Jen Robert’s Classroom in the Cloud

During a lively discussion of mobile learning on the University of San Diego campus this week I met Jen Roberts, an amazing high school English teacher. She is Google Certified Teacher, Digital Lead Teacher at Point Loma High School and adjunct faculty at USD teaching onsite and online.

“Done right a device in every hand should move us away from lecture based instruction and toward collaborative project based learning,” said Jen.

She has innovative way of engaging her students by having them publish blogs instead of turning in physical assignments and by having their students edit collaboratively and contributing to posts in Google Drive.

See Jen’s video Classroom in the Cloud that explains her way of teaching below. You can find her online and follow her work on her blog.

Following are three of her blogs that outline using Google Docs for writing:

Great free tools like Google Drive allow any teacher to turn students into journalists and bloggers.  As Jen’s teaching illustrates, digital learning contributes to deeper learning.


Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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1 Comment

Aaron Johnson

What impressed me most about Jen's approach is that all of her learning activities and communication are independent from a learning management system. I've found that the further I move my students into collaborative and project-based learning, the more I rely on tools like Google Drive.

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