Achieve your Teaching Goals with Google Tools and Other App…

For the social and personal responsibility competency, we foster responsible decision-making in students, selecting options that will favor their life project. We carry out activities for managing emotions and values using Dr. Martin Seligman’s PERMA model for integral well-being and the four emotional intelligence RULER tools created by Dr. Marc Brackett from Yale University.

To achieve this, we use Padlet, which offers a direct link to Google Classroom in the form of a forum or class assignment. This application is handy, particularly for making collaboration walls where students can share ideas on a topic (their prior knowledge of the subject, what they would like to know about the subject and ultimately sharing what they learned about the subject).

One of their favorite activities is the “Wall of Gratitude” where they post topics related to positive emotions. According to Dr. Seligman, being grateful generates well-being. Students can ‘like’ their classmates’ posts and make comments. Padlet as such is not an application developed by Google, but it is in Google Play Store. It can be used on cell phones or tablets and linked to Google Classroom.

The creativity and innovation competency encourages students to generate new ideas, solve problems creatively and develop innovative, socially valuable proposals. One of the crucial stages is to achieve empathy with the community or sector with which they will be working, so conducting interviews with stakeholders to understand their needs better is of utmost importance. For this, we use Google Forms to collect all the information and comments in an organized manner and then analyze them in Google Sheets. We also use a YouTube channel, where video interviews are kept and important information compiled for the project, and Google Street View to make 360o videos. To track the progress of the projects, Sci Journal allows students to take notes on the activities in writing or using photographs or voice notes.

To develop the critical thinking competency, students learn to analyze formulated judgments, question and argue their points of view, applying information validation criteria. This requires literature reviews, which can be conducted using the Google Scholar search engine, where students locate citations and academic papers, journals and e-prints, among other works. Students are also asked to use the Google Docs Explore tool to search for information and use citations appropriately in various formats, such as the American Psychological Association APA, Modern Language Association MLA and Chicago style. Explore can also be used to search for images, with all of the ones found being copyright-free.

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