February 16, 2018

Help and Resources for G-Suite

Educators are often looking for help or additional resources for G-Suite. A full staff PD over G-Suite could potentially last hours and leave advanced users bored to tears and novice users hopelessly lost. YouTube is a great resource, but the sheer volume of videos can be overwhelming and it can be time-consuming to find exactly what you are looking for.

  There are many online resources for G-Suite from individual users to official Google publications.

The ETS website has tutorials for all G-Suite tools as well as many other Edtech tools and all district employees have the opportunity to earn badges that showcase their accomplishments.

Another option is going directly to Google for the answers you are looking for and we don’t mean doing an internet search. The G-Suite Learning Center has multiple resources with many solutions to common problems as well as tips and downloadable cheat sheets. G-Suite is tailored mainly for general or business use but offers a good overview of G Suite tools.

Hoonuit is an excellent resource for all things education and teachers who earn certificates can upload them to MyLearningPlan and receive OKCPS PD credit. The G Suite tutorial is broken down by tool and teachers can choose to watch only those videos they are interested in learning about. Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) is linked on every district laptop and accessible
with your district login.

Google for Education: Training Center (not to be confused with G Suite Learning Center) has many resources for Teachers. Google for Education is arranged similar to G Suite, but is geared specifically towards educators. For help with specific Google tools, click here and find the information you need to maximize your teaching practice. Google for Education also offers certification for educators interested showcasing their google abilities.

Mastered G-Suite? Earn your  Badges, or get Google I Certified!

Interested in earning your Google Educator Level I certification? Contact ETS for a free voucher!

*Any teacher who completes their Google Educator Level I certification is eligible to earn 3 hours of OKCPS PD credit in My Learning Plan.

February 14, 2018

A Google Success Story with Google Classroom

My name is Jenna Rudek and I am a sixth grade teacher at Fillmore Elementary School. I started migrating to become an online, technology-based teacher, once I experienced what Google Classroom had to offer.

I would always rush to the copy room early in the morning to make copies. If my copies would run out, I would struggle to find paper and have all the students copy my work from the document camera. Then, if students would lose an important document/worksheet, I would have to find my original copy to make more copies. Once I started using Google Classroom, all those worries disappeared.

I am able to create my own worksheets, answer keys, tests, and assignments from home. I can include various videos and slides to my work, for better understanding. Now, I can visualize what concept and standard each student needs help on, and create small group instruction from their Chromebooks. #googlesuccess

A big thank you to our guest blogger, Jenna Rudek. We appreciate you sharing a small piece of your classroom with the world. 

If you are an OKCPS staff member and would like to be a guest blogger, please contact your ETS point of contact

January 24, 2018

HyperDocs: The Ultimate Change Agent?

"We want our students to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and communicators--and then we ask them to sit quietly while we explain everything and tell them exactly how to do a task. School doesn't have to be this way, and if we want to prepare students for life in the twenty first century, it shouldn't be." The HyperDoc Handbook


The term HyperDoc belongs to Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis, who keyed the term to describe a highly engaging way to present information to students.  It is exactly what it sounds like: 
Hyper = Hyperlinks 
Docs = Google Document
(Documents can include slides, maps, drawings, sites, etc.)

Students who sit in our classrooms today have taken on a new shape. Teaching has taken on a new vision where students are the leaders of their learning. Their voice and choice guides their learning and teachers become more of a facilitator in the classroom. The learning is placed back into students' hands. 

So, where do HyperDocs come in? HyperDocs are created and crafted in a way that allows teachers to make intentional decisions about units and lessons.  They choose web tools to accomplish this and students are given opportunity to construct their own learning through activities and extensions. To sum it up, HyperDocs are a digital lesson plan that require educators to have their end in mind, knowing what they want each student to have learned and understood at the end of a lesson, unit, learning module, etc.

Simply put, HyperDocs were created to give teachers the ability to provide students opportunities to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers, and communicators. Students are provided the opportunity to gather new information and grapple with it all while making meaningful connections. Humans are, by nature, very curious; so why not provide meaningful opportunities to be curious by allowing exploration and questioning which in turn leads to engaged learning. With the use of HyperDocs, the learning goes beyond getting information to connecting with information. 

A HyperDoc is far more than just "one more thing" to do. It is not just simply providing students a document with a list of hyperlinks to go "find" information. However, when used properly, HyperDocs allow teachers to begin thinking about lessons, content, and teaching in an intentional way. This in turn places the power of learning back into the hands of students as it becomes an active experience. Students are allowed the power to engage, explore, explain, apply, share, reflect and extend in their learning. In response, teachers are allowed to get more face time with their students to gauge their understanding, ask questions, extend thinking, address misconceptions, etc. Teachers are able to facilitate and actively go alongside their students as they learn. 

What's The Hype With Hyperdocs

HyperDoc Samples

Want to learn how to try some of this with your class? Contact your ETS Coach!

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January 10, 2018

Tech Tools to Reach ELL Students

My "Aha" Moment

Over the last few months I have made many classroom observations. A short time ago, I was observing a teacher who had just recently gotten a student who was new to the country, a newcomer who spoke zero English. She was making accommodations for him in his studies, but something that stood out to me is when she mentioned her use of technology. Some of the assignments he had completed had been done so using the Google Translate extension where she allowed him to type his answers and then use translate to change it over to English. She had him type his papers in Spanish and then use the Google Translate extension to change it to English. She did not allow their language barrier as a means to keep this student from feeling success. She was able to meet him exactly where he was at and provide him with a simple tool like Google Translate. It was no more work for her and allowed her student to be successful with what he brought to the table.

In witnessing this type of forward thinking and technology usage in the classroom, a light bulb of sorts went off and it got me thinking. If 33% of our OKCPS student population is deemed an English Language Learner (ELL), then what other tech tools are teachers using to help their students? In order to answer that questions, I went on a quest to find some answers.

The Meeting

My first stop was to schedule a meeting with the ones who know our ELL students the best, Language and Cultural Services. I wanted to rack their brains to see what, if any tools are currently available and advertised for teachers to use in their classrooms. Their first suggestion was to check out their website. The LCS team has put together a list of Instructional Resources for both Elementary and Secondary. This would be a great place to start.

My biggest take away was that ELL students need a reduced linguistic load through application.
One website the team recommended was Newsela, because the user has the ability to simplify or increase the rigor of a text over the same topic, allowing for differentiation for every student.

What I Found

After my meeting I wanted to find other tech tools that could help ELL students be successful in a mainstream classroom, and I came across this blog. The blog describes 5 apps and extensions that will simplify, read, translate and define text to help ELL students learn. This was a great find.

Final Thoughts

All students deserve to feel success and what better way to make success come than by integrating tech tools. Integrating technology should be something we do each day and if the tools can help ELL students, I say go for it. My hope is that you are able to use something that I have shared with you and that your students are able to benefit in a positive way. 


December 20, 2017

Top 5 Sessions from Winter Intersession

Oklahoma City Public Schools held a great professional learning opportunity for new teachers December 14-15, 2017. Here are the top 5 sessions from Winter InspireOKCPS. These are great resources for teachers to use on their own or for principals to use with their entire staff.

gSuite 101
This interactive session is designed to be learner-centered and focused on G Suite Tools. Participants worked through a self-paced hyperdoc to complete tutorials, read and explore resources, apply knowledge with learning activities, and finally reflect on their G Suite exploration.
Check out this massive hyperdoc, gSuite. It has resources for the most commonly used tools in Google as well as places for feedback and reflection. Finish this course by earning your Google Certified Educator Level 1 course. 

Chromebook 101
Does your building have Chromebooks? Customize your professional learning path with Chromebooks. This is a self-directed professional learning course. Select your activity based on your skill level and desired outcome. Complete each task and earn digital badges at your own pace.
If your campus is using chromebooks, you definitely want to review this course. We have created a Chromebook 101 hyperdoc which walks you through teaching with chromebooks based on your ability from beginner to advanced.

Choose Your Own Google Adventure
Customize your professional learning path with Google. This is an advanced, self-directed professional learning course. Select your activity based on your skill level and desired outcome. Complete each task card and earn digital badges at your own pace.
Are you already a savvy Googler? Then check out our Choose Your Own Adventure session for more creative ways to use Google in your classroom.

Student Safety in the Digital World
This session provided teachers with the necessary tools to help students understand the importance of digital citizenship.
Using the hyperdoc, Student Safety in their Digital World, explore a myriad of resources to add to your toolkit as you use mobile devices in your classroom. If you would like to use the hyperdoc, please go to File, Make a Copy for you own personal copy of this hyperdoc.

What's the Hype with HyperDocs?
HyperDocs take Google Docs to a whole new level. HyperDocs increase engagement and create a self-directed learning opportunity to take ownership of learning. They can also be used for flipped professional learning and personalized PD.
So you have probably noticed a theme with the resources we create...we love hyperdocs. Check out this hyperdoc to learn all things hyperdoc.