Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Taking your Physical Classroom Online using Google Workspace


Since COVID hit worldwide, it has affected so many aspects of our lives, not to mention how we educate our students.  So over the summer, I had the pleasure to collaborate with GAT Labs in writing a complete teachers e-guide to take the physical classroom online using Google Workspace.

In this e-guide, we provide six steps and tips in teaching online using Google Workspace for Education with K-12 students.  It provides you with a comprehensive edtech toolbelt in which you will feel empowered, comfortable, and successful.  

GAT Labs provides information on their product and demonstrated how it can be used to secure online teaching, gain analytics and much more.  Especially during virtual teaching, analytics and data are even more important than ever.  Teachers and administrators want to know how long students are working on an assignment, if they opened it up and much more.  

The e-Guide provides six steps which are outlined below.

  • STEP ONE: The Physical VS. Digital Classroom — Key Components?
  • STEP TWO: Build your Digital Classroom – Ultimate EdTech Toolbelt
  • STEP THREE: Manage your Digital Classroom & Measure Engagement
  • STEP FOUR: View things from your Students’ Perspective
  • STEP FIVE: Keep your Students Safe Online
  • STEP SIX: Constantly Check for the Right Insights

In my opinion, it is important that during virtual teaching, that we keep things as simple as possible.  I am happy to announce that this e-guide presents information in a step by step approach, and it provides examples of best practices, and practical scenarios that you can use with your students immediately.  

Visit the GAT website to learn more about "Taking your physical classroom online in Google Workspace".

Download your free copy of the e-guide.

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To the GAT Labs representatives, thank you for providing me the opportunity in working with you on this piece.  I truly enjoyed it and loved working with you. 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Remote, Refresh, and Reboot for the 2020-2021 School Year


As I start another school year, this one will be like no other start. I am fortunate because I consider myself tech savvy and a tech expert, and I feel comfortable using technology in the classroom. For example, many of us created Bitmoji classrooms for students so that they can have a sense of  routine and "normalcy" of the classroom setting. 

With that being said, many teachers do not feel the same way and have much anxiety over it.  Whether you are teaching all remote or hybrid, having a different mindset and method teaching this year will be challenging.  But we have to remember to keep things simple and to take one day at a time. 

This summer, I attended a lot of professional development and I really tried to by proactive and equip myself with the tools I need to teach and to help others in my school too.  Everything I created was with the intentions of my school in mind. As I always do, I share my resources with my PLN and with The Suite Talk community.  

Since we will be teaching in some type of remote setting, I felt it was important to refresh my mindset and really think about lesson design, classroom management, and virtual expectations during remote teaching.  Here is what I came up with.  I hope you find them helpful.  

If you have any suggestions to add, please let me know.  It is important that we support each other and #PayitForward.  As that is my mission and motto for The Suite Talk

Here is the link to the presentation that has access to the templates, etc.

Lesson Design - Keep it Simple 

Teacher Guidelines and Tips 

Classroom Management during virtual learning