Like you, I am also excited about Google Classroom. When I learned about it this summer, I spoke with my district's IT director the next day. I explained how I understood that teacher and student email accounts needed to be in the same domain. (I learned this might work if they are in different subdomains under the same domain.) My district's Google Apps are set up with different domains for students and teachers. At this point, we are unable to implement Google Classroom. I have volunteered to help consider options that may assist the process of implementing Classroom in the district. No action has been taken at this point.
What suggestions do my Engage friends have which might help our teachers use Classroom (despite the set up with different email domains?)
Re: Google Docs
I like using Google Docs because it allows me the option to share documents exclusively with my university audience or with the World Wide Web. In this particular example, I created a timeline demo in a Google Document and posted the Web link inside my online course room. Week x Case Study.pdf - Google Drive
Here's another coding opportunity to keep your students interested!
The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.
For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development. For Google Code-in we work with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring university students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide "bite sized" tasks for participating students to complete during the seven week contest.
These tasks include:
- Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
- Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
- Outreach/Research Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions
- Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
- User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
Students earn one point for each task completed.
Students will receive a certificate for completing one task and can earn a t-shirt when they complete three tasks.
At the end of the contest each of the open source organizations will name two (2) grand prize winners for their organization based upon the students’ body of work.
The grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google’s Mountain View, California, USA Headquarters for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for an award ceremony, an opportunity to meet with Google engineers, explore the Google campus and have a fun day in the San Francisco, California sun.
Check it out now! http://www.google-melange.com/
Love google. When I tell people (non educators, because most of them already know) about how they can use google docs for just about ANYTHING they would use Microsoft word for, they usually can't believe it's FREE! I've used it to schedule our labs at school, to take surveys etc. I especially love that we now as a district can enjoy 30GIGS!!! of space and not have to worry about over running our computers or district drive space. It's just an awesome service. I want to attend the Google Academy one day!!! Can we win that as a price!
I use google docs to share with the teachers in my PLC. We are also using it for our professional development PDU (a research based learning unit). We can share articles, pictures, keep a log of what we are doing, keep everyone informed of our progress. It has made the learning/researching so much easier.
For my personal use, I have all my books I've read to share with my sisters, so we won't buy the same book!!! It is so versatile!