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Harnessing the Power of Google Apps and WONecks Blogs


Since this session was built around meeting the needs of those attending, there wasn’t a slideshow prepared for it. I am listing a few resources below that might be of interest. Some of the topics we covered were:

embedding videos into blog posts – this will engage students and parents in the learning process while offering parents the chance to better understand the concept being presented

embedding Google Earth/Maps content into blog posts – this gives the teacher easy access to a virtual tour created prior to class while making it easy to replicate for following classes and for students and parents at home; this can be used in all subjects where location can be tied in (includes math when history/background is discussed)

embedding Clustr maps and similar tracking items into widgets – gets students excited about global attention to their work

creating categories in blog – this allows the user to track down previous work in an easy to organize manner; works for staff and student blogs

embedding Google Docs/Spreadsheets/Presentations into blogs – this is great for publishing work to a global audience into class blogs and personal eportfolios for staff and students

Tutorials can be found at:

WOISD tutorial blog

Google Tutorials

Edublogs blog

As always, feel free to contact me if you ever want to learn more one on one about any of the tools used in White Oak ISD.

Author: Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

District Instructional Technologist

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