Our first priority is providing the best real world experiences for our students.

Reflect on the National Education Technology Standards:

-http://www.iste.org/inhouse/nets/cnets/students/pdf/NETS_for_Students_2007.pdf

The topics include:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Retrieval
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
Using these standards as our guide, let us use one resource on the web that might help us begin to move into 21st Century Learning with our students:

Google and its Collaborative Documents

To begin:
Personalize Google

Go to www.google.com
Choose to Personalize Google - (Upper Right Corner)
Create Your Account
Go to your email and click the link provided to activate your google.
Click on Google Home
You will now see: Welcome to your Google homepage. Make it your own.
As a teacher, you will appreciate the ““My Google”” site to organize all the web resources you would like to use with your students.
Students will also benefit from the “My Google” site to communicate with you and their cohorts in the classroom or the world.
One major consideration before allowing your students to personalize their google page is what to block from student use. You should meet as a team of teachers, administrators and network administrators to determine what is necessary for education and what should be blocked for security reasons or bandwidth issues. Each item within the Google items may be blocked individually. You may also block from students but allow for teacher use. As an example, if there is an excellent video within YouTube or Google Videos for educational purposes, the teacher should have access to that video to share with the students as a whole. The teacher shows the video, but students may not have access to it or any others. I understand the need for security and safety for our students, but we need to keep a balance. Blocking everything serves no purpose nor does leaving everything wide open.
Click on Show Page
Sign In to Your account
I don’t sign out – My page is the official home page when I open Internet Explorer.


Add more items to your page:
(Think about resources that would help you accomplish tasks in your classroom lessons.)
  • More – Above the Google search
  • Add Stuff Link - on the right side of your personal page
  • Some Items I find very useful:
    • Bookmarks
    • Notebook
    • Documents
    • Spreadsheets
    • Calendar
    • Google Earth
    • SketchUp
    • Blogger
Google Support for most items in Google:
http://www.google.com/support/

Set up Tabs to organize your items:
(News, Curriculum specific items, Projects, etc.)
  • Click Add Tabs
  • Name your tabs
  • Drag item from the main page to the tabs
  • Drag items where you want them on each page
Add and Edit Bookmarks:
  • Find important URL’s such as your wiki webpage or personal webpage
  • Copy the URL
  • Return to the Google Homepage
  • Click edit Bookmarks
  • Paste the URL in the bookmark area
  • Give it a name
  • Click save
  • I also select all items in My Account that are downloaded items and paste the URL’s into the bookmark area for easy access.
Communicate, Show, and Share:
Add My Notebook:
You may consider having your teams of students to work on collaborative projects or have your students write reflection journals. You as the teacher may set up these notebooks or journals by inviting your students into them. Since you did the creation and invite, you are the only one with control of who can be a particular notebook. No one else can add people to the notebook. At this point all team members may add notes, clippings, web links and more. As a teacher you would be a team member to check their content to make sure they are on task. You can have students initial each piece of information they include as a check for participation. This team does not have to be just students in the classroom. It may also include students from other schools, experts in the field, or whoever is invited into the collaborative effort. You may also make the notebook public to the web for anyone to add information, changing the notebook into a blog. You would need to tell others the Notebook address to add their comments.

Add Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentations:
We will learn the enormous value of Open Source Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations through Google. Again, the collaborative features allow teams of students to work on one document with your ability to view and discuss the content online versus in print. You as the teacher have a great tool here to see who, what, and when information is added to the documents. You would again do the invite so that team members and only team members are in the open source document.

Google Earth: Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic, scientific, and astronomy information at your fingertips.

Add SketchUp: You can actually build the Community Center in 3D using SketchUp, then place this image on the site chosen in and around the two communities. Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program whose few simple tools enable you to create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects – even space ships. You can add details, textures and glass to your models, design with dimensional accuracy, and place your finished models in Google Earth, share them with others by posting them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. Google SketchUp (free) is a great way to discover if 3D modeling is right for you. Google SketchUp is free for personal use. No registration is required.

How could Google be used in the classroom?


Sample integrated task:

There has been talk floating around the Faith and Dupree areas about the need for a Community Center. As a school project it will be our task to determine if this is the consensus of the communities. Then we will need to determine where the building should be built, what its size and shape should be, confirm that the land and weather will not affect the building or the land, and develop a presentation for the two communities that would provide all the data and information necessary to begin the project.
This requires us to divide into 5 teams:
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Language Arts
Have a discussion with others in Dupree and Faith about the idea – Blog
Brainstorm questions for an online survey
Write the presentation for the communities using all the data from the other groups
Math
Contact another community about their Community Center for Costs of building and running
Create a building with correct dimensions including all activities requested by all ages.
Science
Work with Social Studies to locate the geographically best site – water, ground, elements
Use Probes to test the wind, weather, and water in the area of the site selected
Determine the best materials for the building - Internet
Determine if there is enough water to support the facility.
Social Studies
Determine the best location
Gather historical and cultural data about the communities to help the Math group develop a building that fits the history and culture of the area – Surveys and Interviews of the people in the community, researching what others have done in the past nationally
Media/Technology
Use video cameras and sound devices on the computers to collect interviews and video of the the community and its people for the presentation. Create a media presentation pulling in the information from the Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science groups.
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Google in Your Classroom