Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Give Googley Feedback

You've done it!

  • You've made your Google Classroom.
  • You're students are in it.
  • You have created an assignment.
  • Submissions are rolling in....
Now what?                                                                      

Sure you can print them, but why?  Then you just need to lug your papers back and forth like you always had.  Put that Surface to work for you and join me as I show you ways to assess a Google Doc (or Google Slides) submitted by a student.

What does it do? ~ It leaves a comment for the reader in the margin of the doc.
How do I do it?  ~ Put your cursor on the word you want to comment on or highlight the text.  
            Hit Ctrl+Alt+M. Type your comment in the box and then click Comment.

     Tip #1: If your students are revising their work, tell them NOT to click "Resolve".  This way you can decide if the correction was adequate and get through your final copies faster.
     Tip #2: Use the comment box to provide resources that will help them fix their error.  Copy a web address to direct them to notes or a tutorial.
Tip #3: Copy and paste your rubric at the end of the student's doc.  Then comment, giving feedback  on the box/score/level he achieved. 

What does it do? ~ It adds a suggestion directly into the text of the document.  Letting the author know what you think it should be.

How do I do it? ~ Click the "Editing" button in the upper right hand corner of your doc.  Change it to       "Suggesting" mode.  Highlight the text that you want to replace and begin typing.  The       highlighted text will have a strikethrough appearance and your text will be there between brackets.

Tip #1: Please note that the student will simply have to accept or reject the suggestion for it to take effect.  The original author does not have to type in the change himself.  Therefore this may be a better tool for students to use with each other on a group assignment, leaving commenting the tool for a teacher to guide a student to improving his work.

Returning Grades in Google Classroom: 
What does it do? ~ It gives you a place to store your grades for the assignment until you are ready to put them in PowerSchool.  Seemingly taking place of a paper gradebook.  You can view the grades for each of your Google Classroom Assignments individually, or you can view all the grades for that class in a spreadsheet.

How do I do it? ~ Click on the assignment in Google Classroom.   Change the total points at the top.  Add your grades in as you evaluate each student's work.  (Don't forget to return the grade to the student with any comments you have).  Click the gear in the upper right to see a spreadsheet of all of your Google Classroom grades for this class.  Copy them to PowerSchool periodically.

Tip #1: At this time you can't put in 1/2 points.  It will round the number up.  
Tip #2: If students have the Google Classroom App, they will get your grades and comments as a notification on  their ipod, tablet or phone.  This greatly improves feedback speed as well as submission of redos.
Tip #3: You can give individual comments as well as group or whole class comments when returning a grade/assignment.

       What tricks do you have for giving digital feedback to your students?  Comment below!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Throwback to Hour of Code

Almost exactly a year ago, we first mentioned the Hour of Code on the blog. This year's event is scheduled from December 5-11, which is right around the corner! Check out the featured post for more details on this global event and if you're interested, sign-up at the following link to participate in the Hour of Code this year: https://hourofcode.com/us#join 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Looking for Some PioNears

You've been in your students' seats before. You know, the two hour webinar you signed up for to get Act 48 hours that put you to sleep. The speaker who talks and talks and talks and finally starts to sound like the adults from Charlie Brown. It doesn't have to be that way for your students! We are working with 21st century learners whose lives center around technology. Why not bring the technology to them in your lessons and connect with them on a whole new level???  Nearpod is an interactive teaching tool that you can use to create, engage, and assess. (PioNears are those educators who spread the Nearpod love far and wide and help others integrate this technology into their own classrooms.)

Here are the basics of how Nearpod works: 
1. You create (or download-for a fee) interactive lessons.
2. You share your lesson and students can access it via desktops, tablets, smart phones, etc.
3. YOU control the pace of the lesson in real-time.
4. The students interact with the lesson and submit responses as your lesson requires.
5. Formative assessment can be included in the lesson and you can provide immediate feedback.

This quick, one minute video shows a veteran teacher's testimonial of why he chooses to incorporate Nearpod in his classroom: https://vimeo.com/95197111

To get the full effect, you need to see Nearpod in action yourself! Once you create a Nearpod, you'll have access to a free "Getting Started with Neapod" Nearpod. If you have two devices available, use one as your teacher device and log onto the other as a student by going to www.nearpod.com/student
When you start the sample Nearpod on your teacher device, you'll get a PIN to use to access the lesson on  your student device. From there, you will be able to see things from both the teacher and student perspective. Nearpod is an innovative way to incorporate BYOD into your classroom and to keep your students engaged and motivated!

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Students need devices, but the district has given us lots of options: computer labs, BYOD, Surfaces, Chromebooks, iPads and more!
  • You can create and share Nearpod lessons with team members. Divide and conquer the content as you create interactive lessons your students will love!
  • Nearpod will work with any grade level or subject area.
  • There are lots of premade Nearpods out there=less work for you!
If you have an questions, please don't hesitate to ask! If you've used Nearpod before, please share your experiences in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Let's Recap

What is Recap?

Recap is a free student video response and reflection app developed by the makers of Swivl.  It gives teachers and parents insight into students' learning and progress.  Recap provides evidence of student thinking, improves formative assessment, and supports personalized learning.

How it works

Assign - Create and assign questions to a student, a group of students, or the entire class to be answered during or after a lesson.

Watch - Get an overview of how each class is doing as a group or dig into individual responses for formative assessment.

Share - Share individual responses with other students, parents, or teachers, or show a daily review reel in class.

What do I need to use this in the classroom?

  • Teachers need to sign up online (just need an email and password -- it's free!) *Students do not need accounts.
  • Teachers create your class and add students -- just click "add student" and type their name in -- no password or student numbers needed.
  • Teachers then give students the class code so that they can access their assignment.
  • Students can use a laptop, surface, ipad, or iphone to access the website or app to record their recap -- as long as it has a camera and microphone!) 
  • Teachers can view the recap by logging back in to their recap account on any device with internet.  View all videos at one time. Leave feedback for students. Share the clip via email.

What teachers are saying about Recap

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Google Forms as Quizzes

Google Forms: 

If you are like me, you have come to love Google Forms.  

Google Forms help me: 

  • Gather parent/student info at the beginning of a course
  • Obtain Exit Ticket data at the end of a lesson
  • Survey and poll the class and faculty
  • Create self-grading assignments for quicker feedback
  • Design flipped lessons
  • Take orders for fundraisers
  • Collect RSVPs for an event

Now Google Forms offers a Quiz feature within the app itself!  (no extension needed)

For multiple choice questions, it is as easy as a mouse click to assign correct and incorrect answers that will be self-graded.

Check out my video as I make a Google Form into a Quiz.  
**Form-pros can start the video at about 1:12 to get straight to the action!**

For those of you accustomed to using Flubaroo as an extension in your Google Response Sheet, I have a link here that provides a comparison of the two options. Scroll down on the page to see an info-graphic highlighting the features of each.

Have you used Google Forms as a Quiz?  Send us your feedback in the comment section below.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Google Classroom Throwback Tuesday

In its debut year, the SMASD Techspot hosted 38 posts highlighting the possibilities for technology integration in our classrooms.  That is an impressive foundation for a digital resource library.

Here at Techspot we want you to know that the articles that you didn't have time to read are still available to you.

How to find old posts:

Use the search box in the upper left hand side of the blog.
  • Type in a keyword.
  • Hit "Enter" or Click the magnifying glass.

Browse the new "Index" page. 

  • Second to last tab across the top of the blog.

Visit our Featured Post.
  • Once a month, we will have a Tech Tuesday Throwback.  
  • It will be posted on the right-hand sidebar under "Featured Post".
  • Reminisce and reevaluate to see if this is something that could now work for you! 

This week - get back to the basics with Google Classroom.  See more by clicking the featured post.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What's new in Google Classroom?

As the school year begins, it is important to establish effective means for distributing and collecting student work.  Now more than ever this "work" isn't restricted only to dittos we ran off of the copy machine.

Establishing your Google Classrooms now will allow you later to exchange any link or file effortlessly between the teacher and the student from anywhere on any device.  (Also, our new school & teacher webpages will be able to link to Google Classroom for participating teachers.)

But more on the basics of Google Classroom next week....

For those of you Google Classroom veterans, you may have noticed a few new features.

1. INVITE GUARDIANS - Under "students" on any class page you will see the option to add a parent email address.  Upon receipt of the email, parents will have the opportunity to subscribe to Google Classroom summary reports.  

The reports include:

  • Missing Work
  • Upcoming Work
  • Recent Posts
To see a sample report click HERE.

This is an effortless way of keeping parents in the loop with what is happening in your classroom.
I personally am very excited for this option for the dance team.  Think about how it may work for your team or club too.

2. TOPICS - For the avid Google Classroom teacher or student, the "Stream" may get a little crowded or overwhelming when trying to find a post.  This year, when you create a post you may assign it a "Topic" or category of your choosing.   You may choose to categorize by assignment type, unit name or anything you wish. 

  • Choose/create the category when making a post.
  • Click a category on the left to sort your stream.
3. ANNOTATING IN THE APP  - Teachers who have the Google Classroom App on their Android or iOS mobile devices can now annotate over an assignment by using their finger or a stylus on the device's screen.  This is great for math teachers who before were limited by document formatting, as well as language arts teachers who want to circle, underline and draw arrows within text.

For instructions on how to actually write notes on student work click HERE.

4. POLL YOUR CLASS - The "Question" feature is a must-use for short answer assignments.  Now, using the same tool you can do a quick poll of your class, choosing whether or not the class sees the summary of responses.  It's good for exit tickets or to check for understanding.

5. POST TO A LATER DATE  - As of May, teachers can schedule their questions, announcements and assignments to post at a later date.  This would be very useful for the quiz that you don't want released until the class begins.

~Speaking of tests, watch for the upcoming post on how Google Forms can now be self-grading quizzes~

These features were all added due to requests from users like you.  If there is a feature you would like to see added, don't hesitate to send feedback by clicking the "?" in the lower right hand corner.

Go to classroom.google.com to access or make 
your Google Classroom.