When adopting G Suite for Education, training is important, but hands-on learning can be just as effective. Let people experiment and get into the apps. You need a combination of both to get people prepared for the change.
“There’s something about G Suite that makes you want to explore,” says Dean Stokes, a Google Certified Teacher working as a Learning Technologies Manager at a secondary school. “Like when someone uses an iPhone or a Mac for the first time. There’s no manual included but it’s so much fun to find out the cool little extra features yourself.”
Use The Tools
There are a number of other training strategies to implement that will help make the transition go smoothly. One of those is using G Suite as part of the G Suite training program.
“When launching Apps, the focus is on how they can support or enhance teaching and learning,” says James Kieft, E-Learning and Resources Manager at Reading College in Reading, UK. “With Hangouts, for example, I did a number of Hangouts on Air where I talked to different staff about how they were using technology in the classroom. This leading by example has worked in helping staff identify how apps could benefit their own teaching.”
Train As You Go
“I’m a huge fan of just-in-time training,” says Kate Fahey, Instructional Technology Specialist, Lockport Township High School East in greater Chicago. “When we were rolling out Google Drive to our teachers, we met with departments and focused on the specific task, such as updating a document. I supplemented the department trainings with individual teacher sessions as needed. I also go into the classroom and co-teach with my teachers when they need that extra assistance. My door is always open to quick questions or longer, scheduled sessions with teachers and small groups.”
“We have run half-hour bite-sized sessions focusing on a particular aspect of G Suite,” says Kieft. “For example, how to create a Site, adding buttons to a site, creating a Google Form, and reviewing responses.”
Enable Self Training
Another effective addition to an implementation program is to create a training website. This is a great way to promote all the training content you’ve developed. Add videos where people can brush up on the basics. This is a good place to add a training calendar where users can click on a particular training course, get information about it, and sign up. Add a link to your home page to drive traffic to the training site. “I created a resource website with how-to’s, tips, resources, and more,” says David Andrade, MS Ed., Educational Technology Specialist and owner of EdTechGuy Consulting. “We then sent an email to staff explaining everything and how it would work.”
The easier you make it for people to get in and experiment, the faster they will learn and the more successful your transition will be.
For more tips and templates for successful G Suite implementation, download our eBook: Migrating to G Suite for Education.