Integrating technology in the classroom can benefit a school in many ways, and for various groups of people. Match the benefits of a digital classroom with the pain points they overcome by moving the rows up and down.

Paint points Benefits
Prescriptive teaching methods that do not allow for teacher creativity in class instruction or materials Students given access to different types of information from a range of sources for enhanced problem-solving
Students limited to school hours when working with other students on collaborative projects The ability to collaborate remotely in real-time with peers on group projects
Standardized teaching resources for all students regardless of learning speeds and abilities Access to resources and information relevant for different learning speeds
High volume of printing for assignments and worksheets, and photocopying from textbooks for take-home resources Lower printing and copier costs with online resources and file storage

Mr. Perry has bookmarked a large number of webpages in Chrome while researching class topics. Unfortunately, he’s bookmarked so many that’s he’s struggling to find relevant content Quickly. What can he do within the Bookmark manager of Chrome to simplify and organize his list of bookmarks?

  • Delete bookmarks that are not urgently required and search for them again when they are needed
  • Use the search function in the Chrome Bookmark Manager
  • Rename and organize bookmarks into themed folders so they are labeled clearly
  • Create a Doc that lists all favorite websites with links

Students already familiar with a web-conneced world will feel immediately at home with Google Classroom. What benefits will they enjoy from their assignments going online?

  • Students can discuss assignments in a collaborative environment
  • Students can choose to have assignment results sent directly to their phone as a text message
  • Students can view each other’s assignments if they need ideas
  • If students are sick from school they can cancel pending assignments from home using the Cancel button
  • Assignments and resources are kept organized in one place
  • Students can see at a glance when assignments are due

Ms. Dent wants to use Google Forms and Google Sheets to collect and tract different aspects of her students’ work. Use drag and drop to show how she could use these Google tools effectively.

Google Application Task
Sheets Analyze trends on a record of books read by students
Create a gradebook to track student scores
Protect collected data from change
Forms Check class understating of a topic
Collect anonymous feedback

Mr. Kapoor struggles to find inspiration from his peers. What is one benefit of establishing a Personal Learning Network (PLN)?

  • By subscribing to a Personal Learning Network, he would get paid access to educational material and advanced digital teaching tools.
  • By forming a Private Learning Network, he would get access to an exclusive website that allows for cloud-based resource sharing and messaging between local educators.
  • By joining a Professional Learners’ Network, he would get access to teacher training courses, and join regular seminars conducted by teacher training specialists
  • By establishing a Personal Learning Network, he would develop links with other local and non-local educators to share ideas and best practices, and to call upon for teaching advice.

Mr. Jones in keen to move to a paperless class as he finds the process of managing assignments time consuming. How will shifting to Classroom help?

  • When a teacher sets an assignment in Classroom, email notifications and the class Stream ensure students don’t need to be constantly reminded
  • Teachers can define answers when they set assignments to enable auto-grading
  • When a student completes an assignment, Classroom automatically emails all related documents to peers in their class for review
  • Teachers can grade and comment on assignments directly in Classroom and students will immediately receive email notifications to view their scores
  • Students can exchange messages with each other to help clear up any assignment misunderstanding without having to ask their teacher

Mr. Swanson’s politics students had to create a blog about their policies if they were elected to be on the school’s student council. One student received a nasty response from an online user she doesn’t know. What advice should Mr. Swanson give her to overcome this type of response?

  • Check and change privacy settings on her blog to see if she had shared it with just members of her school or with the public
  • Document the user’s details
  • Block the person from accessing the blog
  • Report the incident to a member of staff if it happens again
  • Respond directly to the person and challenge their comments
  • Search for the user through other online networks and retaliate there

Students already familiar with a web-connected world will feel immediately at home with Google Classroom. What benefits will they enjoy from their assignments going online?

  • Students can discuss assignments in a collaborative environment
  • Students can choose to have assignment results sent direct to their phone as a text message
  • Students can view each other’s assignments if they need ideas
  • If students are sick from school they can cancel pending assignments from home using the Cancel button
  • Students can see at glance when assignments are due
  • Assignments and resources are kept organized in one place

Ms. Villagarcia has been tasked by the principal to improve communication and discussion between teachers and support staff. What is the most appropriate tool to fulfill this need?

  • She can use Google Sheets to take minutes during faculty meetings and share them with participants and missing faculty members.
  • She can use Google Sites to build a website containing all of the school’s policy documentation and set up a contacts page so staff members can send their comments directly to her to distribute to relevant people.
  • She can use Google Groups to easily create an online discussion forum and invite all relevant people to start conversations and participate in different discussion topics in one accessible place.
  • She can use Google Drive to create a shared folder containing school admin and policy documents, useful templates and other shared resources.

Mr. Murakami leaves written notes with motivational quotes for his students by writing them on paper and leaving them in different locations in his classroom. Occasionally his students will claim they didn’t get a note or admit that they lost it.

  • Use Hangouts to video call his students when he needs to talk to them urgently outside of school hours
  • Use Calendar to set up a task calendar for deadlines
  • Use instant messaging in Hangouts to send messages directly to students, which can be received on a PC or through a mobile app
  • Use Groups to send group messages to all students in his class