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Using Google Classroom to Provide Timely, Personalized Interactive PD for Teachers

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 49

Dr. Alice Christie  
Dr. Alice Christie and Tony Vincent share numerous strategies for using Google Classroom for professional development to K-20 educators locally or globally. Learn how to avoid the inherent barriers to traditional PD, and maximize learning and participation of educators with more relevant and engaging PD.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google account
Up-to-date Chrome or Firefox Browser
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Regularly evaluate and reflect on their professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology-enhanced learning experiences.
  • Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management and adult learning to improve professional practice.
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We recognized that there is a great need for individualized professional development for teachers rather than the one-size-fits all model of the past. We saw a growing consensus about the need to individualize PD as a topic was showing up continually on Twitter chats and teacher Facebook groups.

Google Classroom was a natural framework for us to use to provide professional development that allowed teachers to set their own learning paths. We wanted to empower our adult learners to interact with other learners, learn from us and their peers, and be in charge of their own PD.

Previously, Google Classroom was limited to those with G Suite for Education accounts. Now everyone with personal Google accounts can join and create classes. We welcomed this development as independent educational consultants because we could now use Google Classroom to offer professional development to teachers locally and globally.

We were thrilled to learn that teachers loved having a space for connecting with other teachers from different grade levels and subject areas to create cross-curricular projects and learn from each other.

Over time, we’ve also realized that this framework would allow us to offer other opportunities for PD:
• Small group book studies around professional books that interest teachers
• Protocol groups that help teachers improve lesson plans or that examine student work
• Subject area meetings across grade levels
• Instructional videos
• Videos of teachers discussing their professional learning paths

Alice has used Google Classroom for ongoing PD at a 7-12 school focusing on leveraging technology to transform classrooms into innovative learning environments where students take active roles in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in learning goals. She also plans to use Google Classroom to support her Making Marvelous Websites workshop scheduled for June 2018, and numerous other PD opportunities for teachers seeking to integrate technology more effectively in their classrooms, improve their instructional strategies, and enhance student learning.

Tony invited educators to join his Classy Graphics with Google Drawings class. Seventy-five participants from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Greece, and South Africa enrolled. It was such a success that he is now offering other PD opportunities through Google Classroom.

Purpose and Objectives

After participating in this poster session, educators will:

• Understand the myriad of possibilities for using Google Classroom as a venue for individualized and interactive professional development
• Understand that Google Classroom can be effectively used with adult learning
• Be inspired to use Google Classroom within their spheres of influence for share ideas with other educators
• Feel invited to participate in PD offerings by either Alice or Tony or both
• Feel less intimidated about using Classroom and other Google tools in their teaching and professional learning
• Be willing to explore the ever-growing collection of innovative Google tools that allow teachers and students to redefine learning in ways that were previously inconceivable,
• Understand that Google Classroom can be used to create environments where questions and discussion are increasingly learner generated, rather than teacher generated

Evidence of success

Our momentum as professional developers who use Google Classroom is building. We are successfully using Google Classroom to provide professional development that allowed teachers to:
• set their own learning paths
• have spaces for connecting with other teachers from different grade levels, subject areas, and often different geographical locations
• experience individualized and interactive professional development that features collaboration and creativity
• feel more fully engaged and inspired to seek professional development learning opportunities


• The story of our journey to use Google Classroom to create individualized and interactive professional development through our words, photos, videos, websites, and handouts
• Examples of Alice’s Google Classroom PD opportunities
• Examples of Tony’s Google Classroom PD opportunities
• Our Google Classroom Professional Development Model
• A website supporting the presentation
• QR Codes to our resources


• 10-minute summaries of our experiences as educational consultants exploring ways to use Google Classroom as a new venue for professional development


• Interacting with participants
• Sharing examples
• Providing time and guidance for participants to browse our print and digital materials
• Answering questions posed by participants

Supporting research

Using the latest design trends that demand an interface that is simple, elegant, and free of unnecessary distractions, Google Classroom helps the adult learner focus on productivity, collaboration, and creativity.

Originally designed to facilitate paperless K-20 classroom environments that allow teachers to have instant access to student work, and manage every aspect of the classroom workflow digitally, Google Classroom can be easily adapted to facilitate professional development for teachers. Professional developers can:
• provide PD that is flexible, interactive, and engaging
• develop classrooms where teachers can take ownership of their professional learning.
• share resources with learners
• facilitate communication among all members of the learning community
• work collaboratively with all members of the learning community
• model how to use Google Classroom in K-20 classrooms

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Dr. Alice Christie, Arizona State University

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