Google Tools
Tuesday, 2-2-10

Using Google Tools in the Classroom

Format for this class: 

For each of these Google Tools, the following format will be followed - first there will be an instructor demonstration, then an instructional task, as well as a chance for you to implement the tool into your work in a practical way.

Click here to read an article on the benefits of using Google Tools in the classroom.  When finished, discuss with a colleague:  How might these tools benefit your classroom?

Get a google account.  Already have one?  Take this time to explore and play with the tools.  Click here to get started.

We will now practice with several of the Google Tools.

Google Docs


Google docs in plain English

Use google docs to create documents, presentations,  spreadsheets, and forms.  Click here to get started

All of these docs can be shared -- meaning that you can invite others to collaborate on them with you.  They can also be published to the web for anyone to view them.

Google documents

1.  Instructor demonstration
2.  Your task:  Create a doc for something that you use everyday, either in the classroom, or in the office.  Or, upload a Word document from your files, alter it, and then it is ready for you to access online at any time.

Google spreadsheets

1.  Instructor demonstration
2.  Your task:  Create a spreadsheet that could be used with students, for classroom management, or in your daily work.  Or upload an existing spreadsheet for use online.

Google presentations

1.  Instructor demonstration
2.  Your task:  Create a presentation for your students, or think of other possible uses of google presentations.

Google forms

1.  Instructor demonstration
2.  Your task:  Create a form that could be sent out to your parents, or your students, or used in the office.

Google Sites

Like docs, your google site can be shared -- meaning that you can invite others to collaborate on it with you.  Your site can be kept private or made public.  There is also a comment feature on each page, and documents can be attached just like email attachments.

Google sites video

Google sites can be used for many uses:  a classroom website, an informational website, or a collaborative group website.  Click here to get started.

1.  Instructor demonstration.
2.  Task:  We will build together a sample website that you can then add to or change.

Google Groups


Google Groups Tour

Google groups can be used for discussion groups, collaboration, professional development, and so much more.

Click
here to get started.

1.  Instructor demonstation
2. Task:  Participate in a google group created for this MUSD cohort, that can be used to collaborate, share ideas, get help, throughout the rest of this year and next year.  Or, create your own google group for your own purposes.

Implementation


Take the remainder of class time to work independently on what you have learned today.

If you are interested, you can click
here to download the MUSD technology-enhanced lesson plan guide.