A two day event designed to prepare you for your Certified Educator Level 1 exam. Participants will receive access to resources utilized during our learning time, and available during the exam. In addition, interactive demonstrations and tasks that correspond to all of the topics and expectations of the Certified Educator Level 1 exam questions and tasks will prepare participants for success on the exam. Sessions follow the outline of the Google Fundamentals Training Course. Bring your earbuds to this course to integrate Thornberg’s Campfires, Caves, and Watering Holes.
Setting the State and Getting Ready for Google in the Classroom
Monday, July 17 – 9:30 am
Knowing what to expect out of a learning experience and setting personal intentions is an important first step in the learning process. This time will be spent providing an overview of the course and goal setting. Successfully integrating technology into the classroom takes careful planning and preparation. Knowing why it’s important and what tools are available are solid first steps. Start with what you already do well in your class, then see where technology may be able to help you. This session will help you get started. As you begin integrating Google tools into your classroom, you will inevitably have questions. Fortunately, online resources and local experts are available to help you. In this session, we’ll explore how to find these resources, and how you can form a powerful support network to help you.
Have a (Mostly) Paperless Classroom
Monday, July 17 – 11 am
Imagine if your classroom went almost completely paperless; if you no longer had to worry about finding a clean copy of a worksheet from last fall or storing a year’s worth of lesson plans. When you save your files ‘in the cloud’ with Google Drive, you solve these problems and more! When you store and access your files in the cloud, you can share documents via the web, reducing your need to print. Given that cloud storage servers have built-in backup systems, you’ll never lose your work – even if your computer crashes. In this session, we’ll learn what cloud storage is, how to create new files, and how to move existing documents into the cloud. We’ll also see how Classroom makes all of this quick and convenient. Communicating information to all members of your classroom community – students, parents and other teachers – is one of the most important yet time-consuming tasks you face as a teacher. This session will focus on the powerful communication features of Gmail, Hangouts, Groups and Sites. Together, they make it easy to contact the right person at the right time. You can also use Classroom to reach your students; we will look deeper into this during Block 4. By knowing what tools are available, and using them efficiently, you will be able to share more information in less time and with less stress.
Organize Activities and Bring Meetings Online
Monday, July 17 – 1:30 pm
There just never seems to be enough time in the day. Have you ever found yourself wishing for just a few more hours? To make the most of your limited work day, let’s focus on managing our time effectively with Google Calendar, Tasks and Keep. In this lesson, we’ll learn how these tools can help us increase our productivity and get more done. Most projects are easier to tackle when working with others. This usually involves at least a few group meetings to share ideas and make plans. And although we’ve all been in meetings that feel like they’ve been less than productive, it doesn’t have to be that way! Running an effective meeting, whether in person or online, is easy to do with just a few simple tools and skills.
Bringing Work Online, Assessment, and Review
Monday, July 17 – 2:30 pm
Bringing student work online promotes a more engaging teaching and learning environment. It also helps everyone save time and stay organized by putting proper assignment workflows in place. This session will help us use Google tools to create class rosters, assign and collect work, as well as give and receive feedback. Evidence of effective teaching can often be demonstrated by student growth. This progress is most accurately reflective of the education when it is measured, understood, and shared. This session covers the tool set that allows teachers to analyze student growth data and share it with others.
Teaching Student Online Skills
Tuesday, July 18 – 9 am
Teaching kids essential online skills is vitally important in the modern classroom. If students can efficiently search online and understand ways to verify the information they find, they will develop essential inquiry and critical thinking skills relevant not only to their classroom, but their lives in general. Let’s learn these fundamental skills while embracing the power of Google Chrome to customize your online experience. How do you make your classes more engaging for students… and more fun for you to teach? Presentations have long been part of the typical classroom, but that doesn’t mean they are always good. Let’s explore how you can make presentations more interesting and engaging. We’ll also discover how to supplement your instruction with digital content such as apps or videos to provide a richer experience for your students.
Facilitating Group Work
Tuesday, July 18 – 10:30 am
Facilitating meaningful group work is an integral part of twenty-first century learning but just assigning work to a group of students doesn’t make it a success. There are many considerations as you design group learning experiences for your students, including ways to enhance group work with online tools both inside and outside of the classroom. This session will help you think through the options and plan for collaborative group work that aligns with your learning goals and engages students in meaningful ways.
Promoting Digital Citizenship & Review
Tuesday, July 18 – 1 pm
There is no getting away from the fact that our world today is always going to be digital on some level. Schools have always played a role in teaching students how to be good citizens and this now extends to the digital world as well. The last few lessons of this course take us through some of the important things we need to be doing to make sure our students have a positive experience online. Making an intentional attempt to synthesize, summarize and articulate the key concepts learned is critical to meaningful learning. This can be done in a variety of ways, some of which are discussion, questioning, journaling, and reviewing artifacts created during the learning process. The reflection process also builds confidence and direction for moving forward with the new knowledge gained. This last session of the course will be used to gain personal insight on the learning experience and to set goals for applying new knowledge