TXGoo 2014 | Part 1: 3 Sessions and a Challenge

This year’s Texas Google Summit was another success for Techs4Tex. This is the second year for this summit, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Summit both years.

The Challenge

For the first TXGoo I challenged myself to use several different notetaking tools. But for this year’s Summit I decided to try a small step toward visual notetaking. I put away all electronic devices for notetaking purposes. (I used an iPad to access some of the resources from the sessions.) I used blank paper and pencil.

A few things I learned from (or was reinforced by) this notetaking challenge:

  1. I stink at drawing.
  2. I’m still not good at spelling.
  3. I seemed more focused.


The Summit

The Summit opened with a keynote by Kyle Pace, an instructional technology specialist and Google Certified Teacher in the Kansas City area. I then attended three sessions in the morning and facilitated two sessions in the afternoon. Here are some brief notes, as well as links to resources, from those sessions.

Session 1: Around the World in STEM presented by Jeremy Johnston (@helpteachtech)

  • If you are new to Google Earth, try getting familiar with Google Maps, then move on the Google Earth.
  • Make sure that unneeded labels are turned off or the information could be overwhelming.
  • Use “street view” to have students find geometric figures in an actual environment. (The share link will take you directly to that specific street view on a map.)
  • Tours can be used to link STEM subjects with history and social studies.
  • If your presentation computer is in the back of the room, use a colleague to control the computer, and if you have people in your presentation who have really great examples of how to use the tool you’re presenting, use them.

Around the World in STEM Google presentation: http://goo.gl/b5OoDQ

Session 2: Google Hangouts 101 presented by Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) and Stacey Huffine (@TechNinjaStacey)

  • If someone is not in one of your Google Plus circles, you must use their email address.
  • When having your class participate in a GHO, mute the microphone between speaking.
  • You cannot create a GHO On Air from a mobile device. (yet?)
  • Create a private YouTube channel for student use for your GHO On Airs. (If you are using one account for both private and public GHO On Airs, you must switch between the two before the session.)

Session 3: Google Your Library by Teresa Diaz (@tsanc056), Terri Sanchez, and Angie Oliverson)

The biggest takeaway from this session was this wonderful resource created by the presenters: Google Your LMC (https://sites.google.com/a/neisd.net/gylmc/collaboration). The site contains various resources under seven categories: Productivity, Programming (not as in “coding”), Collaboration, Instruction, Reading & Learning, Just for Fun, and Basics. Here are some resources and tips from the session I found interesting:

I’ll discuss the sessions I facilitated in a later post. (I need more time to process.)

photo credit: flikr via photopin cc


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