The Ins & Outs of Google, Blogging, Digital Storytelling, & More – SimpleK12




There’s a great series of free online webinars on using Google in the classroom taking place Saturday, 11/12 starting at 9 AM.   The subjects change during the day and you can sign up for one or all of them, at your  discretion.  It’s really worth checking out.  You do have to register for the sessions in advance, so I’d encourage you to do so as soon as possible.  Here’s the agenda, along with a link to their page directly.

Simple k-12 also has a great series of free ebooks, on topics including interactive whiteboards, web tools and more- all free, and all worthwhile= go check them out!


Saturday, November 12th   
A Day of Learning with SimpleK12

Keynote: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Keynote Kickoff: Are You GaGa for Google?
    Watch a brief Day of Learning Orientation and learn some new, fun, and educational ways to take full advantage of Google applications.
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Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Flipping Your Classroom: It’s Easy with Khan Academy
    Do you wish you had more time for hands-on work, collaborative projects, or labs during class? Learn how to do all of that and more by flipping your classroom.
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Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Social Networking with Students and Parents: It’s Safer Than You Think
    Learn a number of reasons why you should create a social network site for school or classroom use, and look at an example of a safe social networking site.
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Session 3:  1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Stories on the Go: Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices
    Discover some free and very inexpensive applications that help learners showcase their learning by creating digital stories.
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Session 4:  2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • 20 Web Tools in 20 Minutes: Revitalize Lesson Plans and Motivate Students
    Whether you are looking for some ideas to help you present material to your students or for kids to demonstrate understanding of content, this webinar will provide you a variety of intriguing technologies.
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Session 5:  3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Creating Global Citizens with Meaningful Blogging
    Do you want your students to be global citizens who are connected with other children around the world? If so, then student blogging is for you!
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Session 6:  4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST)sign up now button

  • Students Write More; You Grade Less!
    Learn how to use online discussions and group collaboration to support a variety of writing assignments and spend a fraction of the time grading.
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The Ins & Outs of Google, Blogging, Digital Storytelling, & More – SimpleK12.


Google Finally Introduced The Digital Bookcase

Google is experimenting with a Digital bookcase that looks pretty interesting.  As we begin to roll out Google apps, more and more of these apps will sync together- and this one looks particularly good for educators- check it out!

Google Finally Introduced The Digital Bookcase.

How Oregon Educators are Integrating Google Tools

There is a great article in Education Week about how one Oregon School District dealt with the roll out of Google apps and parental concerns over privacy. It’s worth a read as we start the same process,if only to understand any concerns should they be raised here as well.

Click here to read the Education Week Article.

Tips for Google Reader

Google Reader can be a powerful tool for sharing information and articles found on the web, and sometimes, even I take it for granted.  Here’s a list of links about Google reader for those who are thinking of using it in conjunction with their classroom.

A PDF about Using Google reader in the Classroom with suggestions created by CUE and WestEd for Google.

Google Reader in 5 minutes or less:

Using Google reader to subscribe to websites (pdf)

Using Google Reader to Teach Collaborative Revision with Writing for Teens,a Weekly Reader publication (lesson plan, tips)

Step by Step directions for setting up Google reader for Classroom use