Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Google Invasion Continues

Forest North teachers continue to go Google this year as all students in grades 2-12 have Google accounts.

The third grade teachers - Mrs. Rhea, Ms. Pearson, and Ms. Moore - are creating all of their unit maps and are uploading lesson files to Google Drive to facilitate collaborative planning. They have also created a third grade Google Calendar to keep track of their unit dates, when common assessments are to be given and to remind them of things like who's doing  homework this week and what each teacher's duty is. These simple integration steps have allowed them more time to spend on learning and student help.

In 5th grade, Mrs. Rataj and Mr. Martir had their students create Google Presentations on their Drive to share their strengths and learning goals for the year. It was a way for them to have a student led conference with their parents. All students shared their Presentations last week and they went really well!

The second grade team - Ms. Johnson, Ms. Savaovong, and Ms. Burns - is using Google Drive to create their unit maps in order to make collaborating easier. Ms. Johnson has used Google Drive to share documents with other second grade teachers in the district who were interested in seeing their unit maps. Additionally, Ms. Johnson has used Google Drive to collaborate with teachers outside of the district. In fact, she has collaborated on a couple of unit maps and lesson plans this year with her former student teacher (who is now a second grade teacher at another district). Now, the teachers can type and chat at the same time. The collaboration has been helpful to the other teacher as a first year teacher and she is very appreciative of the support. She has been able to share new things with her team and has sparked some changes in instruction at her school. Likewise, Ms. Johnson's plans for a specific lesson were stronger because they brainstormed ideas together through Google Drive.

The TAG fifth graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud. They are using a collaborative Google Document to answer questions and share thoughts about what they are reading.

Stay tuned for more updates on Forest North's Google Adventure! 

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