Sunday, October 9, 2011

Episode 2 Podcast - Google Apps

The State of Tech - Episode 2 - "Google Apps for Education"

Summary: In this episode we talk about Google Apps for Education including benefits, practical uses, challenges, and additional resources.

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  • SOITA Conference December 6th and 7th, Dayton Convention Center Dayton Ohio. Focus on mobile learning. Sessions for school administrators, tech coordinators, and teachers. Keynotes by Leslie Fisher and Tammy Worchester (link)
  • ITSCO Technology Leadership Symposium 2011: Learning in the Cloud November 3rd, Holiday Inn Worthington Ohio (link)
  • Tech Tools Conference Fall 2011: Sponsored by NWOET and WGTE October 10th, Oslcamp Hall BGSU Bowling Green Ohio. Keynote by Rushton Hurley, Google Certified Teacher. (link)
  • SPARCC Fall Technology Conference - October 10, 2011 - RG Drage Career Center - Free - (link)
  • Midwest Google Summit: November 3rd and 4th Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sessions led by Certified Google Trainers, Google Certified Teachers, and members of the Google Apps for Education Team.  Keynote by member of the Google Apps Team, Chromebooks playground, network with other schools using GAFE. Registration is $250 (link)
  • K-12 Network Subsidy Application Open - The Ohio K-12 Network offers services to all public school districts in the State of Ohio, linking classrooms to each other and the Internet, while providing access to voice, data, video, electronic mail and other educational resources for students, teachers and administrators. The subsidy application is now available online, and closes October 31. (link)
  • OETC 2012 Call for Proposals - The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, October 12th at 11:59 pm - Submit a Session Proposal: This year's theme, Next Generation Innovation, invites proposals that embrace thoughtful integration of technology into the classroom experience; share efficiencies with technological advances in education; and evaluate tools for teaching all of our students. Proposal submissions are due by Wednesday, October 12th at 11:59 pm. Proposal notifications will be emailed by Friday, November 11th. To learn more, or begin your proposal, visit (link).
  • The 2010-11 BETA Data is Here - BETA data and tools are now available online to aid districts in technology planning/implementation, customizing LEA reports, pre-assessing technology needs for E-Rate and more. Information collected from the BETA surveys is a state-wide resource for policymakers in considering the progress and future needs of educational technology initiatives within the State of Ohio. (link)
  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Announces Student Video Contest - High school students are invited to submit a 60-second video on Internet safety for the 2011 Take Action High School Video Contest. The top three winning individuals or teams will receive college scholarships of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively, and an opportunity to be featured on the Attorney General's website. Videos must be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General's Office and postmarked by December 15, 2011. Winners will be announced in early 2012. For more information, go to (link).

Awesome Thing of the Week
  • Sean: iOS App: BookCreator $6.99. Allows you to make ebooks right on your iPad then export to iBooks. Include text, and images saved on your iPad.  (link)
  • Eric C: Chrome Extension - Cloud Save - Allows you to save files, documents, and images to many popular cloud storage services including Google Docs, Picasaweb, Dropbox, and more. (link)
  • Eric G: LogMeIn - (link)

Main Topic: Google Apps for Education

Useful Links - Examples of how Google Apps are being used
  • Easy email communication with large groups of staff, students, and parents - (link)
  • School calendars for district, buildings, classes, teams, and more - (link)
  • Sign-up for shared resources, labs, and such - (link)
  • Homework hotline - (link)
  • Scheduling Parent/Teacher Conferences - (link)
  • Collaborative lesson planning - (link)
  • Shared resource repositories - (link)
  • Improve student writing revision process - (link)
  • Collaborative student note taking - (link)
  • Collect and analyze subject specific data - (link)
  • Sign up for lab usage - (link)
  • Collect data for science experiments - (link)
  • Online quizzes and tests for students - (link)
  • Web site for district, school, class, activities - (link)
  • Student portfolio - (link)
  • Online learning activities, webquests - (link)
  • Track and calculate mileage - (link)
Useful Links - Additional Resources

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