Google has a YouTube channel for educators: this is a great place to find current, engaging, and short videos that can explain or discuss a myriad of topics.
As an example, here is one on the topic of How Small is an Atom? It is less than five minutes (good!) and very informative. As an added bonus, it’s entertaining – note the captioning!
As you approach a new term in search of course materials that are recent and relevant, try looking at the YouTube for Teachers channel.
Let’s explore the new pedagogy of engaged learning from the disruptive point of view that it is time to stop thinking of online learning, blended learning and classroom-based teaching as if these were competing pedagogies. They are not. They are all part of the approaches available to twenty-first century college or university faculty and instructors.
This article about collaboration applications for Google from MakeUseOf.com begins with designing floor plans with collaboration – an application you might not use too often. However, the remaining applications are great resources for teams, committees, ad-hoc groups and are excellent for virtual collaboration: graphics, video, project management for teams, business plans, and (Ta-Da!) Collect Group Info with Forms. Forms is an excellent way to “take a pulse” from your students at any time during the course.
Remember that at this time Coastline is piloting Google Apps for Educators for the District so you are able to have a separate gmail and Drive account through this initiative. Using this benefit, you will have tremendous storage too, so it is a good way to keep Google applications in one place without using your personal Google account.
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