external APIs. If you've ever wanted to get your students started with writing a program, you will learn about resources for everything from providing instruction, getting support from the community, and publishing scripts so your students reach a global audience. Be warned: this will get incredibly geeky!

Add-ons for Sheets

posted Apr 7, 2014, 10:13 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:57 AM ]

Have you seen the new add-ons menu in the new Google spreadsheets? Wondering what it’s for? Learn how to find and use add-ons to power up your forms and automate things like sending emails when someone fills out a form, generate documents from a template, or grading quizzes and emailing results. You will need to have the Add-ons menu enabled in your Google account for this workshop. It is currently available for Gmail accounts and for enabled domains.

Google Apps as part of an LMS

posted Apr 3, 2014, 8:34 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 8:34 AM ]

    Learn how to integrate Google Apps for Education (docs, sheets, drawing, sites, forms and scripts) and other tools (ex. twitter, blogger, socrative, poll everywhere) to develop and deliver learning to your students. From techniques to facilitate classroom management to increasing collaboration between students and among your colleagues, this session will delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes power of web 2.0. Flip the class, engage students in meaningful collaboration (creation together), emphasize student inquiry, and build learning situations that actively promote their voice and encourage them to create and participate in their own learning. It is recommended that participants be comfortable with the basic operation of Google Apps for Education. Knowledge of scripting, HTML, and web 2.0 technology is an asset, but not a prerequisite.

Program highlights:

  • Integrating Google drive, blogger and weebly to deliver content through the web.

  • Augmenting the functionality of Google Drive through Google App Scripts

  • Increasing the role of student voice through meaningful collaboration.

  • Keeping parents "in the loop"

Critical Thinking 2.0

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:05 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 7:05 AM ]

    Digital tools and access to information has changed the paradigm of education. It’s no longer what you can find, but how you filter what you’ve found that’s important. Students do not need to operate in isolation - they will need to know how to research, collaborate, publish and support their ideas. All of these skills require students to use critical thinking: the process of reasoning to determine the validity of a claim.

    As teachers, we need to teach critical thinking, and we need to model critical thinking in our own practice. It is often easy to accept the latest trend as true without the necessary critical evaluation of the underlying principles. We will get a chance to examine the process of critical thinking both in our students’ learning process and in our own professional practice. We will then examine a few ways of encouraging students to think critically and to demonstrate their thinking through various evaluation tools. The session will conclude with insight into how we as teachers can think critically about our own practice and the tools we are encouraged to use in order to support the pedagogy.

Program Highlights:

  • Research tools that are available to students and teachers.

  • Networks everyone can build and use to find and assess relevant information.

  • Assessing critical thinking for our students and for ourselves

Add-ons for Docs

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:05 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:57 AM ]

Have you seen the new add-ons menu in Google Docs? Wondering what it’s for? Learn how to find and use add-ons to power up your Google Docs to add flowcharts and diagrams quickly and easily, generate mind maps from bullet lists, find and insert tweets, clip art, bibliography, and more. You will need to have the Add-ons menu enabled in your Google account for this workshop. It is currently available for Gmail accounts and for enabled domains.

Automate with Apps Scripts (Legacy Sheets)

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:04 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:57 AM ]

    Already using Google Apps as a part of your work flow? This session will help you take Google Apps for Education to the next level. Learn how to find and use scripts to simplify your life by taking care of some of the more repetitive tasks that all teachers need to do. Use the collaboration tools to collect, grade, and distribute to your classes, and model the editing process by using the comment feature. Expand your “bag of tricks” to help ease your workload, and to get students to have a voice in their own learning.

Program Highlights:

  • Setting up your classes with shared folders using a simple script.

  • Modelling collaboration for your students, and getting them to collaborate with you.

  • Getting your students collaborating with one another, and how you can evaluate their efforts.

  • An introduction to the new add-ons menu in the “New Sheets”

GAFE to Redefine your Classroom

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:04 AM by James Petersen   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

    Using various Google Apps for Education tools, this session will cover techniques to facilitate student collaboration, student-centered learning, and formative assessment in a mathematics classroom. Sparked by a 140 character tweet, learn how reframing the learning can allow students to follow their own pathways to learning, and develop metacognitive awareness. Students have reported anecdotally that they “enjoy math class” for the first time!

Program Highlights:

  • Insight into the pedagogy supported by new tools and technology

  • Formative assessment for learning

  • Objectives for each tool used, and evaluation of their effectiveness

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