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

Mr. Hoffman is using Google Slides to introduce a new class project. He wants to embed and link to Docs, Forms and Drawings in order to make his slides more interactive. Use drag and drop to match the Google App with a way that it can be used within slides to encourage student participation.

Google Docs

Suggestion notepad
Additional reference material

Google Forms

Gauge understanding
Rate the content that is being presented

Google Drawings

Graphically design ideas

Students in your biology class sometimes struggle to understand biological processes, like digestion. What digital activities can help get students more involved in exploring a process?

  • Teacher gives students relevant textbook chapters to research the subject
  • Teacher provides useful videos in a YouTube playlist
  • Students create a diagram in Google Drawing to explain the biological process
  • Students print their findings and paste it in their workbook
  • Students use Google Search to research the subject
  • Students create a group presentation in Slides to present their findings to the rest of the class for discussion
  • Teacher shares work completed by students the previous year that is shared on a Google Site

Mr Blakeney’s students are starting to think about their future careers and which digital classroom skills they need to develop. Use drag and drop to separate digital classroom skills from traditional ones.

Classroom Types Skill
Traditional classroom skill Looking up an answer in a textbook
Pinning printed projects in wall displays around the school
Working in groups in-person during set hours to collaborate on a joint project
Filing paper-based documents in a physical storage area for safe-keeping
Digital classroom skill Remote collaboration and teamwork with multiple people for the best results
Storing documents in the cloud  for easy retrieval and editing
Finding the best online resource, information and method to solve a problem
Communicating to a wide audience by publishing work online