Google Apps School Guides will be individuals at each school in your district that will lead Google Apps training and encourage Google Apps integration in the classroom.
Plan for 3-4 weeks to complete the following tasks:
Create a Google Site to centralize resources for Google Apps School Guides. Some things to include:
Set up a discussion group in your Google Apps domain for Guides (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) for sharing and communicating with Guides.
Start building enthusiasm for the program and getting Guides excited about their role in the upcoming Google Apps roll out:
Also, if Guides are new to Google Apps, you can begin introducing features by creating the scheduling process completely using Google Apps – collect scheduling information via forms and send out calendar invitations for the training dates.
Google Apps School Guides will be responsible for training at each of their respective schools, so they should have a solid understanding of all the tools. During the training sessions, be sure to reiterate the technical expectations for Guides and their commitment to understanding and using the product.
When planning your Google Apps training for the Guides, you can consider the following options:
Encourage the Guides to take advantage of the discussion group for asking questions and sharing ideas while learning and reviewing the training materials.
Try and make the trainings fun and Googley!
In addition to the technical Google Apps training, set up time to carry out general Guide training. Potential topics for these types of trainings could include:
These meetings should help prepare Guides with resources and strategies to train teachers at their schools.
Continue to engage Guides throughout the year using the resource site and discussion groups. With this ongoing communication, you can continue to:
You might also consider to have webinars or meet-ups for Guides throughout the year as well to share their experiences.