Introduction to Cloud Computing

A Teacher's Guide to Google Apps

Welcome to the Professional Development Training Workshop

Within the district, there will be approximately 150 teachers across two different buildings that will be trained on 3 Google Apps for Education. Currently, the district just provided Google Accounts for students and teachers in grades 6 to 12. The training will occur in the computer labs of each of the school buildings. There will be different sessions for grade level teachers and specific discipline area teachers.

Course Objective

In this professional development workshop, teachers will be exploring the benefits of cloud based applications. Teacher will learn how to fully integrate 3 Google Apps into their classroom: Drive, Docs, and Form. Teachers will explore educational best practices and examples of how each Google App with be useful to their instructional needs. Teachers will examine his/her existing curriculum to decide where the use of the Google Apps will support and enhance learning objectives.


This flyer will provide you with a variety of resources used in the training sessions as well as helpful Internet links that will support your use of Google Apps in the lesson planning.

Agenda I

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Day 1: Face-to-Face Session

9:30 - 9:45 AM Introduction

Teachers will be introduced to the training session and will be briefly explained the nature of the blended learning session as well as an overview of the agenda. At this time, teachers will sign-on to their school-issued Google Accounts where they will find an email sent with the link to the Smore training resource page. Then, the teachers will take use the shared Google Doc to share their thoughts, questions, and/or concerns about Google Apps and working in the cloud.


9:45 - 10:15 AM Overview of Google Drive

The trainer will explain working in the cloud. Teachers will be shown a video on why Google Apps is the most effective way for productivity in the cloud. Teachers will receive a presentation on Google Drive that will include the trainer demonstrating it formats, overall key features, and how it can impact learning by fostering collaboration.


10:15 - 10:30 AM Google Drive

The trainer will instruct teachers to explore and navigate the various components of Google Drive. The trainer will walk around the room to provide teachers will assistance, answer questions, etc.


10:30 - 10:45 AM Google Docs

Teachers will receive an overview of Docs that will demonstrate how to work with Docs such as creating a new document, renaming a document, saving documents, formatting, manage documents with multiple editors, and running a paperless classroom.


10:45 - 11:00 AM Google Docs Activity

Teachers in groups of 2 or 3 will create a shared document to create a lesson, worksheet, or anything of their choice. The trainer will explain that the content of the Doc need to be curriculum related to meet their needs in the classroom. Each group should include at least two of the following components:

  • image(s)
  • video(s)
  • table(s)
  • link(s)
  • equation(s)
  • drawing(s)
During the activity, the trainer will walk around the room to provide teachers will assistance, answer questions, etc.


11:15 - 11:30 AM Closing Remarks and Reflections

Each group of teachers will share their Docs with the trainer. The trainer will display each group's Doc and teachers will discuss how they plan to use Docs into their instruction. Teachers will be asked to complete the Google Drawing graphic organizer on ways they can use Google Docs. The trainer will explain the requirements for the online session.

Why Google Apps?
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Overview of Google Drive

  • Word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, and drawing
  • Access anytime, anywhere from the Internet
  • Collaborate and share viewing/editing
  • Autosave and revision history
  • Drag and drop files
  • Share both files and folders to individuals or groups
  • Use templates


Resource:


  1. Google Drive: Access and Organize Your Files

Overview of Google Docs

  • Works on any device as long as you have Internet Connection
  • Format resembles standard word processors
  • Synchronous collaboration
  • Built-in chat
  • Comment section
  • Drag and drop content
  • Does not take up storage space in Drive


Resource:

  1. Google Docs: Access, create, edit, and print
  2. Google Docs: Share and Collaborate

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Agenda II

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Day 2: Online Session

During the online session, teachers will review the information and resources below on Google Form. The teachers will collaborate with one to three teachers in the same discipline and create a Google Form that will be integrated in an upcoming lesson/unit of study.


Instructions for the Online Session:


  1. View the Screencast on "How to Create a Google Form" below.
  2. Try it out. Create your own Google Form. Practice generating questions with each type of question.
  3. View the additional information and resources on ways teachers are using Google Form in the classroom.
  4. Collaborate with one to three teachers in the same discipline to examine a current or upcoming unit that Google Form would be useful.
  5. Post the link to your Google Form in the Google Doc.
  6. Comment and provide feedback on other forms.
  7. Take the 'Cloud Computing Post-Training Survey' at the end of this page. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
  8. Enjoy the power of Google Apps in your classroom!

Overview of Google Forms

  • Create 7 types of questions
  • Format form with a Theme
  • Shared via link
  • Emailed or embedded with HTML
  • Responses automatically saved into a spreadsheet
  • Allow users to edit submitted form
  • Visibility settings
  • Multiple collaborators
How to Create a Google Form

Ways Teachers Are Using Forms

Google Forms a teacher/student connection

Other Teaching Resources

Drive and Docs: Basics

Cloud Computing Post-Training Survey

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About the Professional Development Trainer

The Professional Development Trainer is currently a graduate in the NYIT M.S. in Instructional Technology Program. She is a certified teacher in various academic disciplines. She strives to teach educators useful and meaningful ways to use technology in the classroom.


Ms. Skiadas