#7 – Productivity

For the past two school years I have been using Google Classroom during my instruction. My school uses chromebooks and I have found that Google Classroom provides seamless integration. One of the newer features that Google Classroom has implemented is connections to Google Calendar. Every assignment I post is automatically added to a calendar specific to that class. Students can then access calendar from the class page. It allows me to add additional events to it as well; conferences, school breaks, upcoming notifications, etc. I strongly encourage my students to check the calendar when they return from a school absence. I have made it a habit to post ALL assignments there – even if it is an in-class or paper/pencil assignment.

Google_Calendar

Media Conversion tools are a very handy tool to keep in your teacher toolbox. I seem to need them most when least expected. I tend to use Zamzar the most frequently, itzamzar serves its purpose so I have not explored much beyond it. Zamzar typically processes conversations in a reasonable amount of time, it is convenient that they email a link to your conversion
when it completes so you can continue on with the project at hand. It allows for teache
rs and students to change the format of numerous projects or parts of project when working to complete a project.

URL Shorteners can be very convenient when directing students to a specific web address. I have used a variety of them throughout the years, however with the use of Google Classroom I typically add links to my page/assignment and then students can just click on the link. I have found goo.gl to be a good resource.

Below are two options for links to the CIA World Factbook.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

https://goo.gl/jwbpnF


Best Practice (CITW):  Cooperative Learning – Promotes positive interdependence and individual accountability, small group sizes (2-5), consistent and systematic use. Ways to Collaborate – Presentations, communication, web conferencing, document creation/sharing, meetings and projects, social bookmarks, personal learning networks, visual collaboration. 

ISTE Teacher Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.  a. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations b. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation c. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

ISTE Student Standard 2: Communication and collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

 
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