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Above & Beyond with GAFE

Kicking the 2016-17 year with an overview for integration of Google Apps for EDU as part of Houston ISD pilot program has been a long time coming! Taking teachers through a digital quickwrite in GoogleDocs from planning to publishing was a way to place emphasis on immense power of Google Apps for communication and collaboration. A shorter Hyperdoc made it easier for teachers to experience the process of connected writing task by task. 

GAFE adds powerful new dimensions to writing learning experiences. Collaboration and online exchange of feedback about shared work can be a driver of quality improvements. Student voices are fueled and amplified by the power of digital communication and collaboration made possible by GAFE. Connecting writers expands audience and creates ownership and motivation for writing too!

The ability for students and teachers to comment in Slides, Docs  and Sheets is so useful to make specific feedback actionable at specific point of need. For students to be able to respond back to comments is great for discussion and clarification purposes too.

Remix & Re-Imagine Summer PD!

Brew up your own relevant, personalized learning! Here a few ways to feed your brain through making connections to ideas, networks and communities around your own needs and interests!

Remix & Re-Imagine Your PD

* Learning Resource Compilation for Students 



Chromebooks: Connecting the Dots

Looking ahead to implementing Google Apps for Education in 2016-17 at @HISD_MIMS, these slides are designed to make the case for Chromebook as THE device to support classroom GAFE integration.

The Chromebook Classsroom: When Less is More!

Coggle Mindmap: Houston Google Summit

Mindmapping is such a useful strategy to visually represent ideas and the connections between them. This is one I created with a tool called Coggle from informative Google Classroom Sessions I attended at the Houston Google Summit. After a quick log in with my Google account, it was an intuitive process for me to begin mapping out ideas as I understood them. The keyboard shortcut list located at bottom of the Coggle window [green question mark icon] made generating and modifying ideas, branches and nodes much easier and immediately I could make quick fixes & adjustments.

The Coggle interface is simple, clean and easy which is exactly what we all need (students especially!) to begin creating concept and idea maps. Coggles are shareable and collaborative too. Just like Google Apps, revision history is captured. images drag & drop, auto-saving is ongoing and collaborators can be added to build mindmaps in partnerships and teams!

The color wheel can be a bit glitchy though, because only the inner wheel is available in the freemium version with the outer ring part of the premium. A wrong click there sends you off your Coggle map!

Some key takeaways regarding Google Classroom from the Houston Google Summit...

1. Streamlined process of creating assignments and customizing options for students to interact with them: Google Classroom has capability to auto-create copies for students [when settings are made by teachers] so they are ready to create, edit, submit and receive feedback. Google Classroom's organization of students' classes and workflow through GAFE is simplified for ease of use for them and for me as teacher just as soon as students join with class code! Currently Google Classroom access is disabled in Houston ISD's GAFE domain and I hope this changes soon!

2. Grading Options Maximize the Feedback Loop: Grading Add-ons like JoeZoo, Autocrat & Orange Slice (Rubric Add-ons); for grading presentations & Kaizena for embedding voice comments within student work.
3. Awesome Houston Google Summit Sessions: Google Classroom: The Game Changer [Alicia Merrifield] Oh the Places You'll Go with Google Classroom [Charlele Culpepper & Charlotte Rogers]  Grading in Google Classroom [Emily Meisel] Adding Code to Your Classroom with Chromebooks [Jamie Jackson] Tips & Tools for Chromebooks in PK-2 [Christie Bray Burns]

Take Students Where the School Bus Can't! 

Though real-world field trips are invaluable experiences, logistics of time, cost or distance aren't always aligned in our favor. Students can make critical connections between themselves, their learning, and the wide-ranging historical, cultural, and scientific environments through inquiry-based virtual learning experiences. They can explore oceans that cover almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface without getting wet and fly through the night sky to explore the life span of a star or the terrain of Mars. The exploration of Historic MomentsCulture, Science & Technology are just a few in the an array of vast potential possiblities for exploration and discovery!

Discover artworks, collections and stories from around the the world in extraordinary detail before with the Google Cultural Institute. The site is divided into three areas: Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders. Google World Wonders brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online using Street View and other Google technologies.

'From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world. By using our Street View technology, Google has a unique opportunity to make world heritage sites available to users across the globe.'

A few hightlights among many to point out--Ford's Theater, the Great Barrier Reef (swim under water in street view), and Wonders of Machu Picchu.

Explore online exhibitions detailing the stories behind significant moments in human history. Explore Historic Moments, Cultural Figures, Science & Technology, and other categories to browse through photos, videos, manuscripts and documents on a wide range of topics. See reflections Inspired by the Gettysburg AddressCivil Rights Photography, and Top Pieces at Naturalis.

Google Map Trek on over to GalapagosVenice, the Grand Canyon. Climb in Nepal or Yosemite. Explore Google Ocean Street View, which now allows us to explore the oceans covering 70 percent of Earth’s surface, all without getting wet. Google's Street View cameras have captured underwater creatures -- view sea turtleshumpback whalesgreat white sharks and the giant sunfish

Google Earth creates the ability to fly to and from anywhere on Earth It is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program! Learn more at Google Earth Learn  and  See 3-D Buildings in Google Earth

With Google Expeditions VR Program: Announcing Expeditions: taking students places a school bus can’t go

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