As a teacher I get tickled trying various teaching tools. I started overthinking my course offerings trying to keep up with the Jones’ and their cool high tech gizmos. I would spend a lot of my time learning the new tools and scrolling through tutorials and training on how to use the tools. Once I became a mom of six I had to find a way to streamline my work to still produce courses quickly. In the past few months, I’ve been using Google and I love it!
I can access my files from anywhere. Whether I’m at the park with my kids and have a great idea or I’m sitting at my desk logged in I can pick right up where I left off!
It’s simple to use. No long time to learn how to use each program, it’s very easy to use.
It’s easily convertible. I can easily turn my Document into a PDF and email to whomever I need. I can add it my collaboration folder for my team or send it to Google drive and share with my subscribers.
I can work offline. If for any reason I’m in an area with terrible reception or don’t have access to the internet I can still work on my documents.
I can use voice to type. This really increases my productivity because I like talking better than typing!
How to Use Google to Teach
In this post, I want to show you how to get started with Google. I’m convinced that once you start, you won’t look back. This post will literally be all you need.
Google Docs is a word processor that allows me to type anything I need from book proposals to workbooks, worksheets, and eBooks.
I can create clickable links inside documents to sent people directly to websites and resources that I know will be useful to them. It’s a wonderful way to continue
I can add images as needed to create headers on my eBooks or drawings and charts for workbooks.
I can add shapes to Google Docs to create workbooks or worksheets. Blank squares create a space on where to fill out your probing questions.
Google Forms creates a place where you can assess your students. You can even use a form to have students evaluate how they liked your course.
Google Drive provides a place for you to share your completed documents with your clients. I can share the link to my online course document or the link to a workbook by simply cutting and pasting!
If I want to do something more interactive I can create a presentation here and I can record the slides and me teaching with a screen sharing program. Then I can share my video recording with clients.
And that’s it! I could go much deeper into each of these tools but this is just the beginner’s guide. By the way, I typed this post out in Google Docs then transferred it over here.
Question: Can you see yourself creating a course and teaching with Google?
Recently you may have heard about my podcast The Called to Cultivate™ Podcast with Regina Coley or heard my invitation to join the Called to Cultivate™ Community and thought to yourself what is a Cultivator™? A Cultivator is a person who educates, empowers, and enriches the lives of others. A Cultivator can teach, speak, or write but it’s through this that s/he challenges others to dig deeper so they can grow.
I wanted to coin a term that accurately explained my heart’s work and the hard work of so many others. So the Cultivator was created!
Who Do Cultivators Cultivate?
Anyone you feel called to serve! It can be your own children, your co-worker, or you can organize and lead a group. Cultivators have a heart for service and helping others to reach and achieve their goals through teaching, writing, and speaking. As it relates to me I cultivate parents and educators on this blog but I serve young women and girls in the community. I find opportunities to teach in everything I do.
A great Cultivator loves to educate people. You can do this through speaking or writing. You can engage, inspire and motivate your students to learn. I truly believe everyone has something to teach but there are select few that are gifted to teach. In our community, we discuss both types of teaching and support you on the path to discovery for both styles.
A great Cultivator loves to inspire people. You wake up every day with a desire in your heart for people! You want to encourage people to strive for their very best. You want to serve as a role model for younger people and an aspiration for your peers.
A great Cultivator works to create change. I mean your ultimate goal is to make a difference. You don’t feel at peace knowing that there is something that can be done when you see a need. You are typically the initiator and are full of vision.
Am I Describing You?
If while you read this your felt a leap in your belly you may be a Cultivator! If you are wanting to step into this work then you’re definitely in the right space. You can hear more about the Cultivator movement in these places:
Teaching Tuesdays with Regina Coley is a new web resource for parents and educators to have access to tools to teach your children! Every Tuesday you will discuss a new strategy and tool you can learn to use to create change in your children’s attitudes, academic skills, and skill set. We’ll discuss how to overcome overwhelm and build confidence in your ability to teach.
Teaching Tuesdays with Regina Coley will be featured on Facebook LIVE Tuesdays at 11:00 EST/10:00 CST. Our first episode is scheduled for Tuesday May 15, 2018. I’ll be giving away a FREE gift within the first ten minutes of the show. To enter into the running be sure to share this post on your Facebook page and comment below!
I love listening to podcasts! My iPhone is constantly blinking “storage full” because I have so many media files on my phone. My interests are in becoming a better entrepreneur, steward over purpose and money and mom/wife. I figured I’d share with you what I’m currently listening to in the hopes that you’d find them helpful too.
Good students usually come from good homes where one or both parents have spend a substantial amount of time, energy, and resources providing a rich learning environment. None of this means that you have to spend a lot of money on making your home look like a school and you don’t have to have a PhD in Education.
Educational success comes from putting time in what you want your children to know. If they spend time in front of the TV they will become a verbal TV guide. If they spend time on the arts or Math then that’s what they’ll know.
Do they know the value of hard work? Do you do everything for your kids or do they have to do work beyond what they think is comfortable or enjoyable?
Do they have a strong sense of responsibility? What is it your kids have to do each day no excuses? Do you follow through with them and make sure they actually complete them?
Do they have a willingness to keep going even when the going gets tough? How do you encourage and push them to not quit?
Do they know what they do well outside of a classroom setting? Success needs to exceed the classroom especially if your child doesn’t have a teacher that always encourages his or her personal best. Are your kids excelling in sports? the arts? music? a foreign language? Be sure to provide opportunities for well rounded success.
Do they have an understanding about people of other cultures? Creating kids who are ready for the world requires them to know that people of other cultures exist and speak a variety of languages. How are you strengthening their cultural IQ? Board games? Diversity in books? Diversity in music played or movies watched?
Homeschool classes are now available for families looking to supplement their educational learning programs.
Check out the current course descriptions and register below:
Adventures in Black History helps elementary school age children learn about black historians whose stories are often unheard. Students will meet in a virtual classroom setting to learn about black historical figures. This course incorporates writing and art for a unique and creative supplemental homeschool offering!