Teachers Why Not Automate Classroom Book Sign Out?

This week I was amazed to see how long it took the students to sign out books using index cards. The students filled out cards with a book title and the date then filed them alphabetically into a file box. The process seemed to take forever. Immediately I thought why not use Google Sheets on more than one computer to speed up the task?

The classroom book sign out sheet saves time for the teacher as well! It is easier to click through the sheets versus thumbing through a stack of index cards. This is an easier process to help keep the teacher updated with what the students are reading. It also makes keeping track of classroom books a little bit easier due to the information being right at the “Tip of one’s fingers!”

The below video shows how the Google Sheets Classroom Book Sign Out works.

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Google Drawing Elementary #CCSS #ELA Practice Skills Interactive

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Using a Google Drawing to create manipulative supports is easy to do. Not only is the support simple to create but intuitive for the student to use. Once a Google Drawing Manipulative is saved to a child’s individual Google Drive Folder the teacher can check the revision history to access the student’s use of the interactive. The revision history supports accountability for the time the student spends using the manipulative.

Use a Google Form to Support Visual Literacy

Google Forms can be one of the most versatile tools offered by the Google Apps for Education (GAfE) platform. Visual cues can be provided guiding the students to forming ideas for writing. All the data entered by the student is collected into a spreadsheet. This provides one sheet to view all the results.
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Imagine not having to flip through stacks of worksheets. One can consider Google Forms as an interactive worksheet both benefitting the student and teacher alike. What can be wrong with a tech tool which supports a dual purpose in the world of education? A Google Form is amongst one of the best tech tools an educator can use to support the growth of their student’s visual literacy skills.

Thanks to the ever expanding digital society we live in Visual Literacy has become a set of abilities which a student will use on a daily basis. The use of Visual Literacy Skills enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual Literacy Skills nurtures both critical and creative thinking skills. One way to hone your student’s visual literacy skills is by presenting a visual picture along with a set of questions. A Google Forms is a perfect tool to both present visual cues and collect the creative writings from a group of students.

Here is an example of a Google Form for supporting Visual Literacy:

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Keep an eye open for future posts about creating and using Google Forms.

Use Google Docs to Inspire Writing Stories

Thanks to the inspirations of a recent family holiday at the shore this creative writing project was born. It is a writing activity which uses summer vacation photographs to jumpstart the writing process. A Google Doc is used to provide students with photos and website link hints to facts for developing their stories. This approach helps to differentiate the activity for all different learners. One of the photos is a tad more challenging because it doesn’t provide any background information. This presents an opportunity for the student who is ready for a more challenging task to jump ahead and explore.

We always hear about how “No student should be left behind.” It is my belief that No student should be held back and opportunities can be provided to support those who need it to forge ahead. Technology is a tool which can help the educator to easily create an environment to support all learners with writing creatively.

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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

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