Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Class #1

This summer I am taking 3 classes.  This will help put me all the way across the pay scale and take some pressure off of myself to get there...

My first class has been Google Apps in the Classroom taught through Doane College by the one and only Lisa Pospishil (check her out on twitter, youtube and a "few" other places).  It has been great. The crazy thing is that EVERYTHING has been online.  Not one piece of paper has been used.  If that isn't the way of learning in the future...

Some of the super fun things I have been learning about are
This site is awesome.  It allows you to upload/enter your vocabulary and it will create flashcards, games and tests for your students to study from.  In 20 minutes I created a set of flashcards for every vocabulary section my PLC made this year.  It is so awesome!  

This website allows you to build your own customized "canvas." It has different size, styles and is so simple to use.  Here is the one I created for my Google Site.  It honestly took less than 15 minutes and went right into the site.

We have been also learning about being more effective in using YouTube and all things Google.  
We have also been working on creating a Google Site.  
It isn't going to take over my blog but where my blog is for me, this site is more for my students. 


  1. Love your Google site! I have been playing around with making one for next school year! Supposedly every teacher is going to need one next year in our district... we"ll see... I am going to work more with it this summer. I love how you set up all your tabs! I have found it harder to create and use a Google site than my Blogger site... maybe I just need to learn more... :)

    1. Thank You! That is kinda what our district is leaning towards since we have become a Google school. It is definitely harder to set up a Google site but the "gears" to help "manage site" and "edit page layout" are the biggest helpers. I am planning on mine being a semi-static site that is updated yearly... my blog and twitter will be my faster/easier go to. I am glad I did this in a class.

  2. What template did you use? I really like the "simplicity" look of your site! Thanks :)