Google Forms Adds Option For Quizzes

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WHO: Teachers looking for an easy way to make digital assessments utilizing Google Apps for Education.  If you have used the Flubaroo Add-on in the past, you will enjoy how easy it is to assess student responses using Google Forms now!

HOW: Teachers create a new form in Google Drive, then under the settings tab, there are now three options:

“General” which contains selections regarding restrictions, collecting username, number of responses, editing responses, and viewing summary of responses.

“Presentation” which includes Progress Bar, Question Order, Link for Another Response, and Confirmation Message.

“Quizzes” which allows the creator to make the form a quiz, select when grade is released, and what the respondents can see such as correct answers, missed questions, and point values.

After selecting to make the form a quiz, the user can now add an answer key and point value to Multiple Choice, Check All That Apply, and Dropdown style questions.  Simply click the answer key button at the bottom of the new question and there will now be an area to select point value, and also click on the correct answers to create the key (image below).Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.51.08 AM

After creating the key, the teacher can also add an option for answer feedback, both for correct and incorrect answers, including links (image below).

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Once the responses to the quiz start coming in, the teacher is given great data.  Insights include Mean, Median, and Range of points, a bar graph with total point distribution, frequently missed questions, and graphs for the responses of each question.  By clicking over to the “Individual” tab under responses, the teacher can see each students quiz individually.

WHEN:  Using Google Forms Quiz selection is great for quizzes, but it could also be used for formative assessment or as an exit ticket.  You can even go back and change old forms from before, click on settings, and turn it into a quiz.

TeachingHistory.org – Lesson Plans and Materials for K-12 Classrooms

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WHO: Social Studies teachers looking for digital resources, lesson plans and more!

HOW: Visit http://teachinghistory.org/, click on your choice of “Teaching Materials”, “History Content”, or “Best Practices”.  You can also browse the site based off of grade level (Elementary, Middle, or High School).  The teaching materials section features lesson plans, teaching guides, and instructional strategies and resources for ELL. History Content has website reviews, quizzes, National Resources, and “Beyond the textbook”.  In the best practices area, teachers can find examples of historical thinking, teaching in action, teaching with textbooks, and using primary sources.

Teachers can also search for a topic and find a wide variety of digital materials to use in their class.

WHEN: Teaching History is great for lesson planning and also for students to do research for projects in class.

WEO: Digital Assignments With A Social Media Feel!

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital activities in the classroom.

HOW: Sign up for an account on https://www.weo.io/, create a class, add students (or they can add themselves via class code). Teachers can either create activities/assessments on their own, or search what other teachers have created.  Lessons that are Common Core aligned are easy to search for.  When creating activities, teachers can add a variety of items:

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To find activities made by other teachers, just simply click on the search icon in the corner, and type in the topic you are covering.  Teachers can create boards, “pin” activities to save for later, or assign to a class.

WHEN: Teachers could use WEO as a Bell Ringer/Exit Ticket, Formative/Summative Assessment, or for an entire lesson.  Teachers can be up and running with their first activity in a matter of minutes.

Quick introduction from WEO:

Eduvee: Personalized Digital Learning Platform

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WHO: Teachers and students looking for individual course material.

HOW: Teachers can create classes online with all of their students enrolled in the same course.  If a student wants help on their own, they can create an account and start coursework.  Eduvee has many different courses built in, with multimedia based lessons, and assessments with confidence meters.

WHEN: Eduvee is a great option for enrichment coursework.  Whether it is letting students explore topics of interest on their own, or having a teacher leading the way with Eduvee to guide. This would also greatly benefit smaller schools that may not have the staffing to provide coursework that is available.

Courses available as of 10/19/15:

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Video from Eduvee:

SAS Curriculum Pathways: Excellent Digital Resources Sorted By Standards

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources for their lessons.

HOW: Visit https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/, create an account, and search for the standard you are looking for.  Resources are sorted by both Common Core Standards as well as State Standards.  Teachers can sort by grade level, content area, and standard type to see what is available.  Resources vary from simple data to use in class to entire courses.

WHEN: With each resource being different, there is a wide variety of times to use with class.  Be sure to look around and see what is available to use with your students.

Grammar Flip: Self-paced Grammar Instruction

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WHO: Teachers looking for flipped classroom, grammar practice, and/or extended lessons on grammar.

HOW: Teachers can register for an account and create a class, or students can create an account on their own.  Lessons include videos which allow students to pause and repeat unclear items, as well as exercises to practice what they have learned.  There is also a reporting feature which allows teachers to quickly see how students are progressing.

WHEN: Grammar Flip would be a great option for the Flipped Classroom.  It could also be used for supplemental material for those students that need more assistance or for students that would benefit from working ahead.

Glean: Video Lessons for Science and Math

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WHO: Science and Math Teachers, students, tutors, or parents looking for video lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry. Coming soon include Calculus, Physics and Organic Chemistry.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://glean.co/ and get started!  Teachers/tutors can assign lessons to classes, students/parents can simply choose a topic.

WHEN: Glean.co is great for flipped classrooms.  Teachers can assign videos for homework and spend the following class period reinforcing the material covered with their students.

Glean has videos from the best teachers, allows for peer to peer help, and adapts to fit the learning style of the user.  Students have the options for self-guided learning as well.  If they get stuck on a topic, alternate video are available to watch for a different approach.

Glean Insights allow teachers to see how students are progressing with lessons, how much time they have spent, and what percentage students have completed as well.  Insights track when students review parts of videos as well.

Open Ed: Online Resources Aligned to Common Core Standards

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources to help supplement and track CCSS in their classrooms.

HOW: Teachers sign up for a free account at https://www.opened.com/, then the teacher will add students to their class.  After creating a class, teachers have the option to use pre-selected resources aligned to that grade and content area.  Teachers then create lesson plans and attach the assignments/resources to the class.  Students take the assignments and OpenED track mastery of standards.  By selecting a students score from the mastery chart, the teacher can see how the student performed on each question, and also has the option to assign additional resources to help.

WHEN: These resources are great for in class lesson builders, homework assignments, flipped classrooms, or supplemental material.

 

Intro Video from Open Ed:

Tutorial Video – Actively Learn: Integrate questions, media, notes and more into text!

WHO: Teachers looking to use digital text in their classroom.

HOW: Teachers create an account on www.activelylearn.com, find content, add questions/notes/polls.  Teacher then creates a class, adds students, and assigns work.

WHEN: This tool is great for any reading activity.  It is also beneficial for silent/independent reading.

Actively Learn engages students in reading activities while collecting the data the teacher needs to enhance their lesson and give proper 1-on-1 attention where the students need it the most.  Customer Support at Actively Learn is fantastic and their tutorial videos help first-time users tremendously.

Tutorial Video: GoFormative.com – Quick, easy, live formative results in your classroom!

In this video tutorial, we take a look at how to create an account, set up a class, and create an assignment on goformative.com.  Then we take a look at how students sign up, join a class, and take an assignment.

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WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging formative activity in their 1:1 classroom.

HOW:  Teachers create an account, create a class, and create an assignment.  Next the teacher directs students to create accounts, sign in using the class code, and then take the assessment.

WHEN:  This tool is great for formative assessment.  Teachers can use this at the beginning of a new chapter or at the end of a lesson to check for student understanding.