Gavin enjoys sharing his experiences with technology amongst educators. Gavin has presented workshops at a variety of education and educational technology conferences. Look below for links to Gavin's training sessions.
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Making Meaningful Video Content for the Music Classroom
In this session we will look at making videos for the music classroom. Whether you are working through a blended, online or in-class model of teaching, meaningful videos can give all students a chance to flourish in any environment. We will look at making videos for instrumental, compositional and general music classrooms. Be prepared to take a few minutes to practice making your videos.
In this session we'll look at a variety of methods of teaching in a blended environment. We'll explore Google sites, slides, and classroom. As well as Hyperdocs, Flipgrid and learning boards. As we look to the future, we can work together to find the best blended option for your class.
Using Google Meet Within Your Google Classroom
Many teachers would love to hold online meetings with their class. Google Classroom now integrates Google Meet into their platform. In this workshop, learn to adjust Google Meet settings in Classroom and set up recurring meetings as well as having SMALL group meetings and check-ins
Google Slides: Going Beyond The Basics
In this session we'll look some additional settings and features that can be used with Google Slides. We'll look at Custom sizing slides, master slides, linking slides, putting worksheets into Google slides for students to complete and more!
Google Classroom: Going Beyond The Basics
Now that you can set-up your Google Classroom and assign things to your students... What's next? In this session, you'll learn about advanced settings, weekly guardian summaries, Google Meets, Differentiating Assignments and creating unique handouts for every student to edit independently.
Google Slides For Beginners
Google has a versatile product available to all G-Suite users. Similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides will create colourful presentations for you to share photos or information with others. In this presentation we'll get set-up into the program, we'll make our first presentation and we'll learn a variety of ways to share it with others.
Using ScreenCastify and School Video Recorder for Google Drive for Beginners
In this new world of Online Learning, many people are looking for ways to teach remotely. Using these two programs, we will learn how to share your SCREEN with others and create videos of what's happening on your computer monitor. As well, we'll look at a simple way to take a "selfie" video and leave "face-to-face" instructions for your students
Google Meet For Beginners
After the success of Google Hangouts, Google has developed a business meeting platform (similar to ZOOM) where people can hold group video conferences. In this session we'll get use to the program and the various buttons that you can click when in a meeting. I'll also show you how to JOIN and START meetings. Finally, we'll look at integrating meetings into a Google Classroom platform.
Classroom Management 101
As a teacher, rotating through many different classrooms per day, I have learned several simple tricks to help manage my students. I was recently asked to present some of these ideas to a group of program staff at a local YMCA as they developed their children's programming.
The Musician's TECH Palette
Living and teaching in a predominately online world can be a challenge for teachers and subjects that are considered "old school." In this presentation we will look at a variety of apps and add-ons that will assist any teacher, at any level deliver their music curriculum. Furthermore, some of these tools may help educators to rethink their long-range-plans to include a digital component.
Keeping Your Kids Safe On The Internet
In an increasingly online world, children are being exposed to web-based materials at a younger age. Sometimes parents are at a loss with keeping up with the newest "popular" apps for kids. Rather than policing your kids - why not educate them to self advocate for their own safety online. Using Google's Be Internet Awesome program children will learn some of the key aspects to being safe online - and they'll put that knowledge to the test is a fun gaming atmosphere as they learn to safely navigate through the world of "Interland."
Music Classroom Flipping
Wouldn't it be great to never put a music student through a standard "playing test" again?? In this session, we will look at the process by which students practice and develop ensemble skills at school and test, via video, on their own time. We’ll be using Google Classroom, Padlet, Screencastify, School Video Recorder, HYPERdocs and, most importantly, Flipgrid to "flip" the standard music classroom.
In this session, we will look at the process by which students learn their LESSONS at home - and complete their HOMEWORK during their class time with their teacher’s support. We’ll be using Google Classroom, Padlet, Screencastify, School Video Recorder, HYPERdocs and some other tech tools as well.
AUTODOCS & FORM PUBLISHER - PART TWO
This session goes FURTHER with Form Publisher. We will be creating student profiles including photos. We'll develop a template for assessing student work (with photos of the work) and begin to develop beautiful looking lesson plans. Students in this session should already be able to make a simple Google Form, Manipulate a Google Sheet to make a template and understand the basics of the Google Form Publisher Add-On.
AUTOMATIC DOCUMENTS, CERTIFICATES & LESSON PLANS - OH MY! - PART ONE
In this session we’ll be using Google Forms, Docs, Sheets, Slides and an add-on called Form Publisher. We will create forms to collect specialised data (including uploaded images, video and documents) and, with the help of our add-on tool, we will publish the data into automatically generated, beautiful-looking publications. By taking the time to design a template, you’ll never have to create another certificate, newsletter, permission form, lesson plan, etc… ever again!
Google Classroom-The Beginning
This presentation is geared to the absolute beginner with Google Classroom. I will walk you through logging-in and signing up for Google Classroom, Creating your first electronic classroom, adding students to your classroom and sending announcements/assignments to your students through this Google platform. NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED!
Do EVERYTHING With Padlet - If you have used Padlet before then you already know what a fabulous tool it is for collaborative learning. But, this versatile tool is so much more. In this session we will take five minutes to create your account and build your first Padlet, then look at dozens of other ways to use Padlet in a K-12 classroom. Bring your device and come prepared to participate. We will be sharing and learning together. The sky's the limit with Padlet.
Tracking Language Learning Using Fluency Tutor - Do you have trouble finding time to listen to your students read? Are you a language (or a second language) teacher looking for oral language evidence from your students? Are you looking to track a student’s oral skills over time? Fluency Tutor can help. Learn how to access Fluency Tutor, Integrate with Google Classroom and assign your own texts for students to practice reading and speaking. Suitable for all reading levels.