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Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.
We have created a Youtube playlist of some great introductions and tutorials on Google Apps that you can use via Google Drive to improve connectivity and interactivity in classrooms. Some apps/videos you may have heard of like Google Docs or Google Forms are included in the playlist. In videos of Google Apps for Education, you can view how to create a survey, explore data visualization, and other advanced features.
In addition to videos on those familiar apps, we also feature on the playlist others like Pear Deck which can help you create an interactive classroom using polling, question and answer slides, and other creative presentation features. You can also find a video on Conceptboard which allows you to work collaboratively online on a group project.
You can check out the first video of the playlist below. You can also browse through the playlist to find videos that interest you and that are relevant to your teaching by clicking the playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video.
Ever wonder what Google Hangouts is and how to use it to connect to individuals or groups online? Google Apps provide a variety of tools for teachers and students to connect, organize and share online. Come to a workshop on Wednesday, January 28th from 12 – 2pm in Bunting 360 for a workshop on the following topics:
Google Drive (with all the fun inclusions like documents, sheets, presentations, drawing)
Collaborate online by editing Word documents with a private group. Be mindful that your Word document should be saved as a Google Document (or created in Google Drive) in order to be able to edit it. You’ll notice the icon changes from a “W” to a blue box with white lines once it is a Google Document.