Workshop Series Overview
EdTechTeacher and Google, in partnership with the Massachusetts DESE are providing a full program of workshops beginning in June of 2021 and continuing through the 2021-2022 school year for Massachusetts k-12 public school leaders, administrators, coaches and educators that are interested in exploring the potential and impact of the high-quality use of Google Workspace for Education in the classroom.
All sessions will be an hour-long and will explore how Google Workspace for Education aligns with and can be used to support big picture instructional approaches including Blended Learning, Flipped Instruction and Project-Based Learning. Additionally, EdTechTeacher will provide sessions targeted at specific Google Workspace for Education tools and how they can be leveraged in creative, collaborative, and empowering ways in the classroom.
Kick-Off Sessions – Designing a Powerful 1:1 Classroom with Google Workspace for Education
Date: June 8th Time: 3pm or 5pm (Choose one)
Classrooms, Schools, and Districts across the country adopted 1:1 environments and Google Workspace for Education at a rapid rate to accommodate the shifting needs of online, remote and hybrid teaching. This sudden shift may not have provided the time for educators and school leaders to develop a vision and model for what the meaningful use of these technologies should look like in the classroom. This one hour session will explore what a classroom looks like when 1:1 technology and environments are being used in creative, thoughtful and collaborative ways to support high quality teaching and learning.
Session 1: Blended Learning with Google Workspace for Education
Date: June 29th Time: 10am
This one hour session will explore the ability for educators to create high quality Blended Learning experiences to support all learners with the use of Google Workspace for Education tools. With schools returning to face to face instruction, combining Blended Learning strategies where specific instructional experiences, tasks and activities take place in a digital environment, while face to face learning experiences are also taking place in the classroom, is a powerful approach to leveraging 1:1 technology in an in person environment. Blended Learning approaches we will explore include: Station Rotations, Playlists and Flipped Instruction will be explored through the lens of Google tools including Docs and Slides. Workshop participants will know and understand how they can begin to integrate a blended learning strategy into their classroom by designing high quality digital workspaces with Google tools.
Session 2: Supporting All Learners with Multimedia & Google Workspace for Education
Date: June 29th Time: 12pm
The use of technology in the classroom allows educators to provide instruction, connect with their students and hear from their learners through multiple modalities. By combining multimedia (audio and video) with core Google Workspace for Education tools (Docs and Slides), educators now have the tools to personalize learning based on student needs. Workshop participants will explore and understand how to quickly create digital learning content that includes both audio and video to connect, clarify, and explain ideas. Additionally, we will explore how students can leverage multimedia in Google Workspace for Education tools (Docs and Slides) to capture and demonstrate their thinking.
Session 3: Facilitating Flipped Learning with Google Workspace for Education
Date: July 20th Time: 9am
Flipped Learning is a powerful instructional model that allows educators to truly engage students with powerful collaborative experiences during face to face class time. As schools are returning or including more face to face instruction, educators are faced with an opportunity to rethink the use of in class time. Flipped Learning when combined with Google Workspace for Education tools allows educators to create powerful experiences. Students then are able to explore course content through multimedia in and outside of class individual setting, which is followed up by engaging with the course content in a whole group, collaborative and face to face setting.
Session 4: Building High Quality Digital Workspaces & HyperDocs with Google Workspace for Education
Date: July 20th Time: 11am
Over the past school year, educators have been immersed in creating digital assignments and workspaces to support students in a remote, online or hybrid learning environment. As we begin returning to face to face instruction, it is important to learn from their experience and move forward with creating exceptionally high quality digital workspaces to support students in any type of learning environment. This session will explore how educators can adopt and integrate high quality design principles into their digital workspace design using Google Workspace for Education. Participants who join the session will develop the skills and abilities to create digital assignments and workspaces that students will be able to navigate independently to enable self directed learning.
Session 5: Building Traditional & Creative Assessments with Google Workspace for Education
Date: August, 23rd Time: 9am
Google Workspace for Education provides flexibility for educators to create a host of assessment experiences that allows learners to demonstrate their thinking in both traditional and nontraditional ways. This session will explore how core tools in Google Workspace for Education (Google Forms) can be used to create customized assessments that are responsive to student ability and choice. Further, we will explore how educators can create assessment experiences based on multimedia creation, providing a creative outlet to capture student thinking.
Session 6: Student Reflection & Digital Portfolios – Capturing Learning with Google Workspace for Education
Date: August, 23rd Time: 11am
Providing opportunities for students to reflect on their learning, growth and understanding is a critical component of powerful and deep learning. When facilitating meaningful reflection, technology tools and particularly Google Workspace for Education allows students to capture and archive evidence of their work and their reflections about their process, purpose and learning. This one hour session will explore and demonstrate how Google Workspace for Education tools can be used by educators to create digital portfolios that capture student work and reflection in multiple modalities that can be used as evidence of growth over time.