It is very important for teacher candidates to become aware of and proficient with Google Apps and how it can be used to transform teaching and learning. When looking for a teaching job, it is highly likely that the schools they encounter will use Google Apps to some level.
- Of the 30 school districts I directly support in my job, all 30 of them are Google Apps districts
- Google Apps for Education is widely used throughout the state of Ohio, across the country, and around the world
- Chromebooks account for more than half of all classroom devices, surpassing Apple and Microsoft options
Below is a slideshow presentation I went through with the students to give them a big picture overview of what Google Apps is, the benefits for schools, and details of the most common Google Apps tools and how they are often used in schools.
Below that you will also find my suggestions for what preservice teachers can do between now and getting a teaching job to improve their knowledge and skills with Google App tools.
To Do in the Meantime
So what can preservice teachers do between now and getting a teaching job to improve their knowledge and skills with Google App tools? Below are five practical steps to learn more and to show potential employers that you know how to use Google Apps to impact students.
1) Learn with your personal Gmail account
When you get hired by a Google Apps school, they will provide you with a Google Apps for Education account. In the meantime though, you can access and use almost all of the same tools just by using your personal Gmail account. Anyone can get a free Gmail account, and it comes along with Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Drawings, Contacts, Calendar, Sites, Classroom, and more.
2) Join your local Google Educator Group
I run the GEG for the State of Ohio at: http://tiny.cc/geg-ohio
You can find and join your local GEG at: https://www.google.com/landing/geg/groups/
3) Participate in #GAFEChat
You can see the upcoming GAFEChat dates and topics, as well as an archive of past chats, at: https://sites.google.com/site/gafechat/home
4) Get Certified
You can learn more about the certifications in my slideshow here: Google Slides link
You can get specific information on the Educator levels at the links below:
Google Certified Educator Level 1
Google Certified Educator Level 2
5) Connect with me
A final great way to learn more about Google Apps in schools is to stay plugged into the resources I share. There are several ways to stay in the loop:
- Subscribe to my Control Alt Achieve blog at: http://www.controlaltachieve.com
- Watch my Google Apps webinars: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/webinars
- Subscribe to my eNewsletter at: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/newsletter
- Follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ericcurts
- Follow me on Google+ at: http://gplus.to/ericcurts