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Express Yourself! Getting Googley with Apps, Extensions, and More!

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: 113BC

Patricia Smeyers   Dr. Thomas Tufaro  
People's Choice winner. Google Apps and Extensions are going Googley for Education. Students, teachers, and administrators have a wealth of tools at their fingertips to express themselves creatively to captivate an audience, prove learning, or promote critical thinking discussions. Featured: Nearpod, Pear Deck, Screencastify, Powtoons, and more. Find the tool that works for you!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: The attendees will benefit from having a Gmail account to participate in the Interactive Session. They will have time to install and explore any apps or extensions they find beneficial to help create an innovative learning environment for their students that will promote learning expression for all learners. Ensure all main Google Apps are installed, such as Google Classroom, Forms, Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Hangouts/Meet.

All materials and tutorials will also be available via a website and a Buncee Board. Nearpod, Pear Deck, Kami, and Buncee accounts will be updated to Pro longer trial versions. School Google and G Suite for Education accounts required, personal accounts also permitted but not as effective a school account for integration with Google Classroom or Schoology. Kami will be distributing coupons to use at their booth for a free gift. The number on the back of the Kami sticker will give you a chance to win a $25.00 Google Play card.

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors: GoGuardian + Pear Deck + Edulastic , Google, Inc. , Buncee , Flipgrid , LEGO Education , Edpuzzle , Nearpod/Renaissance , Kami , Lucid for Education , Tynker

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

GSuite for Education offers a variety of apps and extension to help create an innovative learning space with tools for students to express their learning in a variety of ways. Nearpod and Buncee will be the featured interactive tool with Screencastify, Powtoons, Desmos, Book Creator, Lego and many more.

We will highlight our favorites and put a wealth of others EdTech resources and tutorials on a website and hyperdoc along with resources to copy and edit. We will model the design process and share best practices and pedagogy when choosing tools through TPAK and the Universal Design for Learning. Learning objectives should be chosen before the technology tool to ensure the appropriate methodology. Resources will include assessment data, formative assessment methodology, and appropriate data analysis to ensure learning. Examples will be shown for proof of successful learning.


Introduction (10 to 15 minutes)

We plan to introduce the Googley Learning Experience using Powtoons, Nearpod, and Buncee to captivate the teachers and administrators for their professional learning. Nearpod and Buncee will permit audience interaction to capture ideas, questions, and thoughts.

Research and pedagogy of deciding assessment, learning goals, and then appropriate technology will be discussed.

Interactivity (Remainder of the session)

A hyperdoc on everythingedtech.com will be provided with tutorials.

Groups will be formed based on a common app or extension members wish to learn and discover the ways it can be utilized in the classroom. This will promote conversation and interaction. Learning goals will be discussed and then participants choose the resource and tutorial for the app or extension to create a lesson plan.

The audience will be provided with video tutorials using Google Apps, Extensions, and web tools that promote discussion, discovery, and ways to express themselves (both for students and faculty). Example lessons will be provided that have proven successful through student data and evaluation.

The presenters will model and facilitate the discovery process using their selected tools and develop a lesson, presentation, video, or artifact to used with the appropriate methodology in their classroom, schools, or training.


Any projects completed within the session will be curated on Buncee Board and embedded into a website. Each participant will receive a Nearpod Takeaway that they can edit for notes and it includes all presentation materials and links. They will also receive a Nearpod 90 Gold Pro Trail code.

We will tweet the Buncee Board for comments and voting from the ISTE PLN to vote for their favorite project. The winner will receive a gift card for their use in the Google Chrome Store Store.

Supporting research

TPAK Framework http://www.tpack.org/

CAST: About Universal Desing for Learning

Common Sense Media https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks/best-chrome-apps-and-extensions-for-students

ISTE Tech Advisor Information Gained from personal ISTE experience

TeachThought 30 Innovative Ways to Use Google Tools https://www.teachthought.com/technology/30-innovative-ways-to-use-google-in-education/

Digital Training for Student by Google https://applieddigitalskills.withgoogle.com/en/digital-training

Google Innovator Projects https://edutransformationcenter.withgoogle.com/innovators/

The Office of Technology: Reimaging the Role of Technology in Schools https://tech.ed.gov/files/2017/01/NETP17.pdf

Certified Google Trainer Resouces Group (members only)

ISTE Standards https://www.iste.org/standards

30 Things You can do to Promote Creativity https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/30-things-you-can-do-to-promote-creativity-in-your-classroom/

Google Applied Digital Skills (for ideas) https://applieddigitalskills.withgoogle.com/s/en/home

Partnership for 21st Century Learning: http://www.battelleforkids.org/networks/p21

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Patricia Smeyers, Secaucus School District/ISTE

Patricia Smeyers is the 2019 NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2018/19 Hudson County Teacher of the Year, and Certified Google for Education Trainer with a Master of Educational Technology from Boise State University. Patricia is a member National Network of State Teachers of the Year, NJ County Teachers of the Year, NJ STEM Pathways Network, NSTA, ISTE, NJAET, and TCEA, and loves her online PLN. .She has trained and coached hundreds of teachers, administrators, and professors through workshops, the NJEA Convention, and TechSpo'19 and now, ISTE19. Visit her site at everythingedtech.com.

Dr. Thomas Tufaro, Tufaro Educational Consulting, LLC

Dr. Thomas Tufaro is a 20-year veteran educator, educational leader and consultant. His career began as a classroom teacher, then to department supervisor, to central office administrator, to the founder and CEO of Tufaro Educational Consulting, LLC and adjunct professor. He specializes in interdisciplinary learning, creative use of technology to complement the curriculum, and using innovative methods to inspire teachers and students alike.

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