Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Creating a Classroom Site Using Google Sites

Last night I presented a webinar on how to create a classroom website using Google Sites.  
We had a great turn out and lots of great ideas, questions and comments shared!

As a bonus to the Google Sites Webinar I created a presentation on the Top 10 tips from the Google Apps EDU Training Center.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Guide to Going Google

Google just launched a Guide to Going Google a new website for districts considering adopting Google Apps for Education. 

Edina Public Schools is featured on this website with some ideas on how to promote your transition and providing some training and resources for your staff and students.

This site provides districts with help for...

Here is the official Google Blog Post about the Guide to Going Google.

You can also find a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer to help you with your Google Apps deployment.  You can request a training with Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps Certified Trainers Molly, Ben and Sean here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Google Apps for Education Workshop in Cashton, WI

Ben, Sean and I had a great day with the teachers in Cashton, WI as we shared about Google Apps for Education and the amazing uses for administrators, teachers and students.  We all were energized to work with an entire district of teachers who all had the opportunity to engage in the same learning.  Using Google Apps for Education this small community of just 1,000 people will be able to communicate, collaborate and share with people outside their classroom and community walls.

Superintended Brad Saron commented that the teachers attitude and posture towards Google Apps went "From leaning back to leaning forward" by the end of the workshop.  People left energized, excited and full of ideas.  

You can read more about his thoughts on the workshop and application of the tools at these two blog posts.
From Leaning Back to Learning Forward
Cashton Featured Google Training

Click here to find out about hosting a Google Apps for Education Workshop for your District.

Lastly, the La Cross news team came down to feature the Google Training and share the great work that the teachers at Cashton Public Schools are doing.  Here is the video clip from the news.

Appy New Year!

Yesterday, four Highlands Elementary Students and I presented at the Edina Ed Fund's winter Luncheon.  It was our treat to be able to share some of the ways that the elementary students have been learning using the iPod Touch.  Each of the students had a chance to share how they use the Apps, how it engages them in learning, and why they think learning with the iTouch is better than without it.

Here is our presentation and some photos from the event.  Way to go Highlands Elementary kiddos!

Here is our presentation script as well...