Edpuzzle just got even better!! It is now easy to integrate it with Google Classroom. Watch this short video to see how!
Having students complete and create digital work is one of the things I love about being a teacher in this decade. I'm amazed at how far technology has come and the level of thinking that students can now demonstrate! However, when students create or complete work digitally it can be a headache to assess their work, especially if you are a teacher that must give numerical grades.
My students and I are in total love with Google Classroom and Google Docs. Since I have always been a big fan of rubrics and have used them a great deal in my classroom, I'm going to share a few of my favorite rubric add-ons for Google Docs. These rubrics are real time savers!!
1. Doctopus + Goobric
I've written an entire post on this one so I'm just going to refer you back to that post. NOTE: These add-ons for Google Sheets.
2. Orange Slice
This is a new one to me and I'm still playing around with it but so far I really like it. This add-on for Google Docs allows you to start by creating the rubric with pre-made selections or you can customize it the way you want. Once you have the rubric the way you want it, you click the "Score" button to select how you want to grade it-by points or some other method. Depending on which method you choose, it will take you through some set up. Lastly you decide how you want to distribute the rubric either using Doctopus or through Google Classroom. Watch the video below for more detailed instructions.
3. Online Rubric
This is another add-on for Google Sheets that allows you to create a rubric for online grading. Once you have added this to Google Sheets you simply open up a blank spreadsheet and click on the Addons Tab and find Online Rubric. It will take you through some set up steps. The first step is to either build or import a class roster. Then you can create a new rubric or import one from Google Drive that is already made. Your rubric is ready to use and can emailed to students! See the video below for more detailed instructions.
Google Classroom is quickly becoming one of my favorite tech tools to use in the classroom. So here's my top five reasons that I LOVE Google Classroom:
1. Easy Integration with Google Apps- It easily integrates Google Docs, Google Slides, and other Google apps. Once you create the classes and students join that class, teachers can easily receive student work without having to create shared folders. Google Classroom does that for you.
2. Easy Communication-I love to use Google Classroom to communicate to my students about our daily assignments. I create an announcement each day that has what we did in class and what they have for homework. Then I attach any links, files, etc. that they might need. When a student is absent, they can easily get caught up by viewing the feed within Google Classroom.
3. Meaningful Tech Integration-Google Classroom allows me to create assignments that give students an incredibly easy way to create meaningful work using Google apps such as Google Docs. The tech allows students to demonstrate their learning and not just use tech for the sake of using tech.
4. Student/Teacher Dialogue-Google Classroom allows students a way to communicate to me about their work and for me to give timely feedback. Students can comment on an announcement or they can email me privately. I love that they have access this way especially with my middle schoolers who would do almost anything other than raise their hand in class.
5. Outside App Integration-Every day more and more apps are becoming compatible with Google Classroom such as LearnZillion. I can easily assign LearnZillion lessons straight to Google Classrooms. Google Classroom is also compatible with Quizlet and Nearpod.
There are only about 101 ways for teachers to use technology to communicate to parents and students. However, for quick reminders I like to use some sort of group text messaging service. For the past few year, I have used Remind (aka Remind 101). This week I discovered another messaging service called Class Messenger. The thing that made me look a little deeper is the abiity to send out different types of messages such as a poll or survey, order form, volunteers, homework assignment, etc. I also like that Class Messenger allows the teacher to message all or just one parent. Class Messenger can be accessed by web or through the iOS or Android apps. Teachers also have the ability to manually add students and parents to their classes or they can share a join code with them. Overall, I've been very impressed with this FREE service for educators!
Teachers are always looking for digital tools that allow them to easily communicate to students and parents. Some teachers use websites and blogs. Others use LMS sites or Learning Management Systems. Google Classroom is similar to other LMS sites. The advantage to using Google Classroom is that it is easily integrated with Google Apps for Education. This makes going paperless and integrating technology effectively possible. Teachers can set up one class or multiple classes. Watch this short video below on how to get started with Google Classroom. Then visit Google Classroom to get started.
While attending an online webinar on writing, I learned about two great new Google Doc add ons called Goobric and Doctopus. These two add ons to Google Docs allow you to create rubrics to assess student work within Google Docs. It is simply amazing!! Watch the video below to see how to add these cool tools to your Google Docs account.
Friday, July 10, 2015
9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Rock Quarry Middle School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Edcamp NBCT is a day of free, participant-driven professional development that will give educators an opportunity to grow professionally while sharing our expertise with fellow NBCTs and candidates. EdcampNBCT will open up dialogues among accomplished practitioners making all of us stronger in our roles working and supporting the education of every student. Through our dialogues we'll learn ways to advocate for teachers and students, while we encourage recruitment of NBCT candidates and providing candidate support. Furthermore we will share and hone our best practices to better engage all students in their learning. This event is open nationwide for all NBCTs and NBCT candidates. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Great door prizes will be given away.
Students love playing a game. That's where Quizizz comes into the picture. Quizizz is a web based game site very similar to Kahoot. The biggest difference between Kahoot and Quizizz is that on Kahoot a teacher must project the questions and answer choices using a projector. With Quizizz students can see the question and answer choices on their device. It works simply through the web browser on the device using a game pin number. Teachers can use games that are already created by others or you can create your own game. It's definitely worth checking out!
There is really so much to love about a Google account! If you don't already know this, Google is way more than just a powerful search engine. There are also lots of great add-ons especially for use with Google Docs. One such add-on is called Kaizena. To find the add ons-simple visit the Google Webstore. In the search box near the top just type in Kaizena. This add-on allows you to leave voice comments on any Google Doc. This would be a great way to give feedback on student work especially with written pieces. It would also be a great time saver. The first step is to create a Google account. Watch the video below for getting started with Kaizena
I'm always looking for great resources to create my daily lessons with and especially resources that my students can also use to create presentations other than Powerpoint. Today as I was perusing my Twitter feed, I found a site called Emaze. Emaze is a website that allows you to create some pretty cool presentations. It's very similar to Prezi but to me was much easier to navigate. Another cool feature is that you an upload an existing Powerpoint file and making it "emazing"! I really love the unique background as well including some that are really great for our K-1 folks. You can easily import photos, clipart, and videos as well. I could see this being used by students as a digital storytelling tool or just a way to demonstrate content knowledge in some way other than a traditional test. @emaze
I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.