Teaching in the age of Google isn’t easy.
We can’t approach teaching in the 21st century with a “paper based” mindset. Access to the internet allows our students instant access to the world’s information.
Have you ever:
Creating Google Proof Lessons is a 5 week online course that will address these challenges and help you design assignments that require critical thinking and problem solving. These assignments will be "Google Proof!" because they go beyond finding and reciting facts and information.
I will work with you throughout the course and will answer questions and provide personal feedback on a weekly basis. My goal for this course is to help you discover new ways to challenge and prepare students for their future.
Note: this is a intermediate / advanced course. It is recommended that you be familiar with Google Drive and Chrome Apps and Extensions before taking this course. You can view my introductory courses here.
We'll use Google Classroom for the course to keep things simple. Register and get immediate access!
During our first week together we need to address “paper based” ideas that prevent teachers from embracing and taking advantage of digital assignments. Next, we will identify the benefits of digital assignments. This week will be the foundation for the final 4 weeks of the course.
Lecture has become a 4-letter word in education. That’s unfortunate because direct instruction can be a very effective and meaningful tool. In Week 2 we will look at how Pear Deck can be used turn lecture into dynamic 2-way conversations.
Worksheets are bad, right? In week 2 we will examine the purpose behind the worksheet and I will share ways that you can re-imagine your existing worksheets using Google Drawing. These re-designed worksheets will support critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.
If you ask someone to think of a project that they did in middle or high school they will probably groan and mention the research assignment they had to do. In week 4 we will address ways to improve long-term assignments like research projects and essays. It is vitally important that we help student develop analytical research skills. In week 4 I will share my best tips and strategies.
In our final week together I would like to introduce you to the hyperdoc. These lesson “packages” can be used to differentiate assignments and allow students to work at their own page. We will also look at using Google forms for skills based assessment.
I taught middle school and high school science for 6 years and was a high school principal for 2 years outside of Detroit, Michigan. During my time as a teacher I integrated technology into my classroom whenever possible. Sometimes it was great, some times it was a total flop! I now support teachers who are working to use tech in their classrooms. I write books, produce a podcast, and share free resources on my blog and website.
I hope you will join me for this online cours. I look forward to working with you!
"I have taken other courses that were just too technical and moved way to fast. Your class was perfect. I am not a "newbie" OR a "techy" but somewhere in the middle hoping to learn more every day. Your class was perfect as it was challenging enough but not overwhelming. Thank you." Mary Ann Keiser, East Hanover, NJ
"One of the most focused and practical courses I have ever done. Every aspect was expertly taught with amazing tips from someone who is clearly a very experienced educator." Michael Drucker, London England
"This class was definitely helpful. One of the benefits was taking this course with other educators. I learned a lot from reading their thoughts and comments, too." Ashley Hufnagel
Can I earn continuing education credits?
Probably! This course qualifies for continuing education credits in many states. Check with your adminstration to verify specific requirements.
Michigan teachers are able to earn up to 4 state SCECH credits for completing this course. Additional registration and work may be required.
Is this just another lousy online course?
I certainly hope not! I have worked hard to make this course practical and actionable. This is NOT an automated course. I will be participating in the course throughout the week; answering questons and personally working with the entire group. You can look at the tesimonial section (above) to hear what others are saying.
Can I pay by purchase order?
Sure! Visit the course registration page and look for the PO option. Your school will receive an invoice for your course registration. A PO number is required before you can join the course.
Why are you charging $99?
Creating an quality online course requires a tremendous amount of time and preparation. I feel the price is reflective of the value that I am able to provide.
This sounds like a lot of work!
You can expect 30-60 minutes of reading and practice each week. All assignments are optional; if it doesn’t fit your teaching style or classroom set up, skip it!
What equipment / tools will I need?
As long as you have a computer running the current version of the Chrome web browser you will be able to fully participate in the course.
How long will I have access to the course?
Forever! The course will remain accessible indefinitely, although after the end-date I will no longer be active in the course.
What if I have questions or get stuck?
If you have any issues or concerns, you can connect directly with me via email. My contact information is available in the “about” section of Google Classroom.
I'm not a "techie" person. Is this course for me?
Sure! If you are eager to learn, I am excited to work with you! Google Clasroom is easy to use and I will be with you the entire time!
Do I have to design a class project?
Only if you want to! I hope that you will implement the ideas from the course into your classroom, but how and when you do so is up to you.
Are the tools mentioned in the course all free?
Everything I recommend in the course is either free or “freemium.” I never recommend a tool that requires payment in order for it to be used. The freemium products I recommend can be used successfully without a paid subscription.
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