Laker Lessons

As more and more teaching and learning moves to a virtual setting, the GVSU CSO is recording short webinars for educators to view whenever they prefer. Our Laker Lesson videos tackle the broad topics that we usually cover each year during in-person workshops such as literacy, tech tools, or utilizing digital assessments. You can always register for a live professional education opportunity by visiting the Webinars Page.


Laker Lesson list

5 Reasons Why You Should Create a Google Site for Your Classroom

Description: Instructional Leadership Specialist Alissa Thelen demonstrates how Google Sites can improve communication between teachers, students and families. During the lesson, Alissa guides viewers through the first steps of building a site, shows examples of Google Sites that other teachers have created, and answers some of the top questions about the tool.

Post Date: 11/4/20
Run Time: 23 min

COMING SOON: How to "Level Up" Your Google Site

Description: Now that you know the basics of Google Sites, join Alissa Thelen again as she shows you how to take your creation to the next level with more themes and fun design tools. 

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Coming Soon: Phonemic Awareness and Blending

Description: Blending letter sounds is critical literacy building block that every young student should master. GVSU CSO members Wendy Miller and Jill Weber will guide viewers through the research behind phonemic awareness and blending and demonstrate how to appropriately provide blending instruction in both an in-person setting and virtual environment.

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If you have any questions about Laker Lessons or issues with the videos, please email Michael Cousins, the GVSU CSO's manager of communications.