Thursday, October 20, 2016

525--Session 7-Creating Online Tutorials

Hello again and welcome to Session 7!

This week we will be learning how to create our own online tutorials.  There will not be any session link to the left.  All the assignments will be below.

Now, some of you have asked to have the content slowed down a bit, so I have dropped a gear or two for Sessions 7 & 8.  Now, over the next two days I'd like you to choose one of the four Chrome Classroom Certification steps and discuss one (or more) of the resources within that step that you feel is the most practical for your particular 'future' occupational/adult education setting.

For example, in Section 2 of the tutorial, one of the resources is, "Using Google to Share Your Work."  You'll notice that we sometimes use Youtube videos in our class.  Let's say you have a Youtube account (assigned this week on the syllabus) and you want your class to easily find videos that you have made and collected that would help with your class.  You could 'publish' your videos, then add them to a 'channel' aka 'playlist' and give your class access to this list.  This is just a small example.  We'll go into more details below.

I'd like you to think about these questions when writing your reflection for this week (focusing on a specific resource covered over week 7), post it to the blog comments below, and then revisit the blog over the next 7 days and 'reply' to your peers' reflections.

Also, we have a new Facilitator this week.  Paul will be holding down the fort all by himself.  Thank you Jen and Sharyn for your work contributing to the conversations during Week 6 and helping us move deeper with our understanding of the content and perspectives.


Questions to consider:

  1. How could you use a Google tool to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness?
  2. Reflect on how this tool will help you address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
  3. How could you use a Google tool to promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative process and participate in local and global earning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning?
  4. Additionally, Google products are not the 'be all--end all', so if you have another tool or resource that you think will work better, then please share it with the group when commenting on #'s 1-3 above or in your 'reply' to others.

Lastly, nearly all of you will be incorporating 'pre-created videos' from others within your future occupational setting, so it's important you know a little about the 'behind-the-scenes' details with the largest video storage site in the world.

Please go through these four lessons created by the "YouTube Creator Academy" about how YouTube really works.

Now I realize that the above assignments may take up a lot of your time over the next week, but if you want even more depth, then you may review these links to deepen your learning on these topics.  If you are too busy, then please make a note that these resources are here so you may access them some day in the future, even after our semester is over.

Good Luck this week!  Please pace yourself and try to have fun.  As always, I look forward to reading and engaging with you through our discussions.

Where to go for more information if you'd like more depth over the course of this week:

Good Luck this week!  Please pace yourself and try to have fun.  As always, I look forward to reading and engaging with you through our discussions.

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  1. This week we will be learning how to create our own online tutorials. There will not be any session link to the left. All the assignments will be below.

    Now, some of you have asked to have the content slowed down a bit, so I have dropped a gear or two for Sessions 7 & 8. Now, over the next two days I'd like you to choose one of the four Chrome Classroom Certification steps and discuss one (or more) of the resources within that step that you feel is the most practical for your particular 'future' occupational/adult education setting.

    For example, in Section 2 of the tutorial, one of the resources is, "Using Google to Share Your Work." You'll notice that we sometimes use Youtube videos in our class. Let's say you have a Youtube account (assigned this week on the syllabus) and you want your class to easily find videos that you have made and collected that would help with your class. You could 'publish' your videos, then add them to a 'channel' aka 'playlist' and give your class access to this list. This is just a small example. We'll go into more details below.

    I'd like you to think about these questions when writing your reflection for this week (focusing on a specific resource covered over week 7), post it to the blog comments below, and then revisit the blog over the next 7 days and 'reply' to your peers' reflections.

    Also, we have a new Facilitator this week. Paul will be holding down the fort all by himself. Thank you Jen and Sharyn for your work contributing to the conversations during Week 6 and helping us move deeper with our understanding of the content and perspectives.


    Questions to consider:

    How could you use a Google tool to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness?
    Reflect on how this tool will help you address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
    How could you use a Google tool to promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative process and participate in local and global earning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning?
    Additionally, Google products are not the 'be all--end all', so if you have another tool or resource that you think will work better, then please share it with the group when commenting on #'s 1-3 above or in your 'reply' to others.

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  2. Deliverable #2
    As part of my deliverable #2 I decided that I would develop a wiki/blog for employees at the university, new and existing so that they could collaborate with like- minded individuals in their respective fields.
    What I found to be really cool about Google Sites is that I could create this site and invite other key people within the university such as Paula Murray, Human Resources guru to edit the site with me. She could maintain certain sections of the blog to reflect any and all training tools. When something changes, she could go in and upload the new information. She could answer questions through discussion areas and upload video tutorials. Other pages could be set up for question and answer discussion about new procedures at the university. I could create pages where people could go to find a mentor or resource section to give guidance. Google Sites seems to have come a long way and it is very easy to set up. I like the wiki-spaces wiki and have started to set one up but think I may try to set one up in Google as that is the preferred URI tool. Chris

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    1. Christine great idea as I think it will help your collaborators use common tool to resolve issues shares ideas and learn.
      The good think is that it is very user-friendly in an office environment where many of us find the means to practicing our teaching skills before we enter into formal classrooms.

      We start by educating our piers, conducting training and mentoring others we supervise.

      Good luck- Winnie Nwangwu

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  3. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for getting us all started this week! I like the idea of collaborating with Paula to edit the wiki/blog site you would create. In addition, I can definitely see how the question and answer sessions can help any questions end users may have regarding the video tutorials or University procedures. The mentor section would be a great resource to help someone find an expert to guide them through the process. I have been enjoying the Google products, especially since URI officially "went Google" in January.

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  4. Just a brief overview for this week:

    For the “Bring Google to School: Chrome Classroom Certification”, you will have to create a Sophia account. I was directed to this link, hope it helps: https://www.sophia.org/chrome-classroom-certification#

    Once registered, we can go through the lessons, and post our thoughts and experiences with this. If anyone has some extra time, I'd like to set up a Google Hangouts session to talk about what we've learned. Have fun this week, and let me know if you want to set up a Google Hangout.


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    1. Great idea Paul. Let's see what the group says and maybe we can discuss whether or not we need to meet f2f for the mid-semester or just try to schedule a G Hangout. Class--what are your thoughts?

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    2. Hi Dave I vote for a f2f meeting especially now before the very bitter cold comes in December. Seems like a good idea to meet one another before the end of the class.
      Just my two cents idea :))

      Winnie Nwangwu

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    3. Paul - I sure can use some hangout times with you. I will have some time early next week as I will be travelling this weekend. I will check out the link and register as you suggested and get back to you. Let me know what day and time is better for you.

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    4. Hi Dave,

      I'm thinking the mid-semester meeting is a great opportunity for all of use to fine tune our G Hangout skills, but I've only done Hangouts with four people at a time. I'd be interested in seeing how a larger group would work out. As Chris and Stephanie have pointed out, we have had good experiences with WebEx, so if that is an option that would work. Winnie, now that I know where your office is (thanks for all the grants help!), I'll be glad to stop by and practice with you. I have the app on my iPhone so I can join from anywhere. See you soon!

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    5. Paul,
      Whatever the majority vote is with regards to meeting, is good with me.

      Luz

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    6. I like the Goggle Hangout. Anyway for me to increase learning all of this stuff :)

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    7. Paul, I watched the video on Google Hangouts and found out that you can have up to 15 people at a time on the hangout. I thought I was well versed in hangouts and did not initially watch the video but I am glad I did as I learned something new. I still find it a bit awkward with so many people in at once.

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  5. I like the idea of creating a google hangout.

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  6. I am flexible. I like google hangouts but I find with too many people on at once it can get a bit tough to hear. Dave are you signed up with Webex?

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    1. I agree Christine, Webex may be better. Though Google hangout more intimate. Tough call.

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  7. In my other class we meet on WebEx each week, then we split off into smaller groups (3-4 people)on google hangouts to discuss other issues. The WebEx is easy to use as a class member.

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  8. Now that I've completed the final tutorial in Sophia's free professional development, I was able to create my own tutorial and submit it to the Sophia Team for review. I received the certification from Sophia, which states, "Paul Ricci has successfully completed SOPHIA's Chrome Classroom Professional Development Program, which provides resources and instruction about implementing Google Chrome in the classroom. The Chrome Classroom Certificate was developed in collaboration with the Capella University School of Education Faculty."

    Very cool! I highly recommend that everyone complete this and get the certificate, it is great for the resume. I'm going to print mine up and hang it on my "I love me" wall. Good luck this week!

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  9. Hi Paul, I think a class meeting would be a great idea. As much as I love the convenience of google hangouts, I think a face to face meeting would be better. As Chris mentioned, it is a bit tough with 4 people trying to talk, a bigger group would be too much.

    I like webex but feel the same way as google hangouts. I love the convenience but would like to be able to talk to others in person.

    Just my two cents!

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  10. I just completed the Sophia's Chrome Classroom tutorials. I have to say that it was a good review to go over google docs, presentations, forms and all the other cool things that Google docs has to offer, but I really really liked the tutorial element! I also have created a tutorial and have submitted it! This tool will help me immensely to put my in class trainings on line and have it all in one place. Right now if someone needs to view my training, they need to go to one place to see the video, log onto Sakai to take the quiz and then I need to reply to them to give them their results. The Sophia tutorial does it all in one place and the best part is that I can use videos I have already created in Camtasia and do not have to redo them!

    I am really excited to continue working with this learning tool!

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    1. Paula, I really enjoyed the Sophia Tutorials too. I watched all three sections and completed the tutorial, but have not created my own. I do see myself using this tool in the near future, though. It's like one stop shopping because you can incorporate so many different tools into it.
      Luz

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  11. What resources from within the Google Chrome Classroom Certification steps did you find the most practical for what you will be doing in your adult education setting? I found the third tutorial about Building a Collaborative Classroom particularly relevant. Building a collaborative classroom for Google Presentations is definitely something that I can use in the police department for training purposes. Because the presentation can be shared, the officers can edit, view, or comment on the content of the presentation. In addition, if presenting to a group of officers, they can chat to me with any observations or questions.

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    1. Hi Paul,
      I think the collaborative classroom was pretty neat. I especially liked it when they were talking about 'lunch', it was funny to see everyone's suggestion popping up.

      For my purposes, as I mentioned, the tutorial will be the most practical. I can give someone the code, and they can go on and download job aids, view the tutorials I created in Camtasia, take the quiz all in one spot. I can even see how long it took them - or at least how long they were on it. I am not sure yet if it had a automatic quiz submission but will continue to delve more deeply into that tool.

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    4. Paul, i also find the collaborative classroom the most helpful for my non-profit. 1/2 of my team is from Massachusetts and we all have crazy schedules. I like that i can put up the initial information and then we can collaborate to work on it. The 2 big prodjects we are working on now are creating a 200 word or less explanation of our program and putting together an awareness event. Both are perfect for a collaborative classroom

      -tai

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  12. I've created a quick tutorial, not nearly complete but here is the code if anyone wants to take a look.
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    1. Paula, Where do I put this code?

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    2. Hi Heidi,
      You need to sign in to Sophia so you will have to create a user name and password. Once in, you can click on the Student link to the right hand side and it asks for the code.

      It should bring you right to a link for the tutorial I created.

      Let me know how you make out finding it and any other constructive criticism! The data needs to be updated a bit but I am more concerned on the user friendliness of it.

      Thanks

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    3. Thanks Paula I will check it out. I did complete Sophia. Just was confused. Alot of tech stuff going on LOL.

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  13. Hi everyone,
    Is anyone else having difficulty posting? I have tried posting twice now, and I get the email notifying me that the post went through, but I don't see it in the comments section...Weird. Suggestions?

    Luz

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  14. I really enjoyed this tutorial and think that I will be able to use many of the Google features presented, especially the Collaborating with Google to promote student reflection. For example, Google+ looks like a very neat tool to use to create a community of learning with students and/or other professionals. As an instructor, I think I would use this tool to post assignments, post links to articles, begin discussions and send reminders to my students. Everything is viewable on one page, which is more convenient than having to click here or there to get to assignments or post a comment on a discussion. I also like that it sends everyone a notification when something is posted and that it can be checked from anywhere. This tool could also be used within student groups. For example, many of us are divided into groups for our graduate courses and are required to meet for hangout sessions. What if we took it a step further and created a “community” using Google+ to share articles and start a discussion we can all contribute to at our own time?

    I was also unaware of all of the available Chrome Web store extensions. They are awesome! All of the apps featured in the tutorial look like they would make researching a topic on the web so much easier. I was most intrigued by the Split Screen app, the Share-aholic app and Wonderlist. These are tools that I definitely see myself using to reference and share articles or web pages with my students. I will definitely be looking at Chrome extensions from now on and encourage my students to use them, especially since they are free.

    Lastly, Youtube for Schools also looks like a good tool to use for the classroom. Eliminating all of the extra “stuff” usually displayed on Youtube allows students to focus on what the instructor wants them to view and prevents them from “wandering” around to other videos. I am a firm believer that people, regardless of age, benefit greatly from visual learning. I think that it is important to be able to incorporate videos that SHOW rather than TELL. For example, for the purposes of this course, I plan on creating an online workshop on interview skills (yes, I’ve changed my topic :)). I believe that the best way to teach someone (who has not gone on an interview or interviews poorly) proper interview techniques is by showing them. Using Google School seems like a good way to share this with my students, while outside of the classroom, so they can actually see how it’s done. I could then take it a step further record students who volunteer to participate in mock interviews and then post these interviews on Youtube (under private sharing), so that the rest of the class can view and provide constructive criticism to their classmates.

    Luz

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    1. Luz, I too like how you can eliminate the extra stuff on display. My head is spinning from all the stuff you can do and though user friendly I feel so out of my element. I will have to call my 12 year niece for help (LOL). I was thinking of doing a workshop or resumes (i keep changing too) I like where your going with all of this.

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    2. It really is amazing how many different tools are out there to help us get information to our students. I like the idea of creating your own Google+ community to collaborate with one another. I also think Youtube is a great tool, not only for the classroom, but for just about everything. I was on Youtube yesterday teaching myself how to repair my dryer!

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    3. Heidi and Paul, it truly is both amazing and overwhelming how much is out there! I find it helpful to try to focus on one idea at a time otherwise I would be spinning in endless circles. Paul, I YouTube anything before I do a home repair or renovation. I learned how to fix my lawnmower, my snowblower and that I am not quite ready to put in a replacement window alone haha!

      Luz, I LOVE the split-screen feature. It is great for note taking, citing and all kinds of things! In the past, I would scale down my open windows so that they would fit side-by-side. This way will be so much easier!

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    4. I intern as a teaching assistant in a certificate program at RIC. Those enrolled in the program have little to no educational background so shortening the URL and visually having all necessary information on the same page is essential.
      I too was unaware of the other tools that google offers. I never explored anything extra, in fact, I never scrolled down further than google docs, it wasn’t until this semester that I was told that the google hangouts app was in the same place as google docs.
      I have G Suite marketplace with my account and am currently exploring all the apps listed.
      I think using YouTube as a, “SHOW rather than TELL” (Luz 2016) tool is great. I would like to create an instructional video on basic college skills that should take less than two minutes, If I do it correctly. I may add a comment option in case of questions/comments.

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    5. Stephanie, that's a great idea. I say go for it! We can be your guinea pigs and check it out for you. You can include some Chrome extensions that may be useful to college students in your video. I know I would have liked to learn about them sooner!
      Luz

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  15. I found these tutorial clips very beneficial. I feel as though I would be able to use a great many in the Google tools suit. When I think of what I would like to do career wise, I would like to work with high school students and create a workshop to help them sync what they would like to do in regards to a college major that would yield them the best chances at a career when they graduate. I think it would be useful to use You Tube clips – I was not aware that there was a special designation for teachers to use with students. I think that using You Tube for schools is invaluable for teachers because it removes the extraneous videos that you wouldn’t want the students to have to see so that they will remain on task. Google drawings to create diagrams and flow charts as well as Google Sites to create secure group Wikis to aid in the workshops. I also like the Sophia tutorials and I think that incorporating them would be a great help to students.
    I would also need to ensure that the students were taught the best way to use this technology so that they could carry on and continue using the technology on their own. The Google+ collaboration would be helpful to let the students know ahead of time what the workshops will encompass. I like how concise the material is and I think it would be easy for them to use.
    Blogs would be a good way to have essential feedback between me and the students. I could update the as to certain job trends and keep abreast of their progress. Also, Google Forms would allow me to use surveys to see how the workshop was perceived.
    Sharyn

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    1. Hi Sharyn,
      I really like that ability to embed a YouTube video too. I would find it far too tempting to explore the extra videos on the right hand column which we all probably know leads us into a black hole of time erasure! Our time with students is too short and too valuable to have a temptation like that around.

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    2. Sharyn,
      I like the idea of using the Google Forms to create an evaluation tool. That thought totally slipped my mind.

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    3. Sharyn, you could also create communities of students within google based on the career path they have chosen or are interested in. That way everyone can share resources specific to that field and discuss labor market trends, for example. This could also be a good tool for mentors to use with their mentees (if they have more than one).
      Luz

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  17. Does anyone have problems with publishing? I publish my post, see it. then go back and its not there? I am going to repost it. I never hit the back button anymore because it posts it twice.

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    1. I had to try a few times, Heidi. It finally went through last night.
      Luz

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    2. Thanks Luz, its really weird. I see it published then it wasn't there oh well technology :)

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    3. I had an issue also, the reply came up as a grey square and the reply got lost in cyberspace!

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    4. This happened to me for the last deliverable

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  18. Dr. Seuss “It is better to know how to learn than to know.”

    I enjoyed learning Google Docs and Sophia. I must admit that I have not used much with Google at all. However, after learning about all the things you can do, and how you can access it anywhere, the question is, why wouldn’t you?

    Sophia can transform your classroom by providing the interactive technical learning component to your classroom making it fun for teachers and students. You can set up groups, design the content, allow the students to take quizzes (like I did in the tutorial and earned “Seed of Knowledge” points) and track student’s performances. Teachers can post texts, pdf files, images, videos, etc. and students can post questions at the bottom of the page. Then students or the teacher can answer them. Now I know what it means to “flip” your classroom. I think it’s an important tool to keep students interested, as well as, a great way to encourage dialogue. For me, this is one of the best features.

    Overall this is a very collaborative user friendly site which is a helpful tool to promote, support and model creative innovation. Teachers can use their topics with technology to help students get a better feel of the material in a fresh new way. Through collaboration, this can help students explore the material and learn in a practical way. This is one of things about why I like what we are learning in our class is that is seems to be authentic and practical. Something I can use every day whether I am a teacher or student. There is a lot of authenticity to this type of learning, which helps keep me more focused and interested. I can see would have the same effect on our students as “old school” learning has become quite boring.

    The tools and resources used throughout this website can help monitor each students learning needs. Teachers can use learner-centered strategies (such as tests and self-assessments to promote learning. By using self-reflection, students are able to show if they understand the concept. Teachers can facilitate learning by understanding what the student may not be getting and prompt different avenues of learning. This will help the student improve in their learning which is the ultimate goal. Communication will always need to be at the forefront to make sure learning transfer has occurred and students are successful.

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    1. This answer was in reference to question 1 and 2

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    2. Heidi, I love that quote - it certainly can be applied to a multitude of life experiences, but it fits perfectly with education. I especially like and agree with your thoughts on using Sophia. I can' wait to delve in and see how I can use it!!

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  19. Question #1 How could you use a Google tool to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness?

    You can use the Google tools in many ways. Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Office: for example: their presentation tool is very much like Powerpoint. I like that it saves your work automatically! While attempting to create my own presentation, I forgot to save it and had a split second of panic until I remembered it was auto saved. As we learned in a previous tutorial, you do need to remember to name your presentations in order to properly identify them. Inserting a video can help to make your presentation more interesting. Google Docs form tool would work for me as a tool to survey my students on their opinions of the course, a novel we are reading, or even their background knowledge prior to the beginning of the course.
    I like the Building a Collaborative Classroom. I would be able to post a paragraph and have my students annotate it as a group. I would also use blogging; I like that students would be able to contribute to the blog. It would help students to feel they were an actual part of the teaching classroom. My students always enjoyed feedback from their peers,and working together a a group, so I am sure they would like all of the interaction that is available through Google Classroom Certification Steps.

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    1. Gail, What I also find very helpful when collaborating on a document is that you can chat with one another on the side bar and get others input while you are adding to a document. Some of us in EDC program have shared and collaborated on docs together. It is a really nice tool.

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    2. And lets not forget that Google Docs has the capability to retrieve older versions of a document.

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    3. Gail, I like he Collaborative Classroom also. I think the way things are moving, so that students and instructors can get immediate feedback, is so important. Google seems like it's on the cutting edge!!

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    4. Google docs has saved me numerous times if I even forget my lap top at home and need to access a document all I need it to go on google and I have it right in my hands.

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  20. Question #2. Reflect on how this tool will help you address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.

    Wow, where to begin? Because I advise ~100 students of varying technology skills and a wide range of English and literacy skills, I have found many Google tools to be helpful. We use Google Translate to assist us with the basic forms we need students to complete in order to enroll in our program. There are sometimes errors in the translation but most of the time we can find a way to work out any quirks. When one of our English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners hits a challenge either in understanding or communicating, translator is a great tool to support their learning and increase their confidence.

    I work with each student to develop their Individual Education and Career Plan (IECP). Each student's plan is tailored for them. We used to work exclusively on a paper copy which was cumbersome and wasteful as the plan template is ~12-15 pgs. long. If the copy was lost, so was any work that had been done. For some of our students, this is a multi year process so that would be a big setback and difficult to replicate. We also didn't like the volume of paper it consumed each time a student updated something since both the student and I needed a copy. Through Google Docs, I have digitized the IECP for any student that has computer access and basic skills. The ability for them to access it from anywhere has been a huge help.

    The ability to collaborate within the document is priceless. I have a group of twelve students going to a job fair in November. This past Friday, we did a seminar on resume writing. I coached them through a basic chronological resume which they then typed into Google Docs. The students typing got some familiarity with the tool as it was new to many of them. Then, I had them all share the documents with me and showed them how I could collaborate with them even when they were in the document. Tomorrow, I will work on fine tuning their resumes individually. Because I will be able to leave comments for any section of focus, I will be able to suggest changes and explain why and then allow them to adapt the change at will. There is one resume I made a copy of and then totally reformatted because the student is a visual learner and was not understanding the group instruction as we worked in class.

    Lastly, I like the ability to shorten urls. Many of my students get intimidated by a document of it is text dense. They are not always strong readers so they get overwhelmed easily. If I can shorten a 3 line url to a few words instead, that will help alleviate some anxiety.

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  21. Oh, and can I tell you how excited I am about the "Recent Tabs" Google feature?! I cannot count how many times I have inadvertently closed the wrong tab as I tend to have a lot open at once. The "Recent Tabs" tools is going to be so much more effective than yelling "Noooooooooo!!!" at my laptop as the tab disappears ;)

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    1. Hi Leslie,

      I agree that the ability to collaborate in a Google Doc is such a useful feature. Also, the shorter URLs seem to look a little less intimidating than a long link, as you pointed out. I can definitely commiserate with you about closing a tab accidentally, the recent tabs really help out!

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    2. Leslie, I really like the idea of collaborating on a resume through Google Docs. It makes so much more sense than emailing it back and forth. And that way you can see who edited what and/or revert to a previous version. And saving each students educational plan on their is very convenient. A document is only viewable between the people you share it with, correct?
      Luz

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    3. Leslie will you adopt me! You have great insight! I am impressed with all your knowledge. You have great references too. Thank you.

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  22. Access to your documents from anywhere is the best thing.

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  23. Over the past few years, I have become familar wiith google drive and many of the offered extensions. As I mentioned in an earlier discussion, I did not like google docs, sheets, slides, etc. at first, now I love them. Storing files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files is awesome! You can view and work on a file at the same time as other people in the shared doc, sheets, or slides, and you can chat with each other in the file to make decisions together about what to include. The chat icon is locted in the top right corner (in case anyone was wondering). Google has been a great resource in my classroom and with the constant system updates, it gets better everyday. I can't wait to see what the future brings for google.

    I found the sophia tutorials to be helpful, however, I already knew most of what was reviewed. For any beginner, those tutorials are well worth the time of watching. I plan to share this link with a few of my colleauges, I know they will aprreciate the valuable information provided in these tutorials.

    As far as other products besides google, I am a fan of dropbox. I like that dropbox can be installed as a folder on your computer and acts the same as saving documents to any regular folder, such as "my documents". Dropbox allows you to open your files anywhere that you have an internet connection. The nice thing about dropbox is that you can save any file type. Dropbox is free for a certain amount of space (and there are other things you can do to earn more free space). Dropbox was a lifesaver while I was completing my undergrad.

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    1. Hi Jen, I also use Dropbox to store some of my files in the cloud. I keep files on my local computer, in the dropbox, on an external drive, and even on a flash drive. I figure I'm better off to have an emergency backup file available in many formats. The benefit of using the Google Drive is that once I log in to my account, the files are available. In addition, for URI employees, there is unlimited Google Drive storage available, so I tend to put all my content there. I can access it from anywhere in the world, and it doesn't cost anything. What a great resource!

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  24. How could you use a Google tool to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness?

    The google tool that I will use will be the sophia tutorial. I found this tool to be very user friendly as the creator. I liked that you can bring in outside files and videos and do not have to recreate the wheel. I like the interactive quiz that you can utilize and also that you can see how long someone was on the tutorial.
    I think this tool will help promote learning and meet the diverse needs of those that I need to reach at URI because they can access it from their desk whenever they need to. They don't have to wait for an in class training session and can view it as many times as they want whenever they want. I can also incorporate a number of different training sessions all in one area which will help the users be able to locate the training materials easier.

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    1. Paula, I just finished the Sophia training and earned the Chrome Classroom Certification. I do like the video's that you can watch to help you grasp concepts. For me, I find watching a training helps me to learn it better. I did find it difficult to get the sizing right when embedding a video. I am sure there is a way around that but I have not found it as yet.

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  25. I did watch the Youtube videos but am not a huge fan of that so I am not sure I will be utilizing what they have to offer. I did like the fact that you can make them school friendly which removes all the extra videos on the right hand side.

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  26. 4. Additionally, Google products are not the 'be all--end all', so if you have another tool or resource that you think will work better, then please share it with the group when commenting on #'s 1-3 above or in your 'reply' to others.

    We have used a couple of alternatives to Google Docs at the police station. Not all systems are allowed to have internet, which obviously creates a problem with online collaboration. In addition, due to limited use, we don't always want to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office. We had good luck with Apache OpenOffice, which is a free alternative to Microsoft's product. It is available for free here: https://www.openoffice.org/. I keep a copy on a flash drive and can install it on any system that needs a quick, free office program. I'm thinking that it can be a great resource for students who cannot afford or otherwise don't have Microsoft Office or an internet connection.

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  27. Deliverable 2

    I would create a blog and allow my students to participate in contributing to a class blog. Each week there would be a new lesson on the blog and occasionally a new poll for them to answer. This blog would also allow them to post their concerns and ask questions that they may not want to ask in class. This would also be a great tool to get to know my students interests. In addition I could make their final project them creating their own blogs and allowing them to explore topics that I would give each of them.

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  28. Question 2

    I believe that with the Google tool I would be able to meet the needs of every different type of learner. Visual concepts for visual learners and sharing videos for auditory and visual learners. The google plus hangouts would be a cool place to have discussions for group projects and even help each other with difficult assignments. Possibly even use it to form groups for group projects which would be an easy way for them to talk when they can't meet outside of class.

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  29. Hi Dave,

    I posted my deliverable # 2 under the comments for deliverables, but now that link is gone.

    Did you take it down? Do I need to enter it again under this comment section?

    Let me know.
    Thanks!

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