March 8, 2016

Google Apps: Favorite Features, Classroom Uses & What To Try Next

As more and more districts move toward 1:1, it is more important than ever that teachers immerse themselves in current educational technology. In this #2ndaryELA Twitter chat, middle and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed incorporating Google Apps into the ELA classroom, favorite features, and what to do when technology goes down. Read through the chat for ideas to implement in your own classroom.
This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about using Google Apps in the ELA classroom. Middle and High School English Language Arts teachers discussed incorporating Google Apps into the ELA classroom, favorite features, what to try next, and what to do when technology goes down. The highlights are below.

Uses for Google Apps in the classroom:
*Collaborate with students & other teachers
*Create assignments & announcements
*Share information
*Collect work
*Give feedback instantly
*Store lessons
*Create teacher presentations
*Eliminate paper piles
*Send out student surveys
*Collect & manage data
*Formative assessment
*Keep student files organized

Favorite Google Apps & features:
*Google Read and Write to read to students
*Flubaroo for self marking quizzes
*Google Classroom to post daily bell ringer, announcements for the day, assign homework, distribute and submit assignments, monitor students even when you are out of the classroom
*Google Forms for creating assessments and collecting data, student interest and reflection surveys
*Google Docs for collaborative student writing and peer editing, its voice to text feature, revision history, auto save
*Google Calendar for scheduling appointments, conferences, office hours, planning with co-teacher
*Google Keep for digital sticky notes that are searchable, taggable, and shareable
*Google Hangouts for having students converse with writers in the real world

New Google Apps or add-ons to try:
*Site Maestro
*Digital Book Clubs that @pennykittle &@KellyGToGo are working on right now
*Google Tone
*Google Groups for book clubs
*Google Sites for digital portfolios
*Share to Classroom

When technology is limited or isn't working...
*Have paper copies as a back up
*Do a mini lesson with one half of students while others work on computers, then switch
*Have activities set aside that connect to any text
*Play vocabulary games
*Discuss the potential of technology to fail and possible responses with students
*Try and hit the same objective with some modifications
*Have class discussions
*Allow for independent reading
*Turn it into a pencil and paper lesson
*Double up students on computers

Who to follow on Twitter for more on Google Apps:

Hope you'll join us tonight, Tuesday March 8th at 8pm EST to talk about teaching vocabulary. The questions for the chat are posted here.

We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction. 

If you missed this most recent chat, scroll down and read the whole thing below.

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