Google is fast becoming one of the tools of choice within education. With summer break arriving, there are a number of great opportunities to start/continue your learning around Google Apps for Education and the incredible ways they can be used in your classroom. Many teachers may be traveling for the summer or have personal projects that prevent them from attending the various conferences/face-to-face professional development opportunities. With unprecedented access to technology, the learning can occur at your own pace, on your own time, and in any location. Check out some of these great resources that allow the learning to continue wherever your summer plans may take you.
Google Apps Ninja - Ninja skills allow anyone to be among the best in their realm. Google Ninja skills are now available and their respective color belts will showcase your specific skill levels. The Google Apps Ninja site is an entirely free resource for anyone looking to develop their Google skills. Participants can choose from Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Sites, or Search trainings. There are four complete levels along with a test for you to reach a Master Ninja certification in any of the Google Apps listed above. The site is accessible at anytime with any device as long as you have wifi access. We wish you the very best on your Google Ninja journey.
Google Plus - If haven't joined Google+ using your district account, you're missing out on some great professional learning. Google+ is fast becoming the social media platform for professionals to connect, share, and learn about a variety of tools and strategies being used in their respective fields. Education is no different as you can find a wealth of resources and connections from across the globe, not to mention the APS EdTech VLC. When you set up your Google+ profile, you'll be able to join a wide variety of communities that provide non-stop resources and ideas for integrating not only Google Apps, but great technology resources as well. You can also share your practices so others can learn from your expertise! Contact your EdTech Coach for additional support with setting up your Google+ profile and getting connected.