For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending the ISTE conference virtually! This year’s conference highlighted so many ways to use Google apps and tools to engage learners and make grading, assessment, feedback, pbl, gamification, student engagement, collaboration, student choice, and student voice easy to do! Currently, I am the Computer and Technology teacher of over 400 elementary students. Google Education apps and tools has helped me manage it all and be a powerful teacher. If you missed the zilions of presentations and amazing ideas at ISTE don’t worry, because I got you covered. Below I have added links to presentations, resources, tips, and more thanks to Wakelet, the great free curation tool that captures thoughts, reflections, and reactions from Twitter during a conference. I recommend following the presenters. I have shared a list of Google Gurus in this post (opens in new tab).
Top Google Education Tips and Updates
These are the important updates and cool ways to use Google Education apps and tools.
- Students can now earn a GSuite certification!
- Google Classroom is adding several grading features, including rubrics, and has a new user-friendly design.
- Now you can import questions from other forms on Google Forms and Google Forms is getting a makeover.
- Google Expeditions is now compatible with Chromebooks and students can use Tour Creator to build their own virtual reality tours.
- Google has new grammar suggestions to improve writing.
- Google has partnered with different EdTech companies, such as Seesaw and Kahoot! so teachers and students can easily use learning apps with Chromebooks and GSuites Edu.
TEACHING & LEARNING IDEAS, RESOURCES, & TIPS
- @WTerral shared how to create gifs with Google Slides and how to make your own Chrome extensions.
- In their presentation, Get in the Game! Lil Gamers, @mrsnpartyka and @k8wakeshare downloadable Choice Menus and Game Boards, tips for managing choice work in Google Classroom, and ideas for gamification with Google Forms.
- Find resources for the presentation, If You Give a Kindergartener a Chromebook, here.
- Add Screencastify’s screen recording videos (create tutorials or show students how to use websites) to Google Slides. Great for your beginning of the year presentations.
@Njcashman shared the resource Glide for creating an app within minutes using Google Spreadsheet.
- @She3llyLynn84 shared how to create games with Google Slides.
- Google Earth scavenger hunts where another idea. I didn’t see links, but found these two resources (Geolocation coordinates scavenger hunt and Google Classroom scavenger hunt) to help you set this up in your classroom.
Top Google Tips and Resources
These are some of the highlighted tweets taken during the presentations and related to Google Education so you have the latest news, updates, resources, and tips!
cross posted at teacherrebootcamp.com
Shelly Terrell is a Technology and Computer teacher, education consultant, and author of books including Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom. Read more at teacherrebootcamp.com.