Thursday, February 26, 2015

Form Up! with Google Forms - #CADA2015

UPDATE--I got the map to work!
Goals for today:
  • Understand what a Google Form is and the real power that Google Forms have (nothing like it on any other platform I've seen)
  • Take a SURVEY using Google Forms (and show you something pretty cool at the end if we have 5 minutes left) - you can see those survey results HERE
  • Show you 77 different ways that my friends and I are using Google Forms in education


Steve Dotto is a pretty cool Canadian, and has lots of great tech tips to share! Here is his tutorial on creating Google Forms



Here's me talking about Creating an Assessment in Google Forms



And then me again showing how to grade that assessment using Flubaroo


The add-ons that I may talk about today, but may not have time to show you are:

Flubaroo - for grading quizzes and tests
Autocrat - it's like mail merge for Google Drive
Doctopus - gather up contact information from your students and then Doctopus emails out a template document to each of them for them to individually edit (a feature that is now so much easier using Google Classroom
Choice Eliminator - make a list of options and have each option disappear as it's chosen; great for interview times, parent conference times, project topics, potluck items, etc.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Advanced Google Drive at CADA 2015 - 2/25/2015


Here are some of the many amazing things you can do with Google Drive that we're going to talk about today. Many of the features we talk about today work best--or are only available--by using the Google Chrome web browser. If you are using Google Drive regularly, I strongly urge you to use Chrome--it's the best browser out there.

So now it's time for Google Drive to "reveal its secrets . . ."

  1. Offline editing - you and your students are not bound by an internet connection. By enabling offline editing, you can work on a file on any device and sync it when you have an internet connection again
  2. Revision History - go back in time on any document, and "reveal the secrets" of any document, spreadsheet, or slide
  3. Batch upload of files - taking the leap of faith with Google Docs/Google Drive
  4. Back up Google Drive files - you can store local versions of files on your computer all the time, and you can use Google Takeout to completely close out an account and transfer data from one Google account to another
  5. Google Drive for Desktop - Download the free app for your computer, and you can have customized access to files locally. Those files will then sync to the cloud.
  6. Use Google Docs to create a quick and dirty "website" - Use Publish to the Web to make any Google Doc a website. Great for announcing election results, dance courts, etc.
  7. Save as PDF - Google Docs easily exports to PDF format for printing. If it's not exporting quite right in "Save as . . ." simply use the Print feature to make your PDF appear exactly as it would on paper
  8. Email collaborators feature - an easy way to stay in touch with your team
  9. Use the STAR to create a tickler file - for files you want to have access to more easily, especially on mobile
  10. Google Drawing - the unsung hero of Google Drive
  11. Editing and Suggesting modes - newer feature of Google Docs allows you to turn your changes into suggestions for someone else
  12. Comment Only access - protective of your stuff? Use Comment Only to give collaborators a voice, but you still have the final say
  13. Column workaround - Google Docs doesn't have the column feature of MS Word (yet). Use Tables for a quick and easy workaround, and then make the table border disappear
  14. Create a Digital File Cabinet - use Google Drive to share view-only access to files for your classroom or for your entire school
  15. Common folders and sharing - rather than sharing files individually with students, create a common shared folder that 
  16. Go farther with Google Apps for Education - Google gives you unlimited space for Drive and Gmail, and your whole school/district is "speaking the same language"
  17. Go EVEN farther with Google Classroom - create your own ecosystem where you can create assignments and send announcements out to one class, all classes, specific small groups (officers, clubs, etc)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Technology in the Classroom II - 2/10/2015

Technology in the Classroom II

Questions?
Using Google Voice for the Backchannel today!
661-347-4990

Flubaroo
  • Make self-grading quizzes with Google Forms and Flubaroo
  • Email results back to your students at the end of the day, or after each class period!
  • Good for summative assessments, GREAT for formative assessments!
  • Bring this tool back to your teachers and you'll be a rock star!
  • Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo: http://youtu.be/Wi6YaDv4aMI
  • Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6RXJVZlgFc
Autocrat
  • If you're familiar with Mail Merge for Microsoft Office, this is Mail Merge for Google Docs
  • Any data you have in Google Sheets you can merge into a Google Docs sheet using Autocrat
  • Get the Autocrat add-on HERE
  • More info on Autocrat HERE

Doctopus
  • Get the Doctopus add-on here
  • There's a great Doctopus tutorial HERE
  • Doctopus is great for pushing out documents to a database of students (or colleagues)
  • You can now do this WAY easier in Google Classroom


Flubaroo For Formative (and Summative) Assessments

Once I say GO, click this link here:

Flubaroo is an AWESOME tool for formative assessments! Students can respond on ANY web-enabled device.

Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo:
http://youtu.be/Wi6YaDv4aMI

Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6RXJVZlgFc

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CUELA Event in the William S. Hart Union High School District - 12/3/2014

Flubaroo For Formative (and Summative) Assessments

Once I say GO, click this link here:

Flubaroo is an AWESOME tool for formative assessments! Students can respond on ANY web-enabled device.

Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo:
http://youtu.be/Wi6YaDv4aMI

Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6RXJVZlgFc

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CADA Area C Advisor Conference - Fresno, CA

CADA Area C Advisor Conference

Google Drive
  • Google Drive is not quite Microsoft Office, and yet is way better than Office in a number of ways
  • The best things about Google Drive are "anywhere access" and collaboration
  • Add-ons take Google Drive to a whole new level (Flubaroo, Autocrat)
  • Google Forms gives you tools that Microsoft Office can't touch
  • Get started at http://drive.google.com
  • Talk to your school/district about becoming a Google Apps for Education institution--there are many benefits that come when you make this switch and it's FREE
Kahoot!
  • Play online with groups big or small
  • Kahoot! quizzes can be set up in less than 10 minutes
  • Play in the classroom or play as part of a school competition or lunchtime activity
  • Play individually or with teams, depending on your bandwidth and the number of devices you have available
Flubaroo
  • Make self-grading quizzes with Google Forms and Flubaroo
  • Email results back to your students at the end of the day, or after each class period!
  • Good for summative assessments, GREAT for formative assessments!
  • Bring this tool back to your teachers and you'll be a rock star!
  • Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo: http://youtu.be/Wi6YaDv4aMI
  • Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6RXJVZlgFc
Autocrat
  • If you're familiar with Mail Merge for Microsoft Office, this is Mail Merge for Google Docs
  • Popcornopolis demo
  • Imagine registration at the end of summer 2015 . . .
  • More info HERE
Twitter
  • Twitter is one of the best professional development tools I have ever used
  • Twitter is great for connecting with other educators
  • Twitter is also great for keeping your finger on the pulse of social media at your school
  • Your students are talking about you and your school on social media, whether you realize it or not. Do you know what they're saying about you?
  • Take my 21-Day Twitter Teacher Challenge HERE
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Text-a-Tip
  • Text-A-Tip is another way for your to have your finger on the pulse of your school culture
  • At our school, messages automatically go out to all three administrators (and whomever else you choose) using Google Voice 

  • Use an IFTTT (If This Then That) recipe to setup an auto-response system to each text message
Google Voice
  • Google Voice is one of the hidden gems of the Google universe
  • With Google Voice, you can setup a free phone number that can send and receive voice calls and text messages
  • Use this when you don't want to give out your real cell phone number
  • Block numbers at any time
  • You have a complete record of every call, message, text all accessible from a mobile device or your computer
  • I put my number -- (661) 347-4990 -- on my business cards, my website, my classroom whiteboard, my email signature, my syllabus, everywhere! It's way better than our less-than-stellar classroom voicemail
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Chromebooks in the Classroom

Elect Them, Select Them, Hold Them Accountable: Grading in the Leadership Classroom



Grading Resources Folder HERE