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Goin’ Google For Educators

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Course Description:

21st century classrooms are all about creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Free Google tools and applications are the technological pencils and chalkboards educators are using to prepare students for living and working in a global, technology-rich world. In this  hands-on course, participants will read and discuss the ‘big ideas’ about 21st century learning and learn to use a variety of free Google tools and applications to enhance productivity, creativity, and technology integration in the classroom.

The course includes:
● Google Docs for creating, sharing, and collaborating with students on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
● Google Forms for survey design and quiz creation
● Google Sites for easy web page creation
● Google Earth
● Productivity tools—iGoogle, Google Calendar, Google Reader, and Google teacher resources
● Advanced Google searching to improve student research

Important Note:  There is a homework assignment to be completed before the first day of class.
● Even if you already have a Google Docs account,  go to http://docs.google.com and follow the instructions to create a new account for use in this course.  Bring your username and password with you on the first day.

Course Goals/Objectives:

Goals: The goal of this course is to prepare Vermont educators to meet state and national educational standards as follows:

● Vermont Transformation & Technology:  A New Way of Learning: Classroom Scenarios (2010)

● Vermont Information Technology Grade Expectations (2004)
1. IT1 Basic Operations and Concepts
2. IT2 Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
3. IT3 Productivity Tools
4. IT4 Communication
5. IT5 Research, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

● National Educational Standards for Teachers (NETS-T 2008)

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age
3. Learning Experiences and Assessments
4. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
5. Promote and Model Digital-Age Learning and Responsibility
6. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Graduate Credit Option: Students taking the course for credit will additionally:

● Working collaboratively,  present a Google tool lesson in class
● Complete a final project (using Google tools) relevant to your educational practice.
● Reflect on how your vision of Google tools is transformative in your educational practice.

Course Expectations:  The following are necessary for successful completion of this course:

● Ability to work comfortably in a Windows XP environment.
● Active participation in class and online.
● Completion of readings and assignments

Required Texts:

Gladwell, Malcom.  The Tipping Point. Back Bay Books, 2002.
Lerman, James and Roniquie Hicks.  Retool Your School. ISTE, 2010.

Required Readings:

Collins, Allan, and  Richard Halverson.  Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. NY: Teachers College Press, 2009. (handout)
International Standards for Technology Education (ISTE).  NETS for Students (2007). (links for all three NETS available at: http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=NETS)
International Standards for Technology Education (ISTE). NETS for Teachers (2008).
International Standards for Technology Education (ISTE), NETS for Administrators (2009)
Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Framework for 21st Century Learning. 2009. http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/P21_Framework.pdf
Prensky, Marc. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (handout).
Vermont Transformation & Technology:  A New Way of Learning: Classroom Scenarios (2010) http://transformation-technology.wikispaces.com/.

About the Instructor

Linda McSweeney is a ‘Digital Immigrant’ who took her first computer course in 1982 at Rutgers University where she received her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. Since then she has directed the Reference and Law Division at the Department of Libraries, has been an academic librarian at VTC and Norwich University, and is currently the School Media Specialist at Spaulding High School in Barre, VT. Past president of the Vermont Library Association, her conference presentations and research interests include academic integrity, information literacy, and Web 2.0 applications.