I attended a Google Conference in King George, Virginia on August 14th. My sole intention was to learn about Google Classroom so that I can assist classroom teachers as they start to utilize this great feature in the classroom. The first available session for Google Classroom was full and I was a tad bit angry because I came here for that sole purpose. So I looked at other sessions but it was everything I already knew about and I decided to camp outside the next classroom for the next session. Fortunately, the Director of Technology – Dan Hopper – saw me and escorted me into the Google Classroom session because although it was full – there was an extra seat (it didn’t have a computer but I had my own devices). Woohoo! He didn’t like me sitting on the hallway floor and I was so happy that I did because I was able to get in that session before 2:00 p.m.!
I missed the first 20 minutes but was able to easily catch up because Google makes everything so easy. In less than 40 minutes I created two classes, learned how to create announcements, assignments, and learned about how folders are made! Am I an expert – absolutely not! I attended the second session and since I was there from the start I was able to piece all the pieces together.
I also attended the Google Calendar session and although I thought I knew everything about the calendar – I found out about a feature that was right in front of my face and I just totally ignored it. Under the box that you would put the place for your appointment you can select map. This will allow you to
get directions for an event you may be attending, send people you invite directions, or maybe you may have to log miles to get reimbursed. I always tell the teachers that everyone can miss different features of tools you use on a daily basis and this is a fine example of how I use the Google Calendar everyday – all day – and missed this feature.
I’d like to thank King George County Public Schools for holding this event and I will be back next year!
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