This year my goal is to have student voice and choice be the most important thing in my classroom. We started this by creating our class name. We brainstormed for longer than I had expected, a week and a half. I was waiting for a name so I could create a classroom blog and twitter account. We came up with some great names: Tech Titans, World Skypers, The Skypers Crew. We ended up voting and the winner was Tech Titans.
You can check out our blog (a work in progress) here, and follow us on twitter @techtitans4. We are still working on a logo for our twitter page so check on that later.
I decided instead of me going ahead and creating a blog, I would leave it blank and get students to see some examples of what class blogs can look like.
I created a Google Doc with classroom blogs that I find inspiring and shared it with my students.
I gave each table a blog to check out first and then when they were done, they could move onto any blog they were interested in. I introduced Google Docs to my students and got them to make a list about what they want our blog to look like.
Here is our list:
Tweet Attachment thingy
pictures of field trips we had
Contact Us button
Calendar of special events
Share the sites we use to learn.
add a background to make it look yum yum
Challenges for other classes
Filter to make us Fab!
A follow us button
Events that people will want to see. not boring!
track and field
videos of things we did in class
different people can write about it
making robots and castles and then take a pic
explain what we did in the day
put our goals put labels of what we did
put good pictures of our work
write about people who visited our class
fun background on the blog
Everybody can write their own post ones at a time,like whats happening at school,what is their feeling today are they happy for example, whats their comments about todays experimenton Science.Taking pictures from important events.
you have to finish your work on time. you have to be polite. you have to know what you’re writing.
A great list for our first look at classroom blogs. I’m so excited to work with these students this year!
I knew the second that I was told that I would be teaching Grade 6 next year that I would be using Google Classroom with my students.
I decided that in the first week of school I would introduce Classroom, get them to join our online Classroom and introduce a very simple but fun get to know you slideshow. First, I showed them my “All about me” Project and then showed them how to access theirs.
I only showed my students how to write in the slides and add pictures. I was amazed that some students were so excited about this that they figured out how to change the text colour, insert gif’s, and change the theme of the slides.
A great first project using Classroom!
*NOTE: Even though it says 6 are not done, they just forgot to turn them in.
This past summer I started my journey of becoming a Google Educator. I had a hard time with the exams, just because I struggle with exams in general. To see my advice on how to pass you Google Educator exams, click the link.
I met James Peterson at the 2013 Edcamp Ottawa. We got along great right away and I asked him to help me with my Google sites. I chatted online with him many times through Canadian Edchat (@cdnedchat) and when I attended GAFE Ottawa Summit I got the chance to meet his friend Chris Webb (@Crippit). These guys together are so fun, so geeky (I mean that in the best way), and so insanely smart.
At the GAFE Ottawa Summit, I decided to follow them around all day trying to learn as much as I could from them. After the GAFE Ottawa Summit they decided to come to Edcamp Ottawa 2014 and again made such an impact on everyone’s learning around them. They even encouraged me to apply for a Google Trainer position.
The boys and I at Edcamp Ottawa.
After Edcamp, I went home encouraged to apply to become a Google Educator. As I started my application I realized that I never have done any real Google training. I have helped teachers problem solve or quickly show them neat tricks for google but never a real training session.
I decided that my goal for this year would be to do some trainings in my school and help teachers use GAFE better professionally and with their students. I created a Google Form and am currently collecting information about when and what they want to learn about. I’m excited for this next step and I’m hoping to apply to become a Google Trainer in the next application process.
Well the GAFE Summit has come and gone. What an amazing 2 days of learning and connecting. I absolutely loved meeting people I follow on twitter face to face and connecting more with educators I admire and respect.
Me, Crystal Lake (@clake04), Sue Scott (@inspire_peace72)
James Petersen (@jpetersen02), Emily Fitzpatrick (@ugdsb_missfitz), Chris Webb (@Crippit), Shauna Pollock (@misspollock), Tiiu Tsao (@tiiut), and me
me, James Petersen (@jpetersen02), Chris Webb (@Crippit), and Emily Fitzpatrick (@ugdsb_missfitz)
I learned so much for the sessions and from others and I’m so excited that there will be another GAFE Summit next year on October 17th and 18th 2015. Make sure you save the date.
I has kept on hearing about people being Google certified and I was interested. But what was it all about?
If you are interested in becoming a Google Educator, visit this website Google for Education. It has all of the information to begin your journey. In order to begin your training, go to training and then Get Certified.
In my experience I skipped the Learn the Basics section since I was using Google everyday but do what works best for you. If you feel comfortable, as I did, you can move onto Become a Google Educator. I had assumed, as I’m sure some of you assumed that if you use Google Apps everyday, you really don’t need to take the courses in Gmail, Docs & Drive, Calendar and Sites. We are WRONG! Read through the courses! I learned so much reading through them.
In order to become a Google Educator you need to take exams in Gmail, Docs & Drive, Calendar, Sites and you get the choice of one elective: Chrome Browser, Chromebooks, or Tablets with Google Play for Education. My elective that I took was Chrome Browser.
My experience taking these exams was a challenging one. To be fair, I have never been good at exams or really school for that matter. So to be self inflicting myself with 5 exams ‘for fun’ is CRAZY! I did find the exams very detailed and thorough. To be completely honest, I did fail the Gmail and Sites exams and when you fail an exam you have to wait 7 days to try it again.
Google Educator Test Details:
able to mark them to come back to them
15$ per test
if you fail, there is a 7 day waiting period and you have to pay again
Essential advice for becoming a Google Educator.
Read through the courses completely
Make notes if you need to
Keep the training open to quickly find something (Ctrl F)
Open and search for answers in google (see below)
When searching, use the tests language
Have search window and test window open side by side
if not sure of a question, mark it and come back to it