Developing Pedagogy

Tracy Clark Metacognition Without Tears

posted Aug 25, 2015, 7:53 AM by Gafe Training

Developing Literacy Skills Through Google Apps for Education @MeldrumKim

posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:14 AM by Gafe Training

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This is an exciting time to be a student!  Google Apps for Education offers teachers and students many different ways to develop literacy skills.  One of the first things we need to remember when planning teaching and learning opportunities for our students in the area of literacy development is the fact that reading and writing develop from oral language. This means that we need to provide our students with a myriad of ways and opportunities to talk, sing, chant and rhyme.

GAFE provides us with a number of ways to do that.  Below please find just a few examples:

Have the student create a picture on Google Draw and then use Screencastify (Chrome webstore) to record the student telling a story about their drawing.

Nina the Princess

A twist to the simple activity above would be rather than having the child tell a story about their drawing have them retell how they created the drawing.

A great additional asset to these demonstrations of learning is that they can be easily shared with the child’s parent.

As well, They are saved on the Drive for future curation by the student into their portfolio.

They provide evidence of language development when compared to the activity being done at a later date.

Develop Reading Fluency

Students can work independently to develop their reading fluency.  Text can be created on a Google Doc; either by the student or by the teacher at the child’s reading level.  

Matteo and Reading Fluency

The student then records themselves using Screencastify reading the text.  They are encouraged to play it back, dump and redo depending on their fluency.  This also helps students become self aware.  They develop independence in reading fluency.

Five Critical Skills to Empower Students by Ki Sung

posted Aug 19, 2015, 12:46 PM by Gafe Training

In this article Ki Sung shares learning from the work of Alan November about the five critical skills (technology as tools for learning) that help empower students.

GAFE and Social Studies

posted Aug 18, 2015, 10:25 AM by Gafe Training

Richard Bryne - Free Technology for Teachers has written an excellent post with ideas for using GAFE as a tool to support social studies learners.  The ideas posted are also super in support of the development of literacy skills.  Click on the ink below.

Using Google Apps to Improve Math Teaching and Learning

posted Dec 18, 2014, 11:55 AM by Gafe Training

Emily Fitzpatrick, teacher at Upper Grand District School Board, recently presented about how to improve Math teaching and learning by using Google Apps for Education. Here are some of her resources from her blog which can be found at 

5 Creative Ways to use Google Slides

posted Dec 18, 2014, 11:44 AM by Gafe Training   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 11:51 AM ]

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Accessibility in Google Apps for Education

posted Sep 19, 2014, 1:31 PM by Christopher Webb   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 1:38 PM ]

This blog entry from Google explains how Google Drive and Google Apps are designed with everyone in mind at all stages.

Online Tutorials & Classes

posted Sep 18, 2014, 9:42 AM by Christopher Webb

So it is the run up to exams, and you want to reach out to students one last time, you want to answer their questions, offer a revision session, but they are not in school. Don't worry, Google Hangouts on the Air are the solution. You can carry out a live broadcast session, where students can use the Q&A feature to ask questions, and then you can answer using either a webcam, screen sharing or text. Once you are done your 'Hangout' will be uploaded automatically to your YouTube channel, and onto Google+ for all of your students to see. This apps show episode explains Google Hangouts on the Air. 

1:1 Classrooms - "Don't Just Duct Tape a Tablet to your Curriculum"

posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:56 AM by Gafe Training   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 2:33 PM ]

In this video Jennie Magiera talks about how the use of Technology in the classroom is an opportunity for developing a new curriculum, and not for just duct taping a tablet onto your existing curriculum. 

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