Would you like your quizzes to grade themselves? If so, try Schoolnet or Flubaroo.
Many teachers at Piedmont already use these tools. Ms. Thornburg first told me about Flubaroo years ago and Mr. George first told me about Schoolnet this year via Mr. Carpenter. (wait, it was actually phenomal facilitator Katherine Ruffolo who first told me about Schoolnet-but she was so far ahead of me I didn't realize how valuable the info was at the time.)
For Step by Step Flubaroo Instructions see this link http://teachamazing.com/create-surveys-and-graded-quizzes-with-google-drive/
Following are some photos of Flubaroo in action during a great session on Google Classroom via Mr. Aubrey Harrison. (I also learned about some great new changes just added to Classroom )
Did you like Flubaroo, Here are some more Google tools you may like:
The best Google Apps for Google-y Teachers
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Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Contest!
Teachers and students have the opportunity to win a classroom makeover worth up to $70,000!
Prize packages include cutting-edge personalized learning software, hardware, and professional development that will not only benefit the winning classroom, but will help the entire school.
Here's how it works:
1. Teachers to work with their students to create a music video expressing how technology will enhance the learning experience.
2. Submit videos between September 19 and October 24.
3. Spread the word to your school and local community to vote for each video for a chance to win!
Winners will be selected based on a mix of public votes and a judging panel. View full contest guidelines, including the prize package details per grade category, at www.ClassroomRefreshContest.com.
It's not too early to start thinking about the Hour of Code for this year’s Computer Science Education Week (December 8 - 14, 2014).
You don't have to be a computer science teacher to join in. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages.
Last year several classrooms here at Piedmont participated including the entire sixth grade language arts team - and we'd love to add you to the list.
More info at:
Click here to see a slide, a video, and a link to a short lesson on digital citizenship via Heather Ramsey our CMS IT liason:
Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?
Join us for next week for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.
Let me know how you are celebrating! Here are some more resources:
This post was inspired by a conversation on Twitter today with @MrEandre @TheWeirdTeacher and on Yammer in 2011 where I first heard the term Doodle Notes from Tavia Highsmith who wrote
" I use a strategy in my EC Resource Science and Social Studies classes I have named Doodle Notes! The students use it for vocab, notes on videos and for class notes. I also use it for days when they are split to other classes. They stay engaged and can explain what they learned when I return."
I finally have something that is not 21st century to share: This is about as low tech as it gets--Doodling!!! Don't have six minutes to watch?-skip ahead to minute 3:15(but you'll miss BillGates' doodle). Upshot:
**Doodlers have a 29% higher retention rate. **"Under no circumstances should doodling be eradicated from a classroom or a boardroom...doodling should be leveraged in precisely those situations where information density is high and the need for processing that information is very high."
Doodling can be a valid form of learning summarizing or notetaking. Some teachers on Twitter make and sharing visual notes of conference sessions and RSA Animate videos are also popular. Although learning styles have been debunked for years now, personalities and interests do differ. Some study habits work for some students and some that work for others. The same may be true of note-taking. Because of my personal interest in doodling, after hearing on NPR that doodling while listening increases recall and watching this TED talk a few years ago, I let my students try doodling their notes. Some students didn't like it, some did. Same as you might find for any note-taking system. Honestly the system seems not to be important anyway, as the whole idea of note-taking is often just a tool for focusing.
Here are 2 student doodles:
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.