This course is designed to get you comfortable with the use of Google Chrome Apps and how to associate them with your Google account. Much like apps that are downloaded to a cell phone, Google Chrome Apps are programs that have a multitude of uses. These apps, once associated with your Google account, can be accessed via almost any device with internet capabilities. Google has apps available to the general public but also has education-specific apps through the use of its Google Apps For Education suite. This course is an entry-level course to get you started using Google Chrome Apps in the classroom.
- Reflect upon your understanding of Google Chrome Apps and how they are used
- Define possible uses for Google Chrome Apps in the classroom
- Examine Google Chrome Apps and be able to determine appropriate Apps for classroom use
- Explore Google Chrome Apps that will aid in your content area and grade level
- Apply the use of Google Chrome Apps to your instruction and lesson design
- Video: Chrome Web Store – What’s a web app?
- Video: 22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know About
- Article: Chrome: web and desktop apps explained and more
- Website: Chrome Apps Help
Chrome Web Apps are a great way for internet-based applications to be used in the classroom by both teachers and students. Once an app is “added” to a user account, it can quickly and easily be accessed by the account user. These apps are associated with the account and can be accessed on multiple devices, which works great in a classroom situation where devices are shared. The Chrome Apps available are submitted and posted on the Chrome Web Store and can be searched by using a variety of qualifiers to find the right app for the situation. As you view the items listed in the Integration in Action section, questions to be asking yourself:
What subject areas would a Chrome App help my students?
What organizational tools would help in my classroom?
How can I get kids engaged in subject matter on their own?
How could Chrome Apps help students when they are logged in at home?
- Chrome Web Store search for “common core math”
- Intro video on the Google Classroom app
- Using screen capture tools in the classroom!
Choose one of the following assignments to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course. Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.
Choice 1: App Review
Download and experiment with 3 different Chrome Web Apps. After getting comfortable with each app, rate and review each individual app in the Chrome Web Store. This includes assigning a star rating, as well as posting a written review of the app. The review may include how you plan on using the app in the classroom or maybe a more broad-based review of the app for more general use. Once the rating and review have been posted on the Chrome Web Store page, take a screenshot of your rating and review to submit. Make sure you submit screenshots for all three of your reviewed apps.
Choice 2: Lesson Plan
Submit a lesson plan that includes using a Chrome Web App for your classroom. The lesson plan should include:
- a definition of the intended audience
- student learning targets
- classroom and activity procedures and expectations
- any assessments that would be used.
Make sure the Chrome App is part of the lesson and not necessarily the reason for the lesson, as technology use is a tool for learning and not the intended outcome.
In addition to the lesson plan, include:
- A summary of the app (what it does, how it can be used, etc.)
- Explain how the app will increase academic performance in your classroom, and/or how it will increase collaboration between
- you and your students/parents/colleagues.
Choice 3: Screencast
Create a 3-5 minute tutorial explaining how a specific Chrome Web App could be used in the classroom. Submit a screencast (using one of the many free screencasting apps available in the Chrome Web Store, like Nimbus, Screencastify, Screencast Recording, etc.), to explain how to download the app, directions for how the app works, and applications for classroom use.
- What type of Chrome Apps could you use in the classroom to increase the academic performance of your students?
- How will you help students search and use Chrome Apps for their own personal growth in your classroom?
- Exit Ticket – Show what you know!
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