Hacking Google for Educators
I am excited to announce that my next book, Hacking Google for Educators, will be available to purchase on a virtual bookshelf near you in the Spring of 2017. This will be the fourth book that I have written over the past few years that focuses on the impact technology can have on the educational world. It’s also the first time that the Evolving Educators will collaborate on a project with Mark Barnes and the Hack Learning team. Billy Krakower, Scott Rocco, and I really feel that there is a place in the market for this sort of book, that will provide readers with varying perspectives on how Google tools can move learning environments from good to great. Hacking Google for Educators will provide readers with a unique opportunity to flip to any part of the book and immediately apply what was read within the context of their current educational environment.
The book will highlight a plethora of Google apps, extensions, add-ons, and tricks that can be incorporated by any school stakeholder. Well known tools like Docs, Slides, and Sheets will be featured in ways that will allows students, teachers, and administrators to thrive in an innovative and efficient manner. Other not so well known tools like Cardboard, Tour Builder, and Orange Slice will be clearly explained and demoed through a series of screen shots. We really want to inspire teachers and administrators to take risks and try new methods that ultimately impact the success of students.
So what does a Hack Learning book look like? The chapters are called hacks that identify problems prevalent in our learning environments. Say for example, that there is an issue with students who are reluctant to write. An app like Google Docs can assist students that have writers block through a feature called voice typing. Just think of the possibilities that students have to show what they know through the writing process by being able to speak directly into Google Docs. The “what you can do tomorrow” portion of the chapter is characteristic of all Hack Learning books and guides you through specific uses of the hacks that are highlighted. So for the Google Docs chapter, additional enhancements will be examined such as the Explore feature, translation services, and using comments to provide real time feedback.
As an educator and Google Certified Trainer, I am really excited about writing Hacking Google for Educators. It will be a useful and applicable resource for teachers and administrators. The book will change your mindset and show what is possible when technology is leveraged to enhance student learning experiences. There is no doubt that Google Apps for Education, or what is now referred to as G Suite for Education, is a game-changer in how people collaborate, create, communicate, and critically think in their learning spaces. Hacking Google for Educators will provide a framework for classrooms, schools, districts, and organizations to move forward in a meaningful direction that will push students to learn, teachers to teach, and leaders to lead in ways once thought unimaginable.