I could easily post every single day about another reason that I love Google Docs. The possibilities are endless! I've utilized the collaborative tools with students as young as 2nd grade.
In our last science unit, we learned about electricity. The students really enjoyed the unit, and we had different activities we incorporated to explore circuits, insulators, and conductors. At the end of the unit, students still had a lot of questions. We have recently created a Twitter account, so I debated sending all of the questions out that way. I then thought a bit more about how I could post several questions that students had.
Google Docs was the obvious answer. Students created the document of questions during class. We were able to all contribute our questions at once. We also had one central place where we could invite others to. With a few clicks, I changed the settings so that anyone with the link could edit the document. We used our Twitter account to share the link.
Today we were excited to learn that we had received answers to most of our questions! We had two electrical engineers contribute responses. Thank you to those that helped us expand our learning!
(Click the image below to go to the google doc!)
We are in our second round of school closings because of winter weather. Growing up in Finland, I cannot recall a day that school was cancelled because of weather, but in Atlanta the situation is completely different. I am thankful to be home safely this time around, as I had to stay with a coworker in the last snow storm.
My students were not thrilled to hear that I was sending them with assignments since we would be missing more instructional time.
So what did we do?
I used TodaysMeet to host a two hour live session with my students. I set the room up one minute prior to starting, so that I could control the length to be exactly 2 hours. Students had been assigned social studies reading and tasks, and this was their chance to ask questions.
I did not go to London for a "Girls Trip." I certainly did not go to film a "Finding Love Overseas" show as my students suspected. I went to attend the Council of International Schools job fair.
I started my academic career at the age of two in Marseille, France. At age three, I went to school in Freiburg, Germany. I received my first report card in Tikkurila, Finland.
When we moved to the Atlanta area in 1994, my dad was given a 3 year contract. I had no idea that I would still be here 20 years later.
Atlanta has been an exceptional home, and it is also where I started my career as an educator. As I started year 7 at a wonderful school, I realized I needed something different for me. I signed up for the job fair after I met a girl from Colorado now teaching in Switzerland. She sat right next to me on my flight home from visiting my friends in Switzerland. During my trip, I also got to see my old friend from Germany and his friends from various parts of Europe. I was reminded of the ache that I have had to expand my horizons.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.