Getting Creative with Chromebooks

Course Number: EDU 5627 C10
Instructor: David Wells, M.Ed
Location: Central Vermont Medical Center Board Room, Berlin, VT
Dates and Times: The course begins with an in-person meeting at the Harwood Unified School District on Wednesday, September 27 from 3 - 6 pm and continues online through October 2
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition:  $1,200 with a Chromebook, $900 without a Chromebook

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or payment of $1,200 with a Chromebook or $900 without, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

Take full advantage of the Chromebooks that you and your students are using. Go beyond Google Docs and expand your use of Chromebooks as creative tools. Learn how to use Chromebooks to create videos, edit photographs, or literally design new worlds. This course is designed for teachers in grades K-12 who are new to Chromebooks or want to expand their knowledge of this tool. Participants can bring their own Chromebook to the course or choose to receive a new Chromebook with their tuition payment.

Course Objectives

As a result of active participation in this course students will:
● Understand how a Chromebook can be used as a tool to expand creativity in the classroom.
● Understand the logistics of how the digital cloud, the Chrome operating system, and Chromebook apps and extensions can be used in the classroom.
● Become familiar with digital and video editing tools that can be used with a Chromebook.
● Understand how copyright law affects the use of digital media in the classroom.
● Design or revise a classroom unit to take advantage of the Chromebook as a creative tool.

Course Expectations

Week One: In-person meeting (Harwood), 3 - 6 pm

● Exploring the creative features of your Chromebook 
● Keeping Everything Organized: The Cloud is Your Friend
● Introduction to photo and video editing

Reading prior to week one:

Using Google Drive

Week Two: Using Video in the Classroom

● Create your own video
● Using video as a classroom activity


View videos from WeVideo Academy: Differentiated assignment, students view videos which corresponds to their needs. WeVideo Academy

Assigned Learning Task:
Creating your own published video

Forum Response:
Reflection on process of creating a video and how this tool can be used in the classroom.

Week Three: Respecting Copyright in the Digital Classroom

● Understand copyright law as it applies to the classroom
● Discover rich sources of media that teachers and students can use legally


Lesson from Common Sense Media: Copy Rights and Wrongs

Assigned Learning Task:
Describe a digital activity for your classroom which respects copyright laws.

Forum Response:
Describe how your understanding of copyright law affects the use of digital media by you and your students. Share a rich media source that can legally be used in the classroom.

Week Four: Apps and Extensions that make Chromebooks Creative

● Explore examples of creative apps and extensions
● Integrate a creative app into a classroom activity

Assigned Learning Task:
Explore Chromebook apps and/or extensions that you might use to expand creativity in the classroom. 

Forum Response:
Describe the creative app that you explored and describe how you would use it in a classroom activity.

Week Five: Integrating Creative Tools into Your Lessons

● Understanding the purposeful use of digital tools in the classroom
● Drafting a mini-unit which integrates digital tools

Required Texts

Costs for required readings, if any, are not included in the course tuition. 

As We May Teach: Educational Technology, From Theory Into Practice, a webinar presented by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

UBD Unit Design by Jay McTighe
Grant Wiggins introduction to Understanding by Design: Video One Video Two

For additional course information

David Wells, M.Ed.
(802) 661-4049

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

Register online now!