Are you a teacher in a Stirling Council school? Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator? Are you already certified at Level 1 and looking to progress to Level 2?
This year we are hosting two Google Bootcamps to allow staff to become Google Certified Educators at both Level 1 and Level 2.
Dates and venues:
Thursday 21 March and Friday 22 March (Bannockburn High School)
Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May (Dunblane High School)
Staff wishing to sign up must have permission from their Head Teacher to be out of school and must attend both days of the course.
Highland Council have produced (and kindly shared) an excellent series of resources aimed at supporting the use of G Suite in Science. However it’s not just for science teachers! There is some great guidance on using Sheets for keeping a record of marks, and Forms for tests.
This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme “together for a better internet”. On the website there are resource packs available for all age groups, from 4-18. The resources include videos, assemblies, and various activities for children and young people to do.
In line with the theme of making the internet a better place, there are a couple of great resources that are moving away from the “e-safety” model to more of a “digital citizenship” approach, and encouraging young people to make the most of the opportunities technology provides.
BBC Own It has the awesome tagline “be the boss of your online life” and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. As well as advice about dealing with bullying and so on, it has lots of information about developing digital skills and creativity. It has a “friendly older sibling” feel to it, with lots of videos by YouTubers.
Google’s Be Internet Legends is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It includes the “Interland” game, resources for teachers and parents.
Both BBC Own It and Be Internet Legends are available for free online and can be accessed directly or via the tiles on Glow.
Last year’s Safer Internet Day post is still available, with lots of links to more resources!
As many staff will know, and some parents and carers may have seen in the local media, from August 2018 all S1 pupils in Stirling Council secondary schools will be issued with 1:1 Google Chromebooks. This is part of our Stirling Digital Learning strategy.
For more information, see our new pages:
Chromebooks: Information for Parents and Carers
Chromebooks Risk Assessment
We will be adding more information specifically for teachers in due course, but for now check our our previous G Suite posts for some hints and tips!
For those of you exploring how to use G Suite, it’s worth checking out the G Suite Learning Center. There are lots of tips and how-to articles – go to “Learn by Product” at the top to find out about particular tools (Classroom, Docs etc).
For those who have not yet seen it on Twitter, next Thursday (30th March) we are hosting a Google Roadshow at Wallace High School. There will be the opportunity to see Google Classroom in action, try out a Chromebook, and discuss how G-Suite can be used in school. Colleagues from other Local Authorities are welcome!
Sign up here!
So you’ve set up a Google classroom (see this post for a link to a handy video showing you how to do that). How do you go about setting work for pupils and collecting it in?
The second video in the series by Google classroom guru Dean Stokes explains all sorts of things you can do with Classroom. This includes Read & Write, a Chrome extension that is free for teachers and which can be bought as a subscription for pupils.
So the Google tiles have appeared on your Glow Launchpad. What next? There are many services within G-suite, some of which (eg, Drive, Docs, Gmail) you may well have used before in everyday life. One of the more powerful tools is Google Classroom.
See the video below for an introduction to G-Suite, and in particular Classroom and how you can use it with the other services such as Google Docs.
Check out this cracking video where Stirling High’s S1 pupils explain how they use their Chromebooks to learn.
The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed two new Glow tiles appearing on your school’s Launchpad recently.
These allow all staff and pupils in Stirling primary and secondary schools access to Google’s suite of educational apps. If you click on one of these tiles, or alternatively go to the regular Google Drive page, you can log in using your normal Glow username, but with @stirlingschools.net on the end.
…using your regular Glow password. If you sign on through Glow, you will only need to do this once, and your Google login will then be linked to your Glow account.
More information and training about these tools will follow, but for a taster have a look at Google’s own information about Classroom and G-Suite for Education.