Monday, July 23, 2012

Google Goes Interactive

I was on a bit of a hiatus last week, attending a fabulous artisan baking class with my Dad at King Arthur Flour.  If you like to bake, and ever get a chance to take one of their classes, I highly recommend them!

Here's a picture of the brioche I made.  Far better than the one I tried on my own a year or so ago!


Google is jumping on the interactive tutorial, flipped classroom bandwagon and provided a set of ten lessons on various aspects of digital citizenship, from copyright to YouTube.  Each lessons comes with lesson plans, quizzes and a video tutorial. From their site:


Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit your schedule:
  1. What Makes YouTube Unique - Basic facts and figures (40 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 1,Slides Lesson 1
  2. Detecting Lies - (35 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 2, Slides Lesson 2
  3. Safety Mode - (5 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 3, Slides Lesson 3
  4. Online Reputation and Cyberbullying - (45 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 4, Slides Lesson 4
  5. Policy - The Community Guidelines (20 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 5, Slides Lesson 5
  6. Reporting content - Flagging (20 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 6, Slides Lesson 6
  7. Privacy part 1 - (40 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 7, Slides Lesson 7
  8. Privacy part 2 - (50 minutes) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 8, Slides Lesson 8
  9. Copyright - (40 mins) - Teacher's Guide Lesson 9, Slides Lesson 9
  10. Additional resources/Appendix including parent resources - Teacher's Guide Additional Materials, Slides Additional Materials
Or you can download the Full Teacher's Guide or the Full Set of Slides in PDF.


As long as we're talking Google....

Back in my English teaching days,  I used to do an lesson with students on group storytelling.  I would give each student a sheet of paper with an opening sentence on it. The student would write the next sentence, fold over the first sentence so that only his/her sentence showed, then pass the paper to the next student.  This pattern would repeat until the papers came back to the original owner. Then we'd unfold them and read the resulting story.  Most of them were pretty silly, but occasionally you'd get one that was rather profound.

Well, Google has partnered with the Tate Modern in London to create a similar online art experiment they call  The Exquisite Forest.  You'll need Google Chrome for it to work, but it looks like an interesting collaborative storytelling project.  I'll let the video explain more.

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