Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with 17 teachers at Mt. Hope. This school is the first in the district to be utilizing GAFE and Chromebooks. I’m really excited that I get to be part of the rollout and transition for this group of awesome teachers. I was interested to see the level of everyone’s understanding prior to our PD. I created a quick Google Form where I asked teachers to rank their knowledge of Google Drive using a scale of 1-5. A 5 was “Huh!? I didn’t know Google could Drive” and a 1 was “I know so much, I should be teaching this PD.” While some teachers did have some experience with the Google Suite – like their own personal Gmail accounts – the majority of them were not familiar with Google Drive.
We worked through a lot of the basics of Google Drive during the 45 minutes we worked together. I created a reference document and shared with all the teachers prior to the PD session. When teachers logged in to Google Drive, they saw this Shared Document. Teachers were able to view this document, but not edit or comment on it. I also created and shared a document that teachers were able to edit, so they could see what happened when several people were able to edit the document at the same time.
As I mentioned before, this is the first school in the district to be utilizing the awesome power of Google. It was really fun to work with teachers and start discussing ways they could utilize this tool in their classroom. There are several MSU interns and they attested to how they use it all the time to collaborate on group projects and planning. Like anything, there are always some hiccups, some detractors, but it is so refreshing to see teachers engaged and getting excited about a tool. Going forward, I am plan on working with teachers on a more individual or small group basis to show some other features of GAFE. Stay tuned!