Institute for Educational Development

Making Best Use of G Suite Tools and Google Classroom to Strengthen Your SOCIAL STUDIES Instruction (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Glenn Wiebe

Experienced Social Studies Teacher and Google Certified Educator

Specifically Designed for Grades 6-12 History/Social Studies Teachers, Technology Integration Specialists, and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinators

  • Dozens of practical strategies for best utilizing free Google G Suite Tools to strengthen your secondary Social Studies students' engagement and learning
  • The best free Google and Chrome web apps, extensions and add-ons for enhancing instruction in the grades 6-12 Social Studies classroom
  • Timesaving ways to more easily manage social studies students' work in Google Classroom - assign, collect, grade, and give feedback with just a few clicks
  • Receive an extensive Google resource handbook and special exclusive access to Glenn's Google folder so you can immediately link to all the resources presented in this seminar

Please plan to bring a fully charged Chromebook or laptop with the Chrome Browser installed. (This is not a requirement to attend but using an iPad, Android tablet or smart phone will not provide access to the full range of Google or Chrome resources covered in the seminar.

Practical Strategies

This outstanding, NEW seminar is specially designed for secondary educators who want to make more effective use of G Suite tools, Google Classroom, and a variety of free Google resources to enhance History/Social Studies instruction and learning. Experienced social studies teacher and outstanding presenter, Glenn Wiebe, will show you how to more efficiently tap into the power of online student collaboration, creation, and curation with G Suite for Education tools and Google Classroom – specifically for grades 6-12 Social Studies teachers.

You will also learn how to make the best use of many of the most useful Google tools for Social Studies including Drive, Classroom, Docs, Slides, Forms, the Chrome browser and extensions, My Maps, Sites, and virtual reality tools such as Expeditions and Tour creator. Glenn will share practical and timesaving strategies for streamlining everyday workflows in your Social Studies classroom. Whether you are brand new to using Google tools or are an experienced user, you'll leave this seminar with a wealth of use-tomorrow ideas. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook with step-by-step instructions for utilizing all the tools and apps presented in this seminar to reinforce and extend your learning after the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn Essential Google Classroom Practices for Enhancing Your History/Social Studies Instruction
    What every grades 6-12 Social Studies teacher needs to know about fully tapping into Google Classroom, apps, and extensions . . . The best, most useful aspects for strengthening your Social Studies instruction
  2. Boost Your Productivity AND Effectiveness as a Secondary Social Studies Teacher
    Employ the best free Google G Suite Tools, Chrome apps, and extensions to help you save time while increasing your effectiveness … Explore timesaving strategies that enhance learning for your Social Studies students and streamline your workflow
  3. Increase Collaboration, Communication, Connection, and Problem Solving
    Innovative strategies for engaging students in identifying and solving problems using Google and other web tools . . . Ways to connect students with people, including experts locally and/or globally to collaborate on and develop solutions
  4. Discover, Create, and Curate Virtual Reality Resources
    Explore the thousands of pre-created VR tours on Expeditions and uncover strategies for integrating them into your instruction . . . Guide students as they create their own tours with Tour Creator
  5. Incorporate the Best Google Apps and Extensions for Social Studies
    Discover highly engaging and relevant tools – perfect for enhancing your Social Studies instruction and program
  6. Save Valuable Time and Energy
    Explore a variety of great ways to utilize Google Forms in your Social Studies classroom . . . Learn how to digitize exit tickets and create self-grading quizzes
  7. Dive into the Newest features of Google Classroom
    Google is constantly revising and releasing new features . . . Prepare to learn about the latest Google updates that can support your Social Studies instruction
  8. Discover the World Through Google Geo Tools
    Take your Social Studies students on virtual field trips to any location in the world . . . Help your students develop a deeper appreciation for different cultures through the creation of collaboration tools of My Maps
  9. Increase Student Engagement and Motivation in Your Social Studies Classroom
    Encourage students to show what they know by utilizing outstanding Google tools that work best for them . . . Meet the diverse needs and interests of your students
  10. Receive an Extensive Google Tools Resource Handbook Focused on Social Studies and access to exclusive resources on the workshop Google Folder
    Each participant will receive an extensive Google Tools resource handbook that includes detailed descriptions and practical classroom applications of each of the Google Tools and Apps presented . . . Receive access to Google Folders filled with helpful links and online tutorials especially created for this seminar

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for making the best use of Google Classroom – specifically for history/social studies teachers
  • The most essential Google apps and extensions for enhancing grades 6-12 social studies instruction
  • Ways to work smarter, not harder . . . Learn timesaving tips for using Google Classroom, apps and tools more efficiently, including self-graded, multiple-choice and project-based assessments
  • How to find, download and install the latest Chrome apps and browser extensions that are applicable to secondary social studies instruction
  • How to differentiate social studies instruction for students in grades 6-12 using Google tools
  • What cloud-computing is and how it can make your life as a social studies teacher easier
  • Outstanding digital portfolio strategies . . . Empower students to showcase their social studies projects and digitize your classroom with Google Sites
  • Innovative ideas to help your students explore other cultures and amazing locations around the world
  • How to streamline classroom management and routines using Google tools
  • Ways to use Chrome profiles to access all your social studies content, bookmarks, and files from anywhere
  • Advanced Google applications to increase communications with students and parents
  • Timesaving strategies for providing immediate feedback to students
  • Practical, terrific ways to use Google Classroom and G Suite to strengthen instruction, productivity, collaborative learning, and high-level thinking

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

The traditional social studies lessons and strategies that we've used for years need an update. Our students are entering a vastly different political, social, and economic environment than even ten years ago. They are asking for and require a different set of skills to be successful in today's local, state, national, and global communities. All of these changes make our task as a social studies teachers more important than ever.

My goal is to share the best Google and G Suite for Education strategies, tools and resources that you can use immediately to enhance your teaching and increase student learning. In this seminar, I will share the best of what I've found to be successful. All are classroom-tested and ready-to-use with your own students. I designed this seminar expressly with the needs of both you and your students in mind. This is not a sit and get day – come prepared to explore specific tools, gather ideas, and work with others to adapt instructional strategies. It will be a practical, hands-on learning experience specifically designed to improve your social studies instruction and assessment so that your students walk out of your classroom smarter and better prepared than when they walked in.

What you do every day is too important to leave to chance, so I'll make sure you leave with the best and most effective ideas that I've found! I'm looking forward to learning together with you as we work to prepare your learners for their futures.

Glenn Wiebe

P.S. Come ready to learn, share, and engage during this fast-paced learning day full of outstanding strategies you can use immediately!

Who Should Attend

Specifically Designed for Grades 6-12 History/Social Studies Teachers, Technology Integration Specialists, and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Google Social Studies Instruction Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive Google social studies instruction resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Highly engaging instructional techniques, practical activities, and engaging tools designed specifically for social studies instruction
    • Practical, timesaving strategies and tips for integrating G Suite tools into your social studies instruction
    • Strategies for using the latest and most effective Chrome extensions and G Suite add-ons for social studies educators
    • Directions for accessing a Google Drive folder packed full with the latest lesson ideas free to copy and customize
  2. Meet and Share with other Social Studies Teachers:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in making the best use of Google and G Suite tools to strengthen social studies instruction.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Glenn Wiebe will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own social studies program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.