New! Summer Google Basics For Kids Series and Chromebook Training Resources!
With another school year coming to a close, many of us are making plans to relax and enjoy our long-awaited Summer Vacation! We take time to reflect, rejuvenate and build professional goals for the following year. Maybe even reading the latest New York Times Best Seller on our back porch in the morning peace, arranging to visit with family and friends or even spending time on a beloved hobby. But what about our “Tech Integration Goals” for the upcoming year?
So many of us now have Chromebooks in our classrooms. As a result, there appears to be a huge need for resources to help train teachers and students to access all the incredible free Google Tools our new devices have to offer. This is a common theme I hear from all of the feedback I am getting from teachers EVERYWHERE!
To help you build up your own Chromebook Skills over the summer, I highly recommend The Chromebook Classroom, by John Sowash. I went through John’s online class as well as his book and loved his easy to follow format and resources. John also works with schools to get their new Chromebook deployment up and running, so he is a great resource to utilize. See his site for more details.
If you are looking to learn WITH your students, instead of worrying about taking so much time to learn for yourself before teaching your kids, why not use another trusted resource to share with your students and expedite the process of learning to use your Chromebooks in creative ways?
I have two more suggestions for you!
- Chromebooks For Kids Slides This is a fantastic way to introduce your kids to all the G Suite Apps with over 45 slides packed with video links and “I Can” statements to guide your instruction.
“I cannot say enough positive things about this resource. Our daughter has flourished in this program. We have watched her use the skills she learned in Chrome Squad and put them to use in an entrepreneurial endeavor. Robin is a great teacher who masterfully uses the technology to facilitate learning for the kids.”
“My son’s knowledge about how to use his Chromebook has grown tremendously this year after taking Mrs. Limpert’s Chromebook classes! He loves learning all the great stuff it has to offer! It’s very fun and easy to understand. He really enjoys making Google slides and is able to navigate with ease! He’s actually teaching other kids in his classroom how to do stuff! I’m so excited about his growth from taking Mrs. Limpert’s Chromebook courses!!”
“Chrome Squad has been an awesome experience for my 9-year-old daughter! My daughter is confident in her tech skills and is able to teach other students. When I ask my daughter what is her favorite part about Chrome Squad, she says “learning new things on Google Drive and Google Keep.”The ideas and activities in the training guide have been tested and used with students and teachers.”
2. My New Summer Series – Includes Keyboard Awareness, Digital Citizenship & Google Basics
In this new Summer Series, I would like to provide resources to help you begin your year teaching kids that are new to Google and maybe even a Chromebook, the very basics necessary to build independence and confidence when given a digital task for the upcoming school year.
Over the last 5 years, I have taught 2nd-5th graders to use Google/Chromebooks. I have found a few common skills that are critical to developing a strong digital foundation to build upon. Just like teaching children to read and write, there are foundational skills that build a developmentally appropriate succession of skills that allow our students to be independent using digital tools to develop 21st Century skills: Communicate, Collaborate, Be Creative and Think Critically. I love STEAM projects and giving kids these type of experiences but many kids are missing basic skills and get extremely frustrated when they have so many gaps in their understanding of how to navigate their own digital work.
Sample topics- How to be safe online, bookmarking websites, basic Google search skills, finding and saving safe images, collaborating, basic time-saving keyboard shortcuts that kids will use daily and much more!
John Sowash shares in his book how he helps young kids get logged into their devices, which is probably the biggest problem at the beginning of the year! According to John, here are a few other skills that our Elementary Students need to be able to master:
*Managing Devices- Charging, Storing, etc..
*Trackpad & Mouse Skills
*Using the webcam to take pictures & scanning a QR Code
*Using Voice Search
So, we will get started in my next post with “Keyboard Awareness”. Notice I did not say “Keyboarding” or “Typing” speed. I believe that young kids need exposure to meaningful keyboarding experiences, to begin with. Spoiler Alert- In my district, we found that spending class time getting kids to meet a typing speed & accuracy goal was not a good use of instructional time.
Purchase Your Set of Slides (Coming Soon!)
At the end of this series, I will offer you my complete set of Keyboard Awareness/Basic Keyboarding, Digital Citizenship & Google Tools (Still in Progress) to teach your kids how to build digital independence. My Slides break procedures down into bite-sized pieces, offering you kid-friendly language and all the links and images you see throughout this series so that you may easily use my Slides in class.
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