Institute for Educational Development

Making Best Use of GOOGLE CLASSROOM and Free Google Tools to Accelerate Student Learning (Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Eric Curts

Outstanding Teacher and Google Certified Trainer

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Technology Integration Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators

  • Dozens of practical ways to better utilize Google Classroom to enhance content instruction and increase student engagement in grades K-6
  • The latest updates on Google Classroom, Google Apps and Google Extensions to improve student projects, collaboration and communication
  • Engaging activities for accelerating student learning using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, and more!
  • Timesaving strategies to more efficiently manage student work in Google Classroom … Assign, collect, grade, and provide feedback with just a few clicks!

Practical Strategies

This outstanding NEW seminar is designed for educators working with students in grades K-6 who want to make more effective use of Google Classroom and a variety of free Google tools and Google Apps to enhance content learning. Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Eric Curts, will show you new ways to more efficiently tap into the power of online student collaboration with Google Classroom and how to take greater advantage of the most useful aspects of G Suite for Education. You will also learn how to make the best use of many of the most useful Google Tools, including Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, Forms, add-ons, extensions, and more.

Whether you are new to using Google Classroom or are an experienced user, you'll leave this seminar with a wealth of ideas you'll be able to use immediately. You will also receive an extensive Google Classroom resource handbook with step-by-step instructions for utilizing the tools and apps presented in this seminar and a link to a companion website to reinforce and extend your learning after the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Unleash the Full Power of Google Classroom
    Learn how you can make best use of Google Classroom and free Google Tools to create and organize assignments, provide feedback and communicate more efficiently with large numbers of students
  2. Utilize the Newest Features of Google Classroom
    Discover the newest features of Google Classroom … Be prepared to be amazed!
  3. Streamline Your Workflow and Provide Quick Feedback with Google Classroom
    Learn essential strategies to assign documents, name and submit assignments, provide feedback, and grade and return assignments
  4. Explore Google Docs Projects
    Incorporate engaging activities for students including writing with emojis, black-out poetry, speech-to-text tools, and more!
  5. Discover Google Slides and Google Drawings Activities
    Utilize creative activities for students including drop-and-drop manipulatives, storybooks, collaborative writing, magnetic poetry, background removal projects, and more!
  6. Make Best Use of Google Sheets in the Classroom
    Discover creative activities for students including pixel art, interactive learning games, exploring data, and more!
  7. Utilize the Full Potential of Google Forms
    Explore the amazing ways teachers are using Google Forms beyond simple survey tools, from formative assessments to data collection and beyond
  8. More Effectively Differentiate Instruction Using the Best Chrome Extensions and Google Drive Add-Ons
    Support all learners with extensions and add-ons to define words, remove distractions, convert text to speech, and more!
  9. Design Authentic Learning Projects Powered by Google Classroom
    No more one-size-fits-all worksheets … Learn how to more efficiently integrate awesome, free web-based tools into Google Classroom for engaging projects
  10. Receive an Extensive Google Resource Handbook and Access to a Specially Created Website with Helpful Resource Links
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook that includes detailed descriptions and practical classroom applications of each of the Google Tools and Apps presented during the seminar … Receive information on how to access a specially created website with helpful links and online tutorials for a variety of Google Tools

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for making best use of Google Classroom and a variety of free Google Tools to enhance content instruction in the elementary classroom
  • Creative activities with Google Docs including writing with emojis, black-out poetry, speech to text tools, and more!
  • The latest information on Google Classroom updates and coming features!
  • How to find, download and install the latest Chrome extensions that are applicable to elementary instruction
  • Ways to work smarter, not harder … Learn timesaving tips for using a Google Classroom more efficiently, including self-grading, multiple-choice and project-based assessments
  • How Google Classroom can be used to more efficiently differentiate content instruction with students in the elementary classroom
  • Innovative uses of Google Slides including drag-and-drop manipulatives, storybooks, collaborative writing, and more!
  • Advanced applications of Google Classroom to streamline your work and communicate with students and parents with ease
  • A wealth of ways to more deeply engage your students in productive collaborative learning
  • Innovative strategies for moving toward a paperless classroom
  • Real-time student assessment utilizing a number of data gathering methods
  • Engaging projects with Google Drawings including math manipulatives, magnetic poetry, background removal projects, and more!
  • Ways to use Google Sheets with students including pixel art, interactive learning games, exploring data, and more!
  • How to more efficiently utilize Google Forms for formative assessments and data collection
  • Lesser-known Google Tools that can be used for elementary activities and learning

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As educators, we want to provide students with the best opportunities to learn and grow. One way we can do this is with the best creative and practical uses of technology. With free tools such as Google Classroom, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, Forms, Chrome Extensions, and more, we can create authentic learning opportunities, more efficiently meet the needs of diverse learners, foster collaboration between students, and encourage greater creativity.

As an educator for more than 27 years, I have had the opportunity to work with students and support teachers in the use of technology to elevate learning and instruction. From my local schools, to teachers all across the country, I have had the privilege to work with countless educators on the creative use of Google Tools in the classroom.

Throughout our day together, I will share the best practices for using Google Classroom, along with a wide variety of Google Tools to engage students in the learning process, give them many ways to create and express themselves, and support struggling learners.

I invite you to join me for a day of exploration and discussion on how you can more effectively utilize Google Classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Whether you already use Google Tools or you are new to Google products, you will leave with ready-to-use projects, practical strategies and timesaving tips you'll be able to use immediately.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Sincerely,
Eric Curts

P.S. I know how valuable your time is. This seminar will focus on practical ways to incorporate Google Tools in your classroom and learn tips and tricks to save time.

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Technology Integration Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Google Classroom Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive Google Classroom resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • A detailed overview of the ways you can save time and increase your effectiveness using Google Classroom
    • Practical strategies and ideas for integrating G Suite into the curriculum
    • Tips and tricks and for using Google Classroom, Google Apps and the latest learning tools
    • Lesson ideas for topics covered in the seminar
    • Links to further resources to continue learning and exploring after the seminar
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their use of Google Classroom.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Eric Curts will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own Google Classroom 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.