Google Applications for Teacher Educators

ID: 31564 Type: Workshop
  1. Chris Penny, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, United States

Monday, March 7 8:30 AM-12:00 PM Location: McGavock's A

Abstract: This hands-on bring your own laptop workshop will allow participants to explore the full power of Google applications as educational tools. Many of these applications are web based, make full use of collaborative environments and engage learners in unique ways. While the array of Google tools continues to grow, the workshop presenter will focus on a tested set of applications that will enable teacher educators to realize the potential of these widely accessible and free tools. No prior experience working with Google applications is necessary, but all participants should create a free Google account prior to the workshop.

Objectives

The following Google applications will be covered, with an eye toward their power as educational tools: establishing a unique, powerful and personalize portal through iGoogle; engaging in powerful collaborations through Google Docs; connecting to the world with Sites, Groups, Reader and YouTube; realizing the power of applications such as Google Maps, Earth, Books, Scholar and SketchUp; advanced search techniques will also be discussed. In all cases, the presenter will focus on the educational potential of these tools. Participants will: Become aware of the impact of cloud computing on teaching and learning. Understand the meaning of an “integrated” approach to the use of Google applications. Use the Internet as a tool for research and collaboration beyond school walls; create multimedia, and cross-disciplinary projects.

Topical Outline

This hands-on workshop will allow participants to see the potential power of Google applications as educational tools. Many of these applications are Web 2.0 based, making full use of collaborative environments and engaging learners in often-unique ways. While the array of Google tools continues to grow, the workshop will focus on a tested set of applications that will enable educators and students at all levels to realize the promise of these widely accessible and free tools. Welcome & Introductions Overview of the workshop Advanced Google Search Google Sites Google Documents iGoogle Blogger Google Reader youtube Google Earth & Maps Sketchup Books & Scholar Google Mobile Apps *While this is a hands-on workshop, time will be provided for discussion and Q&A.

Prerequisites

A laptop and a free Google account.

Experience Level

Beginner

Qualifications

Dr. Penny is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2007 Dr. Penny became an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2009 a Google Certified Teacher. A regular presenter at professional conferences, including SITE. His efforts in teaching and research have the focus of technology integration, including a book titled Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences, published articles on eMentoring, 24/7 laptop access for teacher candidates, and ePortfolios, plus a recent book chapter on podcasting. In his most recent research project, Dr. Penny is working on an eBook reader pilot with students and faculty at West Chester University. The goal of the pilot is to determine if the convenience and features of a eBook reader are more useful than the physical qualities of a print book. Outside of teaching and research Dr. Penny serves on the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board.
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