Good News Friday – Steven Colbert’s Gift to SC Teachers

OK, so I couldn’t find anything this week to post for Friday FunLink.  I’m going to share one, maybe two, “Good” posts instead.

Yesterday, Steven Colbert, devout Catholic and honorary Pope Suburban I, made many South Carolinian teachers very happy as he funded $800,000 of proposed grants.

To you, good sir, a Tip of the Hat.

Two Ways to Engage/Assess Students with Google Forms

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.

Delivering Peer Feedback with Google Forms

Creating a Quiz on Google Forms from a Test 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.

Videos for Each Element of the Periodic Table

Although some may think there’s a dichotomy between Religion and Science, I think this belief is short-sighted and ignorant.

Even if I can’t use the material in my Religion Class, I’m interested in engaging ed tech resources my Science colleagues might be able to use.

This well organized set of videos for each element of the Periodic Table looks pretty cool and useful.

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The blog with more info about it is here.

And here’s a “periodic table” I can use for my Religion Classes:

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50 Resources for Teaching with iPads

Another site which offers a list of suggestions of apps for teachers to use with iPads.

50 Resources for Teaching with iPads

This graphic alone makes this site worth visiting.  I like how it shows how key apps can be used with the triad of educational stakeholders – teachers, students, and parents.

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A Nice List of Teacher Recommended Apps and Websites

Often the best tech resources are those recommended by actual teachers.
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A Gold Mine of Free Educational Technology Resources!

This link takes you to Open Culture – an amazing resource for FREE educational materials of all types!

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Free Educational Technology Resources