Here is a collection of videos that will show you how to collect digital work through the use of a Google Form, as well as create an online quiz and have it automatically graded.
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The following videos highlight a biome project some students at Nimitz Middle School are doing. We will use Google Drive, Sketchpad 3, and Videolicious to accomplish the task of creating presentations that display student learning of various biomes and food chains.
All work will be completed with iPads.
This series of videos will introduce the project, and show where the links to biome pictures may be accessed through Moodle. Details on how to get those pictures onto an iPad are also addressed.
In short, students will access a Google Drive folder or a Weebly site, where the biome pics are stored. They will take a screen shot of the pics they want (or tap and hold to save the image), so that they are stored on the iPad in the camera roll. Then, they will open the app called Sketchpad 3 and bring in their photos and arrange them in a food chain order. They can add arrows between the pictures to indicate energy flow, and then export their finished chain to the camera roll. Finally…students will bring all their pics/videos together in the Videolicious app to make a video presentation of their learning. Did I say “in short”?
How to use Sketch Pad 3 and Videolicious are topics picked up in the videos that follow.
This video will show you how to use the Sketch Pad app to build your food chain.
This video will show you how to take all your creations and put them into Videolicious for the final product.
Video of the final product
Using Video to Help with Instruction
Whether you use Khan Academy or some other similar resource, the power of video instruction is huge. Your students are given the power to review your teaching repeatedly until the learning is cemented.
Understand that you may also make your own videos with sites like Educreations or Show Me, and embed these lessons in your teacher web, or share the link through email. Both of these resources are also available as apps for the iPad.
You may also use the SMART recorder in conjunction with your SMART board to make video lessons that can be distributed for student consumption.
A thought that has occurred to me in the past is to have the students use the above-mentioned technology to explain their own learning. The students could just as easily access these technologies and make videos that will explain their thought processes as they solve a math problem. In this way, you could have them submit a paperless assignment.
A Medium for Videos
So once we have some videos made, how do we share them with students? This is a great question. Fortunately, we have several tools at our disposal that help answer this question. Here is a list:
- Teacher Web – you may upload a video file and link it to a page for student access.
- Weebly – you may sign up for a free account, and use the site as a host for videos.
- Edmodo – this is education’s answer to Facebook. This amazing tool really is powerful. Contact me for the school code, so you can start uploading videos today.
- Edublogs – this blogging platform is essentially the same as WordPress, and there’s much you can do with it. Let me know if you are interested in setting up a blog for your classroom.
- YouTube – each teacher has an educator’s account with YouTube. Once you are signed in to Google Docs, YouTube appears as one of the apps.
- TeacherTube and SchoolTube – these are also viable options for hosting videos.
Make raising your hand a lot more fun! Use one of the many response systems that are on the market. Some exist on campus (Turning Point Clickers available for check out in the library) and others are free online.
There are free sites out there that will allow us to do some amazing work for free. One that comes to mind is Board800. This site allows the user to create on online whiteboard and invite collaborators. Users can even expand their collaboration across multiple boards! This seems like a powerful tool for learning math.
Another amazing tool is Google Docs. Each teacher and student has an account with Google Docs. All they need is their login credentials. The power of Google Docs is the power of collaboration. Unlike most of the other programs we are used to, Docs allows multiple users to work on a particular doc at the same time. Simultaneous collaboration even allows for greater productivity beyond school hours, since the students would be able to access their Docs accounts from home.
Watch this video that shows how easy it is to make a spreadsheet and a graph in Google Docs.
Another thing Google Docs does well is that it provides an online quiz capability. All you have to do is create a form, ask students to submit their answers, and then run a script called Flubaroo to grade the responses. Really easy.
Here is another list of resources:
- Chartgo – creating graphs online
- Hohli – online chart builder
- iCharts – online chart builder
- IXL – online skills practice
- PrettyGraph – online graphs
- SailOn – interactives
- Lino It – online sticky notes
Another very useful resource is found at the SMART Exchange. This online resource allows users who have set up a free account to download ready-made SMART Notebook files that may then be modified to fit the needs of the downloader. Users may search for lessons by TEKS! This is a great resource that should not be ignored.
Here is a series of videos that will highlight some of the features afforded to you through the use of Google Docs.
Sharing a Doc
Sharing a Doc with Students
Students Submitting Homework
More Form Details