From Our Classrooms to Yours: How One University is Changing How Kansas Educators Learn and Teach Using Google Apps for Education

This session will describe how economics, accountability, and Google Apps for Education is changing the way several instructors within the College of Education and Technology (COET) at Fort Hays State University are providing innovative instruction face-to-face and online. Pre-service teachers and future school/district leaders, media/reading specialists, and instructional technologists are provided materials and instruction via googlized personal learning environments known as GooPLEs. These GooPLEs are created not only as a suitable replacement for Blackboard, the university’s course management system, but as a template for 
P12 schools to replicate and use for free. After participating in a GooPLE, former students have gone before superintendents and school boards seeking permission to have COET faculty provide similar instruction and training on the use of GooPLEs and other Google tools to improve or enhance their teaching and learning. Since this January, training has been provided to sixteen districts with another fourteen scheduled in the weeks to come. Five to seven COET faculty or staff members, armed with up to 60 Acer Chromebooks, travel statewide to answer a call to service providing free training in an effort to help lessen the stress of a weakened economy, rising expectations, and rapidly developing technologies. See "Bio"