Brilliant Idea for Sharing Worksheet

If you are sharing worksheets on a classroom website scrolling through hundreds of links can become overwhelming for the visitor. Why not take advantage of using Google Drive to share the worksheets? This will allow the teacher to share a whole folder for the month rather than separate links to each individual document. The visitors can view all Microsoft Word, PDF, Google Documents along with other file formats without installing extra programs on their computer.

EXAMPLE OF VIEWING A PUBLICLY SHARED GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER

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STEPS for CREATING A PUBLICLY SHARED FOLDER

  1. Create a folder (Do Not Share)
  2. Create a SHARED Sub Folder (Share with public)
  3. Add Documents (worksheets) to SHARED FOLDER
  4. Copy Link to use with website

OTHER BENEFITS

  1. All Documents are in one place
    • Parents can view a visual of each worksheet or packet
      • NO Need to open document file in separate program
  2. Faster load time for the website page
  3. Website page doesn’t look overwhelming
  4. All the worksheets for the year can be unshared at one time
    • Saves time compared to deleting each one singularly
    • Worksheets will update automatically when changes are made

Old SmartPhones Used as Student Classroom Support

Recently I upgraded my old iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy 5 Smartphone. Instead of trading in the iPhone I decided to keep it as a digital tool to use with my students. The first time I placed the iPhone on a students desk it worked like a charm with redirecting the student to finding their place with copying notes from the SmartBoard.

This how it is done:

  1. STEP ONE
    • Photograph the Interactive WhiteBoard Screen onto a Google Slide
    • Type directions onto a Google Slide for student to follow
    • Create a slide with visual modifications
  2. STEP TWO
    • Place the iPhone in a corner of the students desk
    • iPhone screen first displays the full Interactive White Board Screen
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    • Isolate by pinching and expanding area the student has to copy
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    • Student naturally takes over and moves the screen into position for the next bubble per the teachers direction
  3. Walk Away and let student continue independently 

I find Google Slides to be one of the best GAfE Tools for delivering individualized instruction.

Here are the reasons why:

  1. Visual supports can be easily included
  2. Extra directions can be written into the note area under slides
    • Web links can be provided in note area
      1. Providing students with extra support for comprehension
  3. Directions can be isolated in one of two ways depending upon the activity
    • Each slide can present individualized directions
    • Student or Teaching Assistant can pinch and isolate specific areas on the slide

#SPED SUPPORTS USING #GAfE

My role as a K-12 Teaching Assistant is mainly focused on supporting students with exceptionalities. Generally most classrooms tend to focus on the average student’s needs. Thanks to Google APPS for Education (GAfE) and technology it is a little easier for both the Teaching Assistant and Teacher to support the needs of all Four Different Learning Styles. On this page I’m going to share some of my ideas for supporting the student of exceptionalities with becoming academically independent by using both GAfE and various digital devices.

GAfE APPS USED INTEGRATED ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

GOOGLE PRESENTATIONS

Science Lab Support Created Using Google Slides

(Isolates directions for completing a Science Lab Writeup Independently) 

GOOGLE DRAWINGS

Support Writing with a Differentiated Interactive Graphic Organizer

(This Graphic Organizer allows the student to link out to a help hotline)

INTEGRATING DIGITAL DEVICES

Old Smartphone Used as Student Classroom Support

Science Lab Support Using Google Slides

One day last week as I walked into study-hall a student shouted out, “Ms. Drasby You’re Awesome!” This was because the student successfully finished writing a science lab and didn’t have to do it for homework. Thanks to technology I was able to immediately share the information for the lab writeup completion with one of my teacher co-partners. The teacher used the question list I typed with onto a shared Google Doc. One of the advantages I like about Google APPS for Education platform (GAfE) its ability to share both synchronous and asynchronous information. This makes it possible to deliver pertinent details to support my students understanding and completion of assignments within a reasonable amount of time.

The other support provided to my students was the breaking down of directions and sharing the steps via a tablet on their desk.  This was done by using The Google Docs Presentation APP found in Google Drive. This provided the ability for the student to work independently as she wrote her science lab up on a blank looseleaf paper. The student was able to advance through the presentation one step at a time. This made it easier for the student to complete the tasks for the lab write up without an adult hovering over her.

EXAMPLES 

  • The Google Doc Question List

         Shared the document after typing helped the students finish writing the conclusion before the school day ended.

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  • Some of the Slides from the Google Slide Presentation

This provided the direction for the student to independently write her lab.
heading hypothesisobservation food coloringobservation borax

conclusion

Easier Ways to Search for Google Drive Folders and Docs

Now with K-12 Schools back in session many educators are being exposed to using Google APPS for Education (GAfE). In the circle I travel in this question arises quite often, “Is there an easy way to find and organize files in Google Drive?” The answer is Yes!  Many teachers find it time consuming to drill down through a folder structure to find the document they’re looking for! Google is a company well known for their search engine capabilities. Knowing this the quickest way to access a document or folder is by doing a Google Drive Search. In seconds the user can generally find the document they are looking for.

Search Google Drive

SEARCH TIPS for Making the Process Easier

  1. Label files and folders with exact terminology to make it easier for finding
  2. Filter your search tips to the file type, ownership and etc…
  3. If you use a doc or folder on a regular basis then add it to your starred list
  4. Color your folders
  5. Use the drop down list to the left of Google Drive to view the folder structure
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  6. Use a Google Sheets to create an organized table of contents for your Google Drive
    1. Label each sheet by content area
    2. Link out to the folders & files in your list

#EDTech Bloggers Sharing Inspiration…

Over 15 Years ago my yearning for learning more about Ed Tech began. It was the Ed Tech blogger who nurtured my ideas and inspired exploration into this never-ending world of continuous advancement. Thank you to the many educated ED Tech Bloggers for sharing both their knowledge and ideas. This is a list of some favorite Ed Tech Blogger to follow.

  • FREE Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne@rmbyrne: Richard Byrne is known for sharing some of the BEST Ed Tech websites for engaging students with learning. On his site you will find some of the best FREE Tutorials teaching the educator how to use and integrate tech tools.
  • Brian Aspinall, CVDork. Teacher. Blogger. Speaker, @mraspinall: When you have a question about coding Brian Aspinall is the man to go to. I really enjoy his TEDx presentations! Mr. Aspinall shares really interesting insights about “Growth Mindset” and it’s effects on student’s academics. He is the innovator who created the EDMETTLE social and feedback management tool for supporting educational communities.
  • Education Evangelist Blog, @ICTEvangelist,  Mark Anderson shares inspirational stories for integrating ed tech. His knowledge of education and technology are a perfect blend for today’s society. I first learned about Mark Anderson during a live “Twitter APP Smashing Event”. This is when I learned he has a wealth of information to share about iPADS and APP Smashing for supporting both creativity and critical thinking. You can learn by checking out his iPad APPS Archives.
  • SHAKE UP LEARNING by Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning: This is the place to go when looking for Google Resources and learning more about mobile learning. Ms. Bell has a magical way of simplifying the learning experience through the cheat sheets she creates. On her site you will find some of the BEST Google Cheat Sheets for learning how to use GAfE APPS.
  • Sylvia Duckworth: @sylviaduckworth is a talented educator whom I started following more than a year ago! I’m enthralled by the beautiful “Sketchnotes” she creates. They are a perfect blend of beauty and information simplifying information for all readers to understand. Sylvia Duckworth also offers a variety of ideas for integrating technology in the education arena.
  • Lisa Highfill@lhighfill I recently started following Lisa Highfill after discovering the term, “Hyperdoc”. Lisa Highfill is one of the originators of this term.  I tend to think of hyperdocs as, “Google Docs on Steroids.” Basically a hyperdoc adds interactivity to a Google Doc. This supports students with honing their independent thinkers. Lisa Highfill offers a variety of templates and ed tech integration info on her site.

Teachers Why Not Automate Classroom Book Sign Out?

This week I was amazed to see how long it took the students to sign out books using index cards. The students filled out cards with a book title and the date then filed them alphabetically into a file box. The process seemed to take forever. Immediately I thought why not use Google Sheets on more than one computer to speed up the task?

The classroom book sign out sheet saves time for the teacher as well! It is easier to click through the sheets versus thumbing through a stack of index cards. This is an easier process to help keep the teacher updated with what the students are reading. It also makes keeping track of classroom books a little bit easier due to the information being right at the “Tip of one’s fingers!”

The below video shows how the Google Sheets Classroom Book Sign Out works.

Click Here for A COPY OF THE TEMPLATE

OR

CLICK HERE TO TRY THE TEMPLATE

This is what the template looks like