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WEST Google Certified Teachers and Trainers Needed

posted Oct 24, 2011, 5:15 PM by Anne Dotson   [ updated Dec 5, 2011, 8:51 AM ]

Date Changed to April 21 and will be hosted at each ESD in the state of WA.  If you are in other areas and want to join us for this great day, please let us know. 
Puget Sound ESD is hosting a conference on November 19, 2011 called Just Google It! The advertised description is as follow:

Once just a way to find information on the Internet, Google now represents a rapidly-growing collection of valuable tools and resources that can enhance any classroom. This mini-conference will include sessions on how to use advanced search functions, tips and tricks for using Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sketchup and more. 

The tentative agenda for this conference is:
8:30 – 9:00Welcome/Intro
9:10 - 10:10Breakouts #1
10:10 - 10:25Break
10:25 - 11:25Breakouts #2
11:25 - 12:25Lunch
12:25 - 1:25Breakouts #3
1:25 - 1:40Break
1:40 - 2:40Panel or Breakouts #4
2:40 - 3:00Closing, Clock Hrs, Drawing, Evaluation

We are seeking presenters for one-hour long breakout sessions. Some suggested topics might be:

Using Google Earth in the Classroom
Collaborative Writing with Google Docs
Innovative Ways of Using Google Forms
Demystifying Google Docs
Google Sites in Elementary Classrooms
Google Search: Search Like A Superhero
Google Maps
Spreadsheets Magic with Google Docs
Data Collection with Google Forms
Google Groups
Google Sketchup
Google Add-ons and Gadgets

We are offering presenters a $50 honorarium/breakout session as compensation for presenting, plus waiving the conference registration fee.

If you are interested, please complete the Google form found at 

You can also view which topics have already been proposed at

In early November we will let you know if your proposal has been accepted and give you further instructions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Janet Hinrichs
Anne Anderson
Conn McQuinn

Technology Services
1-800-664-4549, x7930 (in WA State only)
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA  98057-5221

Just Google It

posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:18 AM by Anne Dotson   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 11:30 AM ]

Nov. 19, 2011
Puget Sound ESD, Renton, WA
"Just Google It"
A day focusing on Google in the Classroom
If interested, complete the registration form found here


posted Jun 14, 2011, 8:10 PM by Anne Dotson

Try this out if you are interested in self grading quizzes.  I learned this one day too late, after spending at least 12 hours trying to figure out how to do the formulas.  Works beautifully.  

Become a GCT

posted Jun 9, 2011, 8:30 PM by Anne Dotson

Apply now and come to Seattle, WA in July.  It is gorgeous here then..  Applications are due June 16 and can be found at this site.
Please let me know if you are accepted and are coming to Seattle.  We want to meet up for dinner. 
Just a note:  this is a golden opportunity and gives you an incredible resource for your PLN.  Hope to hear from you.  

Google Search Tip – Search For Websites More Appropriate For Your Students’ Reading Levels

posted May 30, 2011, 7:58 AM by Anne Dotson

Want to find webpages appropriate for the reading level of your students?  Google has added a feature to Google Search. You can have webpages labeled as, “Basic,” “Intermediate,” or “Advanced.” Click on “Advanced Search,” and use the drop down menu next to “Reading Level.” You can always “undo” this choice.
Posted by Carol LaRow in East group ---- reprinted with permission

Calendar Shortcuts

posted May 30, 2011, 7:56 AM by Anne Dotson

There has been some buzz around with individuals looking for calendar shortcuts.  Check out this link:

Welcome to the West Group

posted May 17, 2011, 7:10 PM by Anne Dotson

Welcome to the Google Apps for Education West regional group! The purpose of this group is to support Google Apps Users in the West.

The Google Gurus for this group are:
  • Anne Dotson, WA
  • Alice Christie, AZ
  • Rachel Wente-Chaney, OR
  • Michael Wacker, CO
  • Charles Sinicki, NV
These individuals are Google Apps Certified Trainers or Google Apps Certified Teachers and are here to assist you, answer questions, and be a resource to you as you administrate or launch your Google Apps program.

To get the most out of this group please visit the following resources:
  • Regional Calendar: this is where we will post upcoming webinars, product launches, regional meet-up, and other exciting events.
  • User Forums: as a member of this community you have been given access to an active community of Google Apps users. Post your technical or pedagogical questions or share your successes.
  • Resources: need some information to share with parents? Trying to find a way to convince your admin to Go Google? Check out these resources; You might find something useful! You are also encouraged to post resources that others might find helpful.
  • Contacts: need someone to assist with professional development at your school? Would you like to talk to a Google expert? Interested in knowing which schools in your area have Gone Google? This is the place for contact information for Apps Certified Trainers.
Click around and join the discussion! Welcome to the group!

Anne Dotson and Alice Christie
The welcoming committee!


posted May 17, 2011, 4:41 PM by Anne Dotson

Welcome to the West K-12 User Group! The purpose of this group is to support Google Apps Users in the West region.
The Google gurus for our group are:
Anne Dotson, Langley, WA
Alice Christie,
Michael Wacker
Charles Sinichi


posted Apr 6, 2011, 11:58 AM by Anne Dotson

Stay tuned for the announcements, meet ups and plans for our group.  Since we are so spread out, perhaps we can plan a SKYPE meet up or a WEB EX meeting.  I think it would be nice to meet each other ftf.  If you want to do that, please include your Skype name and make sure you have updated your Skype to version 5.  
Looking forward to meeting you.  

Anne for the West group

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