Recently in the Chrome Help Forum a user asked if there was a way to prevent tabs from being lost when closed. The question reminded me about one of my favorite Chrome Tips for Students. When students are engaged in a research project I like showing them the “Pin Tab” feature. The pin tab feature allows the student to return to the open tabs if the Chrome Browser is accidentally closed. Just follow the below steps to help prevent losing hours of research.
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.
Directions: Creating the Form
- Open a Google Forms
- Give the Forms a Title
- Click Dropdown Arrow Left of Multiple Choice
- Select Date
- Click Untitled Question Area
- Type DATE
- Click Plus Sign to Add Question Type
- Click Dropdown Arrow Right of Multiple Choice
- Select Short Answer
- Type Content Area Grades in “Question Field”
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
Chart maybe added to the spreadsheet or inserted into another Google File
When it comes to research projects why should students struggle due to reading levels of resources found on the internet? What would teachers say if a search engine could be focused upon research content appropriate for younger students and lower readers? It is my belief these tools benefit students with becoming independent learners. When children feel successful with completing tasks they start to internalize the value of “Research”. Once students understand the value of research it is easier to build and introduce more advanced search skills. Next time one plans a research project why not set the students up for success by sharing a search engine scaffold to their needs.
How to Create a Custom Google Search Engine
- Sign into a Google Account
- Open this Custom Search Link
- Click Create a custom search engine or New search engine
- In Sites to search box, type the sites you want to include for the search results
- In Name Search Engine Box, type the name for the new search engine
- Finish by Clicking the Blue Create Button
- Copy embed code or public link for sharing
NOTE: Embed Code will allow you to place the search box on your website or in a blog.
Quite by accident I discovered it is possible to add emoticons as a visual support for Google Drive Folders and Files. Over the past year I shared a post about adding visuals to Google Calendar Event Titles by copying pasting emoticons from the following Twitter Symbols Website: https://www.piliapp.com/twitter-symbols/. These same emoticons will work as part of a Google Drive Folder or File Name. This may make it easier for a young child or student of exceptionality to independently navigate both folders and files.
Adding Emoticons to Files or Folders
- Go to https://www.piliapp.com/twitter-symbols/
- Copy Emoticon
- Create a New File or Folder
- Paste Emoticon in the “Title Section”
A teacher in the help forums wanted to know how to automatically highlight vocabulary words in a presentation. This is easily done by inserting a shape, changing the transparency and adding animation. If you are looking to highlight each word as a student reads the presentation slide deck this is possible to do. It is a matter of setting the timing of the animation to appear after the prior or upon click.
STEPS for Auto-Highlighting
- Insert and Select Shape
- Choose the Rectangle
- Drag to Size Shape
- Click “Fill Color” Paint Bucket
- Select Yellow or color of choice
- Click “Fill Color” Again
- Select Custom
- Drag the Slider on the Right Downward
- Click Line Color, Select Transparent
- Click Shape, Select Insert
- Click Animate
- Select Animation Type
- Drag Speed Slider
- Click Play