The World Cup is a popular soccer tournament that includes teams from around the world. Google Earth is a platform that allows users to quickly locate and learn about a place with a few clicks of the mouse or taps of the screen. Students can learn about the countries participating in the World Cup by leveraging the power of Google Earth. Teachers can set up the learning experience by instructing students to first visit the World Cup website and generate a list of teams. Then, the students should be instructed to head over to Google Earth and set up a new project following the steps listed below.
Step 1 - Make sure your students are signed into a district issued Google account.
Step 2 - Visit https://earth.google.com/web/.
Step 3 - Click on Projects located on the left hand side of screen.
Step 4 - Click on the Create button and then the Create in Google Drive option.
Step 5 - Name your project.
Step 6 - Click on the New Feature button and then Search to Add Place.
Step 7 - Type in the name of a participating country, for example Costa Rica.
Step 8 - Click on the Add to Project located on the right hand side of page under country information.
Step 9 - Repeat Step 8 until all participating countries have been added. Students can share the project by clicking on the share button to grab the link.
Step 10 - Make sure to click on the More Information link located under the country preview.
Step 11 - Once all of the countries have been added to the Google Earth project, post an assignment for students in Google Classroom that will task them with filling out a table on Google Docs showing information about the country.
Step 12 - Once the table is filled out, randomly assign students a country to present about using one Google Slide. Once the Google Slide is completed, students can make a one minute presentation to their classmates.
Step 13 - The slide, along with the table and Google Earth project should all be submitted on Google Classroom for a grade.
Day 1 - Overview of instructions and begin to add countries to the Google Earth Project.
Day 2 - Finish adding countries to the Google Earth Project. Then, begin to work on Google Doc table.
Day 3 - Finish Google Doc table and begin working on Google Slide presentation.
Day 4 - Finish Google Presentation and then begin presenting to class.
Day 5 - Finish class presentations.
The first is Cohort 1 of the Digital Paraprofessional Institute. This institute is designed to provide paraprofessionals with the knowledge and usability of the Google Suite of Apps to improve their skills and to enhance their ability to assist the students they work with each day. The Institute is separated into four (4) modules that allow paraprofessionals to go at their own pace. Within each module are videos designed to enhance their knowledge and skills, a newsletter, and. opportunities for individualized assistance. The DPI starts on January 2, 2023.
The second is Cohort 2 of the Digital Secretary Institute. Due to popular demand we have opened a second cohort after more than 60 secretaries and administrative assistants from around the US joined our first cohort. The DSI is a ten (10) month program focused on the Google Suite of Apps. Participants set personal goals and each month there are videos and a newsletter to support their learning. DSI also includes opportunities for individualized assistance and two live events for cohort participants. The DSI - Cohort 2 starts on January 16, 2023.
The third event is our Aspiring Administrator Workshop. This 90 minute workshop is designed to prepare participants for their first or next interview for an administrative position in education. Areas covered in this workshop include, resume development, cover letter writing, digital portfolio content creation, live interview preparation, and virtual interview preparation. This live virtual event is on January 23, 2023.
1. Share your lesson or unit plans with colleagues on a consistent basis.
2. Conduct informal conversations about what is happening in your classroom.
3. Leverage social media to post pictures and information about learning experiences taking place in your classroom.
4. Present about a best practice or tech tool at an upcoming faculty meeting or staff inservice day.
5. Curate a blog or newsletter to keep parents and guardians in the loop about classroom happenings.
Digital Paraprofessional Institute
A 4 module professional development experience designed for school paraprofessionals providing them the ability to learn at their own pace. Training will center on key apps in the Google Suite that provide paraprofessionals with the knowledge to use the apps and the skills to help the students they assist.
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Have you read the book Small Teaching by James M. Lang? If not, you should check it out. It provides solid examples of various ways teachers can implement specific teaching methods to bolster student knowledge and engagement. Another great resource specific to the topic of retrieval practice is a website called retrievalpractice.org. This website is full of ideas and resources to help teachers help students with retrieving information that was gained during a lesson or unit study.
This got the Evolving Educator team thinking about ways that teachers can utilize Google Workspace tools to help promote student success. Take Google Forms for example. Teachers can assign a reading assignment for homework and then quickly conduct a short answer of multiple choice quiz at the beginning of class. Then, the teacher can teach a lesson pertaining to the reading assignment. Immediately following the lesson, students once again briefly assess students by giving a Google Forms quiz. The use of very brief assessments helps students with retrieving information that was learned during the homework assignment as well as the lesson.
Another way Google tools can be used to help with improving comprehension of the topic at hand is to consistently use Google Classroom and Google Calendar to post assignment due dates, communicate information and assessment dates. This helps students with staying on task and understanding what is expected of them in the near or distant future. Committing to Google Classroom and Google Calendar for communication and organization purposes aligns with promoting the success of students both in the physical and virtual world.
Finally, a tried and true method to help with student success is the use of flashcards for studying purposes. Leveraging Google Slides to make virtual flashcards can help students prepare for an upcoming assessment. Have students work in pairs or small groups to create their very own slide deck. From there, the best way to view the slides is by downloading the Google Slides app on a tablet or smartphone. That way students can tap/flip through the virtual study guide they so proudly created.
Are you looking for ways to professionally develop your office staff? Consider registering your team for the Digital Secretary Institute. Cohort 1 starts in November and Cohort 2 starts in January. Click here to learn more and access the registration page.
The Evolving Educators Team