How do other schools use Google Apps?
A January Edutopia Blog by Suzie Boss challenges all of us to learn the tools that students use daily so that all of us learn the responsibilities of digital citizens. In Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action, media literacy expert Renee Hobbs makes a strong case for deepening digital literacy -- not only for youth but for Americans of all ages. Boss pulled this important quote: "To fulfill the promise of digital citizenship, Americans must acquire multimedia communication skills and know how to use these skills to engage in the civic life of their communities."
At our school, we are moving forward by bringing media literacy to our staff and students through Google Apps. Google is more than email; it is a set of collaborative and communication tools that allow our students and staff to create and collaborate so everyone can contribute and learn, from any connected computer, any where.
We've been ready to roll since Fall, 2009. Several staff have created their own sites: Nurse, Sports, Writing, Science, Program Facilitator. Student work through Google Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets, and Presentations exist in their own domain requiring a log in. With new Superintendent John Adkins, staff have undertaken many challenges with NWEA testing, reading programs, math programs, and now a science curriculum. Mr. Adkins encourages us to develop a professional learning community. What would that look like? Google Apps provides the integrated online applications to do so.
Listen to how Google Apps changed the work of schools into professional learning communities. Large or small, rural or urban, schools every where build collaborative communities with Google Apps. Our staff have access to the tools needed. Let's continue our journey.
"Not just about showing data anymore -- it's now about teaching and learning."
How are you supporting our school, staff, and students to develop media literacy and global citizenship through learning communities built on Google Apps?
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