Today’s memorial of St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle is a special day for me as the very first school at which I taught was a great little La Sallian school – Justin-Siena High School in the beautiful Napa Valley.
I’m starting a category entitled “How Do You Solve a Problem Like…” If you’re like me, I often make a discovery of a new tech tool as a solution to a desire I have for my students. This desire gets placed in the form of a question which begins: “How can I have my students do X,Y & Z”
I really like this chart found here as it gives a concise list of tools and apps that can be used to solve this “How do I….”
Yes, I’ve already linked to a number sites with lists of apps and other ed tech items to increase student learning. What I like about this one is that it lists a number of items that I’ve never encountered. As such, I can’t offer comments on them here yet. I am hoping to do some exploring over Christmas Break…
I have only begun to scratch the surface of what the ever-expanding Google Forms and the more encompassing Google Classroom offer to educators. Here’s links to two posts which give solid step-by-step directions about how to create peer feedback Forms and also quizzes/tests with questions drawn from a question bank.
I’ve not yet tried Forms to create a quiz as my school uses the LMS BrainHoney which offers a robust assessment tool.
I did use Forms quite successfully for a project in one of my classes earlier this fall. The assignment was a mock job interview in which the interviewee was to receive peer feedback. For this I set up a Form to be the means of this feedback. I decided this in part because my class was a less expressive group of students and I felt the feedback would be more honest and useful if it was anonymous. After the peers submitted the Form, it was quick and easy for me to go into Sheets and copy and paste the info into a spreadsheet for each student.
To see my Form for this assignment, click here.
Here’s a recent (Sept. 25, 2014) posting of educational webtools for teachers. There are some new and interesting sites to explore and try out.
For your downloading pleasure over the upcoming breaks….