By the members of the NJEA Technology Committee
With Google Keep, you can create, share and collaborate with people on notes and lists. Keep synchronizes across all your devices, so your notes and lists go with you. Google Keep lets you quickly take and save those notes, photos, voice memos, and checklists to Google Drive. It can help organize a busy school employee’s life. (keep.google.com)
Google+ is Google’s foray into the social networking world. While there are many applications for Google’s social network, one of the best reasons why an educator should be on Google+ is to network with other educators. There are several fantastic educator communities that share resources on Google+. You can keep up with the latest trends in education and participate in lively discussions with fellow educators. (plus.google.com)
Educators can explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share them with students and other colleagues. You will discover wonderful artists and their work, historical events and places, various thematic approaches and art and cultural experiments. This is an important tool for cross-curricular studies. (artsandculture.google.com)
The Google Cultural Institute is an online museum where you can explore works of art from many different periods. You can deconstruct civil rights photography, admire famous paintings and discover new ones. Use this tool to introduce cultural awareness through art. (artsandculture.google.com)
Google Sites is a user-friendly website building powerhouse. You and your students can create student-driven wiki pages, after-school club pages, portfolios, projects, and more to showcase learning. Google Sites is appropriate for nearly every age level and has applications in nearly every subject area. Teachers can use Google Sites in conjunction with many other Google tools to create a multimedia learning site. (sites.google.com)
Google Docs is a word processing program. It also provides a few accommodations that facilitate greater student inclusion:
∙ Speech to Text – Click Tools and Voice Typing
∙ Text to Speech – Click Add-Ons and then add Reader
∙ Translate – Click Tools and then Translate Document
∙ Zoom In and Out – Hold the control key and + or – at the same time
Google Forms allows you to organize information to inform instruction in your classroom. You can use it to gauge student interest, collect parent information, check student understanding, and grade Level 1 and Level 2 Depth of Knowledge questions. (forms.google.com)
Google Classroom facilitates paperless assignments and boosts collaboration. One useful tool, The Share to Classroom Chrome Extension, allows you to push web pages to any of your Google Classroom classes, so they open on your students’ computers. (classroom.google.com)
EdPuzzle is a third party resource that connects directly to your Google account and Google Classroom. It allows teachers to upload videos or import content from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. You can crop the videos to show only relevant content, add audio overlays, and insert questions that students must answer before moving on. Completion and grading is saved and can be exported as well. (edpuzzle.com)
GoogleEDU tools can make lessons more dynamic and projects more organized. The above tools, and many others, can help you meet your needs and contribute to the success of your school, your students, and you.
The NJEA Technology Committee is one of over 50 NJEA committees made up of NJEA members. It is charged with the following responsibilities:
• Study the impact of technology on educational programs.
• Review technology curricula proposals and initiatives for educational appropriateness.
• Review state-supported funding proposals and makes recommendations for funding improvements to provide the equipment, personnel, programs, and training necessary to institute all aspects of technology education.
• Educate NJEA members, legislators, and policymakers about the varied components of technology education.
• Recommend the types of programs needed in every school district to ensure students become technologically literate.
• Develop and initiate training opportunities for school personnel.
Committee Chair: Karen Schwing, Ocean County
Jane Armellino, Hunterdon County
Stephen Bouchard, Atlantic County (retired)
Christopher Bowman, Burlington County
Gerard Carroll, Bergen County
Brad Cohen, Union County
Sabina Ellis, Essex County
Olive Giles, Mercer County
Christina Gras, Atlantic County
Bethany Hannah, Salem County
Jessica Hoertel, Morris County
Melissa Krupp, Ocean County
Lori Lalama, Passaic County
Ann Moyle, Monmouth County
Arden Niessner, Camden County
Aaron Righter, Cumberland County
Jasmine Slowik, Warren County
Julie Stratton, Cape May County
Stephen Whitehead, Gloucester County
The NJEA staff contact to the committee is Darryl Ensminger, associate director, Professional Development and Instructional Issues. Theresa Mura is the associate staff contact.