Name the School Object…

Are you looking to do something different to avoid those “blank face gaze”. Send the students out on a mission to capture photos of everyday objects in the classroom or throughout the school. Set a time limit for returning to their seat. Once students are back in seats provide them with a link to a Google Forms where they will upload the images. Now open the folder and click on the Chrome Driveslides extension, and boom a slide deck of images is created. Brainstorm with the students how you may use the images to support the content area.

Example ideas:

  • Spanish Class:
    • Create a custom vocabulary
    • Write a story about the image
    • Add an audio recording explaining what the image is.
      • Vocaroo is an easy to use audio recorder
        • Allows you to save audio files to your drive
  • Math:
    • Create math word problems involving the images
    • Look for shapes
    • Find the area and perimeter of objects in the image
  • ELA:
    • Write a school adventure illustrated story
    • Describe an image and it’s usage
    • Create school how to tutorials using the images

Please share an idea in comment area…

#EDTech Bloggers Sharing Inspiration…

Over 15 Years ago my yearning for learning more about Ed Tech began. It was the Ed Tech blogger who nurtured my ideas and inspired exploration into this never-ending world of continuous advancement. Thank you to the many educated ED Tech Bloggers for sharing both their knowledge and ideas. This is a list of some favorite Ed Tech Blogger to follow.

  • FREE Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne@rmbyrne: Richard Byrne is known for sharing some of the BEST Ed Tech websites for engaging students with learning. On his site you will find some of the best FREE Tutorials teaching the educator how to use and integrate tech tools.
  • Brian Aspinall, CVDork. Teacher. Blogger. Speaker, @mraspinall: When you have a question about coding Brian Aspinall is the man to go to. I really enjoy his TEDx presentations! Mr. Aspinall shares really interesting insights about “Growth Mindset” and it’s effects on student’s academics. He is the innovator who created the EDMETTLE social and feedback management tool for supporting educational communities.
  • Education Evangelist Blog, @ICTEvangelist,  Mark Anderson shares inspirational stories for integrating ed tech. His knowledge of education and technology are a perfect blend for today’s society. I first learned about Mark Anderson during a live “Twitter APP Smashing Event”. This is when I learned he has a wealth of information to share about iPADS and APP Smashing for supporting both creativity and critical thinking. You can learn by checking out his iPad APPS Archives.
  • SHAKE UP LEARNING by Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning: This is the place to go when looking for Google Resources and learning more about mobile learning. Ms. Bell has a magical way of simplifying the learning experience through the cheat sheets she creates. On her site you will find some of the BEST Google Cheat Sheets for learning how to use GAfE APPS.
  • Sylvia Duckworth: @sylviaduckworth is a talented educator whom I started following more than a year ago! I’m enthralled by the beautiful “Sketchnotes” she creates. They are a perfect blend of beauty and information simplifying information for all readers to understand. Sylvia Duckworth also offers a variety of ideas for integrating technology in the education arena.
  • Lisa Highfill@lhighfill I recently started following Lisa Highfill after discovering the term, “Hyperdoc”. Lisa Highfill is one of the originators of this term.  I tend to think of hyperdocs as, “Google Docs on Steroids.” Basically a hyperdoc adds interactivity to a Google Doc. This supports students with honing their independent thinkers. Lisa Highfill offers a variety of templates and ed tech integration info on her site.

Creating an Interactive Entry Ticket the Basics

Today I’m sharing how to create the Interactive Entry Ticket seen in a prior post. You will be amazed with how easy it is to create using Google Forms. Google Forms may be one of the most underused APPs sitting in your Google Drive. Most people relate the form with a method of providing surveys and polls. In actuality Google Forms is a very powerful tool for the educator. A Google form can assist you with collecting daily teaching evidence, RTI data, assessment data and it can save some time by automatically grading. All information collects into a spreadsheet. Imagine the time saved by scrolling down a spread sheet versus thumbing through piles of paper.

Google forms offer the user the ability to embed video, audio, clipart and link out to the web. This makes it easier to differentiate the work for all the different learning styles! I would say the power of a Google Form is a “Win Win” situation not only for the teacher but also the students!

This is how I created the Interactive Entry Ticket wait to you see what a breeze it is to create. Doesn’t take much time at all and offers a “Big Bang for the Bucks!”

  • Go to Google Drive click on New, Scroll Down to More, Click Forms

Open Google Forms

  • Click to give the Forms a Name

Forms ~give it a name

  • Give the Forms a Description

Forms Description

  • Type a question in the Untitled Question field
    • Provide text clues
    • Choose a question type
    • Click done when finished

Forms write question

forms question types

  • Add Items option allows you to add extra text, checkboxes, video, images, and etc…

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  • Choose a theme and then Click Send

Change Theme Click Send form

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  • Choose which method to use for sending the form then click done!

click done