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Hacking #iste2015: Driving creativity with Google Drive apps

Day two of #iste2015. I had meetings all morning and did a podcast with Dr. Curtis Chandler, formerly of ESSDACK. Now prof at BYU North in Idaho.

Spent some time at the ESSDACK booth and an incredible hour in the ISTE Playground listening to Matt Farber and Greg Toppo share their thoughts about gaming and technology. More on that in tomorrow’s post.

Today’s first actual session focuses on using Google apps. Aaron Svoboda is planning to share how Drive Apps can get teachers and students to address the toughest digital age skill – creativity.

I work with a ton of districts who are moving to GAFE and Google tools. So I’ve got high hopes for some very cool stuff because the session will focus on third party apps. You know. Not the typical Docs, Sheets and Slides that we all use. Or even the Forms, Drawing, or Maps apps that not very many of us use. But those apps that you can find under the More option in the New dropdown menu.

Aaron started by asking why Bloom’s Taxonomy shifted in the last few years. Why is creating at the top of the current version? First thing to think about is that Creating is related to Creativity but they are not the same thing.

Creating is important because our students need to go beyond evaluation to solving problems. And these Drive Apps provide tools to do lots of problem solving. Aaron had a nice quote during this part of the day:

We have a mental model that is almost always behind what Google can do.

And I think he’s probably right. We get locked into a certain way of using a word processor or presentation tool and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. But if that mental model keeps us from exploring new possibilities and new ways to teach and learn, it can hurt our kids.

Exploring these third-party apps is not rocket surgery. Or even brain science.

Open Google Drive. Click the red New button. Slide down to More. Slide over to Connect More Apps. Browse the gallery. Find an app you like. Click the app to open a popup window for more info. If you like what you see, click the blue Connect button.

drive apps 1

drive apps 2


A new one for me? Powtoon. I’ve used the web version but didn’t realize there was a Drive app. Powtoon is one the apps that actually works in its own site and stores stuff in your Drive under it’s own folder. Other apps work right in the Drive world. but all of them provide more tools for you and your kids.

You can find Aaron’s site here and his presentation here. Both useful.

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  1. Jesse McNulty #

    Reblogged this on Blended Learning 1.0.

    July 1, 2015

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