Google Drive Add-Ons for Education

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Overview and Purpose

The topic of this course, Google Drive Add-Ons for Education, will encourage educators to implement engaging learning platforms in their classrooms. This course is designed for educators of all levels who want to ensure their students are mindfully engaged in the lesson and understanding the content, at the moment of the lesson while using Google on a day-to-day basis. While these add-ons from Google are geared toward synchronous courses, they can also be used for asynchronous courses and allow educators to check for understanding. Educators will feel comfortable navigating the environment of Google add-ons and incorporating them into their courses depending on how each platform impacts the lesson and fosters an engaging class setting.

Needs Assessment

The Instructional Problem

Our current student body is growing up within the twenty-first century in classrooms that attempt to use technology to foster student growth and understanding. The NYS Board of Regents Statewide Learning Technology Plan, adopted in 2010, acknowledges “Technology is a path for teaching and learning, but it is also a body of practices, skill, and knowledge to be learned.” Despite this, educators are expected to share an understanding of technology and online practices they haven’t been prepared for themselves. The use of the Needs Assessment process will allow educators access to materials regarding online platforms that will encourage them to introduce the content with their students. The vision for the Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards of New York State is “Every student will know how to live productively and safely in a technology-dominated world. This includes understanding the essential features of digital technologies, why and how they work, and how to communicate and create using those technologies.” These skills will be shared with educators who will then use these tools in their own classrooms to embolden students in their use of technology for academia and not merely personal entertainment. Furthermore, these skills are necessary for students in their lives after high school as illustrated by CyberStates.

What Will Be Learned

In this course, educators will be exposed to the various opportunities made available by the frequently used Google Drive. The frequently used Google platform provides educators with the ability to build on their everyday use of Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets with add-ons. An add-on is an additional tool that educators can search for to build on their use of the more commonly accessed aspects of Google. In doing so, educators will become accustomed to making their lessons more accessible while also exposing their students to tools that can assist them in their education. Furthermore, the New York State Education Department acknowledges “Digital tools are available to assist educators in communicating with students and families, facilitating remote or online learning, and creating engaging instructional and learning opportunities for students.” Despite this, educators often resort to the tools they know, but when they expand their tools with add-ons not only will planning a lesson become easier but ensuring all students are engaged and understand the content will become far more straight-forward and will allow educators to address student needs while data is collected on their behalf; all while exposing students to technology.

Performance Objectives

  • Participants will be able to articulate the specific uses of Google Extensions
  • Participants will be able to plan a lesson with extensions based on student needs
  • Participants will be able to integrate digital skills into daily lessons
  • Participants will be able to distinguish which digital platforms heighten specific skills

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Google Slides Extensions

Participants will be exposed to the extensions aimed at heightening student engagement. The extension will revolve around PearDeck

Unit 2: Google Docs Extensions

Participants will be exposed to extensions aimed at increasing student productivity. The extension will focus on Mote

Unit 3: Google Classroom Extensions

Participants will be exposed to extensions aimed at implementing creative student assignments. The extension will include FlipGrid.

Technology in the Classroom

Extended Resources

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Darling-Hammond, L., Barron, B., Pearson, P. D., Schoenfeld, A. H., Cervetti, G. N., Chen, M., Stage, E. K., Zimmerman, T. D., & Tilson, J. L. (2015). Reading for Understanding. In Powerful learning: What we know about teaching for understanding (pp. 71–112). Wiley.

Krajcik, J. S., & Blumenfeld, P. C. (2006). Project-based learning. In R. K. Sawyer (Ed.)., The Cambridge handbook of the learning sciences (pp. 317-333). Cambridge University Press.

Larson, M. B. and Lockee, B. B. (2020) Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide to Instructional Design. New York, NY: Routledge.

McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. (2012). The understanding by design framework. Alexandra, VA. ASCD.