September 25th, 2013
Google in Education Workshop
This one-day hands-on primer begins with a welcome activity that invites participants to co-create a new vision for education in the age of Google. Discover a tool kit of research tools for students and educators, including advanced search techniques, Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News, Google Alerts and more. Learn how Google Docs and Google Drive can facilitate collaboration and creation between students and among colleagues. Experience the ease of online publishing with Google Sites (and Blogger). Learn to expand your own personal learning network online with Google+. "Even more" inspiring instructional ideas conclude the day before a final reflection activity. This special workshop, hosted in the Google Office, offers something for beginners and intermediate users... and there is no better preparation for the Google Apps for Education summit.
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Google Apps Scripting in Education (for Power Users)
Robotizing for Better School Bureaucracy: Using Apps Scripts to automate workflows, data feeds, communications, and document management for schools and classrooms that work better.
This workshop is aimed at the Google Apps power user who wants to be able to leverage the GAFE platform beyond the basics for organizational workflows, automated communications, data-driven decision-making, and document management. The session will focus on learning to solve everyday organizational challenges using a suite of Google Apps Scripts to allow Google Spreadsheets to perform templated document merges, relational data lookups, form-triggered, conditionalized, and bulk merged emails, and form-triggered calendar events, among others. Though participants will get a very basic introduction to the Apps Script code editor, the intention of this workshop is not to teach coding skills. Participants will gain the most if they already have intermediate Spreadsheet skills, and can expect to walk away with a set of practical, menu-driven power tools for the GAFE platform that they can immediately put to use in their schools.
YouTube for Educators Workshop
In the past, educators have often ignored or banned YouTube due to the site's reputation for unsuitable content. In 2011, YouTube made a commitment to education with YouTube for Teachers and YouTube for Schools. Former television producer and YouTube Teacher Studio presenter, Jim Sill, takes you beyond the honey badger and walks you through the many ways you can use the site safely and effectively in your classroom.
Using video with students has been shown to initiate wonder and spawn questions. Jim will showcase how you can start using YouTube to inspire classrooms and teach with video using examples and hands-on activities like the following:
Effectively search and find useful videos
Create, embed and share playlists
Learn to edit your own original videos (using YouTube's built in editor!)
Create classroom content using Creative Commons videos
Produce animations with YouTube's partners like Xtranormal and GoAnimate.
Share videos across multiple venues
Explore privacy settings when uploading content
Tips and tricks on creating a channel for hosting your own content
With 72 hrs of content uploaded every minute and almost 3 billion views a day, the site has become an invaluable addition to the classroom that cannot be ignored.
Google on iOS for Education Workshop
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Google has optimized many of their most powerful educational tools for iOS devices. This workshop is an overview of Google Apps on iOS and how they can empower educators and their students. Help students search the web (and YouTube's instructional treasures) faster and easier with their mobile devices. Help them discover their world with Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Translate. Create a permeable classroom using Google+ and Hangouts to help students connect with peers, experts, and others in the community and around the world. Collaborate using Google Docs... and marry the benefits of desktop and mobile devices to create, edit, and share multimedia projects with Google Drive. Blogger is an excellent mobile platform for reflection and publishing... and several other apps extend students access to books, music, and more. Interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas to empower educators of all levels.