Inviting speakers to share knowledge
The district was already creating innovative online content even before upgrading Google Workspace. “One of the most exciting things is how we’ve used Meet to expand the use of outside contributors to class,” Jerlecki explains. “We’ve had first graders do Meet with other first-graders in Singapore. We had Mark Rober, the former NASA scientist and ‘egg-drop challenge’ expert, talk to our second-graders and show them a piece of the parachute from the Mars Rover.”
What’s exciting, says Jerecki, is the newfound ability to record these events, and share them with even more students and teachers. “We feel it’s easier to ask more speakers, like famous authors, to speak to students because we don’t have to arrange for their travel,” he says. “And once we record the session, we can send people a link.”
Teachers are also seeing the value using recorded Meet for their own classrooms. ”Google Workspace for Education Plus made teachers realize we can bring just about anyone into the classroom, and also build out more content for virtual learning,” Jerecki says. “When a teacher can record a class and make the recording available in Google Drive, students who miss class will have a way to get that material,” says Jerlecki. “Teachers can create content for the virtual academy this way, or outside of class if they prefer, on their schedule.”
Jerlecki is also hoping to use Meet to stream and record CCS school board meetings. Since recordings are automatically saved to Google Drive, they’re easy for community members to watch simply by logging in to Google.