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Got GSuite? Got iPads? Get Productive!

Lots of schools love Google GSuite for Education. Lots of schools love iPads too. So how can you make the most of Google when you live in both a GSuite and an iPad world? This session will get you working on a series of practical, hands-on projects that showcase how your iPad can be used in a Google universe. Bring an iPad and make sure you can download apps from the Apple App Store.

In most instances where students have 1:1 iPads in classrooms, the teacher still uses a conventional computer. This often means that tasks that seem simple on a computer are not always so simple on an iPad. Many teachers in iPad classrooms don't fully grasp just how different the experience can be.  In this workshop you will take on a series of typical ICT projects on an iPad to put yourself in the shoes of your students.

All these tasks can be done on an iPad using the Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides apps for iOS. You'll need all of them to complete this task.

If you really do want to live in a Google world on an iPad, you should probably also make sure you're using Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Photos, etc for iOS. All these apps work together to make the iOS experience much more seamless for serious Google users.

After you do this task, reflect on it with these questions...


Task 1: Google Docs  

Create a two page report on an animal of your choice

  • Title your document with the name of your chosen animal
  • Your report should include:
    • A paragraph or two of information about your animal (200 word max)
    • At least two images of the animal
    • A table showing key information about the animal
    • A bulleted list of places where the animal can be found
    • Insert a link to the source of your information
  • Format the document to be attractive, using different typeface, size and colour fonts
  • Check the word count of your report, making sure it's not over 200 words
  • Star the file
  • View in print layout mode to check it's not more than 2 pages long
  • Email a copy the finished doc to yourself as a PDF


Task 2: Google Sheets

Create a spreadsheet to summarise and calculate the costs of taking a family to the movies.

  • Title the Sheet “Going to the Movies”
  • Set up columns for:
    • Items (eg, tickets, popcorn, parking, candy, etc)
    • Quantity (number of each purchased)
    • Cost (individual cost of each item)
    • Item Total (calculate the total for each item, quantity x cost)
    • Grand total (add all the item totals together)
  • Add background colours, borders, etc, to make it easy to read
  • Format the sheet for maximum clarity
  • Sort the list into alphabetical order by item
  • Apply a filter to show only the snack bar items
  • Create a chart (graph) that shows the relative costs of each item
  • Share with a partner and ask for feedback or suggestions using comments
Here is a example


Task 3: Google Slides

Create a Slides presentation on the planets in our solar system


Work in teams of no more than 4 people
  • Create a group Slides presentation, choosing a suitable theme for your slides
    Hint: only one person should create the Slides doc and share it with the others as collaborators
  • Include a title slide
  • Add a slide for each planet 
  • On each slide include:
    • The name of the planet
    • A picture of the planet
    • A brief description of the planet
    • A short note in the Speakers Notes section
  • On the final slide includes credits for the members of your group, with each person's name and photo
  • Group each name with the corresponding photo
  • Star the file
  • Present your final slides on the iPad

Task 5: Google Forms

Create a simple Survey using a Google Form 
  • Your choice of topic
  • Your choice of questions
  • Add at least 4 questions, using the following question types
    • Short answer 
    • Multiple choice
    • Scale
    • Paragraph
  • Send your finished survey to at least 3 people and get them to complete it
Note: there is no Google Forms app for the iPad.  You'll need to do this in Chrome or Safari.


Task 5: Bring it all together

  • Create a folder in your Google Drive called “Got iPad”
  • Move all your documents into this folder.
  • Star this folder



If you have a moment I'd really appreciate your feedback on this session. Thanks!