Using an LMS to Transform & Organize Instruction NCCE | March 22, 2017

Learning Targets:

1. Understand the basic features of Google Classroom: how to create a class, enroll students, add assignments & announcements, organize cards by topic, and communicate with parents.

2. Understand how Google Classroom (in combination with other apps) can transform the way students demonstrate their learning.

3. Understand how Google Classroom (in combination with other apps and add-ons) can help teachers formatively and/or summatively assess student work.

First Things First

We'll be going on a journey today to learn about Google Classroom and a series of apps that are powerful tools. To do this, you will need to do the following:

  1. Find a partner (if we have more than 30 people in our session we may need a few groups of three) and introduce yourself
  2. Make sure one person in your group has a laptop or Chromebook with the Google Chrome browser installed
  3. Send one person from your group to retrieve a demo account login and password
  4. Following the directions provided on the handout, login to Google Chrome using the demo account provided

Join our Google Classroom

  1. Go to http://classroom.google.com
  2. Click the + (plus) sign in the top-right corner
  3. Click Join Class
  4. Type in our class code: z46c3gv
  5. Click the blue Join button

Google Classroom 101

A really quick overview.

Activity #1: Google Forms

  1. In our Google Classroom course, click on the Google Forms tab under Topics (left column)
  2. Click the link to the Google Form on the Activity #1 | NCCE 2017 | Survey card
  3. Complete the survey (don't forget to click Submit when you finish)

Activity #2: EdPuzzle

  1. In our Google Classroom course, click on the EdPuzzle tab under Topics (left column)
  2. Click on the EdPuzzle link at the bottom of the assignment card
  3. In EdPuzzle, click the Student button
  4. Click the red Google button
  5. Watch the video, "Google Classroom 101"
  6. As you watch the video, answer the embedded questions
  7. Don't forget to click the blue Mark as Done button (on the Google Classroom assignment card) when you finish this activity

Activity #3: OrangeSlice

  1. In our Google Classroom course, click on the OrangeSlice tab under Topics (left column)
  2. Click on the Google Doc link on the Activity #3: About Me card
  3. Complete the assignment (don't forget to click Turn It In on the Google Classroom assignment card when you finish)

Activity #4: LetsRecap

  1. In our Google Classroom course, click on the Recap tab under Topics (left column)
  2. Click on the LetsRecap link (on the Activity #4: LetsRecap card)
  3. In LetsRecap, click the blue Sign Up With Google button
  4. Paste or type in the join pin: gczjhst
  5. Click the red Join button
  6. Click the blue Allow button
  7. Complete the assignment by clicking the red Respond Now button (the program will walk you through the rest)
  8. Don't forget to click the blue Mark as Done button (on the Google Classroom assignment card) when you finish this activity

Optional Activity: Adobe Spark

  1. Create an Adobe Spark account by going to http://spark.adobe.com
  2. Click the yellow, Start Now for Free button
  3. Create an Adobe Spark Post that contains two things: a background image and a statement (or quote)
  4. Turn in your Adobe Spark Post by attaching a shareable public link to the coorisponding Google Classroom Assignment card
  5. Don't forget to click the blue, Turn it In button when you finish

Thank you for going on this journey with me today. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at:

Credits:

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