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Google Suite for Teachers

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Course Description

Number of graduate semester credits – 3

Learn the ins and outs of G Suite for Education (Formerly Google Apps for Education)  and its potential for 21st Century Learning in a program especially designed for teachers.

G Suite is a collection of Online Tools that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, form generator, presentation creator, and more. The enormous advantage of G Suite is that it is web based and highly collaborative. With G Suite, teaching and learning opportunities that were impossible with previous software become easy to implement. In this course students will learn how to use the basic G Suite tools, see how the tools can be used to create 21st Century Learning opportunities in their classroom, and develop their own lessons using G Suite.

The additional coursework will include creating lessons, sharing ideas with each other, and working with their peers and the instructor to develop a plan of action for incorporating G Suite into their teaching practice.

Name and brief bio of the instructor
Jason Roy – Jason is an educator based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jason currently teaches classes at Bedford High School and Southern New Hampshire University. Before returning to New Hampshire Jason spent 8 years in Mumbai, India where he taught mathematics and worked as a technology coordinator. Jason loves using technology in his classes and enjoys helping teachers of all disciplines transform their lessons through the use of technology as well. Jason has presented numerous times on formative assessment, Google Apps, and other topics both in the United States and overseas

Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of G Suite documents by creating a sample document that they will be able to use in their classroom.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of G Suite spreadsheets by creating a sample spreadsheet that they will be able to use in their classroom.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of G Suite forms by creating a sample form that they will be able to use in their classroom.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of G Suite presentations by creating a sample presentation that they will be able to use in their classroom.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of G Suite collaboration and sharing features by creating a portfolio of G Suite lessons for their classrooms.
  • Students will explore additional G Suite tools and create lessons implementing these for use in their classrooms.
  • Students will create G Suite based activities that feature a menu of 21st century skills including: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, managing complexity, information fluency, global awareness, multi-cultural literacy, and taking personal responsibility.
  • Students will be able to articulate how they will address cyber-ethics issues with their students who are using G Suite.
  • Students will be able to create activities using G Suite that incorporate group work, peer assessment, differentiated instruction, and personalized learning.

Brief Outline of Instruction

1.  Introduction to Google Applications

Content:

  • Setting up and navigating G Suite and Google Drive, the Google Help system, sharing and collaborating in G Suite, habits of mind.

Assignments:

  • Students will read chapter 13 of Curriculum 21 and respond to it in a discussion post.
  • Students will set up their own G Suite and Google Drive Accounts
  • Students will self-assess their current Google Applications abilities and set goals for their growth. To do this they will use both the Google Docs Skills Continuum and The Google Docs Adaptation / Adoption Rubric.
  • Students will contribute to a Google Presentation about themselves.

2.  Working with Google Documents

Content:

  • Google Documents revision history, exporting Google Documents, the Google Research tool, styles and page setup within Google Documents, interactive classroom discussions with Google Docs, addressing cyber-ethics issues with Google Docs, using basic formative assessment with Google Docs, roles for students in today’s classrooms.

Assignments:

  • Students will read chapter 11 of Curriculum 21 and respond to it in a discussion post.
  • Students will share on a discussion board strategies for how they could use revision history in a class
  • Students will write a discussion board post addressing how they could use Google Docs for group discussions in their own classes
  • Students will create their own set of cyber-ethics guidelines that they will share with their students.
  • Students will participate in a K-W-L chart for formative assessment in preparation for the next unit on Google Spreadsheets
  • Students will collect a variety of Google Docs activities they can use in their classes and share these in a Discussion Board post.
  • Students will create a new Google Doc for use in their classroom that incorporates some of the ideas they have learned in the unit.

3.  Working with Google Forms & Spreadsheets

Content:

  • Adding links to documents, creating contact lists and contact groups, creating sharing, and managing Google Forms, applications of Google Forms for school use including formative assessment, and student self-regulation, use of Google Spreadsheets, digital portfolios.

Assignments:

  • Students will read chapter 9 of Curriculum 21 and respond to it in a discussion post.
  • Students will create a contact list they can use at their school.
  • Students will create a basic Google Form to collect information from their classmates
  • Students will create a form they can use in their classroom.
  • Students will reflect on their learning and offer their peers feedback.

4.  Google Presentations & Additional Google Tools

Content:

  • Google Presentations, using presentations in the classroom, using presentations to run protocols, backing up Google data, exploring additional G Suite tools (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, YouTube, Google Sites, Picasa, and Google Plus), media literacy for students

Assignments:

  • Students will read chapter 8 of Curriculum 21 and respond to it in a discussion post.
  • Students will create a Google Presentation for use in their classrooms.
  • Students will independently explore three other Google tools that could include, and explain in a discussion post how they could use each of these with their students.

5.  Putting It All Together

Assignments:

  • Students will create a unit they have previously taught, or design a new unit that has G Suite integrated throughout.
  • Students will self assess their Google Applications abilities and evaluate their overall course growth. They will also set goals for their continued learning beyond the course. To do this they will write a reflection and refer to both the Google Docs Skills Continuum and The Google Docs Adaptation / Adoption Rubric included at the end of this document.
  • Students will develop a portfolio of G Suite classroom activities.

Text and other resources
Students will be provided with many online links to use, screencasts to view, templates to work with, online quizzes to take, and discussion boards to contribute to.

Course Dates & Fees

January 9th – February 19th, 2017

Course Fees: INR 25,000

Courses may be subject to a minimum enrollment number in order to run

 

Resources & Required Readings

  • Jacobs, H. H. (2010). Curriculum 21, essential education for a changing world.
  • Alexandria, VA: Assn for Supervision & Curriculum.

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Duration 6 W
Start Date Spring 2017

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