Last week's session on Google Docs generated a lot of questions over setting up Google Apps in school districts. In fact, so many questions were generated that we decided to separate it off into a completely new hangout. Here, Clarkstown and Scarsdale share some of the decision-making processes they used when designing their Google Apps infrastructure. They also field questions and offer advice on what they would do differently if they had the chance to do it again. This is really great stuff for anyone interested in implementing Google Apps in their own districts.
Last week's hangout on Google Docs was very informative. The video recording of that hangout below. The Kern Kelley video on Google Docs Management that John Calvert mentioned during the session can be found here:
Additionally, we wanted to share out some other great resources to assist everyone in using Google Docs. Here are some of our favorites:
I could not help but share this little jem. In response to a question in the G.C.T. Group (Google Certified Teachers) Ryan Bretag posted his phenominal resources and step by step guide to getting educators to use Google +.
We have only just begun to tap into this fantastic resource here in Clarkstown, and I will be sure to go through every word that Ryan offers on the subject. This is really nice on the heels of attending the NY/NJ Google Apps Summit last week where Google+ was showcased on a few occasions as a possible substitute for a LMS (Learning Management System like Moodle, Schoology or Blackboard).
Skype is a great way to connect classrooms to the world! On March 6th, a 3rd grade class in Ardsley teamed up with another elementary school class in Maine to interview Ingrid Law, author of Savvy via a Skype group video call. How are your schools using Skype in the classroom? Did you know that Skype is inviting teachers to apply for free group video calling.
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. A group of 6th grade middle school students researched infectious diseases in science class and then wrote a script about what they learned. In order to make their story come to life the used iMovie to create a podcast/vodcast. The students were excited about this project due to the fact that it was engaging and that they were able to be creative about their video production. Students learned how to use iMovie to make their stories come to life, they added copyright free images and sounds to enhance their production. Once the movies were exported, we uploaded them to Ensemble Video.
Here are samples:
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We are interested to learn how you others are infusing digital storytelling in their curriculum. What tools are you using? Please comment and share any additional resources you may have.
Thanks to Chris Penny for this little video, and a great presentation on Google + in Higher Ed. These are some very bad notes-
Communities vs Groups - There is a possibility that Communities could replace groups, this could be phased out at some point.
When you create events on google +, (after they attend on +) they can upload pictures and all of them will be curated all together for the event
He uses a form to organize the students into circles (they are not an apps environment)
They fill out the form and copy and paste their profile page or shortened link onto the form.
He manually clicks on them one at a time, create a circle then add them to a community
1. He does this so he can keep in-touch with the students after the community (course) ends. His distribution list.
2. The community is for the class and can end or continue
Our first Hangout- Google Docs in the Classroom
Yesterday's inaugural Hangout was a great success, we have definitely found our venue for sharing and growth. We discussed practical application of Google Docs in the Middle School, High School and we even touched on the use of the Haphara dashboard for teachers. (Thanks to John Calvert).
Out of yesterday's conversation came the idea to have another hangout next Friday March 22nd in the afternoon to discuss domain management. A special thanks to Jesse Lubinsky, Sabrina Rich, John Calvert, Paul Lepore, Greg Montague, Patrice Hatjygeorge, David Gee, and John Sebalos for your participation!
Pencil in next Friday for The "Dish" on Domains and more Google Geekery. (I am digging alliteration this mor