Tyca West 2008 Getting Wired Google


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Tyca West 2008 Getting Wired Google

  1. 1. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] TYCA West Conference October 10, 2008 An alternative to traditional Course Management Systems
  2. 2. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] <ul><li>Global changes have transformed our school systems into borderless pedagogical realms where zeitgiests like Google and Wikipedia have truly changed what it means to be a student in the 21st century. If  we admit that when we first want to check out some new concept or idea that we: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) Google it, and than a majority of the time we... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) read the Wikipedia page first, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>then it is time to stop criticizing our students for doing this as well. Instead, we need to acknowledge the practices and processes that our students now use, and build upon them. No longer can we define schooling as 1950s schoolhouses looming over Middle American neighborhoods. Students have embraced a tech-literacy that much of today's teacher population has overlooked, ignored, or has failed to embrace as wholeheartedly as our students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Teaching literacy is no longer just about teaching two of the three &quot;R&quot;s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R eading, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>w R iting, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a R ithmetic , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>it now includes a whole swarm of information and techno-literacies. In other words, educators in the 21st century need to be teaching information and techno-literacies to help better teach the various literacies associated with reading and writing. No longer can we expect our students to move from classroom to classroom to the tune of bells signalling shifts in discipline. We must follow the pedagogical processes outside the classroom and into the ever-growing curriculum surrounding our students daily lives of wireless connectivity, synchronous global information, social networking, and virtual workspaces. </li></ul>Getting Wired w/ [email_address]
  4. 4. <ul><li>Google Apps (applications)   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail ( www.gmail.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk (embedded in gmail) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Docs ( docs.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites ( sites.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar ( calendar.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups ( groups.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious ( delicious.com ) </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  5. 5. [email_address] <ul><li>Google Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The most powerful search engine in the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can search websites, images, books, scholarly articles, discussion groups, physical addresses, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can break down search into different categories of materials (video, images, scholar, etc.)‏ </li></ul></ul>Getting Wired w/  
  6. 6. [email_address] <ul><li>Gmail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email account that includes almost 7+ gigabytes of storage space where students need not ever lose emails. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entire message searching, tag organizing, built in IM tool (see Google Talk) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All AP English students have immediate access to each other for group studies, projects, and tutoring. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I keep a database all of emails and email conversations to better share information with students to increase their understanding and learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail students (60% will use after end of class) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I was a Gmail user prior to this class, for its ability to transfer large files, such as audio .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now that I have used it I like the format the site is in, and I don’t get any spam at this account making it ideal to give to my family and friends .” </li></ul></ul>Getting Wired w/
  7. 7. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] <ul><li>Google Talk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online chat system that allows users with gmail accounts to “chat” with one another. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires both parties to agree to the chat. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can reply to an email in “chat” mode. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>During virtual office hours I answer the largest and smallest of questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can talk to one another online and answer questions themselves. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student comment: “ I use gTalk to help get a hold of my classmates when I need help. It’s really beneficial when you need to exchange ideas for projects or homework. gTalk makes communicating with others easier and faster so it’s more convenient for me to reach people .” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My online class suddenly had “hallway chatter” like a regular brick ‘n mortar class. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Getting Wired w/ [email_address]   Google Talk
  9. 9. Getting Wired w/   <ul><li>Google Docs (& Spreadsheets) ‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An online program that is very much like Word & Excel. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who don’t have MS Office can use Docs for free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3+ gigabytes worth of free storage where students will NOT lose files for school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a “sharing” option where students can (simultaneously) collaborate on files with me or his or her classmates. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I share documents with the students that they need for the course, and I keep them all online so they can access them any time of the day or night. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail students(30% will use after end of class): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ just the idea of having docs in your email is great ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Easy to use and to add comments to others papers, best of all they were already marked with our name .” </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  10. 10. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Docs (& Spreadsheets)
  11. 11. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Docs (& Spreadsheets)
  12. 12. Google Docs (Presentations) [email_address] Getting Wired w/
  13. 13. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] <ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A powerful online calendar that seamlessly synchronizes with Outlook calendars, iCalendar, Entourage, and Smartphones or PDAs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The capability of sharing calendars with other Google account users so all collaborators can edit, change, and view the calendar at anytime. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include “evite” capability & reminders. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I share the Freshman Comp calendar with all the students, and anytime we make any additions or changes the students received those changes immediately. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student comment: “ I like how you make us use the Google calendar because i have a different color calendar for all my events and it is a life saver .” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of putting deadlines into course syllabi or websites, I just including deadline #s and then posting them in a public calendar. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Calendar
  15. 15. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Calendar
  16. 16. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Calendar
  17. 17. Google Sites <ul><ul><li>Formerly known as Google pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free online web site builder where instructors can build simple web pages for courses they teach. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to remember url (e.g. sites.google.com/site/googleid) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to add widgets (e.g. create an Stats website and have a statistical calculator embedded on the course website or an etymology search on an English site) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily embed the course calendar on the site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewers do not need to be logged into Google. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to sites.google.com to get started </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*This is a newer app and can be finicky. Look for a tutorial video on it soon at dcamd.com/tech </li></ul>[email_address] Getting Wired w/
  18. 18. Google Sites [email_address] Getting Wired w/
  19. 19. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] [email_address] <ul><li>Google Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A powerful discussion board through Google that allows students to continue discussions outside of the classroom with other students in other sections of the same class. This can be set as a closed system where users must be invited to use it and/or even view the posts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I have a “live” Google Group that’s an extension of the classroom. We have 200 students in 8 sections and they can all interact here. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Groups is still a little clunky for students who are afraid of technology. It does not default to a threaded discussion; however, the power of Google is that they are in perpetual beta with constant updates. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Tip </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting the “Better Gmail” addon for the Firefox browser will force a secure “https” session. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Google Groups
  21. 21. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Other Google Apps Labs iGoogle Reader Presentation Scholar Notebook Pages Web Alert News Alert Orkut Picassa Mobile Video/YouTube Google Apps are in perpetual beta. You will see new apps pop up & change weekly.  While the primary tools are stable, they're continuously improved upon!
  22. 22. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] <ul><li>fyi…delicious.com is not technically a Google App! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever saved favorites on your home computer? Have you ever wished you wrote the web address down before leaving the house for the library? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious is an online bookmarking site that allows you to sync all your computer browser bookmarks to one free, online account. This account had strong tag options, and had as annotation field. Delicious is also &quot;social&quot; that allows for easy sharing with anyone as well as specific individuals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DCA@gmail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I have student researchers begin building their annotated bibliographies while the site information is still fresh in their minds. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SR@gmail students (80% will use after end of class) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tags, and the ability to search them, cross-reference them, and view them as clouds .” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I liked that all the information that I needed was in one place .” </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Getting Wired w/ [email_address] Delicious.com
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>All information created by  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Devon Adams (devoncadams@gmail.com)  Shelley Rodrigo (shelley.rodrigo@gmail.com) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>For more information: </li></ul><ul><li>www.dcamd.com/tech </li></ul>[email_address] Getting Wired w/