Sunday, May 18, 2014

Getting Ready for GAFE - A Practical EdTech Webinar Series

This summer through I am offering a series of webinars about Google Apps for Education. These webinar courses cost less and provide more focused instruction than what you will find in most conferences that you might attend or consider sending teachers to attend.

Is your school moving to Google Apps for Education in the fall? If so, this summer is a great time to get ready for the transition. This summer I’m offering a new Practical Ed Tech webinar designed for teachers and administrators who are preparing to go Google in the 2014/2015 school year. Getting Ready for GAFE is a five week course covering everything you need to know to be ready to integrate Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Sites into your practice in the new school year.

Course highlights:

  • Get to know Google Drive.
    • What makes Google Docs better than your old word processor.
      • Tips & tricks for getting the most out of Google Docs
    • The ins and outs of Google Slides.
      • Customizations you didn’t know about.
    • Using Google Drive to store and share all of your digital creations (even those old files you made years ago in Word).
  • Take control of your schedule with Google Calendar.
    • Using calendars to keep your students, their parents, and your colleagues informed about happenings in your classroom.
    • Using Google Calendar as a reservation system for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Google Sites As Your Online Hub
    • Create a website that students and their parents will want to visit.
    • Using Google Sites as a blog.
    • Designing and developing digital portfolios in Google Sites.
    • Using Google Sites for wiki projects.

Click here to register today!

What’s included? What does it cost?

  • Registration for Getting Ready for GAFE is $147.
    • Register by June 1st and use promo code PETGAFE to save $15! (Discount only applies to registrations completed and paid online)
  • All live sessions are recorded. The recordings are made available to all participants to stream and or download.
    • Participants will receive digital handouts with directions for everything demonstrated in the webinars.
    • Participants have access to a dedicated discussion forum to use throughout the course.

When is it?

  • Three sections of this course are being offered this summer.
  • The June section of Getting Ready for GAFE will meet at 7pm Eastern Time on June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 3rd
  • The July section of Getting Ready for GAFE will meet at 11am Eastern Time on July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
  • The August section of Getting Ready for GAFE will meet at 7pm Eastern Time on July 30, August 7, 14, 21, and 28.

This sounds great! How do I register? What will I need to participate?

  • The easiest and cheapest way to register is by completing the registration online with a credit card or PayPal. (Register online by June 1st with the promo code PETGAFE to save $15)
  • You can register with a purchase order or check from your school. This process is a bit cumbersome, but it can be done. There is a $15 processing fee for registrations paid with purchase orders or school checks. Send an email to richardbyrne (at) for directions on registering with a purchase order or check.
  • The courses will be hosted through GoToTraining. To participate in the course you will need a laptop or desktop computer with an updated browser.
  • Register today and save $15 by using discount code PETGAFE

Have ten or more people in your school that you want to register?

That’s great! If you have ten or more people that you want to register we can arrange a special offering of Getting Ready for GAFE that is just for you. In a section dedicated just to you we can address the issues that are unique to your implementation of Google Apps for Education.
About the costs and my decision to advertise these opportunities on my blog:
Sometimes when I advertise one of these webinars I get messages from people who are upset that I am advertising it here and or that I am charging for it. I understand why some people feel that way. I thought long and hard about how to offer these opportunities. In fact, I thought about it and talked about it with trusted advisors for a year before offering the first webinar series last year. The purpose of this blog and my goal for years has always been to help people use free technology in their classrooms. The tools and strategies featured in my webinars and at the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp are free to use. However, my time for teaching isn't free. Further, I pay licensing fees to GoToTraining and to Wistia for hosting all of the media content of the courses.

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