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Set Yourself Up For Success with Google Slides

November 4
9:50 AM - 10:40 AM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

Learning is an active, constructive process. Student engagement sets the foundation for success.This session will provide educators with tools to engage their students. With adoption of the Soppa laws, many educators struggle to find safe/approved online resources to use in their classroom. Google Slides can provide that safe, engaging tool that can be used across K-12 classrooms.

Participants will learn how to reset their thinking and begin creating engaging, interactive activities and/or templates for their students utilizing Google Slides. Google Slides can offer more than presentations. Changing how you use Slides can change the way your students learn. Throughout the session, participants will use their device and Google account to practice the skills and tools being showcased. The session will start by breaking down the necessary steps in planning and setup of creating a Slides activity using the Backwards Design model. The Master Slide feature will be a focus in the design process as well as other features that can be inserted into Slides such as animations, images and videos. Small changes in design can have a big impact in learning and increase student engagement.

Gail Stover
Gail Stover
Instructional Coach, Central CUSD 301

Gail Stover is in her 22nd year as an educator in Central District #301, Burlington, IL. She spent 13 years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, Second and Fifth grade. The last nine years Gail has been an Instructional Coach. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the business world for 20+ years. Gail is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator and holds an undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing, She also holds a Master degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Math and a Master degree in Instructional Technology with an endorsement in Library Science. In 2012, Gail Stover received the Elementary Kane County Teacher of the Year award.

Leah Herold
Leah Herold
Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301

Leah Herold is in her 16th year as an educator in Central District #301. This is her seventh year of being an Instructional Coach. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. Leah is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. She holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Illinois State University. She also holds Masters Degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology from Aurora University. She enjoys supporting teachers and students in their journey of incorporating technology and other strategies to support student learning and engagement.