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e-Learning for Educators
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Google Applications for Classroom Instruction**
Course Description

This online course, Google Applications for Educators explores 21st Century online tools for multiple uses in school and professional applications.  Google docs, spreadsheets, calendars and forms provide tools for organizing, storing, communicating and sharing information while Google presentations, Picasa 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.  Google SketchUp provides tools for creating and manipulating 3-D objects while Google Sites allows users to store their work, create links to webpages and set up instructional resources for classroom usage.  Participants will actively engage in the use of Google Applications as they investigate and plan how to utilize these tools in their classrooms and for their personal work.     

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

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and Internet service.  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.  Participants who do not have Microsoft Office should download Microsoft's Open Office (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and create word documents throughout this course.


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

  • Google Docs to create and share information
  • Google spreadsheets, calendar and forms to organize, analyze and communicate information
  • Google presentations, Picasa and video to manipulate digital images for instructional purposes
  • Google Earth and Maps to learn about the earth and sky and plan travel
  • Google SketchUp to create, manipulate and examine 3-D shapes and figures
  • Google Sites to collect, store and share documents and other resources for school and professional usage
  • Google applications to promote the development of 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools
  • Google applications to enhance mastery of WV CSO(s) and course content.

Assessment and Course Requirements:

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.  They are also 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.  Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session.  Postings are evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality. 

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.  Guideline templates and a Final Project Rubric are provided in Session One to guide project development. 

A mid-course check during Session Three will consist of items completed from Sessions One, Two and Three which will be submitted to the facilitator for feedback.

During Session Six, the Final Project will be shared with online colleagues for peer review and submitted to the facilitator for evaluation against the criteria provided in the Project Rubric. 

Sessions Overview:

Session One:  Google Docs
Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor that allows users to create, edit and share documents online while collaborating in real time with other users.  Menus and tools include those generally used by Word and other word processors make it easy to use while allowing users to collaborate with invitees by sharing their work.  During this session, participants will investigate ways Google docs can be utilized to support classroom instruction, increase collaboration and productivity within their classrooms, with parents and in their professional lives. 

Session Two:  Google Spreadsheets, Calendars and Forms
Google spreadsheets, calendars and forms are used to organize data, set up and keep track of meeting dates and to create forms to assist in many tasks both at home and at school.   Users can choose who can view a calendar, create invitations, send reminders and coordinate a variety of activities and plans. Participants will learn how these applications can enhance teaching and learning in the 21st Century classroom.  

Session Three:  Google Presentations, Picasa and Video 
Google Presentations, Picasa and video provide convenient ways to store and share photos with friends, family and students and to create presentations.  These Google Apps provide free, easy upload storage for your digital photos and videos and an alternative to using PowerPoint presentations. Users may choose to share a particular set of pictures, an album, a video, all of your collections or to store and manage multimedia files for projects/ reports and/or other classroom applications/ presentations.  During this session, participants will learn ways Google presentations, Picasa and video can be utilized in their instruction to foster student learning of 21st Century skills as they enhance learning of core content.  

Session Four:  Google Earth and Maps 
Google Earth and Maps can be used to help students attain geographic information, explore their environment (earth and sky), travel to distant cities/ countries and learn about math, history, literature, art and their environment.  Students can track routes for vacations, explorations, historic development, water routes and so much more with these highly-developed, user-friendly 21st century tools.  

Session Five:  Google SketchUp 
Google SketchUp is a free, user-friendly, drawing program that can be used to create 2 and 3-dimensional models, manipulate objects to view different perspectives, measure attributes and promote learning of core content in 21st Century learning courses.  

Session Six:  Google Sites 
Google Sites is a web page where you can collect the items you've created into one or multiple pages, create links to resources and additional materials and share work with those you choose.  Participants will create a Google Site where they will assemble the products they've created / modified/ collected throughout this course as they plan applications of these resource in their classes.