Often times in education, technology is viewed as a piece of "curriculum dessert," a tasty tidbit that only gets touched after the content is taught and the students need to demonstrate their learning at the end of a unit. Technology isn't a dessert at Swanson Elementary, it's the fork that helps the students digest their learning. Here, Kendra Geise, Elizabeth Hall, and Crystal Parson (the 3/4 literacy and social studies team) have made daily technology integration part of their classroom culture.
Reflection is a crucial element of modern pedagogical systems. Today’s educational practices place a high importance on the ability for students to self-assess and build meta-cognition through reflection. Using Schoology for this task makes this work easy for both the students and teacher. Using digital journals, students can journal on their own device, on a classroom device or from home.
Building individual discussion threads only one time for each student using Schoology discussions is an easy way to support this practice. The following presentation identifies 4 easy steps to set this up.
Are you ready to start your students in digital journaling? Ask your school Digital Teacher Librarian or Educational Technology Specialist for support in getting started.
Isn’t it time you started creating e-newsletters? Watch this video and, you will learn how to use Google Slides to create striking and informative newsletters that can be displayed on your classroom website (using Google Sites) or shared via a link using email. Be prepared to learn techniques that will:
Link to video: How to Create Classroom Newsletters using Google Slides
what is google certification?
Have you been hearing the hype or seeing the badge and wondering what this means? The Google Certification program is designed for educators to demonstrate proficiency in integrating the G Suite for Education tools into their teaching practice.
levels of certification:
The Google Educator Level 1 status indicates that an educator is able to effectively implement G Suite for Education into their teaching practice to enhance teaching and learning.
The Educator Level 2 status indicates that educators are able to effectively integrate a wider base of Google and Web 2.0 tools to transform learning.
Google also offers Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Innovator programs.