ChromeBooks for Special Education


DAN DYER: Welcome to an interactive training
on the ChromeBook. The topic today is using the Chromebook
as a tool to support education, special education, and for students who need assistive
technology supports. The reason I used the Prezi platform
to build the training is to enable you, the viewer, to skip portions that you
aren’t interested in, pause for as long as you want on portions that you are interested in, and just generally to try and make the presentation more interactive and engaging. I’ll be using the help of a program
called Balabolka today to read aloud product descriptions in a computerized voice. The program is an example of free software that could be used in a classroom to create audio content out of any text. I thought it would be good to use that to show the power of free tools which most of the apps and software I’m going to show in this presentation are free, and can be installed on your ChromeBook or on your PC or Mac if you running the Chrome browser. I’m Dan Dyer and I work for the Idaho Assistive Technology Project as Academic Coordinator. The Idaho Assistive Technology Project is
a federally funded program administered by the Center on Disabilities
and Human Development at the University of Idaho. Our goal is to increase the availability of
assistive technology devices and services for Idahoans with disabilities. One of the many services that the Idaho Assistive
Technology Project offers is a lending library. And if you go to this link here,
listed on this slide you can actually request to lend a ChromeBook from our organization for free to try out
for a couple of weeks if you live in Idaho. So now that we’ve got the formalities
out of the way, let’s go ahead and take a look at the ChromeBook
in this promo video that Google produced. GOOGLE PROMO: [MUSIC PLAYING] This is a laptop. This is a computer? This has the web? That’s weird! Okay, so it’s the web. There are no programs? So there’s nothing to start-up? Then how do I do stuff? There’s no messy desktop? So no rolling hills of green. Can I use it anywhere? On a unicycle? My calendars? E-mails? Documents? Everything can be saved to the web. That’s crazy. So I could throw
this thing into a river, and I won’t lose my stuff? It doesn’t need virus protection? What about annoying updates? Or patches? Or patches for the patches? So it gets better in real time. I wonder if people
are ready for this? It’s kind of a new thought. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN DYER: As you can see, ChromeBooks are a unique device that combine features from several different types of computer. The first item on our Agenda will be to help clarify what exactly the ChromeBooks
can and cannot do. The second item will give some specific recommendations
on programs to install on a ChromeBook that can be helpful in school, and the third item in our Agenda will give some practical ideas on how to use the ChromeBooks with students. One of the great things about ChromeBook is that you don’t actually need to own one
to get a good idea of what all it can do. Any PC, Mac, or Linux computer can run all of the same programs as a Chromebook. All you need to do to follow along and try
out the programs that I list in this presentation is to go ahead and follow the two steps that
are listed on this slide. There are several different types of ChromeBooks available from different manufacturers with different specifications. I listed three unique and novel versions
on this slide to give you an idea of the variety in them. The first one listed
isn’t quite released yet. It should be out later this month, and it features an 11.6 inch screen, wifi access to the Internet, and a neat feature which is a built-in touchscreen. The second item listed is similar to the first, but it doesn’t have a touchscreen. But one thing that’s unique about this ChromeBook is that is has a 320 gigabyte harddrive. And that’s quite a bit larger than most ChromeBooks. Most ChromeBooks only have a built-in 16 gigabyte. So this second type of ChromeBook with the
larger harddrive, it’s going to be good if you spend a lot of
time outside of a wifi environment, so that you can store more files
locally on your device. The third item is kind of unique
because it has a larger screen, and it can also connect
to the 4G cellular networks so that you can get on the Internet from where ever you are. So is a ChromeBook right for you
or for your students? It’s hard to tell. It just kind of depends on their unique needs. But there are some pros and cons to the device. Some of the cons are listed on the slide. So most of the types of ChromeBooks
do have a small storage space. So you can’t store that many files
locally on your device. The ChromeBooks do not have a CD drive, which can be a significant downside if you’re
wanting to listen to music or running a CD in your computer. The devices are not compatible
with any hardware or software that requires the installation of a driver. So that’s going to be any standard PC program that you can run on
your normal decktop or PC. It’s not going to work on the ChromeBook. The only things that work on ChromeBooks are apps that are found on
their special online store. Or devices that can be plug and play. So if you have like a USB mouse and you can plug that in, and it works on a PC without installing any software, it will work on your ChromeBook. And there’s a couple examples that I list on later in this presentation of assistive mice and keyboards that will work with the ChromeBook. But just keep in mind that anything
that requires installation before it’ll work is not going to be compatible
on your ChromeBook. And that’s one of the significant drawbacks
of using the device, especially for students that need assistive software or hardware that requires that installation beforehand. Most of the ChromeBooks have an 11-inch screen. There’s that one that I showed you
with the14-inch screen. That’s not going to be optimal
for people with low vision. And ChromeBook does have a new operating system. It’s fairly basic. It’s basically just a Web browser with a couple additional features. But it is a new operating system, so it takes some time to get used to using. There are some significant pros
about the ChromeBook though, and those will become more and more apparent as I go along in this presentation, but one of the great things is that everything is automatically backed up to the Internet on your ChromeBook. So you can access your files from any device that you’re using. So if you have files on your ChromeBook, they can automatically sync to your laptop, to your PC. You can even access them on your phone. All those types of devices, which is great. Most of the functionality, and then the apps that you can put on the ChromeBook are free. So that’s a huge pro. And more than anything else, the ChromeBook really works as a tool for working with peers, students and collaborating in real time. So you can video chat on the device. You can share documents. So that a group of students can work together on a Google document and they can see the changes taking place in real time, rather than having to wait for a version to be sent to them via email then making their changes and sending it back. The cost of the device is also appealing as it is significantly less than most laptops or even tablets. The device boots up in just a few seconds, so it can be very handy to just open up and start using immediately in class. Also it can help districts go paperless because a lot of the functions can be done virtually instead of having to print out sheets of paper. But keep in mind that all of the pros do get balanced by the cons you see on the screen, as well as the fact that ChromeBooks lose a lot of their functionality when they’re not connected to the Internet. So if you’re going to be using the device a lot of times when you don’t have a wifi connection, just be wary of that, that a lot of things that you could normally do aren’t going to be available offline. So pictured on this slide is an Alpha Smart. And these have been around for years and you see them used a lot in schools. They’re great little portable word processors. They can be good for students with disabilities that make it difficult for them to hand write. The main difference between the Alpha Smart and the ChromeBook is just functionality. The ChromeBook can do a lot more than the Alpha Smart, but that sometimes can be a bad thing. If students get distracted easily and they want to jump online or go to YouTube, that kind of thing. The Alpha Smart can be appealing. The Alpha Smart runs on changeable batteries so you don’t have to charge it like the ChromeBook. The Alpha Smart’s a little bit less expensive and you can get word prediction and text-to-speech in your Alpha Smarts. But that same functionality can be put on the ChromeBook. The Alpha Smart can beam the text that you type into it straight to a computer for printing, whereas the ChromeBook can just print wirelessly. So it’s kind of a wash in that area. The main difference between these two devices is just functionality. And there’s a little bit of price difference. So for a little bit more money you get a lot more functionality in the ChromeBook. And actually the base Alpha Smart is no longer made. In order to buy an Alpha Smart these days, you’d have to get the type
pictured on the screen, which is the dana. So if you want to know the difference between a netbook and a ChromeBook, go ahead and click on the link below that picture and it’ll give you a good breakdown. I’d like to talk a little bit about laptops versus ChromeBooks. The most apparent difference when you look at the specifications, is that ChromeBooks just don’t have as good as specs. And they don’t have as much storage space
as laptops do. The Chrome operating system is a little bit lighter so it doesn’t require as much processing speed. The ChromeBooks do boot up in seconds, which is a great advantage over laptops. But they don’t have a CD drive and they don’t support that installed software or hardware. Also ChromeBooks will need the wifi to operate a lot of their functionality. ChromeBooks do though have better battery life than most laptops. Also Google offers
their online services for free so Google’s equivalent of Microsoft Word, or their equivalent of PowerPoint, Excel, those programs are going to be available for free using the ChromeBook, using their free online services,
which is great. Google also offers free services like Google Forms that you can actually use to create quizzes for your students. Send it out, they complete the quiz on their ChromeBook, and then it’s automatically graded for the future, which is pretty cool. Laptops do have a great advantage in that they can support installed software and hardware, which that is what most of the assistive technology traditionally has used. It has used that installation which is required, which only functions on PCs. Also laptops do have more ports for connecting devices and things to it. I want to talk a little about IT support
for these devices, so ChromeBooks stay up to date automatically, and it’s a lot easier to manage a fleet of ChromeBooks than it is to manage a fleet of laptops. For laptop service, you need an IT department, you need expensive infrastructure. Whereas with ChromeBooks, it’s really easy to manage them. You can actually manage all of the ChromeBooks from one point. So a teacher can manage multiple ChromeBooks in her classroom from her computer. And to do that you just pay Google 30 dollars per ChromeBook and that covers that management system for the life of the device and that’s quite a bit cheaper, 30 dollars per license, than trying to manage a fleet of laptops. And for that 30 dollars you can set restrictions on the ChromeBooks, to make sure the students aren’t accessing stuff
you don’t want them to. You can pull data from all your different
ChromeBooks, and just do a lot of
kind of neat IT features for a very low cost. It’s the nature of technology to eventually break, get lost, get stolen, or just quit working. So when you compare the two devices, a laptop and a ChromeBook, for this eventuality the ChromeBook has to come out on top because for the most part, they’re cheaper than laptops, and also because all of your files and settings are automatically backed up to the cloud. If you lose or break your device, all you have to do is get a new ChromeBook, log in with your username and password and all of your files and settings are automatically applied to that device. Really ChromeBooks seem to have a little bit more in common with tablets than they do with PCs. The main difference between a tablet and a ChromeBook is the keyboard that the ChromeBook comes with. Also ChromeBooks have a little bit bigger screens than most tablets. ChromeBooks are less expensive than most tablets and a big one is that ChromeBooks do support Flash. So you can just log right into YouTube and use that, or importantly, if you’re a virtual student, a lot of virtual schools do use Flash-based curriculum, which would be almost completely inaccessible on an iPad, but can be accessed on a ChromeBook. A couple years ago, Google placed ChromeBooks in a few schools to get some research about their benefits, and also locally, some school districts have started adopting them. I haven’t heard of too many people using them in Idaho yet, but there’s a chance that they may catch on. The next video, we’ll talk a little bit about one school that has adopted ChromeBooks. [TECHNO MUSIC PLAYING] NASSER: Kipp Academy is a LA
USC Charter school that was founded in 2003. And it goes from 5th to 8th grade and 350 students got enrolled this year. MATTHEW A. PESKAY: Compared to other notebooks, there’s no software installed. There’s no imaging that needs to be done. Once they’re set up and
deployed, the updates are really happening on their own. The less administrative overhead
and burden you have to manage the computers, the
more computers you can put out in the classroom, and
sustain and maintain over time. NASSER: We walk into
Social Studies class, we grab a computer, we go to Mr. Sanders blog that he created the day before and we follow the tasks,
or steps, that are set. JAMES SANDERS: My class
is entirely run online. And so my courses shifted
from more of a direct instruction model and the students do some type of graphic organizer, some type of assignment. To a more interactive base model where the students are actually required to think independently and create, collaborate, rather than just memorize and regurgitate. I think it’s definitely a
better model for learning. The learning becomes more authentic. MARLENA RUCKER: There’s so much information. So many different ways to approach a topic. In print form, I would
have to give them one, maybe two articles. Now I can say, “Here’s a list of 15 articles and their summaries.” There’s now an increase in personal investment, because there’s more choice. And when there’s an increase
in personal investment, there’s definitely an increase in what they produce, which increases achievement. WHITNEY: You’re free to have that
one-on-one connection with your teacher, rather then sitting in class
and raising your hand all day and never get called on. I think that’s just better. ELLIOT: All my assignments
in Google Docs are all stored. And it’s not all unorganized. And I can easily send it to my teacher. CHRISTOPHER: It gives open access to different applications and programs,
such as Google Moderator where we can vote on different ideas that our teammates give us. DONOVAN: There are different
ways you can make presentations using the actual Presentation Mode
on the documents and your Gmail. WHITNEY: I think our grades are going to go up, using this. NASSER: The Google Chrome
notebooks, I think they’re very unique. They create the next generation of computers. DAN DYER: Like all current computers
and tablets, the ChromeBook does have some built-in accessibility features. It could be very useful for people that have disabilities. To get to the accessibility features, you go into the settings menu, and you have the option to turn on or off all of the features that I display on my screen here. You can hook up a Braille display to the device. So if you read Braille, that can be great for you. There’s also a screen reader built in that works all right. It basically reads aloud everything that you’re doing, so if you move the mouse over an icon, it’ll read that aloud. Or it’ll read text on the screen that’s displayed on the screen and give you helpful navigation tips. You can do tap dragging. So that is where you double-click and then it can automatically highlight things, or move icons around for you. You can change it so that the mouse cursor is a little bit bigger,
it has higher contrast. You can do voice search on the device. So you can actually speak to it and it will do Google searches for you just based on your voice. There are also some features for low vision included beyond what I have stated. So it’s a pretty useful device and it’s great that Google thought ahead and put in these accessiblity features. Here are some tools that can be helpful when used in a school. AdBlock is an installation program that will block ads, external ads, distracting advertisements
embedded in web pages, or those ads that pop up before you watch YouTube videos. And a lot of ads can have inappropriate content for schools, so using AdBlock can get rid of those. Google Cloud Services offer a really neat feature called OCR, Optical Character Recognition. So if you snap a picture of a worksheet or if you have a PDF that you’ve scanned in, you can actually upload it to Google Cloud and it will automatically convert that image into editable text. So you could take a worksheet, snap a picture of it, put it into Google Cloud, it would turn that picture into editable text so that the student could then type their responses into, or use that as a platform
to spring off of, to generate their own written material. Just really neat. And I’m going to be talking about some apps that can be used in general education, but because there is so many of them, I can’t possibly talk about all of the different types and categories. So a good place to start, if you want to look into this yourself, is to click on that link, under Apps for General Education, and it lists a ton of free apps that Google has put online that you can download and use in the general education curriculum. If you want to do some more research, and find some more neat ways to use the ChromeBook, just Google “teacher hangouts for ChromeBooks,” or “ChromeBook wikis,” “ChromeBook lists,” “ChromeBook blogs.” There’s just tons and tons of resources like this out there. NARRATOR: Optical Character Recognition
in Google Docs. DAN DYER: Speech recognition is a powerful tool that can be used to supplant or support physical writing or typing. The ChromeBook actually comes installed with VoiceSearch already, but if you want to expand that to actual dictation, and completing written assignments with voice, there’s a couple of ways to do that. One good way is to use the TalkTyper website. And that’s pictured on this slide. And so what you do is you click the little mic button, you speak into it, and then it shows in red what it thinks you just said. And as long as that is correct, which most of the time it will be, because it’s very accurate, you just click that little down arrow that’s circled in red, and it drops it into your document. And then you continue dictating until you’ve completed your writing assignment. There’s also another app called Voice Note. That can be used with similar functionality, but it’s installed directly on your ChromeBook instead of using a website like TalkTyper does. These are two options for speech recognition that work fairly well and are free, like most of the things in this presentation. COMPUTERIZED VOICE: For students with print disabilities, accessing their reading material electronically can give them equal access to the curriculum. Bookshare is the world’s largest online library of copyrighted content for people with qualified print disabilities. Installing this extension enables text-to-speech and word level highlighting for the Bookshare Web reader. For students who do not have a print disability, electronic reading material can still be useful. Google offers an ebook reader app that lets you choose from over 4 million books on Google Play, and take your favorites with you for reading offline. The app makes your books available for reading even when you are not connected to the Internet. You can change font and layout, and search within the book. You can highlight text, add margin notes, and select words to find definitions, to translate, or to search online. Another option for reading material
is the app Meegenius. It includes beautifully illustrated
and enhanced books featuring many of your
favorite titles for free. Read each book with audio playback, word highlighting, and automatic playback. If you want to read it yourself, just click the pause button,
and then turn the pages manually. DAN DYER: Here’s an add on dictionary by Google. That any word that you can click on,
it’ll show you that definition, and then you can also have
the word pronounced out loud. COMPUTERIZED VOICE: A more advanced spellcheck engine can be useful for students
who struggle with writing. Ginger is the only proofreader that corrects 30 types of grammar errors and provides the most accurate spelling corrections. Ginger offers corrections based on
the context of your writing, for mistakes such as commonly confused words. Then/than, homonymns, you’re/your, slang, what if, LOL, and more. Ginger has an easy to use interface
that allows you to correct multiple mistakes with one click. Ginger allows you to improve your English in popular platforms such as Gmail, Facebook, online forums, blogs, and others. DAN DYER: Here’s an app for abbreviation
expansion. And what this app does, is you can define any keystroke or keyword to automatically expand into a phrase, or a paragraph, or a sentence,
or multiple paragraphs. So this is very useful,
especially for people with motor disabilities. If it’s difficult for them to type, and they have to type common phrases
like their name, you can set this up so they only have to put in one or two keystrokes and it’ll automatically input
that longer string of text into the document that they’re working on. Here are examples of two math apps that you can get for the ChromeBook. The Carrotsticks app, which is pictured, is kind of neat because you can actually compete against other students, either in the class, in the school, or anywhere in the world. And so it’s kind of like an interactive activity that has a little bit of competition in it, that teaches math skills. For calculations, here are two apps that you can install in your ChromeBook. One is just a basic calculator. The other one includes graphing features and other neat tools. And there are just a lot of
different calculators out there. These are just two examples that you can use. This is a plugin specifically for Google Docs, and I highly recommend this plugin. It’s called the Read and Write Toolbar. And it really gives you access to some pretty
advanced features. So you can have the text that you type read aloud to you. And it can actually
read that aloud as you go, so that your eyes and your ears
can double check your writing to make sure that there aren’t any errors. And there’s a lot of really neat additional features built into it, so it has a word prediction feature so that as you type it tries to predict what word you’re typing, which is great if you have difficulty and you fatigue when you write. Or if you have trouble with spelling and you’re not quite sure
what word you’re going for, that prediction list can really help you. There’s other great tools, like you can extract the highlights that you put into the documents, so that you can study key words or key phrases. There’s a picture dictionary. Just a lot of really neat tools. So I definitely recommend this one. [MUSIC PLAYING] MALACHI’S MOM: When Malachi was a toddler, he did not talk. He didn’t start talking until probably around three or four. MRS. WATERS: He’s thought of himself
as not able to read, not able to write,
not able to place words. And I thinks he’s told himself that so long that he really believes it. So he would go off
into his little dream world. MALACHI: Well this is my room. And it looks like a giant superhero city really. You can make any kind of superhero, so I thought why not if I was a superhero. So I made a superhero story about myself. Origin of a Real Hero. Hi, my name is Malachi. I’m a hero. MRS. PYATT: He has a lot of ideas, he’s very creative. Malachi just has a very hard time getting his thoughts on paper. The whole writing mechanics is difficult for him. MR. BURGIN: It would take him an entire hour to write one sentence. Malachi’s writing is horrendous. His skill in actually writing the letters on the page really got in the way of him doing the work. That was where the problem was. MRS. WATERS : So the computer was the best option for him. Last year we used the mini-laptop. It was about that big. It took it, Malachi’s generally about five minutes to turn on. By the time he got it turned on and started working on things, his frustration level was really high. He had difficulty knowing how to save it. So 90 percent of the time he would not complete an assignment. In August, we got our set of ChromeBooks. When we opened the ChromeBook and it turned on,
the kids were in shock! They were like, “What? No five minutes?” When Malachi got into the settings and found out how to change the icon on his login screen I was just flabbergasted. When he types a document,
he knows it’s saved. And it’s done. He had never been able to do that before. I really don’t know what the difference was. I think it has something to do with the speed. He didn’t get frustrated. The ChromeBook browser
is structured in a way that in his head he understands it. MR. BURGIN: For somebody who I had prodded to write one sentence in an entire hour, wow, in five minutes he had a sentence done! He typed some more. Wow, he had two sentences done! I was telling everybody, “Malachi got three paragraphs written!” MRS. WATERS: From then on,
it never stopped. He just went. I asked the students to write an essay. Once Malachi understood
what I was asking him to do, he wrote four and one-half paragraphs. A personal best for Malachi. I read it at home on my computer and cried because I couldn’t believe that he had accomplished that much knowing where he has come from. [MUSIC PLAYING] MALACHI: Sometimes the ending is really hard for everyone to see. What will happen to Malachi at the ending? But all I know for the ending is that my character Malachi will live his happy life
in Superhero City. Yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN DYER: For students
with print disabilities and who struggle to read text, it can be very helpful to have a program that will read any text aloud to you. And there is various ways to do this on the ChromeBook. Some of the ones that I found that work fairly well I listed on this slide, including Speakit! and Chrome Speak. COMPUTERIZED VOICE: Timers are important to mark daily schedules and to alert students to transitions. The timer app includes timer countdown and alarm clock and stopwatch. You can choose any YouTube clip to use as an audio alarm. The app runs offline. You can use any image on the Web as background. DAN DYER: Here’s an app with good functionality for creating interactive diagrams. And diagrams can be used for a lot of purposes. One way to use them is for students that have cognitive disabilities, to put information in a way that they can more easily understand it. So instead of having dense paragraphs and thick text with a lot of confusing keywords and syntax, you can actually distill the key points of that information into a diagram using this app to make it more accessible for those students. There are several ways to create Mind Maps on the ChromeBook. Any online service
for Mind Mapping should work, like Inspiration Online. That should be fine. Or anything else that you come across. If you want a specific app that will work for it, you should take a look at the following video. as it’s a fairly interactive and neat looking Mind Mapping program. DAN DYER: Who doesn’t remember practicing typing skills in class? Well you can actually do this without a teacher using apps like TypingClub or any of the other ones that can be found on the ChromeBook store. And they work fairly well. Some of them are geared more towards games, to increase attention and focus of students. Some are geared more towards traditional typing lessons. The apps listed on this slide allow you to block certain URLs for a time period. Or for the entire day. Or to only give you access to those URLs for certain amounts of minutes per day. And so this is a way to block access to games websites, or YouTube for your students. Or only give them access to those websites, to those recreational websites for a certain amount of time each day. For students that have difficulty typing, an on-screen keyboard can be used. The Virtual Keyboard Interface shown on this screen is a plugin you can put on your ChromeBook. And then anywhere you can actually physically type, you can just double-click the mouse, this onscreen keyboard will appear, you can use it to input text that way. And there’s something around 90 to 100 different keyboard variations, so you can experiment with different keyboard layouts for your students. For students that have difficulty accessing a computer with the traditional mouse and keyboard, alternative mice and alternative keyboards can be used. And there is just almost an endless amount of these types of equipment. Some of the more common ones are shown on your screen. So on the left there is a BigKeys keyboard that has larger keys and is also color coded. On the right is shown a trackball and joystick mouse. And these are some of the more common ones used with students. And actually these devices shown on the screen will work with the ChromeBook because they’re plug and play. Which means you just plug them in and they work. There’s no installation required. Evernote is a powerful tool for taking notes. And you can put this on your ChromeBook and then you can take Web clips, you can take audio, you can type, you can take snapshots of your screen. Put it all into the Evernote app, organize it into binders, and then it will automatically sync with all of your other devices to keep your notes current between devices. Evernote’s great. Its’ used pretty widely and it’s pretty neat that it’s available for the ChromeBook in this application. So this is another one that I would definitely recommend for students that are needing to take notes with the ChromeBook. COMPUTERIZED VOICE: For students
who cannot speak, there are a few communication programs available for the ChromeBook. One of the better free ones available is called Picto4me. With Picto4me AAC Communication Boards, you can create, edit, play and share communication boards by using the easy online software. It is switch accessible and the communication boards can be printed. DAN DYER: Telling stories digitally is becoming more and more important in schools. A way to publish your work is also important. And this is especially true now that the Common Core state requirements are in effect. There’s many ways to do this online. One such way is actually to use Prezi. So Prezi’s what I’m using to build this presentation, and students can easily use it to build their own stories and generate their own work to show to the class. For a more comprehensive list of online tools to do this, go ahead and click that link below the picture. COMPUTERIZED VOICE: Here are some tools for helping struggling readers. CruxLight automatically distills the Web article to it’s essence thus helping the user get the gist of the article. Readability is a Web and mobile app that zaps clutter and saves Web articles in a comfortable reading view. TLDR, Too Long Didn’t Read plugin, is a free extension that creates a summary of any Web article without leaving the original page. DAN DYER: I’d like to talk just briefly about some ideas and some tips on using ChromeBooks in schools. So as previously stated in this presentation, you can use Google Docs to collaborate in real time to build lesson plans, to build assignments in a small group. And this is kind of a neat tool because it’s similar to what modern day people are using in the workforce to both collaborate in person but also virtually. Google comes with something called Sheets, and it’s really similar to Microsoft’s Excel. And so if you input data into Sheets it’ll look a lot like if you’re just using Microsoft Excel. But then you can also use Sheets to visualize that data. So it’ll take that raw data and then publish it into tables or charts. And that can be helpful to help students visualize information. If you have students that are home bound or if you have students that are out sick or maybe even if the teacher is out sick, you can use Video Chat through Google Plus to stay connected. Or maybe you want to use Video Chat to bring in outside lecturers or professionals from around the country to speak to your students. You can use Google Sites to create a free website. You can use that for your class And so you can publish teacher material to that website, that your teachers can go on. Or maybe each student wants to create their own websites to display their work throughout the year. You can use Google Forms to give your students pre-assessments at the beginning of a class. And then you can go ahead and modify your instruction based on the results of that. And then at the end of the class you can give students an exit ticket to see what they’ve learned. And you can also pull some data from that. You can kind of do away with sending students to the computer lab if you have ChromeBooks in your classroom. You can use the devices with students with attention related disorders because they pop on and turn on really quickly. They can be a great tool for students that have difficulty
managing paper, and who have trouble with handwriting. You can use the calendar function to assign projects and use it to remind students when assignments are due. And with the ChromeBook it’s really easy to access Web-based resources. Any of the links listed there, you can jump on and use. Like Khan Academy to help supplement your instruction. Google actually offers a couple of educational related services, such as a YouTube
that only shows educational videos. There’s also something called Google Scholar, that when you do Google searches, it will only return scholarly results, which can be useful for your students. So thanks from the Idaho Assistive Technology Project for viewing this presentation. If you’d like more information, or want to contact us, please just visit our website at idahoat.org.

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