This session was a lot of fun as I got to share the power of using Google Collaborative tools. Most teachers had used Google Docs to create and store their own work. Kind of like a flash drive in the clouds. But very few had used the tools to collaborate with their peers or with students. I shared lots of resources and ideas. And then we actually had a chance to try our hand at collaborating on a few projects. In the first project, I asked everyone to share something that they had learned at the conference on a Google Presentation slide. I was able to invite teachers to join because at the beginning, I had asked them to fill out a form including their e-mail address. I was able to go into the Google Spreadsheet and easily copy the list of e-mails and paste them into the share part of our Google Presentation. This was the first time I tried to gather e-mail addresses in this way and it worked slick for gathering info at a session like this. At the end, we had just a few minutes to explore collaborating with a Google Map. I had teachers post a placemark and share what type of innovative and engaging uses of technology they were using in their district to improve student learning. Great hands on fun and a glimpse into how easy it can be to collaborate using Google Tools.
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