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    GOOGLE APPSFOR EDUCATION

    Tips forteachers by

    teachers

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    Your school took the plunge and fired up Google Apps.Youve taken some training, read a few blogs,

    and studied the wildly popular eBook Mastering Google for the Classroom. Youre now buried up to your

    smartphone in the wonderful world of Google.

    Yet you can feel theres more out there. You just dont know how to get to it.

    Well there is more. Much more. And dont fret. Were here to unlock the code.

    Weve assembled an all-star cast of dedicated teachers who use Google Appsevery day and asked

    them to share what theyve learned. Most importantly, theyre teachers with hands-on experience using

    Google in the classroom. The tips and ideas they share are not theory. Theyre real world examples

    collected from practical experience with students at all grade levels.

    What better way to learn about this valuable suite of tools than to absorb the insight of professionals

    who are in the trenches teaching every day just like you.

    So here we go. Well start from the beginning grade school level and move on up through college.

    Enjoy the journey!

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    Contents

    Its elementary .................................. 3

    Right down the middle .............................. 4

    Secondary to none ................................ 6

    Masters of the university.............................. 8

    Technically speaking .............................. 9

    10 keys to a successful launch ..........................11

    We need Google Apps because .........................13

    Our panel................................... 14

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    4 GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION: Tips for teachers by teachers

    Its elementaryAs the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Meadowbrook

    School in Weston, MA, Jonathan Schmid works with students

    and teachers in grades K-8. Jonathan has made Google Apps

    an essential component of his classes and as a result, it has

    fundamentally transformed the way he teaches.

    Here are some of examples of the way Jonathan is using Google

    Apps:

    During a science project, students used GPS devices to map

    trees across the school campus. They then used Sheetsand

    Mapsto chart the hundreds of points they collected. Using

    some creative methods, they completed the project by

    printing a six-foot tall high-resolution map.

    Using Sites,students created a tech support site with

    questions and answers related to common issues. Students

    volunteered to keep content updated, so when a question

    comes in, they simply send a URL that leads to an explanation

    and quick resolution of the problem.

    Jonathan SchmidDirector of Innovation and Technology

    Meadowbrook School, Weston, MA

    I believeGoogle Appsis a student-centeredtool and canhelp shift aclassroomtoward amore student-centeredenvironment.

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    5 GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION: Tips for teachers by teachers

    Students love using Formsto create surveys for various projects. With Google Appssimplifying

    the logistical issues, the students can instead focus on analyzing the data thoroughly.

    Mailand Driveare used almost constantly to collaborate with teachers, students, and

    administrators when creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

    Driveis used extensively to allow for continuous collaboration on writing assignments.

    Teachers offer feedback frequently and students enjoy the benefit of having all their work

    available from anywhere.

    Adopt an organizational structure that works best for students and classes in Drive.Setting up such a

    structure with a script like Doctopusor a tool like Teacher Dashboardcan save headaches later.

    Suggested plug-ins and add-ons:Teacher Dashboard, Backupify, Doctopus, and Schoology

    JONATHANS TOP TIPS:1. Start small You dont need to learn

    it all in one day!2. Focus on collaboration The share

    button is the killer feature. Use it.3. Dont be so concerned with the

    technical details. Approach GoogleApps as a way to empower students.

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    6 GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION: Tips for teachers by teachers

    Right down the middleJermaine Newmanhas taught Math at both the Lilla G. Frederick

    Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, MA and the Putnam Ave Upper

    School in Cambridge, MA. He first incorporated Google Apps into

    his classrooms in 2007.

    Google Apps is a wonderful free resource for educators to create

    engaging lessons, activities, and assessments, says Jermaine.

    Here are some ways that Jermaine incorporated Google Apps in his

    classes:

    Students used Mapsto understand and create measured

    footprints of their Boston neighborhoods wireless network.

    Their work was featured in this article on Technology in theClassroomon Boston.com.

    Students used Sitesto create a classroom website displaying

    information on classwork, including homework assignments,

    tutorial videos, trivia questions, and Student of the Month

    awards.

    Jermaine NewmanLilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School,

    Dorchester, MA and the Putnam Ave

    Upper School, Cambridge, MA

    Google Appsis a wonderful

    free resourcefor educatorsto createengaginglessons,activities, andassessments.

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    Sitesand Drawenabled students to create individual portfolio websites that travel

    with them throughout their middle school years.

    Formsprovided a mechanism for testing and timely feedback to students and parents.

    A multiple-choice test was posted online and once a student was finished, the test

    would be graded immediately. Answers were highlighted (green for correct and

    yellow for incorrect). This allowed for a quick visual check to see which studentsneeded additional support and the relative understanding of the class on various

    questions.

    Using tutorial videos has been enormously valuable to students.

    Gchatis a great tool for communication between teachers and with parents.

    Jermaine suggests working to get all students up to speed on the technology as quickly as

    possible.

    As a math teacher the most difficult part is moving students away from the ability to write

    problems down on paper and demonstrate their work, Jermaine said. It took some time

    in the beginning to get students to an equal level of technological understanding as some

    students worked with technology more often than others.

    JERMAINES TOP TIPS:1. Start at a comfortable pace for you and

    students. Begin with one or two apps and seehow fast students understand their use.

    2. At the end of each quarter/trimester giveyourself a self-assessment. How often have Iused the tools? What strengths did I bring?What challenges do I still have?

    3. Utilize your students for support. Students are

    eager to help when it comes to technology.Find ways to incorporate the class into thedaily technology activities.

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    Christopher Godfreyhas taught Math/Science to middle school

    students in the Boston and Cambridge Public School systems. Hes

    been using Google Apps in the classroom since 2011.

    I think Google Apps provides users with the awesome opportunity

    of collaboration via the web, Christopher says. Collaborationranges from colleague to colleague, teacher to student, you name

    it. Ive used it to bring creative minds together in and outside of

    work.

    Some examples of how Christopher has used Google Apps are:

    For Science Fair projects, students were encouraged to

    create blogs using Bloggerand Driveto document their

    thoughts and respond to other students ideas.

    Students used Docs to enable teacher feedback inside and

    outside of class time.

    Siteswas employed to create a showcase for student

    findings in group projects.

    Suggested plug-ins and add-ons:RealTimeBoard, Google Keep, BuzzMath

    Christopher GodfreyBoston and Cambridge Public Schools

    I think GoogleApps providesusers with

    the awesomeopportunity ofcollaborationvia the web.

    CHRISTOPHERS TOP TIPS:1. Spend time experimenting!2. Find an app. There are thousands

    of apps out there. One or more arebound to be useful for any subjectmatter.

    3. Never stop learning. I think you endup in a bad place if as an educatoryou arrive at a mindset that you areall set.

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    9 GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION: Tips for teachers by teachers

    Secondary to noneVicki Davis the Cool Cat Teacher teaches at the Westwood

    Schools in Camilla, Georgia and is author of Reinventing Writing

    and co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. Shes a

    Google Certified Teacher and was named by Mashable as one of the

    10 Teacher Rockstars on Twitter.She teaches in grades 8, 9, and 10

    and also works