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Presented by: Lainie Rowell
Main Website:lainierowell.com
Lainie on Twitter
lainierowell at gmail.com (replace "at" with @ and remove spaces)

Before we get started, pleaselog in to your Google Account. 

Collaborative Learning Using Google Tools and Google Classroom
Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to make collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific Google tools that provide an easy-to-use, integrated way for teachers and students to collaborate
-Explore practical workflow models for sharing and collecting assignments
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated in classrooms
-Discover how real-time collaboration, powerful sharing controls and seamless compatibility make learning more engaging and a teacher’s life easierIf you are ready to move from content consumption to content creation and community building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

Note: Google Apps for Education account is required to use Google Classroom, but not required to participate in this session.

Google Apps (Part 1 - Google Tools for Learning)

Welcome and Introductions 

Getting to Know You (Forms)
View All Responses

Most Common Use of Google

For some of you, this may be all you know about Google.

But there's EVEN MORE.

First, get a Google account. You need one for many of Google's tools.

Google Apps Overview

YouTube Video

Advanced Search

Let's start with search and how it's normally done.

Search for information about the octopus or Martin Luther King Jr. 

What about an advanced search?

Narrow down by dates, domains, regions, etc.

*Activity: Use advanced search techniques to find the following:
-Ozone depletion in Australia from a government website (Not sure, try this.)
-A presentation file that is related to your subject matter and from universities in the U.S. (Not sure, try this.)
-A black and white image that's labeled for reuse to download on to your computer. (Not sure, go here.)

Google News Archive Search (a demo)

Google's Inside Search - Get the latest search features, tips and tricks  


Not Enough, Build Your Own Search! - Custom Search Engine

Google Custom Search 

e.g. build a search using cdc.govnih.gov and hhs.gov

You could also build a CSE for image sites. Try collaborating with colleagues to create the ultimate CSE. 

Here are some sites to start with:

Pics4Learning - http://pics4learning.com/

A good place to start for pictures with a wide range in topics and models citation.

Chicago Field Museum - http://fieldmuseum.org/

Great for images related to social studies topics.

Children's Illustrators - http://www.childrensillustrators.com/

Instead of photos, use this site to find great illustrations 

National Geographic - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Amazing images of animals, natural disasters, culture, etc.

Ideal for finding pictures of places.

Important: Remind students to cite their sources!

This is a collaborative tool! 

Learn more about search here!

Google Docs

Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and More


They feed into spreadsheets. Here are the results from our form above

Learn more about Docs here!

Maps Anyone?

Google Earth

Google Maps

Mobile Apps

Let's Make a Map Together!
  • Go to goo.gl/maps/ztAlA (case sensitive) 
  • Add a marker for the furthest destination you have traveled and/or a place where you took your greatest adventure.
  • EXTRA:
    • Change the Icon
    • Embed text and media into the markers, including:
      • Text
      • Links
      • Images
      • Video (use the embed code)
      • Other, such as a Google Doc, Form, or Presentation

Our Greatest Adventures

While using Google Maps and Earth, be sure to integrate the use of links, documents, spreadsheets, images and video.

Learn more about Maps here!


Learn more about Sites here!


See links on the left!

Lainie's Website 

Bookmarks are available at http://www.diigo.com/user/lainierowell/google 

Lainie's Pinterest Board for Google/Chromebooks at https://www.pinterest.com/lainierowell/chromebooks/ 

More Google Apps (Part 2 - Your Google Classroom)

Logging In:
Your Student username is ??student@gtrainerdemo.lainierowell.com
Your Student password is ??student
Your Teacher username is ??teacher@gtrainerdemo.lainierowell.com
Your Teacher password is ??teacher
Note: Numbers 1-9 have a leading zero (e.g. 01student@gtrainerdemo.lainierowell.com)

Google Classroom
Introduction to Google Classroom 

Creating a Class

Here are the steps for creating a class:

    1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
    2. Click the + icon in the upper-right corner of the page and click Create class.

    1. Enter the class name in the Class name field.
    2. Enter a short description in the Section field, such as section, grade level, or class time.
    3. Click Create.
    4. Invite students to your class
Adding Content to a Class 

Managing a Class 
Communicating with Class 
Working with Assignments 
Using Classroom as a Student 

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Google Drive/Docs
Google Sites

Google Spreadsheet