This morning we did the second presentation of the Series 3 workshop I wrote about last time. We had a bit more practice with things and a smaller group as well, so we were very happy with how the training went. It was great to hear everyone talking in their groups about how the different Google tools could be used in their classrooms.
We're now in Warner preparing for another couple hours of training. It's been a long day already, but a very fulfilling one. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the staff out here in Warner and learning where they've taken their own learning since our last visit.
Last time I wrote about our new Series 3 workshop that we just created that goes beyond just learning the Google Tools (Series 1) and implementing them in the classroom (Series 2) and really focuses on how all the tools work together and compliment one another to enable learning that was previously impossible.
We were a bit nervous about this training, since it was scheduled to take about 4 hours of time, which is double what our trainings usually take. However, we had a great group of learners from Ramona who joined us for the workshop and received some of the highest scores for any workshop we've ever delivered.
Personally I'm very excited to seem some districts moving towards the Series 3 realm as this has been a long time goal of mine for many years. I originally became a Google Certified Teacher way back in 2007, and since then I've worked with many schools and districts on all sorts of Series 1 and Series 2 type of workshops. Taking the next step into a cohesive integration of all the technology tools is very exciting for me, and an experience I hope I get to share with many more schools and teachers in the near future.
As we've progressed through GAFE trainings, we've come to refer to our workshops as existing either in Series 1 or Series 2. Series 1 workshops are for beginners, and they focus on skills acquisition. In other words, a Series 1 workshop is a How To workshop. Series 2 workshops assume the learners have the basic skills already, and instead focuses on how the tools can be used in the classroom to further student achievement. We do our best to differentiate our Series 2 workshops for all grade levels and disciplines, which doesn't even factor into the Series 1 workshops for the most part.
We have recently been working on a Series 3 workshop though. We envision these workshops on focusing on the integration of the GAFE tools in the classroom, so that the tools are working together to enable learning that wouldn't be possible with a single tool alone. We also try to infuse the SAMR model into the Series 3 workshops, so that we are focused more on the M and R of SAMR where Series 2 workshops might be more S and A focused.
Tomorrow we will deliver our first Series 3 workshop for Ramona Unified School District, and we are excited to see how it is received. I'll post back here with some reflection after tomorrow's training.
Eric had the idea to use the animations in Google Presentations to create comic strips illustrating academic concepts. There are surely better tools to make comic strips, but as always, Google lets you do it collaboratively with a partner, which makes all the difference sometimes. We will see Calvary again in the Fall and are looking forward to that training as well.
We have been all over San Diego County conducting Google training. Since the first of the year we have conducted 25 Google trainings. We have trained teachers in Chromebooks, Google Basics, and Google and the Common Core. It is always great to witness a teacher have that, "I get it" moment. Check out some of our trainings to see how they can be used at your site.
Our GAFE 2014 Winter Summit was a great learning experience. We had over 70 participants from all over San Diego County schools join us. Highlights included a live Google Hangout with a San Diego County group of students, a keynote address from Jen Roberts, learning how to take a school district Google, using Google Portfolios to showcase evidence of student learning, scripting with GAFE and making a Google Form. At the Summit we also announced the exciting news that we are partnering with Coronado USD and the Ed Tech Team to put on a much larger GAFE Summit in Oct. 2014. We are not sure what that means for the future of our small intimate SDCOE GAFE Summits, but feedback indicate they are a welcome part of our professional development offerings. Thank you to all who attended our Winter 2014 Summit.
Our Winter 2014 Summit is almost here! We have over 100 registered attendees from 30 different schools and districts. We also are happy to offer the most guest speakers that we've ever had at a summit (6 guest speakers this time!), so the event is sure to be a valuable experience. We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!
On Friday Jeff and I had the pleasure of working with a great group of teachers in National School District. This is probably the fourth or fifth time that Jeff has done his workshop on Google Forms, called "Game of Forms", including the times he presented at our own regional SD County Summit and at the major California Summit in Redwood City last year. I've seen Jeff do this workshop before, but I still learned something new last week (the idea of using the ability of forms to send new data to a different sheet in order to segment data automatically). It just proves that no matter how familiar you may think you are with one of the Google tools, there's always more to learn!
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