It’s been a few weeks since I blogged about the Google Education Summit at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The week went well, and my brain is still reeling from all the information we stuffed in during that week.
My biggest takeaway will be using the suite of Google tools in my classroom. Right now, I’m planning to have my students do much of their work with Google Drive. We will use the Docs tool to journal and do most of our writing assignments. (I will never suggest completely giving up writing with a pencil!) We will use Presentation/Spreadsheet/Forms to do learning together. I will be searching the Chrome Web Store for different apps/weblinks for us to use in our learning. Speaking of apps and links, I’m going to dump a bunch below so you can see some of the fun things that we did while at the Summit:
- Edmodo – a Facebook-esque site for teachers and students
- Aviary – online sound/voice/photo editing (The advanced tools are going away on September 15. They will be concentrating on photo editing)
- PicMonkey – image editing (similar to the former site Picnik)
- Picasa Web Albums – Google’s photo storage site
- WebcamToy – fun Photobooth style pictures)
- ColourLovers – where I can find fun palettes and designs to use in image editing
- Quizlet – for create-you-own flashcards, or find ones shared by other people
- Prezi – for zooming, flying presentations
- Desmos Graphing Calculator
- Screenr – screencapture with voiceover ability
- VoiceThread – upload pictures and record voiceovers to share presentations
- QR Codes – create your own codes with any information you desire for smartphones to scan
As you can see, there are many things that we learned about. I can’t wait to get the kids’ hands on some of these tools and see what awesomeness they can cook up in our classroom next year.
Speaking of that… there are only 34 days left until school begins! Will I be ready? I hope so! 🙂
Until next time, keep a song in your heart!
Hi Rachel – Thanks for including us, we really appreciate it! If you or your colleagues ever have questions about the calculator feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are happy to help!
Also, we’d love to hear feedback from anyone who may be using Desmos with their students!
Wow! This is awesome! I have Desmos in my list of things to blog about after we start school on the 27th. I will be teaching Geometry for the first time this year, and I am excited to see how the students will use it! I’ll let you know when that article gets posted! Thanks! 🙂