Google Forms, Sheets, and Screencastify

Event Description

Participants will learn about the ins and out of Google Forms and how they can turn it into a quiz.  They will also learn about Google Sheets and how they can manipulate sheets to separate data. And finally, participants will learn how to use Screencasitfy to record their screen.

Presenter Bio

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator. Lisa facilitates professional learning events regionally, provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and develops instructional materials for educators throughout the central Illinois region. Prior to joining the LTC, Lisa was an educator for 19 years in the Quincy Public School district. She is currently serving as the Western Illinois Computing Educator Chapter President and served on the Illinois Computing Educators governing board of directors.

 

New Online Courses Available

Our online courses have become extremely popular for educators interested in learning professional development hours from home. We are expanding our course catalog to include new interactive self-paced, video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule. These courses are available now, and they are completely free. Our newest courses include:

Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1 hour)

This course gives participants an overview of the basic features of Google Hangouts. Hangouts is the consumer version of Google Hangouts Meet and Google Hangouts Chat, and has become very popular during remote learning. Having a basic working knowledge of Google Hangouts’ video and chat features will support teachers using these platforms to interact with students through video and text. 

Pages for Mac and iPad (1 hour)

Apple’s very popular and powerful Pages application for word processing is free for any Mac or iPad user. This one-hour video-based course will provide the basic knowledge needed to use Pages in your classroom with students. The course covers the basic functions of pages for Mac and shows how these skills can be transferred to an iPad. The course closes with several ideas to help you integrate Pages into your elementary or secondary classroom. Note: the use of a Mac is highly recommended for this course.

Keynote for Mac (2 hours)

Keynote offers an extremely flexible and powerful presentation platform for Mac users. Keynote can also be used on an iPad or even on a PC. This course will help educators learn the basics of Keynote as well as some helpful tips to make your Keynote presentations more engaging for your students. Note: This course does not address the use of Keynote on an iPad. The use of a Mac is required to complete this course. 

These courses are offered in addition to our existing free courses: 

  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 hours) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs(2 hours) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 hours) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 hours) 
  • Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (2 hours) 

Visit our Online Learning Courses page to register.

Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts Meet

Event Description

Participants will learn the organization of Google Drive and Tips and Tricks with Google Docs. We will also look at the features of Hangouts Meet and some extensions that you can use during this time of remote learning.

Presenter

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

Introduction to Google Classroom

Event Description

In this workshop, participants will learn the ins and outs of Google Classroom and best practices for integrating this amazing tool with your students! In this session, we will do more than just walk through Google Classroom. Also, come see how other teachers set up their Google Classroom.

Presenter

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator

Google Certifications 101

Event Description

Do you have questions about Google certification and don’t know where to get started? Come learn the benefits of Google Level 1 and 2 certification and how to get started today.

Presenter

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator at LTC

G Suite Apps: YouTube & Sites

Event Description

Learn more about two of G-Suits Apps: YouTube & Sites.

Presenter Bio

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator. Lisa facilitates professional learning events regionally, provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and develops instructional materials for educators throughout the central Illinois region. Prior to joining the LTC, Lisa was an educator for 19 years in the Quincy Public School district. She is currently serving as the Western Illinois Computing Educator Chapter President and served on the Illinois Computing Educators governing board of directors.

 

Let’s Get Google Certified! Google Level 2 Prep (Online)

Event Description

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is proud to offer a Google Educator Level 2 Certification workshop. The Level 2 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 2 certification exam.

The Google for Education site states: Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice. Participants will have time to build content and share with other attendees. Participants will receive a voucher to take the Google Level 2 Exam for free. Participants should bring a Chromebook or laptop and a mouse to this workshop.

Facilitator

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator. Lisa facilitates professional learning events regionally, provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and develops instructional materials for educators throughout the central Illinois region. Prior to joining the LTC, Lisa was an educator for 19 years in the Quincy Public School district. She is currently serving as the Western Illinois Computing Educator Chapter President and served on the Illinois Computing Educators governing board of directors.

Google Educator Level 1 Certification Training

Event Description

The Level 1 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification exam. Level 1 certification indicates a fundamental understanding of using Google Tools in the classroom and confirms standard technology implementation skills. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

Participants in this workshop will learn about:

  • Tech Integration with the 4 C’s
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Utilizing Google Drive with efficiency
  • Creating, sharing, and collaborating with Google Docs
  • Creating, Formatting, and Analyzing Data with Google Sheets
  • Developing and Using Google Forms for Quizzes and Data Collection
  • Design and Edit Google Slides
  • Set up and Operate Google Classroom
  • Personalize your Gmail Account & Create User Groups
  • Engage with Google Groups incorporating Text & Video Hangouts
  • Manage your Google Calendar, Tasks, and Google Keep
  • Create a Google Site
  • Develop YouTube Channels and Playlists
  • Use Google Help to Find Answers, Join a Google Educator Group & Professional Learning Network

Presenter

Joe Cipfl is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center (LTC), an Illinois State Board of Education program that delivers technology and educational services to all K-12 school districts in the state. He facilitates professional learning events regionally; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and technology infrastructure; and develops instructional materials for educators throughout the southern Illinois region and the state.

Joe is a veteran educator in both K-12 and higher education in the areas of science and technology and is a frequent presenter on instructional and educational technology. He is a certified teacher, a certified school administrator, and certified Google Educator. Before his role as Regional Coordinator, Joe was a science/technology teacher, university instructor, and building-level technology coordinator.

Podcast: Innovation & Self-Care with Jen Leban

Jen Leban is an educator and Google Innovator from Sandburg Middle School, Elmhurst, Illinois. Jen was also a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2019.

In this episode, Jen talks with us about her Google Innovator Project and the importance of self-care and checking in on our friends during these unprecedented times.

Follow Jen and Her Work:
Twitter Handle: @MrsLeban or @ResetEDU
Instagram: @theMrsLeban or @ResetEDUorg
YouTube.com/ResetEDU – please subscribe and share!
ResetEDU.org

The How and Why of Becoming Google Certified

Do you need to go through the entire fundamental course?

The answer is no. However, I did so in order to learn as much as possible and not miss out on anything. If you feel confident in the content, go to the end of each unit in the training and complete the Unit Review to test yourself on the material. When satisfied with results, proceed to the next unit. If not, it is possible to review that unit again. Eric Curts has provided an outstanding checklists about topics before taking the exam. 

Google Certified Educator Level 1

Google Certified Educator Level 2

Are you ready for Google Level 1 and 2 Certification tests?

Once the content has been reviewed, exams are the next step. It took a while before I was ready to take the exams. I had a hard time finding time to complete the Fundamentals training. When I finished the training, I questioned if I knew the material well enough to take the exam. When I did take the test, I would have benefitted from some of the following facts:

  • You are given 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, drag and drop, and performance-based scenarios.
  • $10 exam fee with up to 7 days to take the exam.
  • On average, 30% of educators are unsuccessful at passing the 1st time.
  • The primary reason people fail is not enough time to complete the exam.  
  • If you fail, you are allowed to take the exam again in 14 days, and a third time in 60 days.
  • Certification is valid for 3 years.

Knowing these facts was reassuring because even in the event of a failure, the exam can be retaken with a much higher likelihood of passing! 

Why did I want to become Google Certified?

Now let’s go to the “Why did I… ” part of the certification. Simply put, I wanted to learn more about effectively using Google Apps with students and educators. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could complete the certification. The good news was I did it! I passed both exams and received a digital badge and certification from Google. The badge can be used in your email signature to promote your ability to implement Google tools in the classroom. In conclusion, this process essentially taught me more about Google Apps and implementing technology skills in the classroom so I could do more with my students and help educators.

What I have learned in this process? 

Reflecting back on the journey, I’ve learned that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we know. I see this with the teachers I work with on a daily basis and I find myself falling into this mindset as well. Through this certification journey, I have learned so much about Google Apps and how to incorporate them into the classroom. I have discovered so many new ideas regarding how I can use these tools with students and my fellow educators. In completing the Google Certifications, I have proved to myself, my students, and fellow educators that I am a continuous learner. It is very exciting to call myself a Google Level 1 and 2 Certified Educator! In fact, I was so motivated after completing these 2 certifications, that I applied for, and was accepted, as a Google Certified Trainer! It has been quite a journey and one that I hope you will consider embarking on as well! 

The LTC can help you!

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) has Google Level 1 and 2 Certification workshops that will help you practice the performance-based scenarios of the certifications and answer any other questions you may have about the process. Check out the LTC website to find a workshop near you.