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

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

Backing Up Keep Notes it’s a Breeze…

Teachers and students who use Google Keep to maintain notes and organized to-do list do not have to worry about losing this information. Recently I had a user ask this question in the Google Docs Forum. The user wanted a way to backup a group of  Keep Notes easily on a regular basis. What I suggested was using the “Copy to Doc” tool as a work-around.  This allows the user to select all the notes in one label or on the opening page.

Directions for Backing Up Keep Notes

  • Open Google Keep
  • Click and Drag until all Notes are Selected

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  • Click More More
  • Select Copy to Google Docs

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  • Click Open Doc

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NOTES:

  • This creates a Google Doc with all the list notes, Images, drawings and etc…
  • There are a variety of applications for using the Copy to Google Docs setting
  • This is not the only way to copy a Keep Note to a Doc

Well as you may guess this small little post just may lead into more future tiny tip posts!

 

Research Projects Made Easier…

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

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  • Click Create a custom search engine or New search engine

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  • 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

Type Website URL

  • 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.

 

Freedom Thank You Pixel 2!

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Wow I never thought a phone could have the ability to provide both freedom and independence. If you are a person of physical exceptionalities you might relate to this. I have a spine condition which sometimes challenges both my small and large motor movements. In the past this has prevented me from taking selfies and photos. I wasn’t able to apply enough pressure to activate a smartphone’s camera. Now thanks to the Pixel 2 and Google Assistant I can say, “Take a Selfie” or “Take a Photo”.

It is amazing how something so simple could help someone complete a task others take for granted. Due to my position as a Teaching Assistant I see students take on challenges everyday. When technology is integrated with a specific objective in mind it could support the student with becoming an independent learner. What better motivator then working without an adult hovering over you every second. Devices such as the Pixel 2 could provide this ability for students.

The speech to operational function the Pixel 2 offers is absolutely amazing. I can say, “Open a Google Doc” and the Google Docs APP opens. Then it is a matter of finding the doc and tapping it. Once the document is fully open all the user has to do is talk to type. The accuracy of the speech to text editor built into this device is absolutely amazing. Not only does the device type or read for the student but it can do a Google Voice search. This makes the research process much easier for those students who struggle due to lower reading or writing skills.  These are just a few reasons why I’m thankful for the Freedom a Pixel 2 Smartphone provides.

New Google Calendar Tops the Cake!

As an Educator using a shared Google Calendar may be an efficient “Timesaver” to use in collaboration with colleagues and students. My reasoning is due to every-time the calendar is updated it appears instantly in realtime on a colleagues or students shared calendar. This means nobodies email box has to be inundated with emails & attachments. All worksheets may be attached in a calendar event along with other classroom information. The list feature in the new calendar event editor allows one to organize a “To Do” or “Event List” filled with classroom information.

As an extra bonus a single event may be shared with absent students. If the teacher doesn’t want to share the original event it is easy to duplicate an event to share. The teacher may send a notification email when a new event is shared with a student. This will alert the student there is new event to add to their default calendar. These are just some “Small Possibilities” of how the New Calendar may help both teachers and students save a bit of time within a busy productive day!

How to Add an Event

Typing an Event List

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
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  • Select Ordered List or Unnumbered List
  • Type in Add Description Area

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NOTE: You may Add a Title to the list by bolding first line of text before the list.

Adding Attachments to an Event

 

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
  •  Click Paper Clip (Located Above Add Description Area)
  • Choose between:
    • Google Drive
    • Upload
    • Previously Select
  • Click Drop Down Arrow (Located to Right of Search Window “Omnibox”)
    • Select File Type
    • Type File Name
    • Click Search Icon
    • Select File
    • Click Select Button
    • Click Save Button

Send an Event Notification

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
  • Add a Guest
    • Start Typing a Name or Email Address in
    • Select Name from Drop Down List
  • Click Save Button
  • Pop-out Window Opens
    • Click Send

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