Digital kits and eLearning , App #27: Google Docs (simple, but good)

Digital Kits: http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2012/03/googledocs-digitalkits.html
Sample eLearning Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaZ_TqctdbZWjOuaE-2A5P6Am4zKczbUbXvizFnnGxU/edit

(Digital Kits are an idea created by Bill Ferriter, a Regional Teacher of the Year in North Carolina. The sample eLearning Guide is an online training session I conducted with my staff via Google Apps for Education. Both are not fancy apps, but they show the possibilities of what can be done with a basic application. )

Synopsis: Creating digital kits means that you are creating collections of content. Using Google Docs, teachers assemble “still images, video clips, audio clips, passages of text — connected to the topic being studied…before a project even begins.  Then, students use the content in digital kits to assemble their final products.” It’s a simple concept, but a great use of Google Docs. Most teachers are overwhelmed by the idea of conducting all of the research to create a digital kit, so that’s why Google Docs is a great solution–it can be collaborative. Casey Rimmer has teachers work in groups to develop Digital Kits. And, even better, they don’t have to be in the same room, same city, or same country to work together to create the digital kits. And, when you search for images directly in Google Docs, Google only returns images licensed for reuse. This encourages teachers and students to obey copyright laws.

The eLearning plan is a tool I created to show how Google Apps for EDU can be integrated into an online training session, bypassing common LMS like Moodle or Blackboard. Though, both of those management systems are effective, similar work can be done through the use of several Google tools. Check out the plan to see how the tools can be integrated into an online learning/blended learning format.

Integration: The integration is the actual plan today. However, Ferriter provides a great set of instructions for how to build digital kits with Google Docs:

Here’s a few quick directions. After you’ve signed in to Google Docs and started a new presentation, select Image from under the Insert menu found at the top of your screen:
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Choose Google Image Search from the Insert image menu that appears:
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Type your search term into the Google Search bar that appears:
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Google will automatically return a collection of images that are available for reuse and modification:
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After clicking on the image you are interested in using, find the link to the original image online found at the bottom of the image collection that Google has returned:
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Follow that link to find (1). the title of the original image and (2). as much information about the original photographer as you can.  You’ll need this information in order to provide attribution in your final product — a basic requirement of EVERY Creative Commons license:
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Click in the Notes section at the bottom of the new slide that you are creating to craft a citation.
A citation should include the name of the original image, the name of the photographer — or the username that photographer has chosen to use — the type of Creative Commons license the original image was licensed under (if you can find it), and the date that you retrieved the original image.
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When you are finished creating your shared digital kit, select the Share button in the top-right hand corner of your screen to make the file publicly available on the web:
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Copy the link that Google generates for your digital kit and share it with your students on project handouts or in classroom websites:
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And, with a Google Apps for Education account, docs can be made even more private with the added option of sharing within the domain.

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