Students Whiteboarding w/Google Keep

Thanks to the “Winter Holiday Season” I finally had some downtime to explore more Google Products.  I have used Google Keep to create shopping lists and share quick synchronized notes. However I will confess underestimating the “Power” of the Google Keep APP to provide an interactive white boarding experience for students. Have you ever though about using Google Keep for screen-casting?

Screen-casting can be used to assess students knowledge of content. This is how this Googlicious idea works. The student will use the Google Keep’s Drawing Feature  to explain content while being recorded with a Chrome Browser Screencast extension such as Screencastify. The Screencastify is a perfect extension to combined with Google Keep. Screencastify allows the user to save the video right to Google Drive. I love when two powerful tools can be smashed together to provide one awesome learning experience.

 

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Google Form Math Support Explained

Oh how I love the “Newest” Google Form upgrade! The idea of inserting images in a Google Form question or answer triggered the inspiration for this idea. It dawned on me there are two types of images: Static or Animated. The animated image seems to fit in well with everything  I read about supporting a students critical thinking skills. This made me think what would happen if an”Animated Image” was provided demonstrating solving a problem and the student was asked to explain what they see?

The Google Math Form Idea

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In creating this Google Form Math support I used the “New Image Question” feature in conjunction with the “Go to next Question based on Answer”. This provided the opportunity for the student to first explain how the problem is solved. Next the Student practiced the equation solving steps. When the Student Solves the Problem Correctly they End the Form a Kudos Message, and then submits their answer. If the answer isn’t correct the student is sent to a review page where they click a link to a Review Google Slide. The Slide is copied to the students Google Drive.

The Review Google Slide Deck Presents the Student the opportunity to view the animated problem solving steps. A space is supplied where they can type or use a voice recording to explain the problem solving steps. This is followed by a second slide which provides the problem to solve along with a place value mat as extra support. Student may use a calculator to assist with the multiplication facts.


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When the Student is done solving the problem they go back to the Google Form to submit the answer.

I recommend using the Chrome Browser with the Tab Resize Extension. This will allow the students to view the Google Form and Slide Deck side by side.

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STEP 1: Creating the Math Animated Gif

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  1. Step 1: Creating the Math Animated Gif
  2. Step 2a: Creating the Google Form

Day 1 Google Forms Workshop

Recently I facilitated a Google Forms workshop entitled, “Google Forms Filling a Variety of Needs”. On the opening day a Google Slide Jeopardy Game was presented with a little twist. All participants used a Google Form as a Remote Answer Clicker for the game. When a game like this is used in the classroom its function is for accessing prior knowledge along with engaging the students.

Google Forms Jeopardy Game

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Generic Response Clicker

The Generic response clicker could be used at anytime. Teachers do not have to plan ahead. They can write a question on the Interactive Whiteboard give it a code. This way the teacher knows what question the student answered. Teacher takes a screen capture of the questions. Instant off the cuff assessment for those moments when you are unsure what the students understand.

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The student doesn’t need a laptop to access the Google Forms Response Clicker. Thankfully Google Forms can be used on a variety of devices. This provides an opportunity to let your students use their smartphones, iPods, tablets and etc…

How Would You Use a Google Forms Response Clicker?

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Google Forms Supports Spelling Mastery

Recently I discovered the “Hoover Text” and Data Validation Features in a Google Forms. Right away I thought, “How can these features be used to support content mastery?” I came up with this Google Form idea to promote students independents as they learn to spell.

The Hoover Text feature allows one to add a clue if the students are having a hard time spelling the suggested word. In addition the “Data Validation” can help by limiting the letters for the spelling words to the exact amount of characters needed. In the below sample the spelling of cat provided an opportunity to use the text validation tool. Instead of limiting the characters I set the form for preventing a common spelling mistake from occuring. When Google Forms is used in a manner like this it provides opportunities for 100% Mastery.

I believe when a child works independently discovering their errors, and fixing them it supports the student with internalizing what they are learning. This is one reason why 100% Mastery is beneficial for the learning process. It also supports the benefits a student gains from the “Power of Positive Reinforcement.”

Google Forms Spelling Mastery Sample

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Using Hoover Text

  1. Insert an image
  2. Click the More Actions Icon (3 vertical dots)
  3. Check Hoover Text
  4. Type Text

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Google Forms Data Validation

Data Validation provides a wide variety of uses and instructions. Due to this I’m going to refer you to the Doc’s Editor Help Center Article for instruction on how to use. Please go to the Validate Answers in your Form for further instruction.

Google Live Hangout ~Wow!!!

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Recently I had the opportunity to arrange a Google Live Hangout between students and a marine biologist. What an amazing experience especially hosting this during the last few weeks of school. This is a time of the year where a combination of factors distract students from maintaining their focus. It was amazing when the virtual guest appeared on the screen how quiet the classroom became. The students were focused on asking the questions they crafted and hearing what the marine biologist had to say. This session was wrapped up with a Google Form Exit Ticket where the students agreed the  Google Live Hangout was an AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!

This is One Small Way to Use a Google Live Hangout 

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