The Google Connection

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In an attempt to provide everyone with a positive experience and small instructor to participant ratio, we are requesting that everyone attending The Google Connection select their spotlight session(s) in advance.


SLOCUE and San Luis Coastal will send all attendees information regarding the procedures for selecting your sessions at the end of April.


Possible session titles and descriptions are listed below. Sessions will be scheduled around participant interest.


This Gmail session will cover how to log in and out, composing and formatting messages, account settings and personalization, security features, text messaging, video chat, and phone calls, account switching, group mail and contact management, and tips for filtering your incoming messages.


Getting Started with Google Drive
Google Drive is where all of your files are organized and shared. Learn how to create and manage all of your files across any device, even if you are offline. This session will also cover how to manage files shared with you by your students and colleagues.


Google Docs (Beginner)
Google Docs for beginners targets those new to working in the Google environment. Participants will create a document, format it with links, tables, and images and work with fun and useful tools like revision history, research, and translate.


Google Docs (Intermediate)
This session is designed as either an extension of the beginner session, or for those that are already comfortable with the basics of Google Docs and want to know more. In this session participants will learn how to create, share, collaborate, and comment on a multimedia document that includes more advanced features like drawings, page breaks, and bookmarks. You’ll also learn how to publish your documents to the web.


Google Presentation (Slides)
Learn how to use many of the features described in the Google Docs for beginners session, but with an emphasis on visual elements available in Google Slides. We’ll cover slide formatting and design principles and learn how to share and collaborate with others to create content rich shows.


Google Forms and Spreadsheets (Beginner)
Google Forms are the hidden jewel of Google Apps for Education. This simple to use, yet powerful application can be used in hundreds of different ways to help you manage data collection. Participants will create multiple forms that can be used immediately to organize and share information gathered in class. You’ll also learn how to manipulate data collected by forms in a spreadsheet.


Google Calendar Basics
Learn how to use Google Calendar to organize your life. Participants will create, share and collaborate on multiple calendars. You’ll learn how to generate automated reminders so that you will never forget an event again. See how you can publish your calendars on the web and how viewers (parents) can subscribe.


Google Sites
With Google Sites, you and your students can create an infinite number of content rich websites. Come and create a site of your own with video, links to assignments and websites, and share it with your students or the world. Learn how your students can create digital portfolios.


Going Beyond Google Apps for Education

Google Earth With Google Earth, you can bring the world into your classroom. Come and see how to do timelines. narrated tours, and Google Lit Trips.


Google Geeks (open and unstructured sessions)

  • In this session a Google Certified Teacher will be available for Q&A on any other Google products you are interested in. Want to learn more about Google Earth, the Chrome web browser, Google Groups, Google+, search techniques, YouTube, or other Google product? Stop by with your questions or check out a demo.
  • Already using and applying Google Apps for Education with your students, but need help with management or workflow? Or, do you have tips or tricks for using GAFE that you would like to share with others? Stop by and meet and connect other educators interested in taking it to the next level by applying Google Apps in their classroom.

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