The Google Infused Classroom
This past summer I had the pleasure of reading The Google Infused Classroom by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith. I knew that I was already providing my students with a technology-rich environment, but this book led me on a journey of how to take this technology to the next level.
My students create many different projects using a variety of technology tools throughout the year, so this book gave me the idea of having my students create their own digital portfolios. Luckily, I teach in a Google for Education county so all of my students have Gmail accounts and access to all of the Google apps for education. The second week of school I gave my students time to explore and create their very own Google site. I have found that with fifth graders, it is easier to let them explore the technology tool and figure out how they can use it rather than stand up at the front of the class and teach it.
Here are a few examples of items that my students will have on their digital portfolios by the end of the year.
- STEM Fair Presentation using Google Slides
- Project Citizen group presentations using Google Slides
- Analytic writing pieces using Google Docs
- Timelines using Google Draw
I also have my students publish their writing at the end of each unit. When they publish they get to choose which technology they would like to use. Last year for their biographies they could choose from Adobe Spark Page, Adobe Spark Video, or ThingLink. They then posted their final products on a class Padlet so that everyone in the class could view each other’s projects. (see our class Padlet here)