Hands-On PD: Using the Cloud for Teaching and Learning
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Hands-On Professional Development
The Learning Studio at RIRAL
Thursday, March 12, 1pm-5pm
191 Social Street (same building as Citizens Bank), 3rd Floor
Woonsocket, RI 02895

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Technology Integration Collaborative

This month we are trying something new! The Studio on March 12th will be centralized around one topic: Using the Cloud: Storing, Creating, and Sharing Documents Online for Teaching and Learning. We will spend the first half of the workshop digging deep into using Microsoft OneDrive, and the second half thoroughly covering Google Drive. Both systems are a Cloud-based service* that can be used by teachers and students to reduce the number of paper copies that are made, support distance learning, and build classroom community through collaboration and peer-to-peer work. For teachers who are working at multiple sites or agencies, cloud storage is a solution for "carrying" all of your documents with you, wherever you go.

Attendees are encouraged to bring the device that they most commonly use in the classroom, whether it be a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. RIRAL will also have laptops, Surface tablets and iPads available for use.

Virtual participation for this session will also be available.
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*Note: "The Cloud" means that your documents are not stored on your computer's hard drive, but rather, are stored elsewhere and can be accessed by you anytime/anywhere that you have an internet connection. Read more...

Session Details

Both Sessions will cover how to:
  • Upload existing documents
  • View, find, and organize files and folders
  • Create New Documents
  • Edit Existing Documents
  • Share and Collaborate on Documents

Registration through the PDC is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have heard of both Microsoft and Google - which one should I use?

As is the answer with most technology questions, it depends on your population and what you want to do.

I have found from personal experience that I use both products in my professional role as Technology and Communications Manager (I would estimate that I use Google Drive about 70% of the time, and OneDrive about 30%). As a teacher, I exclusively used Google Drive, because at the time, it was the only free resource available to students. Google's "Office" products are also simplified compared to Microsoft, and therefore, I found it easier for students to learn and use. Now that OneDrive is also free, and many employers require knowledge of Office Products, there is a strong case to be made for using OneDrive in the classroom.

That being said, Google launched Classroom at the beginning of this school year which has some truly amazing features for creating, completing, and assessing online assignments. There is a BIG catch though: your organization must have Google Apps for Education, and everyone in the classroom must have an email address with your Apps for Education domain (for example, if I were to create a classroom for RIRAL students, all the students in the class would have to have a email address).


Do I have to attend both sessions?

Nope. If you know which product is right for you and you only want to learn about that one, you are welcomed to participate in just that session.

If you have additional questions about which product is right for you or your agency, feel free to contact me directly.


Kim Libby
Technology and Communications Manager

Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning
(401)762-3841  x18

Thursday, March 12

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