Overwhelmed by G Suite? Start Here! G Suite Can Be as Easy as 1,2,3!
I remember when I first started using this weird new thing, back in 2014 and I was like, “What makes this so great? Why is (then) Google Apps for Education different than the other guy?”
It didn’t take long for this girl to dive, head first, into G Suite to use personally and professionally for document creation and sharing with colleagues.
Then, I REALLY got bitten by the Google bug in 2016 when I learned all of the creation and exploration possibilities these tools can open for students. That’s when I decided to become a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and Innovator.
However, not everyone is as comfortable getting messy, trying, and breaking stuff, like I am. I totally get it.
I became empathetic to the differences between innovators, early adopters, and teachers who are either uncomfortable with how fast technology changes or just aren’t as eager to jump on the ‘shiny thing bus’ as some other teachers. We all differ in our comfort levels, just like students.
I especially felt guilty when I would finish up an all-day workshop, introducing the basics of G Suite for Beginners and teachers would leave encouraged, yet fearful that they would forget everything that they learned and practiced for those seven hours. So, I decided to do something about it.
Now, the entrepreneur in me wanted to create my own videos and resources. (Maybe someday I will, but the teacher in me thought, “Ain’t nobody got time for that, plus so many other cool people have already done it!” So I decided to curate resources like YouTube videos and blog posts already created by other smart individuals that I believed would help those teachers who needed a little extra support as they begin their Google journey. It can be overwhelming to just “Google it.” or “YouTube it.” so…
that’s where G Suite 1,2,3! was born!
Go to my Google Site by going to the “BIT EdTech” Tab at www.burnedinteacher.com and click on “G Suite 1,2,3!” to find THIS:
When you get there, you’ll see a list of Google Tools across the top AND more in the drop-down menu on the right side. If you click any of the tools, you’ll find 1 EXPLANATION, 2 YOUTUBE TUTORIALS, and 3 ONLINE RESOURCES for how to use that tool with students.
Also, some basic tools have a “PRACTICE” copy where you can use what you’ve learned to practice using the tool yourself.
Lastly, if you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast. I listen every week and implement/share what I’ve learned from Matt Miller and Kasey Bell that day or when I’m with a group of teachers. Sooooo…
I’ve decided to ALSO include a DIRECT link to the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast website, so you can listen/learn about the tool you’re trying to master with the help of Matt and Kasey.
For example, if you want to learn about Google Classroom, you click on the Classroom tab. Then, you read/watch the resources made available there. After that, check out The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast to learn even more AWESOME things about Google Classroom by clicking on the links that I provide for you.
I update the site weekly, to include the newest Google Teacher Tribe Podcast episodes. You can also go to https://googleteachertribe.com/ to access the podcast, blog posts, and the Show Notes, which can’t be missed!
I’m so excited to share this curation of amazing Google Suite resources with teachers as they begin to dabble in Google! Comment below with any resources you’ve found helpful, so I can add it to the curation collection.