Sunday, May 21, 2017

Speed Dating with Google

I have to start by saying that +Kathy Brisentine is the mastermind behind this activity - so I just needed a SHOUT OUT! With that said, I learned a lot and had a blast being part of the first ever Jefferson Forest High School Speed Dating with Google professional development last week.

As a part of introducing a 1:1 Chromebook program, Kathy decided to have a "get-to-know-your-app" session. The speed dating was inside a larger half day session mixed with the SAMR model, 1:1 rollout of Chromebooks, and Google Certified Educator Level 1 requirements. So, there was a lot to soak up.

With the help of other instructional technology specialists, such as myself, she divided up the participants into four groups, based on the amount of tech help we had, and established stations with "G Suite dates." Each station focused on one item or set of items:

  • Slides/Docs/Sheets
  • Calendar
  • Groups/Gmail
  • Classroom
  • Forms
  • Extensions/Apps.  


Very Important Tip:
  • Be very clear to the teachers: This is not a training session. No one expects the teacher to understand and use the product upon leaving the "date". (This may help lower some stress levels of novice Google users/teachers.) 

Contestant #1...

  • The teachers were told their first "date" table and had 10 minutes to introduce themselves while the technology specialist provided some cool tips on how to use the G Suite product in the classroom. After 10 minutes they rotated clockwise until all G Suite products were introduced. 

Station/Table
1
2
3
4
AM
Drive
1
2
3
4
9:30-9:40
Email
2
3
4
1
9:40-9:50
Docs, Sheets, slides, Etc.
3
4
1
2
9:50-10:00
Classroom/Calendar
4
1
2
3
10:00-10:10
Bathroom
ALL
ALL
ALL
ALL
10:10-10:25
Google Forms
1
2
3
4
10:25-10:35
Calendar/
Classroom
2
3
4
1
10:35-10:45
Extensions and Apps
3
4
1
2
10:45-10:55

Modify as needed!

  • Mix and match to fit your teacher needs or modify depending on how many technology specialists you have. We had 4 - so we had 4 stations. Either way, it creates ideas mixed with curiosity. If done right (which I think we did), the teachers have a few take-aways and ideas.

Where to go after Speed Dating?

  • I think most importantly, we listen to teacher needs. After the session, Kathy sent out a survey to see how it went and thoughts on interest level on the G Suite products we introduced. This feedback will be used to assess ourselves and plan more personalized pd for Jefferson Forest staff in the future. Don't forget to reflect!

I can't wait to do it again!!

Thanks again, @Kbristeach!



Sunday, May 14, 2017

What if you had classes where no one gave a sheet?


What if you had classes where no one gave a sheet? A challenge to my readership: 

Going paperless is great if there is a reason behind it. Substituting paper for a computer is just the start. It saves on paper, but does it improve learning? 

Next year, my school district will roll out the SAMR model concurrently, while rolling out a 1:1 Chromebook program in several schools. 

What is SAMR and how does learning this help with the Chromebook program?

According to Kathy Schrock, "SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology." 


My biggest challenge is two-fold and this is where I need your help! 

  1. How do I get teachers to become confident enough to stretch their learning; to feel comfortable to move across the SAMR model beyond substitution?
  2. How do I teach teachers to troubleshoot when things don't go as planned?
I have found that those are the two biggest hurdles to enriching a learning environment when introducing devices to the classroom. Any and all advice is welcome. Please comment on this page or use this link to complete the form. Have a great day. Looking forward to hearing your advice, web links, and thanks again for being my PLN. 







Sunday, May 7, 2017

A thank you letter to my #PLN on Twitter.

Dear @Twitter #PLN:

I just want to say thanks to a great start to 2017.

My account just hit 1000 followers this weekend. I follow about the same amount and I am humbled that somebody would follow me back. In reality, it's an arbitrary number that doesn't mean much, but it gets me thinking about why I joined Twitter.

When I started in late January 2017, I never thought Twitter would be my go-to for learning or have such an effect on my view of education. I created a Twitter account as a way to grow my personal learning network (#PLN) and to learn from those already established on Twitter (See blog). I have to say, I learned a lot from you (my Twitter family). George Couros, Alice Keeler, Eric Curts, Casey Bell, all need to be thanked by name because I basically re-tweet everything they do.

After I became a Google trainer, I joined Twitter but didn't really become fascinated with it as a learning tool until I went to the #MACPL17 conference in Baltimore and met George Couros. I'm a Google guy and my PLN was primarily with Google+ and my district. So, I followed people from Google+. Fortunately, my world has become a bit bigger with Twitter.

In the four months I've been on Twitter, I have learned about tools that I may have missed otherwise: Jennifer Lagarde introduced me to Flipgrid, Google slides stop motion by Eric Curts, AnyoneCanView extension by Alice Keeler, Autocrat from Jenny Conrad, are just a few. The list is quite extensive. Also, a big thanks to Jeffrey Heil, Molly Bennett, Tracy Purdy, and the whole EdTech team for the support they gave when I first presented and live-tweeted at a Google summit.



Here's my novice advice for enjoying your time on Twitter:

1. Join a live chat. thought-provoking, lots of learning & networking! EdChat calendar
2. retweet, retweet, retweet.
3. Ask questions.
4. Enjoy the connections.

My views on following on Twitter:
1. I tend to follow people, not things or companies. Exception (@Buncee & @Flipgrid)
4. I also tend to follow people who tell me a little bit more about themselves in their profile. I like to see who I'm learning from.
5. I also tend to follow tweets that have pictures. I love infographics. And cheesy as it is, I love quotes that are in Canva style picture format.
6. I like to follow hashtags that help my job as a tech educator. #edtech #personalizedPD #gafesummit
7. Weirdly enough, I don't follow @Twitter...maybe I should.

Power is gained by sharing knowledge. See you on Twitter @TechFrye.