Pre-Summit Workshops

October 18, 2013

Google in Education Workshop

This one-day hands-on primer begins with a welcome activity that invites participants to co-create a new vision for education in the age of Google. Discover a tool kit of research tools for students and educators, including advanced search techniques, Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News, Google Alerts and more. Learn how Google Docs and Google Drive can facilitate collaboration and creation between students and among colleagues. Experience the ease of online publishing with Google Sites (and Blogger). Learn to expand your own personal learning network online with Google+. "Even more" inspiring instructional ideas conclude the day before a final reflection activity. 

Geo Educators Workshop

This intensive one day event is designed to help educators get the most from Google's Geo products and technologies like Google Maps and Earth including Mars, Moon, and Ocean. It doesn’t matter what subject you teach, The Geo Teacher’s Workshop will explore many ways to incorporate visual learning and visual thinking using these tools.

With hands-on activities, attendees will learn how to create, collaborate, and publish using Google Maps. Navigate through the robust layers of Google Earth and create dynamic content that can be used in the classroom immediately. The Google Geo Education team of experts will also explore innovative cross-curricular instructional strategies and provide resources to share with colleagues. They will introduce the many ways that educators can bring the world's geographic information to students in a compelling, fresh, and fun way.

YouTube for Educators Workshop

In the past, educators have often ignored or banned YouTube due to the site's reputation for unsuitable content. In 2011, YouTube made a commitment to education with YouTube for Teachers and YouTube for Schools. Former television producer and YouTube Teacher Studio presenter, Jim Sill, takes you beyond the honey badger and walks you through the many ways you can use the site safely and effectively in your classroom.  

Using video with students has been shown to initiate wonder and spawn questions.  Jim will showcase how you can start using
YouTube to inspire classrooms and teach with video using examples and hands-on activities like the following:

  • Effectively search and find useful videos
  • Create, embed and share playlists
  • Learn to edit your own original videos (using YouTube's built in editor!)
  • Create classroom content using Creative Commons videos
  • Produce animations with YouTube's partners like Xtranormal and GoAnimate.
  • Share videos across multiple venues
  • Explore privacy settings when uploading content
  • Tips and tricks on creating a channel for hosting your own content

With 72 hrs of content uploaded every minute and almost 3 billion views a day, the site has become an invaluable addition to the classroom that cannot be ignored.

Google Apps Scripting in Education (for Power Users)

This workshop is aimed at the Google Apps power user who wants to be able to leverage the GAFE platform beyond the basics for organizational workflows, automated communications, data-driven decision-making, and document management. The session will focus on learning to solve everyday organizational challenges using a suite of Google Apps Scripts to allow Google Spreadsheets to perform templated document merges, relational data lookups, form-triggered, conditionalized, and bulk merged emails, and form-triggered calendar events, among others. Though participants will get a very basic introduction to the Apps Script code editor, the intention of this workshop is not to teach coding skills.  Participants will gain the most if they already have intermediate Spreadsheet skills, and can expect to walk away with a set of practical, menu-driven power tools for the GAFE platform that they can immediately put to use in their schools.

Create Video Lessons with Snagit and Camtasia Workshop (Mac specific)

Flipping a lesson, project based learning, and student created content are just a few ideas educators are targeting to improve student learning in their classrooms. Creating instructional video lessons with Snagit and Camtasia can help with each of these learning concepts, as well as improve communication in your classroom. This 1-day hands-on beginner workshop will focus on how to use Snagit to create quick, one-take type video lessons that can be immediately shared with anyone via YouTube, and Google Drive...just to name a few.  
We will also spend time working through Camtasia and learn how to create those polished, feature-rich videos using the editing features and special effects found in the Camtasia Editor.  We will look at examples for how to flip a lesson in your classroom and give you plenty of time to practice using both programs so that when you leave the workshop, you can continue creating content to use immediately with your students, parents, and even colleagues.  

It should be noted that this session is for the MAC VERSIONS of SNAGIT and CAMTASIA ONLY.  Please bring a laptop running a Mac operating system, with at least these minimum system requirements.  If you don’t already own the software, you can download our free trials from here before the pre-conference. If you would like to purchase, we are offering a special discount of $79 for the Snagit/Camtasia Mac Bundle (standard edu price is $104.95) for GAFE Summit attendees.  You’ll receive the promotional code at the Summit. And finally, in an attempt to “flip this workshop”, please view the Getting Started tutorials for both Snagit and Camtasia before the pre-conference.  Although this is optional, having this background overview of both programs will definitely help your understanding during the workshop.

October 17 & 18, 2013 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Google Apps for Education Certification Bootcamp (for Trainers)

The Google Apps for Education Certified Training serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google Apps can be used in education (with students and among colleagues), and to prepare participants to pass the Google Apps for Education Qualification Tests. Each session includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Apps for Education Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google Apps for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help new users quickly understand the "core magic" of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called "hard fun." There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps - or for passing the Google Apps EDU tests.

During the second day of this two-day bootcamp, participants prepare their applications to become Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers. Certification is not included in the bootcamp (passing six tests, submitting an application, and approval from Google are required following the event). Taking tests and applying for certification is not necessary for participating in the bootcamp.

Google Apps for Education Technical Retreat (for CTOs, SysAdmins, and Tech Support)

The two-day Google Apps for Education Technical Retreat is intended for an audience of technology directors, systems administrators, and others who support technology needs in schools. The content is focused on the process and challenges of migrating educational institutions from legacy systems (or current systems) to Google Apps for Education. Participants will learn best practices and current issues from experienced peers and experts. Prepared presentations and activities are supplemented by structured time for discussion and networking.

Sessions will include topics such as:

Overview of Google Apps Dashboard Settings
Migrating Data from Microsoft Exchange or First Class to Google Apps
Using Google’s API’s to Mass-Create Accounts for All Current Email Users.
Migrating Large Organizations
Using the Google Apps Manager Command-line Tool
Using the Google Apps Migration Tool
Managing Suborganizations & Setting Up Permissions for Individual Apps
Creating an Implementation Plan for Current Staff
Creating a Dual-Delivery Pilot to Test the Systems and Migration
Strategies for Roll-Out Beyond a Pilot
Retention Strategies for Legacy Systems
BONUS: Chromebook Deployment and Management

Productivity tips for Google Apps (particularly Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs) will also be included in this two-day retreat. Participants will leave better prepared to use and support these tools in an educational context. 

Cancellation Policy:
 All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.

Note: A minimum of 5 participants must be met or a workshop may be canceled due to low registration.