Writing Math Stories using My Maps

The last couple of weeks I’ve worked on several different workshops and a presentation. This has made me think quite a bit about active learning and students as the creator.  I’ve also grown to understand students internalize their learning when it is meaningful and authentic to them. This is when I thought why can’t My Maps be used to help the students collect data. After they’ve collected this real world data the student can open a Google Slide and create a “Math Stories about the My Map Journey” they created.

The beauty of this is in the end the student may link the Google Slide Math story to the My Map Journey. Imagine a math journey where you can actually zoom in on the roads being measured. The student may include actual screen-captures of the roadways and locations mentioned in their stories.  A project like this can unlock the creative writer as well as the mathematician hidden within every child.

Creating a Directional My Map

  • Have students map a bicycle journey from school to a nearby location
  • Open My Maps
  • In search window type beginning location
  • Example address or name of school, store and etc…

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  • Drop Pin for the location

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  • Click “Directions to here” icon
  • Add a second location

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  • Click layer where first pin was dropped
  • Drop pin above the second location
  • Title the marker with the name of the location

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  • Now click the measure distances and areas ruler
  • Measure between the two points double click to add the distance to the layer
  • Click the layer options settings (3 vertical dots)
  • Select open data table
  • Edit the table.
  • Under Description for the starting point type “0” miles & starting point
  • Edit location 2 with the milage from measuring & type from start or beginning point

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  • Now drop a pin to add another location
  • Type the location name
  • Measure from the last location to the new location.
  • Repeat the process until you create an end point location
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Journaling with MyMaps

This activity will help provide basic steps for journaling about real events. Google My Maps will support the students with the ability to map their personal adventure. If they map a real walking adventure and the weather permits the class can go on the hike. Before the real hike begins the students can add up the mileage provided by the lines between the destination points. This will help them with internalizing the actual distance unit they will walk.

They can also have fun by capturing photos from the walking adventure and adding the images to the Google My Map. When adding the new image to the map the student is responsible for creating a title and summary about the image.  When writing the summary they can answer questions such as:

  • Why did they take the photo?
  • What is the image of?
  • How did the object get there?

Create a Journal with Google MyMaps 

Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slide

Recently this question was asked in the Google Doc Help Forum, “Can I insert a Chart from Google Forms into a Google Slides Presentation?” I started thinking about this question realized both students and teachers could benefit from the below directions. Adding data to a student project or classroom presentation makes it more engaging to the audience.

There are several steps to follow for inserting a Google Forms Graph into a Google Slides Presentation. It isn’t hard to do and the benefits are well worth it!

How to Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slides

First please link the Google Forms to a Spreadsheet:
  1. Open a form in Google Forms.
  2. At the top, click RESPONSES.
  3. Below, click More More.
  4. Select Response Destination
  5. Choose Create New Spreadsheet
Next insert the type of chart you want from the data collected into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the cells with data you want to include in your chart. Note: To make labels on your chart, add a header row or column to your data.
  3. Click Insert > Chart.
  4. In the “Recommendations” tab, choose a chart style. For more options, click Chart types.
  5. To edit your chart, click Customization.
  6. To create the chart, click Insert.
Or use the explore tool to drag a chart into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Click the Column with Data
  3. Click Explore Lower right corner
  4. Drag the Chart to the Sheet
  5. Click the Chart’s Down arrow to Move to a new sheet in the spreadsheet

Last Step: Insert Chart into Google Slide Presentation

  1. Open a  Google Slides Presentation
  2. Select Layout choose blank
  3. Go to Insert and Select Chart
  4. Click from Sheets
  5. Choose Sheet and Click Select
  6. Select the Chart 
  7. Click Import

Best Practices for Sending a Google Form

Due to my role as a Google Help Forum Top Contributor  I’ve learned sending a Google Form isn’t simple for everyone. If a Google Form isn’t shared properly it could cause a lot of chaos. Nobody wants to send a Google Form only to discover no data was collected. This is one small issue which can happen if “Best Practices” aren’t followed when sharing a Google Form Link with respondence.

HOW to SEND a GOOGLE FORM

  1. Open a Google Form
  2. Click the Send Button
  3. Pop out window opens
  4. Choose a way to send the form
    • Email
    • weblink
    • Embed code
    • Social Media

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STEP 2b: Google Forms Magical Feature

Built into Google Forms is the Go to Next Section Based on Answer feature. The feature can provide students with a second chance to review the question and master the concept. This method  can help with minimizing “Test Anxiety” for students. When the student is referred to the next section based on a wrong answer they’re presented with visual or video review. This is followed by the student trying to answer the same question a second time. Imagine how this could bolster a students esteem due to a passing grade?

Tutorial: Next Question based on Answer

  • Click the More Symbol

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  • Choose Go to Section Based on Answer
    • Based on the section selection the student is sent:
      • To the next question
      • Or to a review Section
        • Here the student will watch a video or see a visual for supporting mastery of the question.
        • The student is provided with a second chance to answer the same question before moving onto the next question or submitting the answers.
  • Click the Dropdown Arrow for each Answer
    • This is activated by Choosing “Go to Next Section Based on Answer”
  • Select the Section or Choose Submit Form

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