GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIES

APPLICATION IN THE

TEACHING PRACTICE

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BIOGRAPHY

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

LESSON PLAN FOR THE INFORMATICS SUBJECT

Description of the subject

Basic methodology

General goals

SYLLABUS

Terms

Planning

Assessment

EVIDENCE OF IMPLEMENTATION

Collection of work practice examples

Real works for other subjects

Publications

Self promotion

Team work

Lessons

Information search

Browser

Surveys

Trends

Teacher’s lifelong learning

IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

Reflection

Problems and solutions

HOW TO MEASURE THE SUCCESS OF THE TEACHING PRACTICE AND THE USAGE OF GOOGLE APPS IN THE FUTURE

NEW IDEAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED

Inter school projects (Comenius)

Learning through teaching

And more...

CONCLUSIONS

Evolution of the apps

Missing

Proposal

BIOGRAPHY

My name’s Andoni Sanz /ʌnˈdɔnɪ sʌnθ/. I am a Computer Scientist working as a STEM Teacher and Educational Technologist. Google Certified Educator and Moodle expert I’m immersed in a non-stop research on technology applied to education, combined with the latest pedagogy trends, as blended learning or gamification. Actually I’m working on Gamecodization: teaching how to code through game development. Looking forward to collaborating in interesting projects, don’t hesitate to contact me: http://www.andonisanz.com

My school is located in Bermeo, North East of Spain, in the Basque Country: http://goo.gl/CBalrd For more information check its official website: www.iscorazon.net 


PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Buckminsterfullerene, C60

As a Teacher and Computer Scientist I'm very concerned about the influence of new technologies on the society and, more important, on youngsters. The Internet and Social Media phenomena have opened new opportunities and new threats, and teachers should be prepared to educate their students in order to make the best out of this new situation in a healthy way, i.e, to truly work digital citizenship.

In the present Education's tumultuous paradigm shifting we have to be more ready than ever if we want to give an appropriate answer to the new challenges we'll be facing in the coming years. Technology and education,  hand in hand,  are getting merged unstoppably and the Education Community can't but join this new adventure.

In these new green pastures where many new applications, buzzwords and systems flourish in iridescent hues, our minds must be more critical than ever. As time is golden and our students deserve the best education ever, we have to maneuver smartly.

Among my mottos these are the most important ones for me:

  1. New technologies must serve education, and not the other way around.
  2. A good approach usually involves a combination of different tools.
  3. Pedagogy is one of the main keys when teaching.
  4. Students (and people) are mainly driven by their emotions.
  5. A teacher must be in a constant renewing process.
  6. Aesthetics is very important when designing school materials.

And more… http://andonisanz.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/teachers-survival-kit-in-techland.html


LESSON PLAN FOR THE INFORMATICS SUBJECT

Description of the subject

Information technology, Computer science, Computers... there are a lot of names to describe this subject, but we usually call it Informatics (from French language). This is a 1h per week subject (about 8h per term) intended to teach students:

  1. General computer usage.
  2. Applications:
  1. Word processors and the like (called ofimatics here).
  2. Multimedia edition.
  3. Etc.
  1. The Internet: I specifically focus on the following aspects:
  1. PLEs (http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/myownple).
  2. Internet “SWOT”, for maximum knowledge and exploitation: (http://www.slideshare.net/andonisanz/the-internet-38383559).
  3. Cloud working.
  1. Computer coding (check my articles): http://andonisanz.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/programming-languages-for-secondary.html
    http://www.gamecodization.com
    For Maths I usually work with Logo (http://www.slideshare.net/andonisanz/logo-eus).

Basic methodology

  1. Demonstration: lecture, pre recorded lessons, existing resources (as Youtube videos).
  2. Production: similar products are developed with students’ chosen topics.
  3. Real application: usage in the rest of subjects.

General goals

  1. Cloud work.
  2. Team work.
  3. Eclectic work strategies, combining several tools.
  4. Social Media.
  5. Lifelong learning.
  6. Engagement.
  7. Self regulation.
  8. Self reflection.

SYLLABUS

The following information is a real lesson plan I’m already using in classroom to teach Informatics:

Terms

  1. 1ST TERM
  1. Google account: password security, proper sign-out, Chrome/Google sign-in, privacy, real-profile importance, account console, security.
  2. Gmail: contacts, attachments and drive, tasks assigned to a mail, labels, search operators, Inbox overlook.
  3. Google Calendar: digital agenda, mobile and calendar, event organization, planning management, alarms.
  4. Google Drive: offline work with Chrome, real-time teamwork, embedding in Sites, add-ons, tools.
  1. Docs: permissions, sharing, formats, table of contents and references, comments, downloading of fonts, web-clipboard.
  2. Sheets: functions, graphs, conditional formating.
  3. Slides: object embedding.
  1. Google Hangouts: video call, tools, collaboration.

  1. 2ND TERM
  1. Google Sites: digital portfolio, basis of design, branding.
  2. Youtube: mobile recording, online editing, video visibility, embedding.
  3. Google Plus: digital citizenship, communities, information search, promotion, pages, personal information visibility, circles.
  4. Blogger (read my article about blogging: http://andonisanz.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/blogging-for-students-is-not-only-about.html).

  1. 3RD TERM
  1. Coding (gamecodization.com).


Planning

  1. Each tool is worked out for 1 or 2h, depending on the class and the problems encountered.
  2. Basic/medium level.
  3. I focus on the HOW TO, not on the contents. We can be developing a Doc, but the important thing about text and pictures is the way it is done, not what pictures they use (always inside limits, of course).
  4. Due to time problems some tools can be left out according to their importance, e.g, Drive is more important than Blogger, in my opinion.
  5. For each lesson homework is assigned, as going on developing a Site, creating a Doc, getting ready a Sheet or the like.

Assessment

  1. Classroom and homework: 50%
  2. Exam: 50%
  1. Based on rubrics.
  2. Students are shown a final result and they have to accomplish the same thing during the exam. Example (5p):
  1. Create a document with several sections, and the table of contents. 1p
  2. Set up a header with your name and a page count in the footer: 1p
  3. Insert several pictures and fonts, and write some formatted text: 1p
  4. Insert a temperature map with countries from South America (they have to use Sheets): 2p
  1. Resist exam: 100%

EVIDENCE OF IMPLEMENTATION

Collection of work practice examples

  1. Slides:
  1. Women: http://goo.gl/cnEyo3
  2. Horses: http://goo.gl/oDhjL0
  1. Docs:
  1. Cobras: http://goo.gl/M6V8nf
  1. Sheets:
  1. Average grade calculation: http://goo.gl/OdcrDl

Real works for other subjects

  1. Slides:
  1. Rocks and minerals: http://goo.gl/v25u4e
  2. Relationship and coordination in living beings:
  1. http://goo.gl/a9ZqIh
  2. http://goo.gl/aA6gtE
  1. Music and dances: http://goo.gl/3Yb8SO
  1. Docs:
  1. Romantic and Gothic art: http://goo.gl/ESv8nu

Publications

  1. Google Sites:
  1. https://sites.google.com/site/dayannarayepes/
  2. https://sites.google.com/site/olatzariztegi/

Self promotion

Personal brand: my own, as a teacher: https://sites.google.com/site/andonisanz/ (or through my domain: andonisanz.com).


Team work

  1. Inter school communication through publications: this is one of the projects we have been developing with another school in the UK. Different cultural activities are agreed, and, then, final results are published so the other school can see them (Blogger): http://bishopluffasagradocorazon.blogspot.com.es/
  2. School - parents relationship: we maintain several blogs so parents can follow the evolution and work of their children (Blogger):
  1. http://sctxikitxokoa.blogspot.com.es/
  2. http://kontakatiluak6b.blogspot.com.es/

Lessons

I record some of the lessons, upload them to Youtube and let my students know about them, so they can review the contents seen during classroom time:

  1. Google Apps: http://goo.gl/dzDX2L
  2. Other examples (digital circuits lesson for the Technology subject): http://goo.gl/9drV38

Information search

Chrome and Google.

Browser

Chrome lets us not only navigate the Internet, we have also installed several extensions:

  1. Google’s offline ones to go on working with Docs, Slides, Sheets, Gmail, etc… even when the WiFi goes offline.
  2. Google integrated dictionary, to search a term by double clicking it.
  3. Google URL shortener.
  4. Chrome remote desktop: so I can remotely control several laptops.
  5. Voice note 2: my students use it to check their English pronunciation.

Surveys

For some subjects I usually poll my students using Forms to know better about their opinion and overall feeling about what they’ve been working on. The following summary of responses is based on Technology subject’s coding project: http://goo.gl/iGNvgi (Basque language).

Trends

I use Google Trends for my own sake as a teacher. Check my article:

http://andonisanz.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/tracking-down-buzzwords-about-education.html

Teacher’s lifelong learning

In an e-learning course I attended, I had to talk about my personal experience (with Moodle as the LMS). I used Blogger to publish my videos, Docs to build the document and Chrome’s Screencastify plug-in to record my lectures. Most of the information explained can be applied using Google Apps, except for some things.

http://youtu.be/weLFhvnhO5Y


IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

Reflection

Problems and solutions

The main problem I’ve stumbled upon during these years is forgetting. Students find the subject really easy, but with just 1 hour a week and with the rest of the subjects overloading their agendas it’s way understandable that they forget many of the contents seen. So, how to deal with it? Through video lessons, i.e, recorded lessons students can watch over and over.

Not so importantly students usually need some inspiration to know how to best combine the application of the apps. To do so I usually tell them about real-case scenarios.


HOW TO MEASURE THE SUCCESS OF THE TEACHING PRACTICE AND THE USAGE OF GOOGLE APPS IN THE FUTURE

The best way to measure is to ask your past students about their opinion and intentions. I’ve chosen one of the best classes I’ve taught to and this has been the result.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1g0p6NKAANsVF_LExvU81eu1Oe4ggY-rCpxPa5vdb6lw/viewform?usp=send_form

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sVM8GvniQgeGtui9z95O_eljslbaXslDCnnncsV5rJ0/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1g0p6NKAANsVF_LExvU81eu1Oe4ggY-rCpxPa5vdb6lw/viewanalytics#start=publishanalytics

NEW IDEAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED

Inter school projects (Comenius)

This is a way to work between schools geographically separated, for Comenius projects, for example. I’m about to use all of them in brief as a way to improve project working, avoiding geographic distance’s troubles, enhance time use and energize team work:

  1. Hangouts: for meetings.
  2. Gmail: for message interchange.
  3. Drive: for storing and documenting.
  4. Youtube: for online presentations, combined with Google Slides.
  5. Calendar: for due dates.
  6. Tasks: for project management.
  7. Sites/blogger: for publication.

Learning through teaching

In some of the subjects I teach, as Natural Sciences, my students have to prepare different works about what they are being taught, and, then, do a presentation for the rest of their classmates. This approach imposes some problems:

  1. Shyness.
  2. Nervousness.
  3. Exam like feeling.

To avoid all of that this school year I’ll change my strategy and use the following new one:

  1. Students will prepare a Slides presentation.
  2. They’ll record themselves privately at home using Hangouts:
  1. Showing their presentation.
  2. Explaining it.
  1. They’ll share it with their classmates and me.
  2. We will see the Hangout and grade it.

And more...

  1. Personal brands (professional profiles).
  2. Social Media and community management.
  3. Analytics and advertising.
  4. Effective infographics and videos.

CONCLUSIONS

After working for years with Google Apps my overall feeling is way positive:

  1. I can see my students evolve as professionals and take advantage of the Cloud.
  2. Since I started using it, my productivity has dramatically increased.
  3. My professional activity has become ubiquitous, and I can even write documents using my mobile when I am relaxing in the beach.
  4. And even more, I can integrate everything, as tools evolve and become interconnected.

If you check my blog you can see I’m quite pro Google, despite I’m a fanatic of Moodle as well:

  1. http://andonisanz.blogspot.com/2014/09/tracking-down-buzzwords-about-education.html
  2. http://andonisanz.blogspot.com/2014/09/web-fonts.html
  3. http://andonisanz.blogspot.com/2014/09/google-apps.html
  4. http://andonisanz.blogspot.com/2014/09/remote-control-of-devices.html
  5. http://andonisanz.blogspot.com/2013/11/mobile-scanning-and-cloud-printing.html

Evolution of the apps

Google’s bet to develop a Cloud strategy for content generation tools has been one of the smartest one in years, but it’s eye-catching that:

  1. Some common sense features’ development has been delayed inexplicably.
  2. Some interfaces aren’t so easy to understand, as Youtube or Sites’.
  3. Interconnectivity among tools is not 100% yet.

Missing

In the educational buzzword humming I can feel some tools are to come yet:

  1. Tools to effectively apply gamification.
  2. More free resources, as images or sheets.
  3. The evolution of certain tools to help develop Flipped Classrooms. Hangouts could be improved with zooming, integrated quizzes, etc.
  4. Condition-based elements in Google Sites.

Proposal

To finish this document let me add some proposals:

  1. The opening of Google Classroom to the public.
  2. The adoption of engaging presentation tools, as Prezi.
  3. A specific “learn coding” project.

And, the involvement of front line teachers around the globe. Sometimes it feels like some of the strategic steps made by Google haven’t been meditated long enough, or that they have been made by people not related to Education. What about a team of multi cultural educational technologist-philosopher people?

Thank you for your interest in this document.

@andonisanz