Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Great Guide For Teachers On Using Google Drive and Documents

As we move into our second year as a Google Apps school, we continue to offer a number of professional development sessions to help teachers make the move away from Microsoft Office and saving documents on our network. These two options will no longer be supported as we move into the 2012-2013 school year.

The book below is another great resource from Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers website that can also help staff make this transition.
Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012
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  1. Patrick,
    I've been following your district for a few years now and am continually inspired by your vision. I am especially excited to hear that you are removing MS Office as well as the capability to save on the network. How did you convince people that MS Office is NOT a necessity? I was in a meeting yesterday with an Applied Arts teacher who *insists* that business leaders want employees coming in with expertise in the MS Office suite. I don't think that's really true, but did you find any research to back up this pretty bold move? Again, thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for your comment. The "business leaders" we talk to want graduates who are flexible and are capable of rethinking out-dated methods of doing things. They want workers who can collaborate and problem solve. In the end, it's not about the resources that we use to accomplish our goals or tasks. There is more than one way to complete these. Workers that only see one way to get to the end point are not the ones that business leaders want to employ. This may be a bold move for education, but not really anywhere else.

      We simply made the decision from an organizational standpoint and gave the training (which we continue to offer) in order to allow people to make this switch comfortably.

  2. Great to see that you are giving your staff the PD support they need to leave MS Office behind. Once they get to know Google Apps hey'll love you for it!

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  4. Great step by step instructions on getting Google Drive and Docs up and started. Here's a PDF of my ECCO presentation with examples from students on the benefits of using Google Docs in the classroom.

    I did some action research asking myself these questions about implementing Google Docs in the class (besides understanding the benefits of transparency and accountability):
    How will the technology support...
    media literacy
    digital citizenship
    social learning and communication
    critical thinking
    differentiation for learners who learn best textually, auditorily, kinesthetically?
    assessment and marking (teacher, self, and peer)