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Google Teacher Academy Returns!
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | Author:

Just a quick post to say that there will be another Google Teacher Academy in the UK this year. Full details can be found here: http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html but it is well worth applying. I found it to be a full-on day of innovation, enthusiasm and ideas with some of the best teachers in the country.I loved every second of it and I would urge you to apply if you get chance.

My blog posts about it are here: http://ianaddison.net/?s=gtauk

Edit: It’s cringeworthy now, but here is my video from two years ago…I must say that I wasn’t going to apply and it wasn’t until the last minute (literally completing it with half an hour to spare) that I finished my video. I had intended using Animoto for a 60second video until I realised that my account only gave me 30 seconds so I needed to make a few and chop them together. The video is painful to watch, but it got me in, so I must have done something right?!?

Google Apps Workshop
Saturday, May 28th, 2011 | Author:

I am delighted to announce that we will be hosting 2 Google Apps workshops at my school in July. These workshops are aimed at people who are maybe thinking of using Google Apps within their school and want to get an overview of the tools available. Even if you are not interested in using Google Apps in your school, we will give a great overview of the tools available for everyone to freely use including Gmail, Sites and Documents.

I will also talk about the ways in which we are using Google Apps within my school and will showcase some examples of children’s work using Google Sites and talk about the changes we have made to the online learning at my school.

The workshop is being hosted by both myself and Zoe Ross (@Zoeross19). Zoe is a Google Certified Trainer so it should be a great session. If you are interested in attending, please have a look at the flyer below and contact Zoe using the details below.

I’ve discussed my use of Google Apps a few times and my children really enjoy using the various tools that Google has to offer. We started using it (properly) just 2 months ago and already we have had 180 children creating websites about their topics, staff moving all planning onto Google Docs and the Calendar in use on our school website. I see that we will continue to grow and grow with ways that we use it.

With this, others started asking how to do this or how to do that, so I thought I’d make a guide.the idea is that this guide will take you from nothing to being setup in a few hours (taken at a leisurely pace with a cup of tea and some biscuits).

Someone joked that this would be on www.undertenminutes.com but there is no way. It is a biggie. It has taken most of today to plan, write, screenshot and edit. I am very happy with it though. However it doesn’t even begin to discuss how to use any of the tools, that can be for the second edition!

So here it is. Thanks to @kvnmcl and @primarypete_ for checking it and thanks to all of the people on the last page for helping me along the way. I really hope that this is useful and it starts you on the journey to using Google in your school.

If you do have any questions, please email them to me or comment below. I will add updates to a later edition of the guide.

The guide is embedded (and downloadable) below or can be found at http://www.bit.ly/googleappsguide



Google Apps or Live@Edu?
Friday, July 30th, 2010 | Author:

I’m writing this on the train on the way back from #gtauk – the Google Teacher Academy. It’s 9pm and I’m shattered but buzzing. There are so many different things that I could blog about, and I will, but for now it’s the toughest one.

NOTE – Although written on the way home, I sent this to a colleague at the LA to check through for me and to make sure I wasn’t saying anything inappropriate. Hence the delay in posting. Just for the record, although it was checked, it is being posted without any changes. This is 100% my blog post from the train home.

Let’s start by saying I don’t see myself as important, however I know that I have some influence. I have spent two years training teachers throughout Hampshire and I’ve been the full-time face of our Learning Platform. I’ve met hundreds of teachers and shared ideas with them. I know some of them read my blog, and will read this, so I do have some influence. This means I do have to be careful, well a bit careful, but I also want to be honest. I think my honesty is something that some people like and some people hate about me, but it’s who I am.

In Hampshire, we will soon be launching our cloud computing solution. This originally started as an email project to replace our outdated email solution. This soon became a cloud computing solution looking at Google or Live@edu from Microsoft. I’m a big fan of Google and we used it as part of the Learning Platform training, but the panel chose Live@edu. I was part of this panel, so why was the decision made?

Cost played a part. To tailor it to what we wanted, there was a large difference between the two. There was also the roadmap. Google famously don’t share their roadmap with anyone, apparently even with their staff. Is this a bad thing? I know lots of people love the love the fact Google move at 100mph and constantly add new features. We decided this would be a bad thing for most teachers as they would get used to one tool and then it would change the next day. This happened today with some of the lead learners and I heard ‘this wasn’t like this last week’ four or five times today. Would this be a nightmare for staff and for training? Possibly. So Live@edu was chosen and I duly signed up to be a pilot school starting in October. Then the GTA came along.

Like I said, I’m a fan of Google and I know what it can do, or at least I thought I did. I learnt so much today that next week I will be installing it in my school. That’s where the dilemma comes in. Do I need both? What would Live@edu bring to the table that I couldn’t do in Google? In Live@edu I can store and edit documents, albeit one user at a time. I would have email and I would have calendar. All of this is possible with Google though. With Live@edu, the accounts would be created by the LA and linked with other schools, this is a benefit, but is it a good enough reason for me to run both systems?

So why am I worried about the cloud? I know some people reading this would have dismissed Live@edu out-of-hand and I spoke to a few people today and they couldn’t see why I was even contemplating using it when Google is so much better. But like I said, if I do something differently, will it affect other schools and their usage? Am I thinking I have more influence than I actually do and they’ll all be fine? Surely there’s a need for both as a colleague has Google in his school and is also signing up for the Live@edu pilot.

There’s a lot of thought that needs to go into it, 9:30pm after two crazy days (yesterday I was at Naace) is not the ideal time to be thinking of these things. I’m going to a school that hasn’t been thinking of working online yet. I have the potential to change it completely, but I need to get it right. I have a tough decision ahead. I don’t want to go against the authority, but I also need to do what’s right for my school.

PS – A huge thanks to @dfearnley for double checking this. As I said, I haven’t edited it at all, but we are lucky to have a guy like Daniel in charge in Hampshire.

#gtauk – a quick reflection
Friday, July 30th, 2010 | Author:

Wow. I want to reflect. I want to share what I learnt. I want to go and have a play with the tools. But where to begin?

The Google Teacher Academy is CPD like I’ve never seen before. My training courses can be quick, but nothing like this. We covered things in 45minutes if we were lucky, sometimes things were covered in seconds. Breaks were often 5minutes. The beauty of it is that everything is available online for everyone to go and check out later. It will take days to go through it all! The resources are here: http://www.cue.org/gtauk

The whole experience was incredible, from meeting people I’d only met on Twitter to meeting brand new people I’d never heard of before. The main thing for me was learning so much new stuff. I always thought I knew how to use Google and I knew enough to get by. I barely scratch the surface at the moment. We were shown features we had never known existed and new ways to use the things we thought we already knew.I’ll share two for now.

Who else has their lunch menu on a Google calendar? This was an idea from Danny Silva. Create an event that shares the menu, get this event to tweet out the choices for dinner and then use Twitter’s RSS feed to embed this on your website. This means parents can follow your lunch choices on the school website, via Twitter or through the Google calendar if they have access. Fab idea.

Random idea of the day came from Ronald Ho who presented via Video conference. Ronald was amazing and made spreadsheets fun. Yep, fun. Although there were many useful tips he shared, my favourite was the random stuff feature (my name for it). Simply write 3 objects in three cells e.g. apple, banana, pineapple. Then hold CTRL and drag the corner to extend the cells. You’d normally write 1,2,3 and dragging would give 4,5,6 etc. With fruits, it then gives you a selection of random fruit. Ronald showed that it works for US States and European countries but I tested it with UK counties and that worked too. Fab feature! When combined with Google lookup, you can collect population, size and other data too.

All-in-all a fantastic day and it will take me the rest of the summer to digest and blog it all.Thanks to everyone at Google and for @tombarrett for gently-nagging Google to make it all possible.

House and Homes
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 | Author:

This was going to be the topic of a 5minute presentation at the Google Teacher Academy, but I wasn’t lucky enough to be selected. @ZoeRoss19 and @dajbelshaw suggested I blog about it instead. So here it is…

One popular topic within KS1 looks at houses and homes. I’m not going to suggest loads of ideas for that topic because I’m sure someone else has done that already. This is a very simple idea that I used when teaching a one-off lesson to some Year 1 children a couple of weeks back.

As mentioned, by Simon Haughton amongst others, Google Streetview is a fab tool for letting you walk around the streets and be nosey investigate. So when we were discussing the difference between terraced houses and bungalows or semi-detached and detached houses, I brought up Streetview and we went and walked down a few local streets. This worked well for some different types, but it did take me 5 minutes to find a bungalow!

So, to help me infuture, I’ve made a map. This time it is publically editable so anyone can add houses on to the map. I’m not suggesting you add your home address, but do you have some bungalows nearby? Or a block of flats? What about some Tudor houses? If we all found some houses of historical significance near us, we could build up a good little resource.

To see the houses, simply click on a pin and then choose More and then Streetview. Feel free to press Edit and add your own to it though. As you can see, mine are all local to me!

The map can be found at http://bit.ly/housesandhomes

Other maps can be found here:

http://bit.ly/teachmap – Teachers from around the country/world

http://bit.ly/castlemap – Castles around the UK

http://bit.ly/giraffemap – Beachers around the world (made by @joga5)

Let me ask you a question
Friday, July 09th, 2010 | Author:

Do you send any surveys out to parents? children? governors? staff? How do you it? On paper or online?

As part of our VLE training we show Google Forms. These are a fab way of asking questions and collating answers together, the best thing being that the data analysis is done in seconds. So how do you do it? Go to http://docs.google.com and then Create a new form. Type in your questions, drag them around if they need re-ordering and pick a theme. Once you’ve done all of this, embed it in your website, blog or VLE. Going back to the document, and clicking ‘Form’ will bring up results and let you make changes. If you’re stuck, visit http://www.ictvideohelp.co.uk for videos to help you out.

So what sort of things have people used it for?

  • Topic Evaluations – How did our topic go? What would you improve etc
  • Internet Access Survey – Do you have computers at home etc
  • PE Survey – Each year your school fill out a PESSCL survey for Activemark
  • Self-Evaluation – Ask the children how they think their learning has gone
  • Induction into Year R/3 – for parents
  • Training Evaluation – What training do the teachers require?
  • Course Feedback

Set it to notify you when it is completed and use it to report problems to your ICT technician. Log calls with them so they know what to expect when they next visit, saves looking in a book when they arrive.

At the bottom of your survey, there’s a URL, why not use http://bit.ly and shorten the address to a few characters so it will fit on a text message to parents or newsletter?

Do you have any other ideas? How have you used surveys or questionnaires?

Google Teacher Academy Pt2
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 | Author:

Oh, do you remember my post about the Google Teacher Academy? Well Iwas lucky enough to get an email on Friday to say that I have a place at the academy. I was very shocked as there are some amazing people that didn’t get in! Also, my video could have been better, but I guess I did something right to convince them I was worthy. Looking at the list, there are people from the US, Africa and India!

So what does it mean? I have no idea! Someone asked me if it was about showing teachers how to search using Google and another asked if it was a competition and if I still had to beat the other 49 applicants! I don’t think it’s either. It’s more about collaboration, creative thinking and exploring potential.

I know it will be a long, fantastic day working with some people I have met briefly such as @mattlovegrove or @tombarrett and some people I talk to and admire but haven’t met, such as @deputymitchell and @dajbelshaw. It should be a very exciting day full of opportunities and potential and I know that we will all be sharing our learning with you after the event