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Google Applications for Classroom Instruction**
 
Course Description
    

Google Applications for Classroom Instruction provides 21st Century online tools for multiple uses in school and professional applications. Google Sites allows users to store their work, create links to web pages and set up instructional resources for classroom usage. Google docs, spreadsheets, calendars and forms provide tools for organizing, storing, communicating and sharing information. Google Picasa, Presentations, and video offer tools for manipulating digital images. Google Earth and maps allow users to view the earth and sky as they study and trace their own routes or routes of explorers.   

Participants must expect to spend a minimum of 45 hours to complete this course.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills.
**Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or school administrator.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Google Applications for Classroom Instruction provides 21st Century online tools for multiple uses in school and professional applications. Google Sites allows users to store their work, create links to web pages and set up instructional resources for classroom usage. Google docs, spreadsheets, calendars and forms provide tools for organizing, storing, communicating and sharing information. Google Picasa, Presentations, and video offer tools for manipulating digital images. Google Earth and maps allow users to view the earth and sky as they study and trace their own routes or routes of explorers.

 

By the end of this course, participants will understand and be able to use:

  • Google Sites to collect, store and share documents and other resources for school and professional usage,
  • Google Docs to create and share information,
  • Google spreadsheets, calendar and forms to organize, analyze and communicate information,
  • Google Picasa, Presentations, and video to manipulate digital images for instructional purposes,
  • Google Earth and Maps to learn about the earth and sky and plan travel,
  • Google applications to promote the development of 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools, and
  • Google applications to enhance mastery of WV CSO(s) and course content.

 

Prerequisites

This professional development course is designed for K-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be able to download and upload files. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended.

Format and Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

 Google Sites

Session Two

 Google Docs

Session Three

 Google Spreadsheets, Forms, and Calendars

Session Four

 Google Picasa, Presentations, and Video Google Earth and Maps

Session Five

Google Earth

Session Six

Google Search

 

Each weekly session provides readings, activities and discussions of a specific Google application tool. Tutorials are provided as participants explore how other educators have used these tools in their teaching. Participants will access each tool and create an application of each tool as it can be applied in their own classroom. Google Apps explored and utilized in this course are: Google Sites, Google docs, Google spreadsheets, calendar and forms, Google presentations, Picasa and video, Google Earth and maps, and Google Search. Weekly project components will be shared with course colleagues and two tools will be selected by participants around which to develop an activity for their classrooms.

Assessment

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. 

Course Project: 
The project for this course is a collection of examples of how each tool can be utilized to enhance student learning in the participants' classrooms. During each session, participants will complete an application of one tool. These examples will be shared during each session and collected, with links as needed, to a Google Site. Additionally, one tool will be selected by each participant to develop into a classroom activity. During Sessions Three and Six, participants will upload their course project to the Mid-Course Check Dropbox and to the Completed Project Template Dropbox for facilitator review.
Project templates and rubrics will be used for participant self-assessment and facilitator assessment of coursework.

Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.

Discussion Participation:
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Certificate Of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Google Applications for Classroom Instruction, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University, West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content And Technology Standards

This workshop, Google Applications for Classroom Instruction, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V. For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

About This Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.