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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