The Google Infused Classroom
Cross-posted from http://missldlg.weebly.com/blog
Ever found a book that while you’re reading it, you get so excited because you know, “This is it!” This was that kind of book for me! I love technology. I am not afraid it. But, like many of my fellow educators, there is so much out there that you get overwhelmed by a number of awesome apps, websites, extensions… Who can keep up with it all? I have fallen victim to creating an account here and there, created a class here and there, etc. And, in the end, I can’t say that I was any more effective because of the technology I was using.
I WANT to be innovative. I WANT my students to be prepared for a world that none of us can yet imagine. I also want them to enjoy the learning that they’re doing; to be empowered and self-reliant. I want them to be curious and competent with the technology and devices at their fingertips. I know, pedagogically, what is necessary, I just haven’t figured out how to organize myself with the digital resources out there. What are the best apps for formative assessments? What are the best tools for student reflection, blogging, and creating student portfolios? How can I differentiate instruction? Finally, I found a guide that has helped me make those connections!
The Google Infused Classroom by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith has broken all of that down. I LOVE that they begin with pedagogy. Explaining “Why Google?” to redefining literacy, to making thinking visible, the book is framed around what accomplished educators will understand to be best practices. It is an easy read with actual tools that you can try the very next day with your students!
I highly encourage you to take some time to read this. You owe it to your students to prepare them for their futures!
Here is a document I created based on the information I gained from the book.