Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Google Classroom...Revolutionizing Education

If you know anything about me and the products I create, you know I love interactive notebooks or living books as we used to call them back in the day.  The cutting, gluing, folding, and synthesizing of information is all right up my alley.  But folks, there's a new game in town and it's revolutionizing education.  It's Google Classroom.

If you haven't heard of it yet, you might want to check out this great demo video that Google created to explain it.


As more and more schools head to the 1:1 classroom, Google Classroom is going to be there.  It's fabulous for the disorganized students who never seem to have their materials or always seem to lose their rough draft the day you go to work on the final, because everything is stored on the Google Drive.  There are no more lost papers, no copy lines, no more prep - Google has got you covered.

But even better than that...Google doesn't just have to be for writing anymore.  There's now a whole army of teachers out there creating new lessons for the Google Classroom platform and they're differentiated, dynamic, and diverse in content.  Just by searching Google Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, you are lead to a whole world of new lessons to fit virtually any subject matter you may teach.

As for myself, I have started to turn my interactive notebooks into Google Classroom lessons.  I've only just begun, but I love the possibilities and the dynamic new way of bringing education into student's hands.  You know students love their technology, so melding education and technology together is a necessary way to garner their attention and thus get the learning across.



My first Google Classroom product is my very popular Get to Know Greece Geography, as seen above.  This 30+ page resource features a slideshow presentation of Greece and its various geographical attributes.  When the teacher presents this slideshow the students can complete a cloze note guide that follows along with the presentation.  Students are then asked to drag and drop map labels to label various features such as islands, seas, cities, and more.  The great thing about the Google Classroom is that unlike a conventional map which gets written on once and is used up, the students can practice labeling over and over until they have it down pat.  When the learning has been mastered, a study guide and test are provided to assess mastery of this geography unit.

I've also recently introduced Ancient Greece: The City State in a Google Classroom version.


Feel free to check them out and see if they help revolutionize learning in your classroom.


Digital Learning Day 2016--Why Should You Try Something New? Because Your Students Will Thank You.

My students thank me all the time for the new “stuff” we are doing this year. Go ahead--take the plunge! Believe me, if you have access to any sort of technology (even one device), then do it. That one tablet or laptop can open up a window to a universe of instructional opportunities. Your students will want to get to that tech center. 

Digital Learning Day, February 17, 2016, is ultimately about bringing equal opportunity to our classrooms, regardless of location or socioeconomic status. It is about the importance of having access to Wi-Fi and up-to-date technology in our schools. Many schools have technology that is not working or that is out-of-date. State and local governments are now focusing on getting it all fixed so that our school children can succeed in the 21st century.


Here's the challenge--On February 17, 2016, try a new lesson that focuses on discovery, analysis, and exploration. Give your students the gift of a new opportunity by using Google Classroom, MS OneDrive, or an App. And don’t forget to share what you are doing in your classroom on social media to celebrate Digital Learning Day with #futureready. To help you get started, we’ve teamed up to share an amazing selection of blog posts and classroom activities that are designed to propel you and your students into your digital learning adventure.















































2 comments:

  1. You're products look great, Brittany! They show that digital interactive notebooks are not only possible--they're HERE!

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