Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tech Tuesday - December 9, 2014

MESMS: December 9, 2014 - 2 hour delay 


Topic: Science Apps and Applications of Science for Google Classroom 


Reference Material: 


ChromeWebStore
*Students must have access to email to register for these sites

Teacher(s): Sheryl Goldberg, Kelly Clinchy, Kristi DeNault

Key Notes (Summary of Interesting Points):
  • We started our discussion today with Goobric as the group was having difficulty with the add-on.  I will follow up with a document and step-by-step directions for Goobric integration and documents.
  • We then continued on with discussion on CK-12.org.  The group seemed very excited with this tool and most excited with the fact that the students do not NEED to create an account but can if the teachers would like to track data.  Also the teachers can create groups and flexbooks for their curriculum if they would like.  

CK-12 Tutorial Center  (This is a great location to find all of your CK-12 answers to questions you may have) 


Next Steps/Action Items (Follow up items applicable to strategic goals):

  • Teacher are going to navigate CK-12 and identify the tools they find to be most appropriate. They found this to be a valuable resource and one that they could use very often.  They will look through the tools to see if this is a tool they can use in the future.  


Topic: Special Ed/ESL applications of Google/Google Classroom 101 Review

Reference Material: 

ChromeWebStore

Website

GoogleDoc Add-ons
  • EasyBib
  • MindMeister
  • Rhyme Finder
  • Thesaurus

Teacher(s): Beth Mazzei, Sue Sabella, Veronica Hildinger, Mary Lou McIntosh

Key Notes (Summary of Interesting Points):
  • The teachers wanted to know how they would be able to access student work through the Google classroom as there is no co-teacher model yet available through Classroom.  We discussed that students can still share documents as Google Classroom is just the front face of Google Drive. 
  • We continued to discuss Google Classroom as two teachers had not set up their classes yet.  We went through the process from creation to submission (turn in) a document. 
  • Teachers learned how to use the Stream (announcement vs assignment [student can view, edit and make a copy for each student]), enroll students and manage students in the class (i.e. mute, students can comment and post, comment only, teacher can only comment and post)
  • Finally, all teachers added the Classroom app from the Chrome Web Store and we discussed some speaking apps/extensions that may be useful:
Next Steps/Action Items (Follow up items applicable to strategic goals):

  • Teachers are going to use the tool as they see fit in their disciplines and wait for co-teaching abilities for Classroom to roll out.  Teachers are also very interested in attending more Tech Tuesday sessions for learning how to incorporate the tool in their classes.



Topic: Google Classroom and general applications

Reference Material: 

classroom.google.com

Teacher(s): 
Melissa Hurbanek, Rachel Curley, Bernadette Gannon, Debbie Lewis

Key Notes (Summary of Interesting Points):
  • Teachers learned how to use the Stream (announcement vs assignment [student can view, edit and make a copy for each student]), enroll students and manage students in the class (i.e. mute, students can comment and post, comment only, teacher can only comment and post).  Teachers were also shown how to change their picture icons.
  • Discussion as how to use different share settings (students can view, edit and make a copy) with examples from other teachers.
  • We discussed how to convert documents (all teachers were converted to the new drive and all conversion settings were changed)
  • Finally, all teachers added the Classroom app from the Chrome Web Store
  • Two teachers wanted to know how to take their PDF's from their Google Drive and create a "File cabinet" type look in Google Classroom. This was the document I created and sent to them: Google Classroom - About - Resource document (or folder)
Next Steps/Action Items (Follow up items applicable to strategic goals):

  • Teachers should start (if they have not done so already) implementing Google Classroom.  


OVERALL Evaluation- Next Steps/Action Items FOR NEXT SESSION:

  • Google Add-ons (Did not get to today)
  • Google Apps (Did not get to most today) 
    • How to use effectively in class
  • Google Drive for assessment (both formative and summative)
  • Google Classroom/Drive for collaborative work (student and collegial)