When I was a classroom teacher I was always trying to find the tool that would allow me to share organized content quickly with students and parents, while also giving my students a safe space to share their work and collaborate easily.
We went through a variety of tools and nothing was ever quite what I wanted, Google Sites would have been perfect!
Google Sites is a versatile tool that can be used by administrators, educators and students to share, collaborate and connect.
- 5 hours to Complete
- Course Certificate
As result of this course you will:
- Learn how-to create and collaborate with Google Sites for professional and classroom use
- Evaluate how Google Sites can enhance curriculum
- Discuss pros/cons of private and public viewing of information
- Create engaging lessons and activities with Google Sites
- Create your own Google Site
Google Sites for the Connected Classroom will address the relationship between content, pedagogy, and technology while covering the nuts and bolts of Google Sites and how to use this app within the context of your role in education.
My hope is that you can take what you learn in this course and personalize it for your classroom or your role as an educator. Google Sites 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 Sites and how can you use it? We’ll explore examples and consider how others have utilized Google Sites to best fit their needs.
Plan your Site
Think about and plan how you want to use your Google Site and map out the content of your Google Sites.
Build your Site
Walkthrough building your site step-by-step, with how-to videos and prompts along the way.
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.
“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.
“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!