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Get Goog-Smacked: An Epic Smackdown of G Suite Tools and Teaching Tips

Location: W375/Skyline

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Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: W375/Skyline

Kasey Bell   Eric Curts   Vicki Davis   Matt Miller  
Join a high-energy panel of Google Suite pros to learn about best practices and tips from K-12. During this smackdown, panelists will share at least 50 tips and examples of how to use G Suite tools across all subject areas and grade levels, including some of the latest innovations.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will benefit from having a Google account and a Gsuite for Education account is even more beneficial.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to give practical suggestions for teachers across the spectrum of grades and subject areas in order to help teachers and coaches understand current best practices for one of the most popular platforms in use in education today - Google Classroom and Gsuite. In this panel, some popular thought leaders and experts in Gsuite will be sharing their hacks in a speed round format that has become so popular. Additionally, a back channel conversation will be facilitated in order to allow the audience to ask questions of the group.
This panel will address the challenge of cutting through the proliferation of apps and tools surrounding Gsuite and get to what works for students. From workflow, to subject areas, grade levels, and tips for beginners, this panel will provide instructional technology coaches, teachers, and anyone interested in Gsuite a quick overview of what is out there and what is popular and is being used right now.


I. Things we wish every teacher knew about Gsuite - 15 minutes
A. Formative and Summative Assessment
B. Student and Teacher Workflow
C. Time-Saving Hacks and Tips
D. Things Every Teacher Should Know
E. Hacks for Struggling students
II. Grade Level Smackdown - 15 minutes
A. PreK and Kindergarten
B. Grades 1-3
C. Grades 4-6
D. Grades 7-8
E. Grades 9-12
III. Subject Area Smackdown 15 minutes
A. Math
B. Language Arts
C. Social Studies
D. Sciences
E. Language Learning
IV. If there could be only one - each panelist will share their favorite app for beginners to start with in Gsuite. - 5 minutes
V. Backchannel Q&A - 10 minutes

Supporting research

Ditch that Textbook and Ditch that Homework by panelist Matt Miller discuss a new pedagogy that includes a flexible student-centered face to face and online classroom. Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis, panel facilitator, discusses the importance of creating online spaces for improving writing and building community. Additionally, it discusses how the best practices for online writing differ from that of traditional “essay” writing in the face to face classroom. The pedagogy has changed because the tools have changed.

The new Google Classroom setup has required teachers to learn a new tool in order to create a flexible online learning space. Two of the most popular resources include The Teachers Guide to Google Classroom by Kasey Bell covers the basics of getting started with Google classroom and Control Alt Achieve - - Eric Curts' blog featuring hundreds of resources and ideas for using G Suite tools to improve teaching and learning.

Furthermore, Google Classroom is used to collaborate in ways as mentioned in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds co-authored by Vicki Davis shares concepts for collaborating and connecting students in online spaces which will be relating to this panel discussion.

This session is first and foremost about effective student-centered digital learning. As arguably the most popular digital learning space - Google Classroom and Gsuite are indispensable tools for the modern school. Instructional coaches and teachers are challenged because this tool is iterating so quickly. Therefore, a panel with current thought leaders will be helpful for teachers, instructional coaches, professors, and administrators who want up-to-date knowledge from practitioners on what works today.

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Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning LLC

Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium

Eric has been in education for 26 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google Apps for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as elearning and other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides Google Apps training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at and runs the award-winning blog where all of his Google Apps and edtech resources can be found.

Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Georgia, blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and hosts the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. Recently named the top female #edtech influencer on Twitter, Vicki has worked with global collaborative projects since 2006, winning ISTE’s Online Learning award for the co-creation of the Flat Classroom Project. Since that time, Vicki has co-created more than 30 global collaborative projects, most recently, MAD about Mattering, a global collaborative app development project. Vicki loves reaching every child and helping them find their strengths and helping teachers be remarkable.

Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook

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