Flipgrid: Giving All Students a Voice in the Classroom

WHO: Teachers looking for a way to give all students a chance to voice their opinions on topics. Flipgrid allows teachers to post a question/topic and students respond on the computer or on their smartphone.  Students record a video discussing the topic or responding to other students.

HOW: Start by creating an account at https://www.flipgrid.com/, start with the Flipgrid One account.  This will give the teacher a single grid with unlimited topics.  Flipgrid Classroom ($65/year) gives unlimited grids, unlimited topics, the ability to adjust response lengths, and more. Once the teacher is on the Admin page, they can create a topic, adjust a wide variety of settings, record a short clip of themselves explaining the topic, and share via Google Classroom, Facebook, Twitter, or link.  Students will then open the app or website, view the topic, then click the button to record a response.

WHEN:  Flipgrid is a great option for a new style of exit tickets.  Teachers could also utilize it for students that are able to dictate answers but struggle with writing.  Other ideas could include verbal book reports, biographies, reflections, debates, or “show me what you learned today”.  Flipgrid would also be useful as a formative assessment tool.  Teachers could have students discuss topics prior to beginning units then revisit a topic at the end.  Students that use Snapchat will feel a similar setup with taking video clips of themselves while learning to use the technology properly.

 

Five Tools for Engaging Classroom Review

WHO: Teachers that are looking for interactive ways to bring excitement to review lessons.
 
HOW: These tools will focus on classrooms with web-connected devices for student use.
 
WHEN: Heading into the end of the school year, many teachers will be looking for ways to review content. These options engage students while refreshing their knowledge of classroom material.
 
1. Kahoot! – This tool is great for creating a competitive environment with knowledge at the center. Teachers will create a series of questions, launch the quiz, then invite students to join via a code. Kahoot will show a question on the board with answers. Students will then pick a shape/color on their device that corresponds with an answer. Correct answers result in points, with extra points going to speed of selection.
 
2. Quizizz – This tool is very similar to Kahoot!. Quizizz features questions made by the teacher, launched, then joined via unique code. Questions and answers options show up on the student device. This allows the teacher to host a quiz across many classrooms at once. This is useful if the administration would like to run a school-wide quiz.
 
3. Quizlet Live – This tool allows the teacher to create vocabulary quizzes (minimum of 12 terms). Then teachers invite students to join via code and compete. Quizlet Live will create and name teams at random. These teams race to match terms and definitions. An incorrect answer takes the team back to zero. The goal is to be the first team to answer all correctly.
 
4. FlipQuiz – This tool is your classic primetime quiz gameshow. The teacher creates categories, adds questions and answers, and play in front of the class. A question is selected and after a student responds, the teacher can reveal the answer. There is a button to award points on each question. 
 
5. Classtools.net – This site features many great tools for the classroom. Arcade Game Generator is great for review. This option allows teachers to enter multiple-choice or true/false questions. The students can then choose which game they will like to play using the set of questions. Game choices include: PacMan, Manic Miner, Asteroids, Pong, Wordshoot, and Flashcards.

Going Google! An Introduction to G Suite for Education

 

WHO: Teachers that are interested in getting started with G Suite for Education (formally known as Google Apps for Education).

HOW: This tutorial video is under 20 minutes in length and is a simple introduction into the icons and options inside of Google Drive, Team Drives, Docs, and Forms. Viewers will learn how to navigate, organize, and utilize a small variety of G Suite For Education products.

WHEN: This video gives examples of how you could use G Suite in the classroom, as well as in School Administration.

Tutorial – How to Create a QR Code

WHO: Teachers that would like to use QR Codes in their classroom.

HOW: The video below takes teachers through the step-by-step process of creating a QR Code to use in their classroom.

WHEN: QR Codes are useful for directing students to specific websites you would like them to use, for hiding clues in a scavenger hunt, and many other things in the classroom.

Vizia – Make Online Videos Interactive and Replace Worksheets!

WHO: Teachers that use videos in class and would like to add in checks for understanding while making the assignment more interactive.

HOW: Create an account on https://vizia.co/, add in a link to a video, then start adding questions!  Teachers have the option to include Multiple Choice (called quiz), Polls, Response (user types short answer or extended response), and Call to Action (button with external link to visit).  If teachers select the Gate Video option, it will prompt the viewer to enter their name and e-mail address. When all of the questions are added, the teacher simply copies the link in the top right corner and directs the students to visit.  This link could be posted to the classroom website, LMS, or create a QR code for the tablet classroom to utilize. After the assignment has been completed, the question results are loaded into a Google Sheet allowing the teacher to collect data, and grade if they wish. When coupled with the Google Add-On Flubaroo, these assignments could be automatically graded.

WHEN: Vizia is a great option for the flipped classroom and teachers that regularly use videos in class.  Vizia allows the teacher to capture student understanding while the videos are being watched. Vizia videos could be useful for bell-ringers, exit tickets, or assignments or inclement weather as well.

Here is an example of a Vizia video:

Google Cast for Education – Free Screen Mirror Tool

Google Cast for EDU - Screen Mirror tool

WHO: Teachers that need an easy way to share student screens with the class.

HOW: Teachers install Google Cast for Education to their Chrome browser from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, teachers then set up a name and sharing capabilities.  Students can be added via GAFE e-mails, groups, or classes. Using a future version of Chrome, students will be able to select the cast feature and show the class their work.

WHEN: Most commonly, this can be used to display student projects.  However, teachers can use it as a “show me how you solved this” moment. It is also useful for getting feedback from the class on a difficult problem. It could even be used for digital show and tell.

There are many options out there to mirror student displays. The difference here is that no additional hardware (e.g. AppleTV) or paid software (e.g. Reflector 2) is needed to purchase.  The system administrator simply adds the chrome app to the teacher computer that is connected to the classroom presentation system, and the student devices have an up-to-date version of Chrome when it is released.

Using Google Apps For Education in the past has allowed students to click the share button and have the teacher show the work from the front of the classroom.  Google Cast for Education now allows the student to control the screen from their seat. The added benefit is that the teacher can now walk around the classroom. Educators will be able to help students while the work is being displayed.

Here is a video from Google Apps for Education:

Flat.io: Collaborative Sheet Music – Compose Music With Others In Real-time

Flat.io - Collaborative Musical Score Sheets

WHO: Music teachers interested in students composing music together, online, in real-time.

HOW: Sign up for an account at www.flat.io, or log in with your Google account. Users can manually create song sheets or connect via MIDI controller.  There are 70 instruments to choose from.  When creating a masterpiece, students can collaborate with others by clicking on the add icon by their account, adding others via flat username or e-mail address. Using the school version, there is also an option for teachers to share to Google Classroom.  Teachers can also create assignments from scores they have created.

Flat.io Create Assignment From Score

WHEN: Music teachers would find this useful for lessons on music notation, creating quizzes, tests, and projects. The real-time collaborative aspect gives a great opportunity for group work creating musical scores.

 

By no means am I a musically inclined person, but immediately after selecting to start a new score, I found myself engaged. I play guitar some, so for my first project I created a score for an acoustic guitar. As I put in notes, flat.io played the music for me and created tabs, which I found really useful. There are many different selections to choose from when creating your music.  When you are finished composing, you have the option to export to: .pdf, MusicXML, .mp3, .wav, and .mid.

Wheel Decide: Spin the Wheel to Pick a Random Topic

Wheel Decide - Spin the Wheel to Pick a Student, Topic, or group
Wheel Decide – Spin the wheel to pick a random answer, person, or topic

WHO: Teachers looking for a fun and fair way to let students pick topics at random for class work.

HOW: Visit  http://wheeldecide.com/, click to modify the wheel, add topics, give the wheel a title, and pick advanced options. Choices can removed after they have been landed on, color scheme can be changed, seconds to spin, and more.

WHEN: Wheel Decide is great to have student pick topics for presentations and projects. Teachers could also use it to pick topics for review games in class.  Another option would be to randomly call on students during class time. Wheel Decide is also very useful to studying vocabulary or even assigning teams. After creating a wheel, teachers can copy the embed code to their classroom LMS or website.

Below is a wheel for countries involved in World War II.

 

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.

Share My Lesson: Online Platform Share Lessons With Other Teachers

WHO: K-12 Teachers looking to share their lessons and resources with others, as well as teachers that are looking for lessons to use in their classroom.

HOW: Teachers need to create an account in order to use ShareMyLesson.  After logging in, users can upload lessons, including tagging standards, adding attachments and links, and descriptions.

Teachers looking for lesson ideas, can search by state standards, grade level, topic area and more.

WHEN: During the summer months, teachers can use ShareMyLesson to either upload their lessons to have in one area, or start looking at what other teachers are doing to enhance their own.

ShareMyLesson is great as it allows teachers from anywhere to share ideas with others.