Time. It is very precious to me; it is something I don’t have enough of, and something I am always trying find. If there is a new app or resource that will save me time, I want to know about it. In this blog post I am going to talk about Google+. This online community can be a great time-saving resource.
Coming up with all encompassing, technology-enriched, globally-relevant, scalable lessons is time consuming! Add in a “new to you” course, grade level, or subject area and we are often stretched to our limit. And let’s face it, with the arrival of Chromebooks, we are all trying to revamp and improve our teaching methods and assignments to not only include this new technology but also leverage it to improve student achievement as well.
So, why not share the work? If you are lucky enough to have a teaching partner in your school, you probably already do this. But, let’s think bigger; let’s share to more people; let’s help each other across grade levels, across subjects area and across schools. All teachers in the Durham District School Board have access to Google+. This online community is the perfect place to share ideas and resources. You can find it in your “waffle” or you can simply type “plus.google.com” into the Omnibox (the fancy name for the place where you type a URL).
As I look through all the posts on Google+, in a matter of minutes, I was able to find examples of exit tickets using Google Forms, multiple videos on PE games, a presentation on how to utilize shared Chromebooks, math examples, art examples, etc. And one great thing about these resources – they were created or vetted by someone in the DDSB.
Now, imagine what this community would be like if we ALL posted one assignment, one rubric, and/or one example of how we utilized Chromebooks and other technology in our class! What if we made multiple posts? I challenge you to ignore that inner critic and to post something you did or used in your class – even if it isn’t perfect. Let that be the starting point for someone else. Think of what we could achieve if we all shared our work and expanded on what was already done.
If you need help getting started, here is a great resource on Google+.
I am looking forward to sharing with you and seeing your posts – so please tag me!