Name and brief bio of the instructor
Jason Roy -
Jason is the high school math teacher at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. Prior to that he completed a one year stint as the Middle/High School Tech Coordinator at the school. This is Jason’s 14th year in education. Before becoming a technology coordinator
he taught all levels of IB mathematics, as well as middle school mathematics, high school physics
and computer science. As a technology coordinator, Jason helps teachers of all disciplines
transform their lessons with the integration of formative assessment and technology. Jason has
presented on formative assessment with technology both in the United States and overseas.
Number of graduate semester credits - 3
Exact dates and hours of instruction
This is an asynchronous online course. Approximate hours of instruction will be 7 hours per week for 6 weeks.
Description and purpose of the course
Learn the ins and outs of Google Apps and its potential for 21st Century Learning in a program especially designed for teachers.
Google Apps is a suite of Online Tools that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, form generator, presentation creator, and more. The enormous advantage of Google Apps is that it is web based and highly collaborative. With Google Apps, teaching and learning opportunities that were impossible with previous software become easy to implement. In this course students will learn how to use the basic Google Apps tools, see how the tools can be used to create 21st Century Learning opportunities in their classroom, and develop their own lessons using Google Apps.
Participants will have access to an extensive library of videos developed specifically for this course to help them learn Google Apps. The additional coursework will include creating lessons, sharing ideas with each other, and working with their peers and the instructor to develop a plan of action for incorporating Google Apps into their teaching practice.
Student learning outcomes
- Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of Google Apps documents by creating a sample document that they will be able to use in their classroom.
- Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of Google Apps spreadsheets by creating a sample spreadsheet that they will be able to use in their classroom.
- Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of Google Apps forms by creating a sample form that they will be able to use in their classroom.
- Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of Google Apps presentations by creating a sample presentation that they will be able to use in their classroom.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of Google Apps collaboration and sharing features by creating a portfolio of Google Apps lessons for their classrooms.
- Students will explore additional Google Apps tools and create lessons implementing these for use in their classrooms.
- Students will create Google App based activities that feature a menu of 21st century skills including: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, managing complexity, information fluency, global awareness, multi-cultural literacy, and taking personal responsibility.
- Students will be able to articulate how they will address cyber-ethics issues with their students who are using Google Apps.
- Students will be able to create activities using Google Apps that incorporate group work, peer assessment, differentiated instruction, and personalized learning.
Outline of Instruction
- Week 1: Nuts & Bolts
- Week 2: Google Docs
- Week 3: Spreadsheets & Forms
- Week 4: Presentations
- Week 5: Catch Up
- Week 6: Putting It All Together & More Google Tools to Explore
Text and other resources
Students will be provided with many online links to use, screencasts to view, templates to work with, online quizzes to take, and discussion boards to contribute to.