Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Google Apps

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School. My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Google Apps help us learn.

This is the transcript of my presentation:

"Last year we began using Google Apps for Education in our school. This is a bit different from most of the things the others have been talking to you about because a lot of what we do is behind the scenes. We don't share it with the world until it is finished.

Google Apps is often called 'Cloud Computing' because we work on documents and presentations that live somewhere up in the clouds. Or maybe at the Googleplex in California! If I start working on a document at school I can continue working on it at home or anywhere else that I go, as long as the internet is available.

This means that we can write our stories anywhere, we can write podcast scripts anywhere, we can work on homework projects anywhere. And you don't have to have a computer to do this. There are lots of devices that connect to the internet that people can use, even some flash cell phones!

I do lots of work on Google at home as well as at school. My teacher can go on to my Docs and read what I have written as well. She can correct my mistakes by typing in a different colour and make suggestions about what I could do to improve. This means I can work faster and get things finished quicker because next time I go onto my Docs I can see what I need to do next without having to wait until she is free to conference with me. And This means I can learn from her even when I don't see her!

We can also work with a partner or in a group on something if we use Google Docs. Writing podcast scripts is a good example of how two people can work together on a script and we don't need to be in the same place.

When we have completed our work on Google Docs, then it is ready to publish for our audience to share. This might be something for television, a podcast, or something for our blog. Or it might even end up in all those places!

As you can see here up on the screen are the Main reasons why I like using Google docs.

At the moment only some of us have computers at home to work in this way. The Manaiakalani Project is working to give all the students in our area the opportunity to do this. We hope we will soon have fast broadband to all our houses and all our students from Year 5 to 13 will have an internet device of their own. Then we will all be able to continue our learning wherever we are are whenever we want to.
Imagine what we will be able to achieve then! You may need to come back and see...."

NB: These are the graphics which accompanied my presentation on the Keynote Aidan operated

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.


  1. I have only just got the hear your presentation Mubasshira. You have done a fabulous job throughout the year sharing what you learn and how you learn using Google Apps.

    We use them at Appleby School too. I is fun to be able to do your work when and where you want and to get feedback from your teacher.

    All the best for 2011.

    Allanah King

    Moturoa Classroom

    Appleby School


    New Zealand

  2. Thank you Mubasshira for your interesting presentation about Google apps. You are certainly very knowledgeable and present very well.
    My class at Glenbrae School is one of the classes to start using Google apps in 2011. I will be showing my new students and their parents your presentation as part my introduction to the new netbooks.
    Best wishes for Year 7 and beyond.
    Mrs Boyer

  3. Hi Mubasshira

    I enjoyed reading your script and watching your video presentation. I can see that you put a lot of work into the presentation and it has paid off. You spoke clearly and at a good pace. Your presentation has helped me understand a little bit more about what you do at PES. Thanks!