French Fries for the Brain
Or so I thought. I figured this one would take me no time at all.
I was honored when Dean Shareski asked me to do a quick presentation for his pre-service students this coming week along with the pre-service students of Alec Couros. Well, in typical Lisa fashion, I got caught up in what should have taken me an hour or so to prepare. I’ve presented on Google Apps, Tools, Resources, however you want to phrase or look at them, dozens of times. But every time I prepare for a presentation I get caught up in all of the fantastic resources out there. I am proud to be part of the Google Certified Teacher network, but there are also other extremely innovative educators out there who have resources to share. It’s difficult to keep up with the resources educators have created. What I thought would be just another review of a past presetnation and a look through my bookmarks ultimately turned into an entire Sunday Google Fest, 3 cups of coffee and anything but french fries for my brain. (Add in glare from husband and two children.)
So, how do I wrap this all into a neat 45 minute package? At least when I prepare for the Google Teacher Academy and only have 20 minutes, it’s for ONE specific tool. Dean wrote that he was “thinking of things like iGoogle, docs (including forms) Notebook (although I see they may not be supporting that anymore) Picasa or any other key educational tools, tips or tricks. It’s your show.” Those of you that know me know that I have a certain, should we call it, enthusiasm, for what I teach. I could spend 45 minutes alone on just saying hello to the class. So I chose to create a new presentation that focused in on the 6-application suite of Google Apps Education Edition. Of course, by doing so, I was leaving out iGoogle and Google Reader, so I also addressed those tools.
Never mind the fact that this was the last weekend before Educon, I wanted to dedicate some time to continuing my UDL Toolkit for a group of educators I’m working with on Wednesday and I’m mentoring some teachers with their SMARTBoards this week as well (and this is the schedule I’ve been given):
- Period 1 4th grade general studies
- Period 2 Set up and questions
- Period 3 Using the SMARTBoard with K-2 students
- Period 4 General technology questions
- Period 5 Foreign Languages
- Period 6 Middle School English
- Period 7 Middle School Math
- Period 8 Science K-8
- Period 9 5th grade general studies
Having said all of this, thanks to Dean and Alec, I’ve gathered some really great resources on using Google Apps and Google Apps – Education Edition. Some I already had in my Diigo / Delicious (I maintain both). Some were new to me and I’m so glad to have found them. I don’t know if we’ll get to these resources during my time with the pre-service classes Wednesday night, but I will be able to point the students here to check them out and I wanted to share them with all of you as well.
Have some others to share? Please leave a comment. Thanks!
These two articles are worth a read, if you haven’t already:
Colorado State University Partners with Google to Enhance E-mail and Collaboration Services
Go Ahead and Blog; the Experts Would Approve
These resources developed about Google Tools are phenomenal:
A comic book by Kern Kelley
Google Tools Comic Book
Google Earth is our Paper: A Five Part Series by Tom Barrett
The Google Almanac by Kyle Brumbaugh, Jerome Burg, Cheryl Davis, and Kathleen Ferenz
Not sure where to start: Try with one of these 40 ideas: https://sites.google.com/site/thingstolearnwith/
Another PD Site by Cheryl Davis https://sites.google.com/site/classlearningnetwork/Home