Institute for Educational Development

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What's NEW in GOOGLE TOOLS and GOOGLE CLASSROOM to Enhance Content Instruction (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
John Sowash

Outstanding Google Certified Teacher and Trainer

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators

  • The most important changes and updates to the G Suite platform: Drive, Chrome, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more!
  • The latest updates to Google Classroom that you can use right away
  • The hottest new apps and extensions to improve student projects, collaboration and communication
  • An extensive Google Tools resource handbook filled with ready‑to‑use ideas, app recommendations, activities, and more valuable and practical ideas

You are welcome to bring a fully charged Chromebook or laptop with the Chrome browser installed. It is not, however, a requirement to attend this seminar. An iPad or Android tablet will not provide the full range of Google or Chrome resources covered in this seminar.

Practical Strategies

Keeping up with constant updates and changes on Google Classroom and Google Tools is challenging. This outstanding NEW seminar is your shortcut to success! Experienced teacher, author and Google Certified Trainer John Sowash will skillfully share the latest updates to Google Classroom, Forms, and Chromebooks, focusing on providing you with practical ideas and strategies you can use immediately.

This seminar is designed for educators working with students in grades 6-12 who want to make more effective use of Google Tools and Google Classroom to enhance content learning. John will show you how to better harness the full potential of Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Keep, YouTube and Chrome in your classroom.

This seminar is appropriate for both new and experienced users of Google Classroom. You will also receive an extensive Google Tools resource handbook that details how to connect to a companion website to reinforce and extend your learning after the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Get the Latest Updates on Google Classroom
    Get the latest updates on Google Classroom and learn how Classroom makes assigning and receiving documents easier for both you and your students
  2. Receive NEW Templates and Lesson Ideas for the 6-12 Classroom
    You'll receive a selection of lesson templates created using Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms that you can use in your classroom
  3. Explore the Latest Google Drive Add-Ons
    Take Google Drive to the next level by leveraging amazing add-ons for Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
  4. Discover the Hottest NEW Chrome Apps & Extensions
    Extend the capabilities of your Google Classroom with these NEW Chrome apps and extensions
  5. NEW Ideas for Creating Authentic Learning Projects
    No more one-size-fits-all worksheets … Learn how to integrate awesome free web-based tools into Google Classroom to power multimedia projects, websites, HyperDocs and more!
  6. "Secret" Google Products You Might Have Missed
    We'll explore several lesser-known Google products that have amazing classroom potential!
  7. Explore New Tools for Students with Special Needs
    Together we will explore the latest accessibility features of Chromebooks, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
  8. Discover the Latest Strategies for Grading Student Work
    These tips and strategies will help you save time while providing students with useful, personal feedback
  9. The Latest Chromebook Trends
    Learn about the latest features, tools, and strategies for teaching with Chromebooks
  10. Receive an Extensive Google Tools 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 applications of each of the Google Tools presented during the seminar … You'll also 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:
  • The latest information on Google Classroom updates and coming features!
  • Dozens of proven ways to utilize free Google Tools to increase student engagement in grades 6-12
  • Five new tools you can use alongside Google Classroom
  • Efficient ways to use Google Sites for collaborative research projects
  • New tools to encourage STEM exploration and skill building with Google Classroom
  • Proven ways to work smarter, not harder … Learn timesaving tips for using Google Classroom more efficiently, including self-grading, multiple-choice and project-based assessments
  • Tips for using the hottest, NEW Chrome apps and extensions
  • Unusual and creative ways to use Google Classroom to improve collaboration and communication with teams, clubs, and colleagues
  • What is Google working on next? Hear about unreleased features that are being developed
  • Effective strategies for better organizing digital resources and lessons using Google Drive and Team Drive
  • The latest features and ideas for using Google Forms
  • Learn about the latest Chromebook trends
  • Innovative ways to use Google Drive to design student-centered projects
  • Podcasting in the classroom – tools, and strategies to help you get started

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Staying current on the latest trends in educational technology is a difficult task! Google alone pushes out hundreds of updates each year to Google Drive, Classroom, and Chromebooks - tools you probably are using in your classroom!

Don't worry! I've got you covered!

Each year I carefully review ALL of the latest updates, trends, and tools for the Google platform and summarize them in this seminar. Spend the day with me and you'll be up to speed on all of the latest and greatest tools, features, and strategies you can use in your classroom!

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 enhance content instruction, improve student learning and streamline your communications with parents, students and colleagues.

I invite you to come learn with me for a day. My goal is to provide you with the inspiration, knowledge and resources you need to successfully and practically transform your teaching and students' learning experience. I will provide you with a handbook that will go far beyond the subjects we are able to cover, as well as a website where you can find more information and frequent updates as Google adds new tools. Whether you are an experienced Google teacher or a new user of Google, you will walk away with new knowledge and lesson ideas that can be used the very next day.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar.

John Sowash

P.S. I have uncovered so many AWESOME new tools and features to share with you! We are going to have a GREAT day together!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Google Tools/Classroom Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive Google Tools/Classroom resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Detailed lists of the best NEW apps and extensions for each subject area
    • Step-by-step instructions with screenshots on the latest features of Google Classroom
    • Lesson ideas for topics covered in the seminar
    • Introduction to Google Tools not covered in the seminar
    • A simple summary of ALL of the most IMPORTANT updates and changes to your favorite Google products.
    • 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 learning the most current updates for Google Tools and Google Classroom.
  3. Consultation Available:
    John Sowash will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the newest features of Google Tools and Google Classroom.
  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.