Thursday, June 30, 2016

Google Drive Interactive Learning Framework

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

Google Drive is a powerful resource for teaching and learning. There are few resources on the web that provide teachers and students with such a powerful set of tools to support collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. 

We've created an interactive document to help teachers and students learn more about the essentials of Google Drive. 
Document Objective: Explore and experiment with resources connected to Google Apps for Education using the interactive resources in this document.Guiding Question: How can GAFE support and enhance teaching and learning in your classroom?

Google Drive Interactive Document

Saturday, June 18, 2016

These Two Googly Things

Google Apps for Education - Getting Started Tips

Sign into Chrome

Signing into Chrome is the best way to streamline and enhance your experience with all Google Apps for Education Products. Signing into Chrome is different than signing into your Google Account. Signing into Chrome on each device that you use is essential to improve the web experience.

Explore The G Suite Training Extension

This extension provides Google Apps for Education users with video help tutorials for each Google App. This should be automatically be added to all Google Apps for Education accounts, but if you don't see it, you may need to add it on your own.
These Two Googly Things Tutorial

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Google Classroom Tips and Tricks

Google Classroom is a great workflow solution from Google Apps for Education.
It is important to understand that Google Classroom is not a traditional website that teachers can fully customize. Google classroom is also not a full Learning Management System.
Google Classroom is a great communication resource for teachers and students. Classroom allows teachers to post announcements, assignments, ask questions, share resources, and create a calendar of due dates in a secure online location.
Google Classroom is an essential tool to support collaboration, communication, and digital workflow connected to Google Apps for Education.

Learn more about using Google Classroom with our Google Classroom Tutorial:  
Google Classroom Tips, Tricks, & Training Resources

Google Classroom - Teachers
Google Classroom - Students

  • Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join.
  • Teachers can add co-teachers. 
  • Google Classroom helps teachers organize, distribute, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. 
  • Teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Drive resources to create and share activities.
  • Teachers can provide feedback for in-progress and completed work,
  • Communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper.
  • Use the Google Classroom App to annotate PDF files on their mobile device.  
  • Connect due dates to a shareable Google Calendar connected to classroom
  • Post poll questions and exit slips.
  • Create and facilitate online discussions.
  • Create drafts & copy posts from different classrooms (Including archived classes. )
  • Connect selected web apps and resources directly Classroom. 
  • Connect parents to Google Classroom with Guardian Summaries.
  • Tag posts with customizable topics. 
  • Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks.
  • Students can easily see due dates on their assignments page, so they can stay organized and submit work on time.
  • Students can post questions connected to announcements or assignments 
  • Students can stay connected by receiving an email when a teacher posts a new assignment or announcement. 
  • Classroom creates a folder in Google Drive that automatically stores/organizes their class work.
  • Connect with the updated mobile app. 
  • Participate in online discussions and respond to questions. .
  • Share resources directly with their teacher using the Share to Classroom extension.
  • Use the Google Classroom App to annotate PDF files on their mobile device. 
  • Access essential resources posted by their teacher in the about section of the course

Learn more:
Google Classroom Introduction (Quick Overview of the Google Classroom Features)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Resources to Support Productivity and Efficient Workflow

We can't use yesterday's pedagogy or yesterday's technology to effectively teach and learn today. We must grow and adapt to meet the needs of all learners. Technology is a tool to enhance teaching and learning. 

Technology provides teachers and students with incredible access to a world of resources and ideas. Technology supports life-long learners in student-centered classrooms.
There are many incredible Chrome Extensions, Google Apps, and Drive Add-ons that can help teachers and students save time.
We've put together a document with some of our favorites connected to education. The primary purpose of this document is to connect teachers and students to GAFE resources that will save them time. The secondary purpose is to connect learners to apps, add-ons, and extensions that enhance Chrome and Google Drive as tools for teachers and students.
Apps and Extensions to Support Productivity & Workflow