A focus of mine over the last few years has been to expand device availability for students at my school. My (not-so-) secret dream is for the whole school to be 1:1. Last year, we got our first class together and it was wonderful to see the engagement, development, and excitement in the students. I really wanted to start the year out with another class having the chance to have computers on their desks all day (while maintaining our first class, too). While I couldn't get it together for day 1, we were still able to make it happen early in September.
It is exciting to see the shift in both the students and the teacher in terms of learning and instruction. The 'go to' resource trends toward the computer and toward Google Apps for Education (which I love!). I am most proud of my teachers when they make that change in HOW they teach...because that is a huge change for them. It's amazing to see how flexible they become once they see the difference that dedicated devices make in the students.
In the past few days, I have started working with my teachers on starting up their Google Classrooms. They are very excited to have such an easy-to use, seamless resource available to them. I think it's going to make the biggest difference in the 1:1 classrooms. So much of their work is done in Google Apps and Google Classroom is going to make such a difference in keeping things organized and make it easier for teachers to make that transition to online learning. I can't wait to see the amazing innovative learning that comes out of our classes!
What impact have Google Education tools had at your school?
I'm a Technology Coach and IT Support for a school. I'm passionate about 1:1 classrooms technology in instruction.