Today we began the new school year! This year brings with it a lot of new and exciting opportunities for our students. One of those opportunities includes the influx of chromebooks in a few classrooms. I was blessed with these new devices after working with iPads for the last 4 years.
With this thought provoking idea, I developed a new idea. Why not have students create something that was shared out to the world that describes the syllabus, the class, and them personally? After talking to my principal, +Chris Thompson, and a fellow teacher (My wife), +Amanda Houp, I created an assignment on Google Drawing for the first day. (Copy of assignment Link)
As students came into my class, I had them grab a chromebook and log into their School Issued Google Apps Account. Of course a few students had forgotten their passwords, but with me being the Google Apps Administrator it was easy to change their passwords. Then I directed the students to the Google Classroom site in order to enroll in my "class" (classroom.google.com). To do this, I displayed the enrollment code on the TV. Some students logged on, others struggled. To help alleviate this and get students on the same page, I had the logged in students (experts) help those struggling. This helped everyone get on the same page much sooner. Also, I created a basic example that I would turn in if I were a student which gave visual learners an idea of how to approach the assignment. (Copy of Example)
|Google Drawing Template (Copy)|
Details of Assignment
|Google+: Student Work Shared|
Tips/Tricks:Here are a few of the shortcuts I learned and passed on to my students:
|Image Attributed to Alice Keeler|
Ctrl+L= Highlight URL
On a chromebook, use three fingers on the trackpad to switch quickly between various open tabs within Chrome.
Are there other ways to do this? Absolutely! But overall I was very happy with the amount of preliminary skills students developed. If you have other ideas or tips, please share for others to learn!
|Google Classroom Assignment|
My website for all my classes: Coach Houp's Website
Alice Keeler's Website: Teacher Tech