Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lunenburg Google Presentation - Session One & Assignment

Review from Session One and Assignment before session two
1. Sign into your Google Account, then take the survey click here.
2. Review Notes - (note 8 slides) Practice creating files as outlined in class.

3. Review 21 Interesting Ways To Use Google Docs in the Classroom
4. Post a reflection of your experience using Google Docs this month.
Note: if you do not have a external google/blogger account to post, we will review in our next class.
5. Next Class Session Group A -2/14 Group B 3/3 - (Draft Agenda/Presentation)

23 comments:

Linda Collette said...

I used Google Docs Presentation to compile slide shows with groups of students. My 1 biggest challenge was that some of the students didn't have google accounts, nor did they have email addresses. So, I had to sign them in all using my account. Otherwise, it was great having them all working at the same time and getting their work done more quickly. Some students worked from home without needing to save on a flash drive!! Once all were complete we watched them on an in-focus machine. It was very encouraging!

Mary Marotta said...
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Mary Marotta said...

Hi Linda- I am glad to hear you were able to use Google/Docs Presentations. Hopefully there will be a solution in place for K-8students in the near future.

I am hoping to hear from everyone else this week on your experience using Google Docs! If you can't post to the blog you can email me at mmarotta@nrsd.net

I hope everyone is enjoying their vacation.

Mary

Pamela Vallee said...
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Pamela Vallee said...

I've been using Google Docs and the new student email accounts to help students with research. I wish all students had active email accounts - it makes communication so much easier compared to trying to figure out what they've written down for their personal email. I still use Calendar and Google spreadsheets myself all the time, and just bought myself an iPhone so I can finally bring my Calendar with me. I've also been helping students learn to use presentations in history classes, and the students seemed pretty excited about using it and picked it up very quickly. The students also tried out several features compared to Powerpoint, so we discovered at this time that only videos from You Tube & Google Video work (not personal video unless first uploaded to YT) and music can't be used. I recommended these changes to Google, so maybe it will be updated soon. Workaround might be to have group of students work on project using Google presentations and then have group leader convert final project into Powerpoint, add video & sound there, and then upload PP to be stored and shared in Google account with group & teacher (final PP couldn't be edited, just viewed). Google just allowed upload & storage of more platforms, so sharing presentations and movies is even easier.

AP History Blog said...

I used google presentation twice this month. Freshman created slide shows on WWI topics. This was a successful in school exercise especially if we could get lab time. The kids were pretty good at editing from home as well. Great way to do a quick collaboration, require everyone to present and not make it feel like a huge project in terms of time. My Junior AP kids did presentations as well and easily incorporated various media including video, photos, primary docs etc. Really cool and oh so easy to grade because I can go back and do ti anytime; didn't have to sit and take notes in class. Access is awesome!

Peggy P said...

I don't have a success story to share. I used to feel fairly competent in my ability to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. Not this time. I am at a loss. I am still struggling with just manipulating google docs. I have been working with it but am completely challenged. I can't use it with my students until I understand. I have read the other posts and look forward to extra help:)

Mary Marotta said...

Hi Peggy,
Just think of Google Docs as Microsoft Office that resides on web. We only had one class and hopefully by the end of our second session it will make more sense. At this time, try to create a fe documents using Word, Presentation and a Spreadsheet. We will review in clas on Wednesday.

Mary Marotta said...

Hi Pam - I use a mix of Google Docs and nings for students to submit and share videos. Hopefully, I will be able to share that technology with the class in addition to google/presentations. How are you enjoying your iphone?

Is there a process to activate all the accounts at one time? It can be difficult getting everyone on the same page when rolling out a new technolgy,

Natalie said...

Put me in the same extra help class as Peggy P. I'm still trying to figure this all out and explore. I'm a bit overwhelmed at this point. I'm looking forward to a better understanding of what I'm doing.

Sandy Laserte said...

This is post #2 - the first one did not recognize my password!! I enjoyed looking at ways to use video images from you tube for health classes - I downloaded a power point that I would like to work with Loxi on for a SC meeting. Thought this would be a good way to collaborate. I also would like to collaborate data from PE or Health classes to share or gather.

Pamela Vallee said...

All students at the high school have accounts waiting for them. I created them all at the same time and have added new students as they enroll. They're just not ALL activated yet because it depends on whether one of their classes is using Google Docs, but that increases every week (and I'm guessing the number of classes will increase even more after teachers take this class or talk to others who are using). Yale is the latest college that I noticed implemented Google Apps, so we are totally cutting edge for setting this up last year!!

Karma Tousignant said...

The Guidance Counselors at LHS are teaching a MWCC course to a group of seniors at LHS this semester called FYE 101 - First Year Experience. It is a class designed to support the successful transition of students into the college environment, and to the already full syllabus, we have added some Google Docs stuff. For the three of us to work together, we shared the syllabus on Google Docs so that we could all edit it. We also created a spreadsheet in Google Docs to keep track of the hours that we meet so that we can show to the college that we have met the time requirement. For the students, we used Google Docs to create a pre-test, and are looking forward to figuring out what we can do with that data that is now in a spreadsheet !!?? In the upcoming month, as we get more comfortable with it, we will introduce it to students and have them use it some. They are beginning the class getting used to Blackboard, and that has been a challenge for us all.... The possibilities are just so exciting!

Karma Tousignant said...

The Guidance Counselors at LHS are teaching a MWCC course to a group of seniors at LHS this semester called FYE 101 - First Year Experience. It is a class designed to support the successful transition of students into the college environment, and to the already full syllabus, we have added some Google Docs stuff. For the three of us to work together, we shared the syllabus on Google Docs so that we could all edit it. We also created a spreadsheet in Google Docs to keep track of the hours that we meet so that we can show to the college that we have met the time requirement. For the students, we used Google Docs to create a pre-test, and are looking forward to figuring out what we can do with that data that is now in a spreadsheet !!?? In the upcoming month, as we get more comfortable with it, we will introduce it to students and have them use it some. They are beginning the class getting used to Blackboard, and that has been a challenge for us all.... The possibilities are just so exciting!

Annica Scott said...

I used Google Docs Presentation to set up a slide show of movie trailers and recut movie trailers as a hook for teaching mood to students. It was convenient for me to be able to create the slide show at home and also access it from school on any of my computers. In the next few weeks, we hope to get permission from team parents so that students may create Google accounts and access their writing at school and at home. I loved the 21 Ways to Use Google Docs ideas! The creator's blog also had some brilliant ideas for classroom tools. Thank you!

Mary Marotta said...

Great conversation, I hope everyone is enjoying the snow day. Class tonight will be moved to Thursday or Saturday morning.

nkromer said...

I have just "played around in google docs thus far. I am still trying to get comfortable but have told my students that we will be using it. I would like to try some peer editing with it. Over the past few weeks I have added more to my presentation slides and looked at more of the gadgets. looking forward to learning more!

Melanie said...

test posting to blog

jdeming said...

This a test

Mike said...

I have to say I really like using googledocs...I will admit I had never heard of it before.
After experimenting with several of its applications, I really feel good about googledocs. In fact, I found it easier to use than our current email and web page service procider.
I can think of many ways to use with the parents of my students, but...I still am finding it difficult to come up with ideas on how I can use it with first grade students.
I really enjoyed the last session about the web page...

Mrs. Borreson said...

Hi! I am trying to figure out how to use this technology with my fifth graders. They don't have google accounts and I don't really want them to. I usually take them to the tech lab, so they can all work on the computer. How do I log them all in? Is there such a thing as a class account? So far I've embeded some code for YouTube math videos onto my google page. But I don't think I did it right, so I'll need to ask about that at the last class. I hope this google docs stuff will enable me to be more efficient with the students' work at the tech lab. I'v had problems in the past with other people deleting my students' work, so I now always have to save everything to a flash drive after every session - which is really a pain in the neck. I'm hoping to be able to use technology to jazz up my lessons - to make them more meaningful to and memorable for the students. Thanks for bring this cool stuff to my attention!

Mrs. Whipple said...

I see lots of potential for Google Docs--it would have been great for a power point project I just had the sixth graders do, as they were working in small groups and could have collaborated on it. I just don't know what to do about the kids who don't have email. Where I work with the younger kids too, I'm afraid there may still be some parents out there who don't let their kids have email because they don't want them on the Internet. I'm a little unsure just how to coordinate it all.

Heidi Champagne said...

Working on getting all my team to be able to access my new site as a place to post their free reading responses. Wow, what an effort! Getting everyone to create a google account (and remember their passwords), using the link to accept the invitation to my site, and then redirecting them to the correct sign in has been very arduous. One parent emailed me in frustration and commented that she felt this was an "inappropriate Homework assignment". Yikes!