Overview

In support of innovative technology practices in K-12 schools, the University of Idaho provides professional development opportunities to practicing teachers and school technology personnel. This course is designed to build off of experiences gained by educators through participation in Idaho Google Apps for Education Festivals and to provide on-going credit to working professionals for their education-related exploration and integration of Google Apps for Education.

Course Details

Course Instructor Royce Kimmons, PhD
Department Curriculum & Instruction
Credit Hours 1
Cost $60
Grading Format Pass/Fail
Course Semester Spring 2014
Final Day to Submit Assignments Friday, May 9, 2014

The official course syllabus may be downloaded here:

Course Syllabus

Enrollment

Only previous attendees of an Idaho Google Apps for Education Festival may enroll in this course. A number of scholarships are available for these festivals through the Doceo Center.

To enroll in this course, complete the appropriate form below and submit it to the registrar's office:

Alternatively, you may also register via VandalWeb.

Prerequisites

In order to complete and submit course assignments, you will need a school or personal Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you may create a free account:

Create a free Google Account

Once you have a Google account, you will need to join the Google+ iGAFE community:

Join the Google+ iGAFE Community

Assignments

This course is self-paced. However, participants must complete and submit each assignment listed below by the Final Day to Submit Assignments (listed in Course Details) in order to receive credit for the course.

Assignments should be completed and submitted in the outlined order.

1. Festival Reflection and Integration Plan

Write a 2-3 page reflection of your experience at the Google Apps for Education Festival and your plans for moving forward with integrating Google Apps into your teaching and learning. Be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Which sessions or speakers did you find most interesting and why?
  • Which Google Apps do you want to explore more and why?
  • Which Google Apps do you intend on using to support your teaching and why?
  • Which Google Apps do you believe would be useful to support your own lifelong learning and collaborations with colleagues?
  • What challenges do you foresee with integrating these ideas into your current context and how might you effectively address them?

Use the provided Google Docs template when writing this assignment. To use the template, open the link and choose File > Make a copy... (a Google account is required).

Open the Template

Once you have completed the assignment, share it with the following email address with comment or edit priveleges: courses-igafe@doceocenter.org. Sharing the document constitutes your submission; do not share the document until you have completed the assignment.

This assignment will be evaluated based on the following rubric:

Evaluation Rubric
CriterionUnacceptableAcceptable
Completeness The submission does not address all questions, does not provide sufficient detail, or is not three pages in length. The submission addresses all questions with sufficient detail and meets the minimum required length.
Organization The submission is disorganized, underdeveloped, or lacking in transitions. The submission has a clear organization, clear flow, and appropriate transitions.
Conventions The submission has many grammatical and/or spelling errors. The submission has few or no grammatical and spelling errors.
Content The submission provides a superficial account of festival events and/or lacks thoughtful ideas for integrating Google Apps to support teaching and learning. The submission provides a thoughtful account of festival events and ideas for meaningfully implementing Google Apps to support teaching and learning.

2. Integration Project

Building off of the ideas explored in your previous assignment, use a Google App to create and share an artifact of your choice that will be usable to you in the classroom and may be helpful for other teachers. Example projects might include the following:

  • A set of lesson plans that outline using one or more Google Apps to improve student learning in your content area;
  • A class website that provides students and parents with information on your classroom culture, assignments, announcements, and so forth;
  • A school or departmental website for sharing resources with the community;
  • A class or professional blog for sharing your work with others;
  • Another educationally valuable product that utilizes Google Apps.

This should be an original product (i.e. created specifically for this course assignment) and should reflect at least five hours of effort.

When complete, share your project with other Idaho educators by posting a link to your document, website, etc. to the iGAFE Community and tagging it as #UIproject.

Post to the iGAFE Community

An example post might be:

Example Post

This assignment will be evaluated based on the following rubric:

Evaluation Rubric
CriterionUnacceptableAcceptable
Effort The product does not reflect significant effort on the part of the participant. The product reflects significant (five hours or more) effort on the part of the participant.
Benefit The product does not have educational or administrative benefit for a teacher, classroom, school, department, etc. The product has clear educational or administrative benefit for a teacher, classroom, school, department, etc.
Conventions The product has many grammatical and/or spelling errors. The product has few or no grammatical and spelling errors.
Originality The product is not an original creation or was not created explicitly for this assignment. The product is an original creation.
Accessibility The product is not accessible to other educators. The product may be accessed and viewed by other educators.

3. Project Reflection and Feedback

Reflect on your experience creating and sharing your integration project and provide feedback on your experiences and anticipated uses of Google Apps using the following Google Form:

Reflection and Feedback Form

This assignment will be evaluated based on the following rubric:

Evaluation Rubric
CriterionUnacceptableAcceptable
Completeness The submission does not address all questions or does not provide sufficient detail. The submission addresses all questions with sufficient detail.
Conventions The submission has many grammatical and/or spelling errors. The submission has few or no grammatical and spelling errors.
Content The submission provides a superficial reflection on the project and/or lacks thoughtful responses on anticipated uses. The submission provides a thoughtful reflection on the project and meaningful responses on anticipated uses.