4 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 05.22.15 - Makerspaces on Vine, Infographics Maker on Canva, Web IQ Quiz, and Technology and Ethics

May 22, 2015

These four goodies caught my eye this week:

1. Makerspace Vine videos

Going viral!

2. Free Online Infographics Maker on Canva

Can't wait to try this!

3. Web IQ Quiz: How much do you know about the web?

As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Pew.

h/t +Joyce Valenza 

4. Technology and Ethics: Essential Graduation Requirements

Great op-ed!

h/t +Larry Kahn 
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Hope your weekend is restful!


Boom! All 7 "Collaboration & Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot

I created this springboard to the seven "Collaboration and Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google Education on Air Conference, for a presentation next month. I thought other educators who are interested in collaboration might also find it useful.

1. Helping Your Students Collaborate with Google Apps

Intended audience: Educator 
Level: Beginner; elementary

+Rolland Chidiac describes how GAFE has changed the culture of his classroom, beyond the technology.

Watch on Demand w/ Q and A

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2. Using Google+ to develop stronger classroom community and enhance student learning

Intended audience: Educator. 
Level: Beginner; high school / upper secondary.

Google Education Trainer and English teacher +Adam Schoenbart  shares in detail how he uses Google+ to build his own informal classroom community. Tips and challenges are included.

Watch on Demand w/ Q and A

Presentation MaterialsSlide show

My biggest takeaway: Teacher has high expectations for student posts. They must be (1) authentic, (2) passionate, and (3) appropriate. Teacher should model expected behavior.
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3. Transforming traditional curriculum design to embrace collaboration and critical thinking

Intended audience: Administrator
Level: Anyone; middle school / early secondary

John Bosselman, Kerstyn Comley, and Jon Cheyne describe R.E.A.L (Realm of Experiential and Alternative Learning) in the UK.

Examines: "how technology is being used in the UK to embrace the concept of schools as communities of learners where students and teachers learn with and from each other." Covers: (1) real need (relevance), (2) integrated knowledge (using Google Docs and Google Classroom), and (3) community of learners (using a private Google+ community).

Watch on Demand Link with Q and A
Presentation materials: Slide show

My biggest takeaways:  I didn't know about the R.E.A.L. project, so this presentation opened my eyes. I pronounce this project-based learning model most worthy of exploration!

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4. My County Edu, collaborative learning

Intended audience: Administrator
Level: Intermediate; general

+Yair Farby, an educator in Israel, describes My County Edu, a multi-faceted unit, which "brings pupils who do not live in the same city, town or village to a virtual area where they can collaborate." (6th grade and up) "Together they explore and learn about their geographical, historical and social environment. Students create digital learning materials and meet virtually and physically."

Watch on Demand Link with Q and A

My main takeaways: I like this well-developed, community-building, cross-curricular unit, and I am impressed with the seamless integration of various Google products (docs, maps, forms, hangouts). Love the Teachers Manual and ICT Tools.

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5. Experiential and project based learning with Google Play for Education

Intended Audience: Administrator
Level: Anyone; general

Description: Panelists Bill Mackenzie, Amy Dougherty (not sure if I got Amy's last name right), and Matt Allen describe how they use Google Play for Education in their classrooms.

Watch on Demand Link with Q and A

My main takeaways: 

1. I enjoyed the transformative stories of the three panelists at the beginning.

2. Bill Mackenzie: If students want to learn, they will do so outside the classroom. Let's provide them with the resources to make that possible, such as providing Chromebooks to libraries.
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6. Google Apps for Elementary Education

Intended audience: Anyone
Level: Beginner; upper elementary / primary

Description: Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer +Donnie Piercey takes us on a whirlwind tour of Google Apps that can be used in the elementary classroom. Assisting: James Allen, Librarian at Oldham County Schools, and Donnie's 5th grade student Kayla of Eminence Schools, Kentucky.

Watch on Demand Link with Q and A
Presentation materials: Donnie's Google Doc wins the prize for so much fantastic detail. :)

My main takeaways: I enjoyed Donnie's lightheartedness throughout the session. The video and the doc provide lots of ideas that a teacher can try out right away. 

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7. Developing Student Awareness in Building a Community

Intended audience: Anyone
Level: Beginner; high school / upper secondary

Description: Google Certified Teacher and ICT teacher Gary Garcia of Saint Pedro Poveda College, Philippines describes his Talaban (Tagalog: to "effect" or "to be affected") project, a student outreach project to make a positive change in the community.

Watch on Demand Site with Q and A

My main takeaway: Clearly, Gary Garcia is a passionate, caring educator. His stories about inequity are compelling.

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Have time for a marathon watch? Check out my Playlist of all of the "Collaboration and Community" recordings.

Together ... We can.


3 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 05.08.15 - Google+ collections, #GoogleEduonAir, and 3D Ultrasound Print for Blind Mother

Usually published on Fridays, but on Sunday this week 
to include #GoogleEduOnAir ... and life happens :)

Three great finds this week! 

1. Everything you need to know about Google+ Collections 


Google+ taking on Pinterest qualities you say? That's what it looks like to me too.

2. The Google Education Conference On Air, May 8 & 9

What's the fuss about? Check out +WIRED's article (h/t Julia Brannon)

Found the link to the recording of the first day via @Jackie Gerstein 
and time-coded it for on-demand viewing.

I'm putting together a couple of themed springboard blog posts about the sessions: one for Empowering Students and the other for Collaboration. Stay tuned.

3. 3D Ultrasound printed out for blind mother

Huggies Brazil made it possible, and produced this video:

Technology for good. So heart-touching.

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View On Demand: The First Day of the May 2015 Google Education on Air Conference

Which presentations from today's Google Education on Air conference do you want to view first? You decide! 

I'm happy to share this time-coded Google+ post of the proceedings so you can skip around as you wish. 

My favorite? 

04:51:10 The panel discussion at the end on Empowering Students

Click on Read more (36 lines) in the post to access the time code.

Mahalo to +Jackie Gerstein for finding the link to the recording!

Enjoy ...


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3 #GR8GoogleFinds #ThisWeek 05.01.15 - Textbooks, Google+ on Twitter, and Reference Users Wanted

It happened again -- all of my #GR8Finds #ThisWeek have to do with Google. What can I say? I find Google utterly fascinating. 

1. Textbooks using Google Docs

Can't wait to see more schools doing this!

2.  Google+ on Twitter

Google+ says this is its first tweet, but there were 36 previous tweets. It joined in 2011, and has 16k followers.  I guess Google+ is getting serious about participating on Twitter. I think this is a good thing!

Here's +Martin Beck's take on the situation: Signs Of Social Life At Google+? Network Sends Out Its First Tweet

3. Google is looking for reference users

Perfect for librarians, imo.