Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Workshop: Go Paperless with Free Google Tools

March 12, 2010

As I mentioned in previous posts, I’m leading a 3-day workshop for teachers and administrators interested in learning how to increase collaboration and reduce unnecessary printing using tools that Google offers to schools and non-profits absolutely free.  This workshop will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas June 21-23, 2010.  The registration fee of $150.00 includes lunches and all materials.

This 3-day, 18 hour technology workshop is designed for classroom teachers and school administrators who want to learn new ways to increase collaboration, improve the quality of student feedback, rely less on printed documents, and leverage the many powerful tools Google offers free to schools.  It is taught by Google Certified Teacher Daniel Moix.  Topics include collecting data with Google Forms, creating custom heat maps with Google Spreadsheets, facilitating peer edits with Google Documents, planning lessons with Google Calendar, and more!  Make a school or classroom website.  Share your district’s curriculum documents in one place so everyone is on the same page.  See how the ASMSA Counseling Department has automated the transcript request process for college applications.  Participants will learn how to do all of these things with their personal Google accounts, and they will learn about the additional capabilities of Google Applications for Education such as posting classroom video projects online that are accessible only to those at your school.  This workshop is limited to 15 participants, and it will fill up quickly.

Please pass this information along to educators in your organization who might be interested in this hands-on program.  To claim your space, contact Kim Singleton by email or toll free at (800)345-2767.  The deadline for registration is May 1.

NCSSSMST Presentation: Google Is Not the Enemy

March 8, 2010

Last Wednesday through Saturday I attended the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Professional Conference.  The acronym isn’t much better:  NCSSSMST.  I attended a workshop on social media by Corey Alderdice of the Gatton Academy, a session on using robotics to stimulate interest in STEM topics by David Platt from Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies, and I spent a couple of hours with the LASA E-Zine folks.

Our librarian Alaine Martaus and I presented a session called Google Is Not the Enemy, demonstrating the Google search tools and techniques that students can use to access legitimate sources online.  Alaine demonstrated Google Scholar, Google Books, and Google Patent Search.  I introduced Google Alerts, Wonder Wheel, Timeline Search, and Google Squared.  You may recognize some of the slides in this presentation from Searchin’ Like It’s 1999.

Led by a Google Certified Teacher, this session is designed to familiarize faculty who guide student research on the finer points of using Google’s specialized search tools and applications for advanced research results. Though many students rely heavily on the standard Google search for their research needs, faculty are increasingly wary of the reliability and accuracy of the information accessed through this generalized web search engine. The primary method of preventing unverified information from making its way into student writing has been to educate students in methods of website evaluation. What this session aims to do is present an additional method that involves using specialized search tools and scholarly applications available from Google that will improve the overall quality of all sources found through online searches. Using information gained at the selective Google Teacher Academy, this session means to demonstrate a variety of Google applications that will be of use both to students in their research and to teachers. The session will also discuss the advantages of building on the familiar foundation of Google searching, which is already so popular with students. Lastly the session will touch briefly on some of the controversies and worries that teachers often have about Google with the hopes that open discussion will alleviate any concerns about using Google tools more fully in the classroom.

We had some spare time at the end of the session, so we demonstrated the Google Applications for Education suite offered free to schools.  One very excited participant ran out of the room asking her colleague, “Why aren’t we doing this?  I don’t understand exactly what it is, but it’s wonderful!”  Several expressed interest in my 3-day summer workshop, “Go Paperless with Free Google Tools.”  More on that in a future post.

NCSSSMST conferencegoers enjoyed an evening at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Line dancing lessons were complimentary for the uninhibited.  See that video after the break.

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Reflections on Podcasting Workshop

February 1, 2009

I apologize ahead of time for this 1000 word monster post.  I’m still trying to figure out how to be a better presenter of this material.  If you have some insight, please share it.

Podcasting PlateauIt’s reflection time again. This weekend was the regional Teachers Teaching with Technology Conference, and I signed up to present a session on wikis and a session on podcasting.  I have taught several podcasting workshops since 2006, and none of them have been as good as I wanted them to be.  The question I’m pondering is, “Can teachers learn to podcast from a workshop?  What am I doing wrong?

My first exposure to podcasting was at a preconference session led by Karen Fasimpaur at the Hot Springs Technology Institute.  In that workshop, Karen explained what a podcast was, we discussed the educational applications, we learned basic Audacity techniques, there was time to record and produce our MP3 file, and then some samples were played for the group.  Little emphasis was given to RSS feeds or how to publish the content.  Karen’s workshop was a great intro to voice recording and audio editing, but it wasn’t podcasting by the current definition.

The following semester, I was asked to provide a podcasting workshop for the Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  Because I hadn’t worked much with podcasting over the summer, the empahsis of that workshop was on audio recording and editing as well.  The participants seemed satisfied.  They all left with their very own MP3 recording and the ability to repeat the steps, but I felt that something was still missing.

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