Using Google Forms as a Reading Log

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How many times have you heard, “I lost my reading log  or the dog ate it?” Perhaps these statements are on their way to becoming obsolete thanks to Google Forms. Using a Google Form as a reading log can simplify the process for both the teacher and student alike.

BENEFITS FOR TEACHER

  1. Teacher shares one link or embeds the form into a blog or classroom website
  2. All the information is propagated into a spreadsheet
    1. One sheet per student
    2. Tabs are labeled with students names
    3. Easier than flipping through a stack of papers
  3. Collects easily accessible data
  4. No need to collect reading logs during class time
  5. Reading logs are automatically time & date stamped
    1. ***This means the teacher will know when the student filled the form out
  6. Saves a Tree, and provides funds which can be spent on other academic supports

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS

  1. Makes student accountable
  2. Less papers to organize
  3. Reduces stress
  4. Provides extra class time to support students individual needs
  5. Easy to use
  6. Can be accessed from most devices

HERE IS A SAMPLE READING LOG

CLICK HERE TO COPY TEMPLATE

Differentiate Learning Addition with a Google Sheet!

Prior to Google Educator Training I had a fear about using Google Sheets in that matter even a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. This fear is fading away since learning there is so much more one can do with a Sheet than I ever imagined. What I’m going to share is a support to help the elementary student with becoming independent as they learn how to add up to 1,000. Below is a screenshot of the Addition Practice Google Sheet Interactive.

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Please feel free to use this link for copying the template: Addition Calculator Practice

I’ve created the following video to share how this interactive support works

WHY USE A SUPPORT LIKE THIS?

  1. It differentiates the learning so all students can successfully find the sum
  2. Students can work independently at their own speed
  3. Provides the student with multiple ways to check their answer
  4. Growth data is provided through the revision history
  5. Can be used in multiple ways
    1. Whole Group
    2. Small Group
    3. Individually
  6. Assessable from home provided the student has internet access

Watch for a followup post on how this Interactive Math Manipulative was created. You could build interactives like this using Google Sheets for subtraction, multiplication, division and ? Please share what ideas you come up with in the comment section. I’m looking forward to hearing how you have incorporated the Google APPS for Education suite in the classroom.