Imagine a world where students can collaborate on a document at the same time from two totally different places. Better yet, imagine using a program that no longer requires the user to click the save button. Google has made this a reality for people inside and outside the educational world. Middle schools near and far are going Google to make their environments more engaging and efficient. Here are five ways you can make Google work in the Middle...
There are so many great opportunities for educators and students to leverage the power of Google tools in the middle school setting. Examine the ideas above and pick one to try out. The positive impact on yourself, fellow colleagues, and most importantly students, will be felt for years to come.
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The National Education Technology Plan and the ISTE Standards highlight the importance of collaboration with technology for all school stakeholders. John Hattie's effect size list is composed of various elements directly tied to the effect collaboration has on learning. Here are few tools that can enhance collaboration efforts in the digital world...
Ziteboard allows users to collaborate on an interactive online whiteboard. Think of the possibilities for students to show what they know about the topic at hand or collaborate on a project in real time.
Poll Everywhere Google Slide Extension allows users to embed a previously created Poll Everywhere poll that automatically activates once the slide deck is in present mode. Students can use this feature in their own spaces to engage audiences in meaningful discussions.
Google Drawing is a wonderful tool for students to create, collaborate, and share in real time. Venn Diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, and other helpful graphic organizers can assist students to make sense of their own learning.
Take a risk today and provide students with an opportunity to use one of the these interactive tools during an upcoming unit of study.
Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco.