Begin With Connection: Relationship Building Using Google Tools

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Becky Lim  
Stephanie Rothstein  

Connection is key. Learn how Google Tools connect students, staff and teams. See how to gather learning-style information with Forms, use Sheets to tabulate a learning-style "score," create about-me slides and use Jamboard for teams. Use all school year to have conversations, provide feedback and really talk to one another.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Suite: Forms, Sheets, Slides, Jamboard
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to build Google Tools skills while understanding a powerful way to use these tools in the classroom to guide communication.

Models used: Storytelling, Demonstration, Participatory Practice - Attendees provide the data like students, Guided Practice, Question and Discussion

Participants will understand why connection is key.
Participants will learn how to use the suite of Google Tools to connect with Students, Staff, and Teams.
Participants will practice and create using form, sheets, slides, and jamboard.
Participants will apply personality, communication, teams to their own classroom.
Participants will apply use of Google Tools to future planning in their own classroom.

This has been implemented in classrooms all over the world over the United States and the World in the last 6 months: United States (California, Ohio, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York), Colombia, Spain, Italy, Mexico, England, Australia, and more. Educators and students have been using and reflecting on their growth.


10 min Why/Story - Connection to Classroom, Connection to Coaching Practice
6 min How - Model Form, Take Personality Assessment, Show Form/Data
10 min What - Work with Data, each get a copy and learn to use formulas
12 min What - Create Slides showing use of grey space, templates, while applying current personality
12 min What - Group Reflection (self grouping on slide with discussion on Jamboard)
10 min Application - How will this be used in your classroom or school? How can you use Google tools to enhance communication?

Supporting research

Case Studies showing the implementation for True Colors:

Using Personality can Enhance Instructional Practices:

Please Understand Me Book:

Stephanie Rothstein has been using in her classroom for 18 years and has started collecting teacher and student anecdotes and data about the impact and sharing on

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Becky Lim, East Maine School District 63

As a mentor and leader in education, Becky aims to create a positive and sustainable impact across education! She is an innovative and passionate Digital Learning Coach that serves to support teacher and student growth. Becky transitioned from an elementary teacher to a coach, where she currently supports teachers district-wide. With a Master's in educational leadership and a graduate certificate in Instructional Technology, Becky uses her skills to drive meaningful EdTech integration. She works with educators globally as a Global Google Educator Group leader and co-hosts the 3 Caffeinated Coaches podcast. Find out more at

Stephanie Rothstein, Santa Clara Unified SD

I am an EdTech Consultant, Writer, Public Speaker, Google Innovator, Trainer and Certified Coach, and currently serve the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District as an EdTech TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) and Chair a Design Thinking pathway. My TEDX talk, “My Year of Yes to Me” can be found on and I am proud to have written many articles for Edutopia and other publications. Check out my website to read publications, presentations, and listen to interviews. Connect with me on Twitter @Steph_EdTech.

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