Institute for Educational Development


Doubletree - Bristol
42 Century Drive
Bristol, CT, 06010

November 13, 2015

$239.00 per person

Make Best Use of Free GOOGLE APPS and TOOLS to Enhance Content Learning

(Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Meredith Martin

Outstanding Google Certified Teacher, Google GEO Teacher and Google Educator

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K 6: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators

  • Dozens of practical ways to utilize a variety of free Google apps and tools to enhance content instruction and streamline student engagement in grades K-6
  • The best Google apps for enhancing content instruction in grades K-6
  • Save time and more easily manage student work in the new Google Classroom … Assign, collect, grade, and give feedback with just a few clicks
  • Make best use of Chrome web apps to support student content learning in grades K-6
  • Use specific features and functions of Google tools to help your students meet and exceed state standards for mathematics and language arts
  • Differentiate instruction more easily with Chrome apps and Extensions that allow you to customize Chrome and better meet the needs of all of your learners
  • Receive an extensive Google apps and tools resource handbook and access to a specially created website so that you can immediately link to all of the resources presented in the seminar … And more!

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 a variety of free Google apps and tools to enhance content learning. Google Certified Teacher, Meredith Martin, will show you how to make the best use of many of the most useful Google apps and tools for use in grades K-6 including, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google forms, add-ons, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google drawing and more.

Discover new ways to more efficiently tap into the power of online student collaboration with Google Drive and how to take greater advantage of the most useful Google Apps for Education. Meredith will also share about the ways many districts are stretching their technology budgets through the incorporation of affordably priced Google Chromebooks for students.

Whether you are working in a school or district that has “Gone Google” or an educator searching for free tools with a variety of practical applications to enhance your instructional program, you’ll leave this seminar with a wealth of ideas you’ll be able to use immediately.

You will also receive an extensive Google apps and tools resource handbook with step-by-step instructions for utilizing the apps and tools presented in this seminar as well as the details that will enable you to connect to a companion website to reinforce and extend your learning after the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Make the Best Use of Free Google Tools to Enhance Content Instruction in Grades K-6
    Learn practical applications for utilizing free Google tools to enhance content instruction … Go beyond the basics and discover the latest improvements in the tools you’ll want to use the most in your instruction
  2. Incorporate Google Apps and Google Drive for Online Document Collaboration and Communication
    Discover the amazing variety of practical ways Google apps and Google Drive can significantly enhance student-to-student, student-to-teacher and collaborative communication
  3. Use Google Voice, Translate and Calendar to Enhance Communication
    Make constant online communication a reality with less effort on your part, including communication with non- English speaking parents
  4. Teach Your Students Advanced Search Techniques
    Learn how to use truly advanced search techniques on Google that will make both your and your students’ work more time efficient
  5. Utilize Google Tools to Help Your Students Achieve and Exceed Your State Standards in Mathematics and Language Arts
    Put the variety of Google tools to work to help your students meet many of the skills identified in the your state standards
  6. Integrate Google News, Calendar and Google Cultural Institute into Your Classroom Program
    Access newspapers from any part of the world and from hundreds of years ago to today … Virtually travel the globe to visit famous museums and galleries and invite visitors from around the world into your classroom
  7. Discover the Latest Updates for Google Earth and Google Maps
    Utilize the latest updates for Google Earth to take your students on virtual field trips and literary trips … Create literature-based maps and learn how to create your own virtual tours
  8. Harness the Power of the New Google Classroom
    Discover ways to save time and more easily manage student work … Assign, collect, grade, and give feedback with just a few clicks
  9. Get the Most from Google’s Research Tool
    Teach your students how to more efficiently research and appropriately cite print and digital sources while avoiding plagiarism by utilizing Google’s built-in research tool
  10. Receive an Extensive Google Apps and Tools Resource Handbook and Access to a Specially Created Website Full of Helpful Resource Links
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook that includes detailed descriptions and practical classroom applications of each of the Google apps and tools 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 using a variety of Google apps and tools to enhance content instruction in grades K-6
  • Timesaving ways to use Google Calendar to streamline communication with parents
  • How you can more deeply engage your students and increase their depth of knowledge of geography and literature using Google Earth and Google Maps
  • Work smarter, not harder Learn timesaving tips for using a variety of Google tools more efficiently, including self-grading, multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank online assessments
  • Utilize a combination of Google tools to support your students to meet and exceed your state standards for language arts and mathematics
  • Innovative strategies for using Google tools to teach research and citation skills … Learn how to quickly tell if your students are plagiarizing
  • The latest new features for the Google tools you’ll use the most in your classroom to enhance STEM and STEAM content learning in grades K-6
  • How to get a free phone number from Google that will forward to your cell phone or leave a voicemail in your email inbox
  • Ways to use Google Translate for documents, letters and real-time voices in parent conferences
  • Where to locate engaging lesson plans with pre-built resources on a virtual literature trip across the globe
  • How Google tools can be used to differentiate instruction with students in grades K-6
  • Using Google tools to create cross-curricular projects that encourage collaboration and higher-level thinking
  • Strategies for using Google’s Research Tool to help your students write true research reports and to teach citation skills
  • Advanced Google search techniques to streamline your work and guide students in their research
  • Transition tips for moving seamlessly from Microsoft Office to the Google Suite of Tools

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As a technology teacher and integrator, the most powerful tool in my arsenal has become Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Google provides an astonishing array of powerful, FREE tools for teachers and students that can help you take your teaching from ordinary to extraordinary! Since my district implemented GAFE almost ten years ago, student engagement has positively soared.

As an experienced elementary classroom teacher, I know how precious your time is. I have designed this seminar to showcase the most useful Google apps and tools for use in grades K-6. I will be sharing with you some of the many ways to effectively integrate GAFE into your existing curriculum.

Among the topics I will be sharing with you during the seminar are:

  • The Best Google Tools for Grades K- 6
    Develop a solid understanding of Google’s most well-known office productivity tools. I will be sharing both technical instruction aspects as well as proven and engaging ideas on how to use these tools with students.
  • Google Classroom
    You’ll discover how Google Classroom will allow you to create a virtual classroom that makes it easy to digitally assign and collect work from your students. You will learn how to set up a Google Classroom and how to use the simple but powerful tools built into it.
  • Beyond the Basics of Google Apps for Education
    You’ll learn more advanced ways to use Google apps, including topics such as creating self-grading tests and quizzes, desktop publishing, interactive documents, and more.
  • I Didn’t Know Google Could Do That!
    While many people are familiar with Google’s suite of office applications, there are many other powerful tools available that can be implemented in education. We’ll look at some amazing tools such as Google News, Chrome apps and Extensions, Maps, Google Art Project, and many, many more.

Technology can be either a huge timesaver or a huge time sink. It is my goal to save you time and work by providing you with the best Google apps and tools to enhance your teaching and streamline your work. You’ll leave with a full toolkit of resources for getting started with the suite of Google apps and tools. I will also showcase some of the lesser known apps and tools that can make teaching and learning both fun and relevant to enhance your students’ content learning.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Meredith Martin

P.S. All of the tools I will be sharing are free or low cost and easy to access. As an experienced classroom teacher, I know just how precious your time is so I have designed this seminar to show you the most useful applications of Google tools to enhancecontent instruction,improve student learning and streamline your communications with parents, students and colleagues.

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook and access to online resources. Included in the handbook are:
    • Lesson ideas for topics covered in the seminar
    • Strategies for teaching state standards in language arts and mathematics using Google tools
    • Practical Google tools to increase teacher/parent communications
    • Google apps and tools to assist with information, literacy and digital citizenship
    • Step-by-step instructions with screenshots for the more advanced Google tools
    • Links to further resources and lesson plans developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Google community
  2. Make the Best Use of Your Time:
    Our goal is to make the best use of your time during the seminar while providing you with the greatest variety of practical technology applications for your classroom. To accomplish this goal, Meredith will use a large screen multimedia projection system to demonstrate specific apps, tools and projects throughout the day. You are welcome to bring a fully charged laptop with a Chrome browser installed or Chromebook computer, but it is not a requirement to attend. Your resource handbook and a specially created website will support your individual hands-on exploration of the ideas and resources presented during the seminar when you return to your school.
  3. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in using Google apps and tools to enhance their classroom programs.
  4. Consultation Available:
    Meredith Martin will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your school or district.
  5. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  6. 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.