Ahh….I feel my sanity restoring. I am in my classroom and have more or less gotten it all put together (another blog post on that when I can take some pictures). I was excited to get into school because we had a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) summit on Monday. We learned a ton of stuff.
Let me back up a little bit….My school has done away with their giant hard drive. We have all gone to the cloud for storage and to get us “in the mood” to use the cloud, my county hosted a summit to teach us about all the great things Google can do for us.
Simply in GoogleDocs, there are a ton of features. Some of these include how to make a test through GoogleForms, autograding in GoogleForms using an app called Flubaroo, tips and tricks to make your documents neater and more throughout, etc. I really liked the idea of using GoogleForms. I have now made two forms which I am happy to share with you all on here!
The first one I made is a reading interest survey. This allows students to input their reading preferences in a simple document that auto-uploads into a spreadsheet. This is just an adaptation of a reading interest survey I found online a while back. It’s really important for me to have the interest survey information because some students are hard to pick books for. I put some “story lines” into my reading survey to help identify my students likes. There is a realistic fiction, adventure, dystopian, information, etc. I also like to poll the students on how long they read.
The nice thing about GoogleForms is that it inputs straight into a spreadsheet. I can then organize all my student’s responses alphabetically. This makes it easy when someone is having a hard time find a book. I can just “CTRL+F” their name and pull up their survey. It helps me to see what they have read or what genres they like to read.
The second form I made it for reading conferences. Same concept, except this time the form is for my use only. I will input the student’s response as I am interviewing them. It includes a timestamp, so I can then sort the data by student last name and time/date. It make it easy to track their responses. I included a place for what unit or skill we are working on. When I reading conference, I really like to make a note of this. I will usually ask them what they are reading and then ask them a question that lets me know on the spot whether or not they are understanding the content or not.
The only downside of GoogleForms is that when students do a long response, it puts it into a spreadsheet. Everyone has typed way too much in a cell before and watched it get super long and take up your whole sheet. I found the easiest remedy for this is to “CTRL+A” the workbook and then find the text wrap button. This make it so all the text stays in the cell. The only downside of that is that depending on the length of your response, you could have miles of text. Why can’t life be easy!!
Firstie Tip!….The more tricks you can find to reduce your workload the better. Digital files are great because they are easy to search. If you are not familiar with spreadsheets, I suggest you look at some YouTube videos on how to use them. They will make everything in your life so much simpler!!
LINKS! BE SURE TO SAVE A COPY BECAUSE IF NOT YOU WILL SHARE DATA WITH EVERYONE ACROSS THE WEB!!!!!
Okay about an hour until they kick me out. I guess I need to organize my desks!!