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Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device

Location: W192b

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 26, 4:15–5:15 pm
Location: W192b

Tanya Avrith   Holly Clark  
Chromebooks have huge potential for creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. Explore the many ways you can use Chromebooks for creation and redefine your classroom using Chrome.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Please do not bring tablets. This is a session for Chromebooks or laptops with Google Chrome.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital age learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Chromebooks have huge potential in the area of creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. There are many opportunities for creation on Chromebooks; we just need to rethink what creation looks like using Google Apps and the Web. In this hands on, challenged based session participants will be pushed to use Google Apps in new and creative ways. Rethinking tools like slides, docs and sheets which are commonly used in traditional ways, to create reflective learning opportunities for their students. Participants will look at ways students can use Chromebooks to help students make their thinking visible using powerful web based formative assessment tools. Attendees will participate in a series of “ChromeSmashing” (using multiple chrome apps) activities to create specific products (screencasts, videos, ebooks, magazines …). Participants will work collaboratively in teams to complete their creations. This session will model practical activities that teachers can bring back to their classrooms immediately.


The Focus of this hand-on session is to get participants using Google Apps for Education and Chrome Apps in new and innovative ways to help facilitate student centred learning. (10 Minutes) Participants will begin session with a crowdsourcing activity to see how they are currently using Google Chrome and Google Apps to get their students creating. (20-30 Minutes) They will then break up into subgroups and be provided with challenges where they will follow activities using multiple chrome apps. They will be required to “chromesmash” or “layer” multiple apps together to unleash the potential creativity of the device. (10 Mins) Coming together the presenters will show some creative student examples made using Google Chrome Apps. (10 Mins) Participants will share some of their ideas and showcase the creations they made during the session. They will finish up by crowdsourcing their notes and ideas on a shared doc that they will have as a resource when they leave.

Supporting research

Devine, Jane, and Francine Egger-Sider. Going beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. Print. Juliani, A.J. Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom: Using 20% Time, Genius Hour, and PBL to Drive Student Success. Print. Lebraty, Jean-Fabrice. Crowdsourcing. London: Wiley-ISTE, 2013. Print. Martin, Kathryn. What Every Educator Should Know about Using Google. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education, 2012. Print. Ritchhart, Ron, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print. "Teaching like It's 2999." : GooglEdu! Web. 30 Sept. 2014. . "IPads vs. Chromebooks in a 1:1 Environment." Newmind Group. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. .

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Tanya Avrith,

Tanya Avrith M.A. EdTech is a passionate educator and author of “The Google Infused Classroom”; from Montreal Canada, now living in South Florida. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator. With deep roots as a teacher and pedagogue, Tanya consults with schools to help plan and execute large-scale deployments and professional development plans for digital citizenship, technology integration initiative and organizational development in schools. Tanya is currently the Personal Branding and Digital Communication Teacher at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Holly Clark, The Infused Classroom

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