September 27, 2015

10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share



Sometimes things don't turn out as expected, and that's okay!

I had to go to Plan B for my Google Demo Slam session at the recent 2015 Maui Independent School Organization conference. Everyone who attended my session came to learn. No one responded to my Google form here, and no one in the room was ready to slam except me. (It happens. )

Plan B: I hand-picked 10 new or new-to-me Google Tips and Tricks I felt sure would impress, and I slammed away (with some help from +Eric Curts and +Trevor Beck -- see below). 

It was fun!

Participants used a Google form to rate the slams, from Meh (1) to Impressive! (10). Check out the form I created HERE and feel free to duplicate the form HERE.

Which slam won out? Google Classroom and Google's Answer Box tied, with Voice Typing in Google Docs (a 10+ in my opinion) not far behind.

Here are the 10 slams, listed in order of presentation:

1. Slides Carnival templates for Google slides

2. Voice typing built in to Google Docs, demo courtesy of +Eric Curts 

3. New templates for docs, spreadsheets, and slides

4. My Maps, demo courtesy of +Trevor Beck, on +Lee Webster's Google Demo Slam Session 23

5. +Alice Keeler for nitty-gritty Google Edu help

6. Google Classroom Updates

7. Shapes in Google Slides

8. Animations and Collages using Google Photos mobile app

9. Google's Answer Box

10. Data insights on a spreadsheet, using Explore

HERE is the slide deck, with active links and notes containing details, comments and some how-to's.



Enjoy, and feel free to share! 




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September 10, 2015

A Combo Twitter & Hangout Chat on Project Based Learning Coming Soon



Something new is happening this month with #edchatHI, the monthly educational Twitter chat for Hawaii.

Ta-dahhh! -- it's a combination Twitter and Google hangout chat!

The topic? Project-based learning. 


Here are the questions to ponder: 

Q1: What is PBL?
Q2: Why go PBL?
Q3: How do you roll out PBL to your teachers?
Q4: What barriers do you anticipate?
Q5: How will you measure the success of your PBL program?
Q6: What are some PBL resources, PBL practitioners to follow?
Resources to check out before the chat?
How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success by Suzie Boss 
PBL Planning via Edutopia (½ way down page are PBL videos)
Special guests on the hangout will be Buffy Cushman-Patz (@buffycushmanand Nate Malinoski (@NateMalinoski), two educators who have a lot of experience with project-based learning.

You can view the hangout, and ask questions live, here. 



Or you can watch the hangout and tweet away using the #edchatHI hashtag on Twitter.
Or you can do both. 

When will all of this happen?  

Mark your calendars: September 14, 2015 at 6 - 7 pm Hawaii Standard Time.

Please join us! 

Special mahalo to +Michael Fricano II+JoAnn Jacobs, and +Michelle Carlson Colte for setting up this special event.




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P. S. Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted here in over a month! Yes, getting ready for the start of school did take up a lot of my time. Happy to report that we're up and running and settling in nicely. Hope to be blogging more regularly now. I have lots to share, as usual.