Blended Learning Academy: Learning & Collaborating with Google Tools

Based on the book, Retool Your School: The Educator’s Essential Guide to Google’s Free Power Apps by James Lerman & Ronique Hicks, this academy will cover everything you ever wanted to know about Google tools and apps.

This book shows you why Google Applications are the best free online learning tools available today. You will discover how students and educators can collaborate with Google Documents, how the forms application allows teachers to create instant-feedback quizzes, how a literature class can take lit trips with Google Maps, how parents can view student work thanks to websites created with Google Sites, and so much more. The possibilities are endless-and the applications are free.

Retool Your School begins with an inspirational and achievable story that illustrates how Google Applications and good leadership transformed a school facing closure to one that in just one year is seen as a model of success. The book then dives into step-by-step directions on how to use multiple applications, detailing the benefits they provide to many aspects of education and school management. More than 40 lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school will help you get started while the books many ideas and supplemental resources show how to implement these tools to transform communication, collaboration, and creativity in your school and classroom. There is also a special chapter on how to bring Google Applications Education Edition directly to your school or district.  Topics include, learning tools, teaching tools, and school management.

In this academy, learn how to use all the Google services that are targeted for use in schools with students and teachers and how to become a Google savvy educator. Participants will meet face-to-face 6 times and experience an online learning environment in between these meetings where they will collaborate with each other (via blogs, wikis, and discussion forums) using a Moodle course management system.

Dates: Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 29, Jan 24, Feb 12 or 13*, Feb 21, April 11
Time: 4-7 pm each day, * except for attendance to the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) which is 8:30 am – 4:15 pm

Cost: $395 member ; $495 non-member (includes the book) | Register Online

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