I’m pleased to announce two opportunities for educators as well as business professionals to learn more about Google Apps (Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations and Drawing) as well as Google Geo-Apps (Google Maps and Google Earth) on December 14 and 15, 2010, in Oklahoma City. I will be leading both these full day, hands-on, BYOL (bring your own laptop) workshops. Workshops will be held in the Colloquium Conference Room of the Presbyterian Health Foundation Executive Conference Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Online registration is available now via Eventbrite through December 10th, but seating is limited. Lunch, refreshments, and parking costs are included in the registration fee. The events are:

14 Dec 2010: Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations and Drawing

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Google Documents, Google Spreadsheets, Google Forms, Google Presentations, and Google Drawing environments to create and share collaborative files saved “in the cloud.” Specifically, participants will learn how to:
1- Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online
2- Share and collaborate in real time
3- Safely store and organize your work
4- Control who can see your documents
5- View sample documents, products and files
6- Create original Google docs independently and in collaboration with others

15 Dec 2010: Google Maps and Google Earth

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Google Maps and Google Earth Specifically, participants will learn how to:
1- Navigate and search in Google Maps and Google Earth
2- Create a Custom Google Map
3- Customize Google Map Placemarks with text, links, images, and embedded videos
4- Share Custom Google Maps with links and as embedded maps on webpages
5- Use Google Earth’s layers, measurement tools, and places
6- Use Google Earth custom KML/KMZ files created by others
7- Create custom Google Earth custom KML/KMZ web tours and share them

Both of these workshops are designed for beginner through intermediate computer users, and will include discussion as well as examples of how these tools can be effectively used in K-12 as well as university classroom settings. Although workshops are designed primarily with educators in mind, progressively-minded business leaders and employees are invited to attend as well and learn how to leverage Google Apps and Google’s geo-applications within their industry sector. This workshop is BYOL: Bring your own laptop. AC power and wifi connectivity is provided. Participants will work independently and in collaborative teams during the workshop to create and share digital products.

These hands-on workshops meet the definition of high quality professional development as required by the No Child Left Behind Act [Title IX, Part A, Section 9101 (34)]. The activities in these workshops are directly aligned to the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), student academic achievement standards and assessments. The primary goal of the workshops is to improve and increase teachers’ knowledge of digital literacy and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for teachers / administrators / students, and help enable teachers to become highly qualified. Attendance certificates for professional development will be available.

Please direct questions about these workshop opportunities to Wesley Fryer at either:

  1. 405.562.6175
  2. email: workshops [at] speedofcreativity [dot] org

This information is also available on wiki.wesfryer.com/workshops

Registration for each workshop is limited to 50 participants. Registrations must be submitted by 11:55 pm on Friday, December 10, 2010. Payments may be submitted via credit card or School Purchase Order. More information is available for those submitting school POs.

Speed of Creativity Technology Workshops

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