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October 21, 2011 By: Cheryl Oakes
I had an opportunity
to present to a group of special educators in NH, last week. They asked
that I come and demonstrate how I was using Google apps in our school
district. They asked that I emphasize how I was using the apps
especially with special education in mind. They wanted to know how I
used the apps with my peers, and by the way, did I have any specific
ways of using Google apps with students?
I immediately asked if
I could bring a student with me to demonstrate how adults in our
schools used Google apps, then I figured I would have Morgan explain how Google apps fit into her school plan as a way to access her education.
Morgan and I planned
and reflected upon a normal school week. That part was very easy. We use Google apps frequently. Morgan was a natural presenter during her
explanations about Google. It was easy to see that she used the tools
throughout her school day and it was very easy for her as she explained
how she went about planning, researching and creating.
I don’t have to tell
you that she stole the show. Once she began explaining how she used the
calendar, shared documents with her teachers for editing purposes,
shared her presentation about the evolution of cell phones, she took
over. The educators in the audience fired questions at her, which she
answered one by one. She patiently demonstrated how she shared in Google
docs, how she added to her Google calendars, and how she made her Google
was very proud when the educators asked if they could clone her for
their high school. Morgan smiled. I smiled. The power of a student