Using Forms as a Motivational Tool…

I never met a student who truly didn’t care about receiving a “Good Grade”. This post is about supporting the students who  are struggling and have difficulty internalizing grades.  Have you ever noticed these students tend to be the ones who are motivated by achieving high game scores? If the student learns to internalize grades like they do game scores would they be motivated to improve?

Google Forms and Sheets visually provides the ability for a student to see the slightest upward grade movement. If grades keep moving upward in little leap and bounds the student may view this as a positive change. Using a Google Form to graph a series of grades may help with self-internalization. If the student views a constant upward movement could this become a “magical key” to “unlocking doors” and boosting esteem?

Creating a Student
Visual Grading Tool

Using Google Forms and Sheets

Following are the steps for creating a Google Forms and linking a Sheet for student internalization of Grades.

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Directions: Creating the Form

Form title

  • Click Dropdown Arrow Left of Multiple Choice
  • Select Date
  • Click Untitled Question Area
    • Type DATE

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  • Click Plus Sign to Add Question Type

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  • Click Dropdown Arrow Right of Multiple Choice

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  • Select Short Answer
  • Type Content Area Grades in “Question Field”

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Directions: Linking Sheet

  • Open the Form
  • Click Responses Tab
  • Click Green Favicon to Link Sheet
  • Select Create a New Spreadsheet or Select Existing Spreadsheet

Selecting Existing Spreadsheet Adds the data on a new sheet in an existing spreadsheet.

Directions: Use Explore for Chart

  • Open the Sheet
  • Click Explore
  • An Analysis Chart (graph) is automatically generated from the data
  • Add to Sheet by Clicking Graph Favicon

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Chart maybe added to the spreadsheet or inserted into another Google File

Yes! You Can Receive Notifications…

There I was reading through posts in a Google Classroom Community when my eye’s fell upon this question. “Can notifications be received when changes occur in my Google Drive?” The answer is yes! Google Drive notifications may be received when there are newly shared items, comments, suggestions, action items or request for access. The user has the choice to receive the notifications as a popup window or in an email. If you would like to setup notifications for Google Drive please follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Drive
  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Cogwheel
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click Notifications
  5. Check or uncheck boxes for the settings of choice

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Using notifications is just one simple “Timesaving Tool” offered within this suite of education tools. Efficiency is just one simple beneficial support offered by the G Suite for Education package.

Using Google Hangouts On Air in Classroom

EngagementAre you looking for an easy way to engage students?

Search no longer and try a Google Hangouts On Air! A Google Hangout can play many different roles in a K-12 and Higher Ed Classroom. The hangout is recorded and can be reused as a classroom support or study tool shared privately by the teacher. Generally it takes minimal time to setup and run. 

During the hangout the teacher or person in control has access to a dashboard providing the ability to mute a user’s sound, audio and etc… In rare cases an educator may eject an Attendees  from a “Live Hangout” it they’re  not exemplifying “Good Digital Citizenship”. This can be avoided by reviewing the “Netiquette” Skills before using a Live Hangout with your students.

Live Google Hangout Ideas

  • Teachers can host a “Mystery Hangout”
  • Middle School & High School Students interact w/Elementary Students
    • Read to the class
    • Create a project with screen share
  • Provides the ability for an absent student to participate with their class
  • Classrooms can connect with global classrooms to collaborate on a project
  • Establish Student reading/discussion groups connecting two different districts
  • Eliminate travel for Professional Development
  • Student Study Groups
  • Invite a guest speaker

Please Click HERE to Share Your Google Live Hangout Idea

10 Awesome Reasons to Use GAfE

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“10 Reasons Why I Love GAfE”!!! 

  1. Can provide an authentic learning experience
    • Google Live Hangouts
    • Blogger Blogs
    • Classroom Websites
    • Google Groups
    • Google + Communities
    • Student Websites
  2. Teachers: Reinforces Collaboration along with saving time
    • Sharing:
      • lesson plans
      • Team Calendar
      • Data Collecting Forms
      • Sharing Folders
      • tutorials
      • templates
      • Worksheets
      • articles
      • hyperdocs
  3. Folders and Files can be accessed  24/7 across multiple devices
    • Anywhere
    • Anytime
  4. Easy to organize and schedule activities
    • Shared Calendars
    • Shared folders
    • Shared documents
  5. Receive reminders and notifications
    • Never miss an event or appointment
      • receive pop-up or email notifications
    • Know when a document or folder is edited
      • Use add-ons for notification
      • Check Revision history
      • Check Google Drive Detail for activity
  6. Share information easily with students
    • Use a shared folder
    • Share a Calendar
    • Via Google Sites or Blogger Blog
    • A Teacher’s Youtube Channel
  7. Keep parents informed
    • Via a Google Classroom Site
    • Shared Google Calendar
    • Blogger Classroom Blog
  8. Easy to schedule appointments
    • Use Google Calendar Appointment Slot
    • Share a Spreadsheet
    • Collect Appointment Info via a Google Form
  9. Provide extra student support
    • Live real-time virtual tutor via Google Live Hangout
    • YouTube instructional videos
      • reinforces content learned
    • Worksheets and activities available via teacher website or blog
    • Provide feedback via a shared Google doc
      • students can access 24/7
  10. Supports creativity and nurtures innovation
    • Google Drawings
    • Google Slides
    • Google Doc
    • Google Sites
    • Blogger Blog
    • Google My Maps
    • Google Live Hangouts
    • Youtube Creator

This List Consists of A Small Handful of Reasons Why I Love Using GAfE

Google APPS for Education (GAfE) provides all the above mentioned tools for FREE!!! 

GAfE is both cost effective and low maintenance for school districts to use.

It is amazing these digital tools for preparing students are right under ones fingers at

NO Cost to Tax-Payers or School Districts

Isn’t it Advantageous to Prepare Students for the Mysteries their Future’s may hold???

Keep in Mind Digital Devices are Globally Used and not Going Away!

Please use the comment area to discuss. Thank you!

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 

I’m always open to hearing new ideas

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