Monday, November 14, 2016

A 5 Week Jump-start on G Suite for Education

Next Monday night I will be starting a new section of my popular online course Getting Going With G Suite for Education. This course is designed for folks who are new to using G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) in their classrooms. People often ask me for an outline of what is covered in the course. The general outline of the course is as follows.

Week 1: Google Docs & Slides.
We cover how these tools work, but more importantly we cover strategies to take advantage of the collaborative aspects of these tools.

Week 2: Google Forms & Sheets
How to create quizzes, surveys, and other data collection forms. We'll look at how to create self-grading, multimedia assessments. We'll also dive into using Google Forms and Sheets to streamline your workflow.

Week 3: Google Calendar & Mail
In this week we tackle creating and sharing calendars to keep your students and their parents informed of important dates. We'll also examine how you can use Google Calendar to let students and parents book appointments with you. Finally, we jump into Google Mail and the overlooked features that can make your email life a little easier.

Week : Google Sites
In this week we'll learn how to use Google Sites to create a classroom website and blog. We'll also learn how to use it as a classroom wiki and as a digital portfolio.

Week 5: Google Classroom
Google Classroom is covered in the last session as it ties together everything that was created in weeks 1-4.

This PracticalEdTech course starts next Monday at 7pm EST. The course costs $147. There is a discount available to subscribers to the newsletter.

Whenever I offer these courses some people ask why the courses aren't free. There are quite a few reasons, but two primary reasons. The fees to license GoToTraining and to host the recordings are not cheap. The other reason is that free webinars have a very low turn-out rate. I want to help you as best as I can and I can't do that if you don't attend the webinar. When you pay to register you're making a commitment to attend and pay attention on a higher level than just filling out a form and saying, "yes, I'll attend." I've experienced this first-hand as I frequently pay to attend professional development webinars myself. When I pay, I show up and I pay attention much more than if I didn't have to pay anything for the webinar.