NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Google in the Classroom: Maximize Student Achievement (P-12)





Instructor: Ted Mainella

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This continuing education graduate course will focus on student achievement and the theoretical base as well as provide an in-depth study of Google. This class is based on the theory that the way teachers communicate and interact with their students is changing due to the free availability of technology tools that previously had to be purchased or was unavailable. Google has led the way in this regard by providing free email, a suite of tools including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. These programs are available on line, from any computer. They are updated as needed and do not take up any space on teacher’s computers. Moreover, all these tools offer collaborative features. Teachers and students can create, share, edit, and comment on documents in real time via the Internet with a free Google account. In addition, audio and video files can be shared as well via YouTube. Even the plain old telephone is included with free calling to anywhere in the United States. Conference calls can be arranged with small groups if needed. Video calls are of course included if desired. A powerful feature called Screenshare allows the teacher to show a class what is on her screen and to demonstrate in real time the steps in a process. These powerful tools are available now and have been designed with teachers in mind. Participants in this class will explore, practice, and incorporate these technological tools in their teaching to improve professional skills and enhance student achievement.


As result of participation and completion of course module students will know and understand: 

  1. The theoretical base and underlying pedagogical principles and concepts;
  2. All modules will focus on student achievement;
  3. The organization of email for professional use;
  4. The use of Google communications;
  5. The value of Google Docs: Word processing, presentation software, forms, surveys;
  6. Interaction, collaboration using Google;
  7. The use of YouTube in the classroom;
  8. Google sites for teachers and your students.

Course Materials:

Students are required to have the following available for this course:

1.      Google email account in their name for all aspects of Google free services;

2.      Internet access for email and uploading files;

3.      Web cam and audio equipped computer for communications (optional for video);

4.      For textbook material, see on line references in each module.

About The Instructor

Ted Mainella
Ted Mainella

Ted Mainella earned an M.Ed from Alverno College. Ted earned his B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Ted has experience teaching 4th, 7th, and 8th grade.




Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

**Registration Instructions:

You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.

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