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    Session Title Extend Your PLC Online: Google Docs for Professional Learning Communities
    Session Description Learn how this free tool supports collaboration within a PLC, including strategies and templates for creating common assessments, sharing best practices, and making data-driven decisions.
    Theme and Strand Professional Learning:Instructional & Administrative Productivity Tools/Resources
    Keywords plc, google, collaboration, data, free
    Primary URL http://edtechlife.com/iste2010
    Exhibitor Status
    Commercial Content
    Recording Preference recordable
    Audience Type Chief Technology Officers
Curriculum Specialists
Library Media Specialists
Principals
Staff Developers
Superintendents
School Board Members
Teachers
Teacher Educators
Technology Coordinators
Technology Facilitators
Technology Integration Specialists
    Audience Level All
    Audience Skill Beginner
    Prerequisites A basic understanding of Google Docs would be helpful, but is certainly not required for this session.
    NETS•S
    NETS•T 1- 5
    NETS•A 1- 5
    Strategic Objectives Proivide leadership
 

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    Purpose & Objectives The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a vision (and concrete steps) for the use of Google Docs to Support a Professional Learning community.

The objectives of the session are as follows. Participants will learn:

- The nature of Google Docs as an online office suite, allowing access from any Internet browser and allowing easy asynchronous and synchronous collaboration (complete with revision histories and online publishing options).
- The power of Google Docs forms (and spreadsheets) for collecting (and analyzing) the wide variety of data necessary for meaningful data-driven decision making.
- How other educators have used Google Docs to support their PLCs.
- How to take their first steps toward using Google Docs to support their own PLC.
- Concrete strategies for creating shared assessments, sharing best practices, and collecting data for decision making.

The presenter will also include specific authentic examples of successful uses of Google Docs in a PLC and will include several templates that participants can use when they return to their own schools and districts. In addition, strategies for using Google Docs in a rigorous academic capacity with students will also be shared.

    Outline Google Docs is an online office suite that allows you to create, edit, share, and publish documents, including spreadsheets and presentations. Because everything is stored and even modified on the web, Google Docs makes it easy to collaborate with colleagues - and even to edit the same document from multiple computers simultaneously. This session will focus on the use of Google Docs to promote and support collaboration within a PLC, including strategies for creating common assessments, sharing best practices, and capturing the conversation - even between meetings. This one tool can revolutionize the way a PLC collaborates. And itís free.

Google Forms allow users to quickly and easily create an online form that feeds collected data directly into a shared spreadsheet. This is a powerful way for members of a PLC to collect the data needed to make informed decisions about instruction, best practice, and other matters related to the school or community. Forms can be used for polls, surveys, and evaluations - or for collecting event registration data, WASC evidence, and best practices. A Google Form can even be used to create online common assessments that, with a little ingenuity, can also be self-grading. Unlike many similar services, Google Forms is free - a feature of the Google Docs online office suite.

Welcome Activity (5 min)

Interactive Overview (10 min)
 What is Google Docs?
 Documents
 Presentations
 Spreadsheets
 Forms

How can Google Docs be used to extend a PLC online? (15 min)
 A PLC Primer
 Using a document for shared assessments, lesson plans, meeting minutes, or other resources
 Using a presentation for shared materials - or presenting data
 Using a spreadsheet for sharing and analyzing data

Google Forms and PLCs (15 min)
 Interactive Example: Who are we?
 Samples:
  A Teacher (or Student) Observation Form
  A WASC Data Collection Form
  An Awards Nomination Form
  A Professional Development Evaluation
  A Staff or Community Survey
  A PLC Team Meeting Form

Advanced: A Self-Grading Quiz (5)

More Sample Uses of Google Docs in PLCs (5)

Reflection Activity (5)

For a more detailed sample outline complete with links and resources, please see recent workshop versions of this presentation here:
http://sites.google.com/site/cuegli/events/2009-10-02/docs
http://plcweb.wikispaces.com/hemet
http://plcweb.wikispaces.com/docs

    Supporting Research The following are representative of the research and resources that informed the development of this session over the past year.

DuFour, R., Eaker, R. (1998). Professional learning communities at work: best practices for enhancing student achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & DuFour, R., (Eds.). (2005). On common ground: the power of professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2006). Professional learning communities at work plan book. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Karhanek, G., (Ed.). (2004). Whatever it takes:
how professional learning communities respond when kids donít learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Eaker, R., DuFour R., & DuFour, R. (2002). Getting started: reculturing schools to
become professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service.

Hipp, K. K. (2003). Trust as a foundation in building a learning community. In Huffman, J. B., & Hipp, K. K. Reculturing schools as professional learning communities (pp. 109-120). Lanham, MD: ScarecrowEducation.

Hipp, K. K., & Huffman, J. B. (2004). Two professional learning communities: tales from the field. In Hord, S. M. (Ed.), Learning together, leading together: changing schools through professional learning communities (pp. 71-83). New York: Teachers College Press.

Huffman, J. B. & Hipp, K. K. (2003). Reculturing schools as professional learning
communities. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education.

Hord, S. M. (Ed.). (2004). Learning together, leading together: changing schools through professional learning communities. New York: Teachers College Press.

Lenssen, P. (2008). Google Apps Hacks: Tips and Tools for Unlocking the Power of Google Applications. Cambridge, Ma: O'Reily.

Roberts, S. M., & Pruitt, E., Z. (2003). Schools as professional learning communities: collaborative activities and strategies for professional development. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press.

Stone, R., & Cuper, P. H. (2006). Best practices for teacher leadership: what award-
winning teachers do for their professional learning communities. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press.

Wald, P. J., & Castlebury, M. S. (2000). Educators as learners: creating a professional learning community in your school. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.

Google for Educators
http://www.google.com/educators/

Google Teacher Academy Resources
http://sites.google.com/site/gtaresouces/

Google Workshop for Educator Resources
http://sites.google.com/site/cuegli/events

For a more detailed sample outline complete with links and resources, please see recent workshop versions of this presentation here:
http://sites.google.com/site/cuegli/events/2009-10-02/docs
http://plcweb.wikispaces.com/hemet
http://plcweb.wikispaces.com/docs

    Presenter Background Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions.

Dr. Wagner earned his Ph.D. in educational technology, and a portion of his research focused on using technology to support professional learning communities. He has spent five years leading a variety of workshops and presentations to teach educators about Web 2.0 technologies. Over the past year, he has focused increasingly on the use of technology (and specifically Google Docs) to support PLCs, delivering several workshops and keynotes on the subject. He is passionate about helping teachers and administrators to transform their practice, their schools, and the learning experience of their students.

 

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