It was so frustrating. I also remember students having the same issues. Someone forgot her homework, another student forgot his jump drive, and especially when it came to group work, I’d hear, “That person isn’t here today! My notebook is at home!”
How did I solve this frustrating problem? My school started using Google Apps, so I had to learn.
At first I was resistant, but once I realized the power of having access to your documents anytime from any device, I was sold. I immediately saw applications for my classroom, professional, and personal life.
As result of this course you will:
- Learn how-to create and collaborate with Google Docs for professional and classroom use
- Evaluate how Google Docs can enhance curriculum
- Discuss pros/cons of private and public viewing of information
- Confer on value of Google Apps versus Microsoft Word, Corel Word, etc.
- Create engaging lessons and activities with Google Docs
My hope is that you can take what you learn in this course and put it in the context of your classroom or your role as an educator. Google Docs for the Connected Classroom will make your life easier and help you use your time more efficiently.
Specific topics to be covered in the weekly content include:
What is Google Docs and what makes it different from other word processing tools?
Learn how-to create and collaborate with Google Docs. You’ll discover how-to create private & public documents, adjust the layout, use add-ons, organize with folders, invite others to edit, comment and more!
Google Docs in the Classroom
Find out how-to enhance your curriculum with Google Docs and see how easy it is to use with your colleagues and parents for professional use.
What they’re saying…
“I was amazed! 5 stars”
Jennifer is very responsive to student needs – I am amazed at the sheer amount of work it must take for her to respond so thoughtfully to each participant’s posts. She always responds with a follow up question or idea that supports a continuing dialogue around the learning. In addition to her direct support of learning, she also organizes a very thorough library of support tutorials that one can return to at anytime, even after the course has ended.
I have often gone back to the course space, even more than a year later, to access these video libraries. What I find most helpful is that each video is quite short and addresses a single task. Whatever the question, there’s usually a “how to” video somewhere in the library. If there isn’t, Jennifer will create one before the next class. Finally, when I’ve encountered problems that aren’t addressed in the library, a quick email to Jennifer directly always results in a timely response. I’m amazed at how much effort Jennifer puts into answering specific questions to support our learning and implementation of these tools in our classrooms.
I will remember little gems that I never realized about certain word processing programs, which have obviously been embedded into Google Docs through the years.
“Engaging in a PLP course gives me a wonderful boost”
I have recently taken a blended course at another university that met asynchronously, but PLP is always such a wonderful experience. Somehow PLP has really sought to create “connections” and shows their value towards the coaching model of instruction. I can come in not knowing much about a tool and be in an Elluminate space with others with varied experiences and feel that the learning ecosystem is positive but really works to meet the objectives. I highly recommend PLP. When I feel like I am getting “dusty and old” engaging in a PLP course gives me a wonderful boost of the possibilities. I reallly think that using Elluminate helps us connect as it allows us to use the chat as well as use the mic to hear one another respond. It really was excited about how we can share our doc for other in our sharing session using the Elluminate “share” feature.
The video library is great! This way if I need to find some directions for something specific it will be easy to find. THANKS!
“Want to learn? Take Google Docs”
This course was a terrific learning experience. It’s 21st century adult learning that can powerfully impact and improve your skills. The best aspect of the course was the instructor – Jennifer. She is in the real world as a current practicing professional who understands what educators need for their professional development. Self-paced and exciting, this is the way to learn.
“Great opportunities for collaboration”
The instructors were great facilitators in the course. The webinars provided great opportunities for collaboration. The grouping activities in the webinars kept participants engaged in the learning activities. I also enjoyed all of the additional reading materials and links in the PLP Community.
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About The Instructor
Jennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.
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What they’re saying…
“Gave me confidence!”
Google Apps 101 has given me confidence and a general understanding of Google Docs. I feel comfortable using Google Docs and have already had success!
“Loved all of the ideas! 5 Stars”
I got my specific questions answered and ideas from others on how they are using Google docs!
“Great course and presenters”
What I will remember and utilize most from this eCourse is Google drive, templates and groups!