On our recent 11/3 Inservice Day the Nordonia HS teachers approached Angela with a few questions regarding how to add more educational technology in their classroom, which happens to be the high school gymnasium. Angela responded with four words. "Let's try Google Classroom!" A little leery, they agreed. They grabbed their laptops and worked with her for about an hour to set up their Google Classroom as well as create a shared folder in their Google Drive account where they can share materials with one another like never before. With PE classes requiring more standards involving research and charting individual student data, using Google Classroom and Drive just makes sense to streamline that content within their courses. Also, when the teachers attend out-of-district professional development as a team in the coming weeks, students will be able to work on an online project in class and submit their work within the GClassroom. All three teachers walked out of the IMC with excitement and eagerness (and a sigh of relief because it wasn't scary at all).
This is another example of how taking time to learn new tools can really benefit teachers and the end result is more instruction, even when teachers are not physically in the building. Also-another thought. Why not make a Google Classroom for your athletic team? Post stats, important information, schedules, and interact with your players like never before! Never stop learning, Nordonia!