Yacapaca and Google Docs?

I received an email from Ian Grove-Stephensen this evening outlining the exciting possibility that the fantastic Yacapaca could be integrated with Google Docs.  Only one small problem – Google need to be persuaded!  If you would like to contact Google’s education boss Jeff Keltner keltner@google.com and explain how useful this mash-up would be please do.  He is expecting our emails – here’s my thoughts:

 

Hi Jeff

I would consider myself to be an early adopter of many on-line technologies – I love hearing in the months (and years!) after using various products/sites about this "new **** that really helps my teaching and learning in the classroom".

I wrote some of the first courses on Yacapaca and have been a great advocate of the site, for example:
http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/649749:Topic:56259?page=1&commentId=649749%3AComment%3A302351&x=1

As you will be able to tell from my apps sent email, I am also a great fan of everything Google.  I’m becoming more and more reliant upon Google docs to collaborate with teachers around the world.  It also allows students to work together in real-time projects which has been a great leap forwards for my classroom practise.  I’m finding that Yacapaca and Google Docs assist me in enabling deep learning to take place within the classroom.

A mash up of Yacapaca and Google docs would be a wonderful educational tool.  I am presently working in collaboration with a group of teaching across the South West on producing a complete set of resources for the new Business, Administration and Finance Diploma; I would be very interested in piloting this new resource on "Gacapacle" (excuse me) as I expect it to be a very popular, given that it will be distributed free of charge.  The possibilities of having students being able to work on spreadsheets on-line would revolutionise the way I could teach the finance and accounting modules.  Presentations would be another invaluable addition to the present text only entry.

One of the unique features of the new diplomas is that students will travel from their own school to a central school or college where they will undertake the main learning.  They will then return to their own school to complete further work – being able to continue to collaborate would be of great benefit to students and staff alike.  As students learning away from their main institution is becoming more the norm.

I also believe this would go along way to helping students move away from believing they have to have the prohibitively expensive Microsoft Office suite.  By encouraging students to work on spreadsheets and presentations within Yacapaca would make your suite of free programmes appear to be the norm.

If you would like me to expand upon any of these points or would like to discuss education and technology further I would be delighted to talk to you.

Kind regards

Steve Margetts

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