As an educator apart of Horizon School Division, one of the major focuses in regards to using technology in the classroom is the incorporation of the google platform in teaching. I would say that on a daily basis, I use multiple google programs including:
Google Classroom (A web service developed by Google that allows files to be shared between teachers and students in order for assignments to be graded in a paperless method)
Gmail (An email service developed by Google)
Google Documents (A word processor offered by Google)
Google Slides (A presentation program offered by Google)
Over the past 4 years, I have been teaching at Imperial School. One of my job titles at the school is the Technology Representative. I find that this is an important task seeing how much technology is evolving over the years. On of the best resources that I have been fortunate to collaborate with over the past few years is Jim Swan. Jim is a learning technologist. He is always learning about knew innovations involving technology and how they can be functional in the classroom. When Horizon School Division started to implement the plan of converting to the google platform, Jim made special visits to all schools in the division to teach educators about the technology.
As the Technology Representative of Imperial School, I would say that I have had more personalized meeting with Jim over the years. The expectation is that Jim would teach me the concepts, and I would pass the information on during school staff meetings. One of the first times that I met with Jim, he informed me that I should consider to upload all of my material onto Google Classroom. By doing this, I would be creating a web development cite for my students to access for further explanation on content, or to catch up on material that they may have missed from the day.
During my day in the life of currently using technology, I am very fortunate that I listened to the advise of Jim. I have created a Google Classroom for all of the subjects that I am teaching. On this site, I post a copy of my teacher notes for every lesson, a copy of the assignment that students are expected to complete, and a video that corresponds to the lesson that has previously been taught.
The other thing that I have been using to connect with my students online during Covid-19 is using Google Meets. Google Meets allows me to schedule conference calls with students to check in and see how they are doing with the course material. It also allows me to set up 1-on-1 conferences with students who are struggling to understand the course material.
Teaching online is way different than teaching in the classroom, but luckily for me the effort and work that I have put into teaching my students how to use technology in the classroom has allowed my students to be successful during this difficult time.