Learning with Google Apps: Six teachers completed their first course in Google Apps: “Introduction to Google Apps in Education at Nespelem School.”
The focus: Learn and Implement Google Mail, Calendar, and Blogs with an emphasis on family and global connections.
We learned mail, calendar, and blogging in seven one-hour sessions. The exciting part of our class occurred after each session. Ms. Sanger, Miss Wells, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Adolph, Miss Van Brunt, and Mrs. Armstrong-Montes would practice on their own by logging in and using the tools. They emailed, chatted ideas, created calendar events, and shared events and calendars. They organized their email through labels and filters and felt more comfortable each time. An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussions.
After each teacher created their own blogs, they explored designs and gadgets to enhance the look of and information in their blogs. Most teachers have a separate calendar page on their blogs for their class events. During class, we customized the sessions for the needs of each teacher: some needed to learn to include pictures, others wanted to add to their calendars, and one already added links for parents.
Each teacher created a blog to begin a class newsletter written bi-weekly next year as we start a new year.
Please look at their first issues.
Note the similar addresses to help families remember: nsd + last name.
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Learning with Google Apps...
Envision a model for effective communication with staff, students, and families to build skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in elementary and middle grades.
Email -- Email to families as notification of activities; contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites.
Calendar -- Note events; share and embed calendars in blogs
Blogs -- Document classroom events; allow comments by students and staff
Evaluate possible literary activities and/or staff/parent connections including management techniques to ensure successful implementation in their own teaching setting.
Email -- Email to families as invitations or notification of activities; share sites to contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites; use labels and filters to organize email
Calendar -- Collaborate with others classes (ours or other schools) using calendar to plan/set-up shared events or meetings; embed calendars in blog pages
Blogs -- Plan a bi-weekly post of class lessons and student work -- set a reminder in your calendar
Explore each application through overview, exploration, videos, review/question, and implementation to build literacy skills and/or parent/staff communication.
Each session includes: Presentation, Tips, Literary Connections
Find pragmatic solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation.
Mail: Your own preferences, such as disable threaded conversations in settings; label or just search; call families through gmail if phones are out
Calendar: Share/Add Events/Reminders/Personal and Work calendars
Blogs: Edit any post (Settings--->Postings--->Edit posts)
Follow-up implementation with starter sheets and tips to plan and conduct literacy/parent communication activities in their own teacher situation. An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussion.
The Basis: Simply Said
Further information about our course, including presentations, videos, tips, and literary connections can be found here (this site):
Create, Circulate, Connect, Collaborate, Consider, Curate
Staff and Students… for lifelong learning…
Technology: greater productivity, meaningful data, empowering instruction and learning...
What will our next course be?
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