Chrome Squad- Elementary Edition (Part 5) Finally Coming Together- Using an Interactive Chromie Bootcamp Chart

Finally Coming Together- Using an Interactive Chromie Bootcamp Chart

My ebook/Hyperdoc– “Chromebooks for Kids- Training Your Elementary Chrome Squad”  was created to better transition elementary students from iPads to the ever popular Chromebooks. It is a Step-By-Step comprehensive guide for teachers to share with their students learning to use Google tools on Chromebooks in a Personalized Environment. It was born out of my own need to have something to structure a “Google Apps Curriculum” of sorts to get my students more familiar with the new devices in our classrooms. For those of you that have been through the Google Educator Training, I modeled my book after that training process and hopefully, my material is a bit more simplistic for my younger students. 🙂 To best understand this process, go back and read posts #1-#4 about our Elementary Chrome Squad.

After months of revising and colleague input, I finally feel confident enough to post the final editions of the two main charts I used to get my “Chromies” to seamlessly work in their independent personalized Google lessons. Both charts are from my new eBook- “Chromebooks For Kids- Training Your Elementary Chrome Squad” coming out on Kindle at the end of June. Make sure that you sign up to your right – “BE NOTIFIED ABOUT MY NEW BOOK “CHROMEBOOKS FOR KIDS” if you are interested in receiving email notifications regarding my book.

This interactive “Chromie Boot Camp Chart” you see above, is the heart of my book and most commonly used by my students to stay on track. Each numbered step is interactive, meaning that the kids click on the step that links them to the Google App Lesson page they are working on. Each page has a series of videos to watch, assignments to try and followed up with a Google Form to see if they were ready to move on to the next app. Also on this chart, you can see what a Chromie badge looks like including the coveted gems they earn when they help others with the tech skills they have learned, which the kids absolutely love!

My second chart titled – “Independent Work Stations” is not interactive, however, it was also very helpful, especially at the beginning so students would know where to find help if they needed it, knowing where others were working at that same level.

In my book you will receive:

*Directions on How To Use “Chromebooks For Kids- Training Your Elementary Chrome Squad”

*6 Chrome Squad Goals To Guide Action Plans

*2 Charts to Help Manage Learning Paths for Ability Groups

*60 of my “Suggested Apps and Extensions” that link directly to The Chrome Web Store so no searching required.

*A Google Form for each of the 8 steps to assess student mastery before progressing to the next step.

*2 Pages of Printable Name Badge Styles for Students to wear, along with the actual links used to purchase what I found were the best plastic badges.

*Instructional Material to best use 6 of Google’s most basic Apps- Chrome, Drive, Docs, Slides, Keep & Draw to Create, Collaborate and Communicate Student Work

*Over 68 Links to Carefully selected Video Lessons and Websites to teach young children how to use Google Tools using a  language they can actually understand!

*How to Find, Edit & Save Images to Google Drive using 6 Different Resources to find Copyright Safe Images

*5 Suggested Video Tools to use and Share Video on Chromebooks

*Printable Storyboard for Students to Use when organizing Video Projects

*And a few creative EXTRAS!

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Chrome Squad- Elementary Edition (Part 4) Skills to Begin, Name Badges & Earning Gems

Skills and Resources Necessary to Begin

Now that my small group of 10 3rd grade Chromies understand our goals and expectations, it was time for the fun part to begin! We needed to focus on the details of what skills we should start working on together based on our own observations and classroom teacher input. It was at this stage of our process that I realized that there was a huge need for structured content resources that our elementary teachers and students could efficiently use to understand G Suite basics that were relevant for kids without overwhelming them too much.  So, I began putting together Google Slides that had a slow and methodical progression to teach my Chromies all about using a simplified version of G-Suite. After a few weeks, I discovered that the kids needed to start with personalizing their Chrome logins before anything else made sense to them. Then we went on to Google Drive, Docs then Slides since a few of their teachers were beginning to ask them to produce work using both Docs and Slides. I had no idea at this time what I had gotten myself into, that I would invest so much time and energy into the product that evolved as a result. I am very proud and excited to share with you the resources I actually curated to use for myself with you in mind in my new ebook- “Training Your Elementary Chrome Squad” coming out in June of 2017.

I am sure that we can all agree that transitioning young children from the easy touch interface of iPads they are used to using, to the virtual workflow of Chromebooks is a huge challenge but is certainly deserving of the time spent putting together material that is presented in a way they can understand. Then, to take those newly found skills one step further and allow opportunities for these students to use those new found skills on purposeful Common Core work they are doing in their classrooms. This was my mindset moving forward.

Skills Peers Needed:

Our friends needed help, Chrome Squad to the rescue!

Our “Help List” continued to grow for peers.

  1. Logging in and personalizing their Google Chrome account
  2. Introducing students to various uses of Dictation Technology (Speech-to-Text) for lower level readers and writers
  3. K-2- Common Core Skills- Resources for Reading, Writing and Math

Those Famous Chromie Badges!

We were also setting up our badging system for our Chromies to wear in their classrooms. Having Chromie badges to wear really incentivized our program and other students in our building were asking about how to become a Chromie. We were more than happy to answer- “Of Course you can!” Knowing that there would be summer sessions of my class offered soon.

 The access link to the actual PDF copy of the Chromie Badge for you to print will be included in my upcoming ebook- “Training Your Elementary Chrome Squad”.

Here is how I introduced our Chromie Badges~ “The Chromie name badge is awarded to you after you are trained in using the Chrome Browser and basic Google Drive skills.  Your name badge can then be worn to show others in your classroom, that you are able to help them on their Chromebooks.

Our goal is to help others with the skills we learn, so when you help someone to expand their tech skills, you will then come to our computer lab during Chrome Squad meetings and type out your “Chromie Act of Kindness” on our shared Google Doc. After that, you can proudly earn a Gem to stick on your badge, showing your accomplishments! As you continue to learn your “Chromie Ninja” skills, you will be able to help others even more!

In my next post, I will address how we stayed focused on our group & personal goals using two charts-

  1. Chromie Bootcamp Step Chart
  2. Independent Work Stations Chart.

Thank you so much for reading! This project has certainly been a labor of love for me.

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