posted Jul 24, 2012, 2:03 PM by Lori Hebert
The Google Apps for Ed Summit seriously rocked my world. This was the first ever summit of its kind in California and it had a lot to offer everyone from newbies to advanced Googlers. Here are my top 3 highlights that I think have serious potential to innovate how and what we do at College Prep in the 2012-2013 school year and beyond:
GApps Ninja Programs for Students
Ninja Program Training: http://www.ninjaprogram.com/training/
I already signed up and got access to all the quizzes/etc. and plan on integrating this into Frosh Orientation & Freshman Foundations. Megan Chen is enthusiastic about joining forces with me on this and incorporating Google SEarch/Research as a Ninja Category (related to highlight #3 below.)
Flubaroo takes what is possible with Google Forms/Spreadsheets to a whole new level. It can be accessed from the Script gallery (Form > Spreadsheet > Tools > Script gallery...). This script is free and easy to implement. It grades any submitted responses to a Google Form with color coding and related stats. Flubaroo also makes it possible to email the responses with or without the answer key to students. Here is an example of what an email would look like on the right.
- What it means to be literate in the age of Google?
The presenter, Daniel Russell, is the Űber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. His keynote focused on what it means to be literate in the age of Google - at a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds. Although you might think that "literacy" is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. Knowing how to read is just the beginning of it - knowing how to frame a question, pose a query, interpret the texts that you find, organize (and use) the information you discover, and understand your metacognition - these are all critical parts of being literate as well. In his talk Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.
Informancy: Literate about information.
Meta-literacy: Knowing how to be literate about being literate, how to adapt to changing UIs, adding new features, etc.
Bottom line: Become INFORMATE & META-LITERATE. We need to understand what is possible and emphasize these skills in our students and in ourselves and continually develop these skills.
When and if there are future California GAFE Summit, I think College Prep should send as many faculty as possible.