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Up Your Google Game! Tools to Individualize Student Learning

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 204AB

Christie Burns  
Individualize instruction by app-smashing G-Suite tools with Chrome apps and extensions. Discover a variety of templates created for elementary learners you can replicate for your own classroom. Explore ways to differentiate instruction, review content, create flipped tutorials, offer enrichment and interactive activities and provide individualized interventions for your students.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
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: Google Chrome and Google Apps including Slides and Draw
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In any classroom, students have a wide variety of needs and levels. Teachers are challenged to differentiate content with limited time and resources. This model allows teachers to utilize their time more effectively by creating digital resources that can extend their small group instruction after students leave the teacher table.
Participants will learn ways to individualize instruction. They will understand some ways to combine Google tools with Chrome apps and extensions to create simple, yet powerful activities geared to specific student needs. Templates will be shared that can be replicated and modified to meet the needs of individual classes. Tools include, but are not limited to, Google Draw, Google Slides, animation in Google Slides, screencasting, Stop Motion animation, Touch draw app, and Flippity (in conjunction with Google Sheets). Participants will learn ways to utilize the interventions and easily share them with students.
Evidence of success: I have developed these activities over the course of three years while coaching teachers at O.A. Fleming Elementary School in Freeport, Texas. There has been a great need to fill in gaps in learning and to provide enrichment for students who have mastered objectives. We started working on creating digital activities to help meet these needs. As we have piloted these activities in classrooms, we have seen growth in student learning and mastery of objectives.


*Introduction (2-3 min)
*Examine the challenges teachers face with meeting a wide variety of needs and differentiating for students with limited time and resources. Discuss how this led to the development of this intervention process and how it has changed over the past few years as we’ve personalized for a wider audience. (5-10 min)
*Introduction of differentiated templates, interventions and enrichment, flipped videos, interactive practice, review & practice activities. Look at samples, talk about the free tools used to create each and how to get them. Demonstrate how content can be changed or modified. Explain how they can be easily replicated. Show participants how to make a copy and change content for their own use. Share ways these can be shared to students for classroom use or as blended learning stations. (30-35 min)
*Show participants where to find the slides for “putting it together” with the how-to step-by-step for using the templates and personalizing them so they can access them later. (10 min)
*Questions (5 min)
*Closing comments, links and contact information for further questions (3-5 min)

Supporting research

This article shares a summary of educational research showing benefits of differentiated instruction for students with a wide range of abilities.
Author: Tracy A. Huebner

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Christie Burns, Brazosport ISD

Christie Bray Burns is a Digital Learning Coach in Brazosport ISD outside of Houston, Texas. She has an MEd from Arizona State University & over 20 years experience in education. She specializes in using Chromebooks with young learners, ages 4-8 years and is a Google For Education Certified Trainer. In addition to being an educator, she is a traveler, artist, photographer, wife and mother. She has extensive experience traveling, living, & working abroad, but currently calls the Gulf Coast of Texas home.

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