On November 2, 2013, over 500 teachers gathered at Round Rock High School to learn all things Google and to collaborate on ways to improve student learning. Since the conference, Forest North teachers have already implemented new strategies and ways of utilizing Google Apps for Education.
Special Education teacher, Ms. Rideaux, is using a Google script called Flubaroo to help speed up the grading time and offer her students immediate feedback. With this simple tool, students know how they performed and are able to make revisions immediately.
Interventionist, Mr. Braudrick, is using the app Movenote. He has recorded short lessons that the kids can refer to when they need help. This allows students to watch the lessons as many times as needed until they "get it."
Support Specialists, Ms. Hansen and Ms. Guthrie, are making forms for our teachers to use to get processes going in their LID world. They are adding them to a Google Site that they created this last week. This allows for easier data management and for quicker feedback.
And, Special Education teacher, Mrs. Shetty, has started having her students use Google Drawing to create personal invites for the student celebration on Thursday. They just inserted one image, one shape, and one text box with some words. Though simple, the activity called upon a variety of skills. Other teachers have used Google Drawing to create mindmaps and to brainstorm before or after reading.
It's been a great start to Google Ninja Academy implementation!