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Fast Hacks Using Google for Productivity

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, November 30, 12:15–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Desiree Alexander  
Need to work smarter and faster? Learn how to combine your knowledge of Google products with tips and tricks to use them faster and better than ever! This fast-paced session will have you using these tips before you leave the session.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Accounts
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to show new Google tools to participants and show them how to use the tools they already use in a more productive manner. It is also to answer questions from participants about the functionality of Google tools...those burning questions that they always wanted answered are welcomed here! Audience members also participate in answering each other's questions as well.

1. Participants will evaluate how to use Google Chrome, Drive, Templates, Keep, Calendar, Extensions, Slides, Sheets, Classroom, Forms, Explore Buttons, and Add-ons in more productive and innovative ways.
2. Participants will be able to redeliver this content to other teachers and students to help them be more productive while they are learning and teaching. This will allow them to work smarter, not harder!

Sample of the skills they will learn: Chrome • Omnibox • Rubik Cube • Sign in to multiple accounts • Bookmarks • Pinned Tabs Templates • Find Templates • Create Templates Explore Button • Show that each has one Drive • Create a folder • Use Starred • Use number system to move folders to top • Moving files in folders using side panel • Color Coding Files Calendar • Creating Appointment slots • Add attachment to calendar invite • Sharing calendar with free/busy • Add Hangouts to calendar invite • Move date by dragging Forms • Password/Response Validation • File Upload Keep • Creating lists • Create reminders Sheets • Sum/Function • Sort • Filter • Text Wrapping • Conditional Formatting Slides • Presentation tools • Speaker notes • Expanding the screen • PearDeck • Slides Carnival Classroom • Mention for meetings Extensions—Top 12 for Productivity • Auto Text Expander • Boomerang • WiseStamp • AdBlock • Extensity • Google Docs Quick Create • Print Friendly & PDF • Kami • Save to Google Drive • Share to Classroom • • Floating for YouTube Extension

Evidence of Success:
--Evaluation of session
--Participant participation
--Participants using skills at their campuses with students and co-workers


Content and activities:
-Audience will work along with the presenter while skills are being presented
-Audience is encouraged to ask questions
-Audience will participate in a deep dive connecting how these skills can be used in the classroom and with co-workers so they not only know the skills but know how they want to individually use it

Time: 60 minute session (can be modified for 90 minute session if needed)

5 minutes: Introduction
50 minutes: Interactive teaching of skills, participants ask questions
5 minutes: Closing and evaluation

-Throughout the session, the audience will be participating and will be encouraged to ask and answer questions as well as giving their own tips as well.
-A Padlet will be used as a backchannel

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications, including IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert. She is a 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau, 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers among other honors. Learn more:

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