Showing posts with label digital learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digital learning. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Fantastic Features of Google Forms



Google Forms has been my go-to resource for digital quizzes for several years now.  I like its ease and simplicity and I love how it’s integrated with both Google Sheets and Google Classroom so I can easily give my students quizzes and generate grades and data.   (Awwwww data…)  When the Pandemic hit, I took another look at Google Forms and realized that the fantastic features of Google Forms make the tool perfect for other innovative classroom applications.  

Google Forms and Student Practice

Google Forms allow you to add feedback for correct and incorrect answer choices.   This option is fantastic for providing students with immediate feedback for incorrect responses in a way that paper and pencil classroom quizzes do not.  During this time of remote learning, this feature has become invaluable since much of my students’ practice time is online when I am not available to scaffold their learning.
“Bell Ringers” and “Exit Tickets”






I love using Google Forms as Bell Ringers and Exit Tickets.  They are easily assigned through Google Classroom and they are perfect for launching or wrapping up lessons.  Either can be assigned as a quick written response, a survey, multiple-choice quick check, checkboxes for understanding, or even assessing understanding with a linear scale.  Creating Google Forms Bell Ringers and Exit Tickets is as easy as popping them into a form and posting them on Google Classroom and the best part… doing so allows me to view responses anytime, anywhere. 



Flip your Classroom



Truly, Google Forms are fantastic for “Flipping” your classroom!  Flipping your classroom is moving your initial teach moments outside the 4 walls of your classroom to free up hands-on practice in the classroom.  Students can be asked to complete research on a topic, read a chapter from a novel, or watch a YouTube video (or a video you’ve created) and come ready to class (even a virtual one) the next day.  Google Forms are the perfect platform for 1. Ensuring that students did view and complete the assignment, and 2. allowing students to reflect on their learning first, before having to apply it.  



If I haven’t convinced you yet that the fantastic features of Google Forms make forms an essential tool for your classroom, let me just share some ideas with you of how forms can be incorporated into your digital classroom instruction:

Plot Diagram
Close Read
Quick Writes
Journal Responses
Thesis Statement Practice
Hook Practice
Dialectical Journals
SWBST (Reading Strategy)
KWL 
Anticipation Guide
Reading Log
THIEVES (Reading Strategy)
Vocabulary Study
Biography Research
Mystery Novel - Missing Person’s Report
Digital Gallery Walks
TELPAS Practice

STAAR (State Assessments) Practice
Reading Analysis
Digital Task Cards
Digital Clue
Web Quests
Escape Rooms
Scientific Research
Scientific Method
Science Investigative Journal
Investigation Questions
Survey Questions
Math Word Problems
Math Analysis of Incorrect Responses
Math Process
3 Things I Learned/Takeaways
Sum It Ups


… and so, so much more!!!  You are limited only by your imagination as the fantastic features of Google Forms make forms an invaluable part of remote learning in our 21st Century Distance Learning Classrooms!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Digital Interactive Notebooks with Google Slides: The Students' Perspective



I am so excited to write this post!  Two years ago a coworker and I began an incredible journey, to try to do something different with our Interactive Notebooks.  We loved the idea of students having a centralized place for their learning, but we were frustrated with the classtime it took to cut things out, glue things in (incorrectly), and clean things up.  Yikes!  We needed a change, so we reimagined our spiral notebooks and went digital with them.  


We decided to use  Google Slides as our platform to create our Digital Interactive Notebooks or DINs.  I was hooked!  When I tell you that going digital with my interactive notebook fundamentally changed my teaching, I make no exaggeration.  In the two years since I have implemented DINs my teaching is more purposeful and streamlined; I spend far less time at the photocopier (oh the trees I have saved), and I got some valuable class time back.  More importantly, students had almost everything they need to be successful in one centralized place.   But after two years of implementing DINs in my classroom, I wondered what my students thought about them, so using Google forms, I gave my students a survey.  I had two areas of interest: First, how did they think about the general use of technology in our ELA classroom, and secondly, what did they really feel about our DINs.  

In the survey, I asked students to rank their overall technology abilities BEFORE and AFTER taking my class.


When asked to rate their technology abilities from novice to expert, 47% of my students ranked themselves as "expert" at the beginning of the year while 93% ranked themselves as experts at the end.  What a difference!!  That has been one of the amazing benefits of going digital in my classroom.  Students feel much more comfortable and confident when using technology.  

In response to the statement, "The use of technology in my ELA classroom enhanced my learning," 97% of students either agreed or completely agreed.  (In the comments the one student that leaned disagree said they are just more of a "paper-pencil" person.) 
In response to the statement, "I was able to apply the technology skills I learned in my ELA class in other classes I was enrolled in this year," 95% of students either agreed or completely agreed with the statement!  This response suggests that the technological tools I taught them benefited them outside of the four walls of our classroom.  Yes!
In addition, the vast majority of students responded that they thought that the technology they learned in my ELA classroom would help them in their future learning.  Outstanding!


The responses to questions that focused solely on our DINs were similar.  When asked if students preferred using DINs over a "traditional" spiral interactive notebooks, students overwhelmingly agreed.  In an open-ended response, some students liked the DINs because they couldn't lose them, or because it was something less they had to carry around in their backpacks.  I also wanted to know if my students thought the DINs helped to keep them more organized and if they ever used them outside of class to finish assignments or to study.  The results of those two questions are below.


In an open-ended response, I asked students to, "provide me with your general feedback on how we used Digital Interactive Notebooks in our ELA classroom this year. Did you like it? How would you say the notebooks could be improved?"

I had many positive responses like the one below.

"If I am being completely honest, at the beginning of the year, I did not think I was going to enjoy having it digital, because I am not a technologically savvy person, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Having it digital is so much easier than having it on paper; I am able to have my digital notebook wherever I go, and it is so much easier to order my information in a way that I can understand. At the moment, I can’t think of any way to improve the notebooks.  They are very efficient and they really helped me learn this year."

A few offered some constructive criticism like, "add more activities, provide a mouse for students to use, and the notebook had too many slides and sometimes it felt overwhelming."  

So with this highly unusual year at a close, I am over the moon with the results and encouraged to refine and perfect whatever digital challenges I may have to face next school year.  

So if you need me, you know where to find me.  I encourage you to go out try something new... challenge and flex your digital muscle.  Until we meet again, be safe, be healthy, AND be Googley!

 
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