Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Checkbox Feature in Google Sheets

G Suite has been coming out with some amazing updates!

Recently, Google Sheets added the ability to add checkboxes to spreadsheets. You could use this feature to create order forms, gather student preferences, etc.



How does it work? 

Simply open up your Google Sheet and visit the Insert Menu and choose Checkbox.



When you are ready to use the checkbox, simply click on the cell containing your checkbox in order to check it!

Conclusion

This provides students with an excellent planning and self-regulation tool. Whether students are planning out a project, creating a flow chart, or developing a process, this could be an extremely helpful feature.

Monday, April 23, 2018

You Can Now Grade Short Answers in Google Forms!

It's finally here!

Ok. I know that I get excited about the little things, but it is finally here! You are now able to create self-grading quizzes in Google Forms that feature short answers!

When Google Forms first launched the self-grading quiz feature, you were only able to automatically grade multiple choice, checkboxes, and dropdown questions.

You are now able to add short answers and other types of questions too!

How do you do it? 


1. Create your Google Form quiz.

2. Click on the Settings gear in Google Forms.

3. Choose the Quiz tab and turn on "Make this a Quiz." Make sure that you choose Save!


4. Visit your question. Choose "Answer Key"

5. Enter in your correct answer, the point value, and check "Mark all other answers incorrect."



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blachan Shahi - A Visual Dictionary Site

I am always in search of the latest and greatest tools; however, sometimes it is helpful to revisit the tools that have been around for awhile.

One of my favorite tools is Blachan Shahi - a free visual dictionary.


You can easily use this tool in your classroom by having students enter in a vocabulary term of their choice. They will receive a text definition along with Flickr images.

This is a great way of scaffolding learning for students. They are able to read the text definition of the term, as well as have a visual to solidify its meaning.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Leave Notes or Take Notes on Any Webpage with Note Anywhere

Technology is a fantastic tool for students and teachers alike; however, it can be frustrating if you forget specific instructions for navigating a website, remember to take notes, or need a helpful reminder from time to time.

The same holds true for our students. What if there was a way for students to access essential notes or custom instructions on a website? Note Anywhere is a Chrome Extension that will help you do precisely that.


Use Note Anywhere to have your students add a note or notes to a webpage. Individual notes are loaded every time that the student visits a specific webpage.


This is a great tool for students to use to customize their learning experience on their device. For instance, let's say that you want students to take notes on a website. They can use the Note Anywhere extension to add their very own notes to the webpage. At this time, notes cannot be shared across accounts; however, this is an excellent tool for students to take ownership of their learning.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Create a Choose Your Own Adventure in Google Forms!

Providing students with options and autonomy is a proven way to connect students with learning. When students have choices, it increases the likelihood that they will engage in learning. Having participants go to a choice based upon an answer is a great tool in Google Forms, which can leverage the power of choice.

How Can I Have Someone Go to a Choice Based Upon an Answer?

Here is a short video that I created on how to leverage the power of choice in Google Forms!




Monday, March 26, 2018

News for Kids: Taking the Guess-Work Out of Finding Current Events




News coverage has been a hot button issue in our world. Educators are challenged to find credible and non-biased sources to integrate into their classrooms - often with not much success. With an emphasis on integrating non-fiction text into the curriculum, NewsforKids may be a good tool to use.

NewsforKids is a free news site for kids that features a mix of age-appropriate, relevant, and timely articles for kids to enjoy. 


The site is a safe site for students to navigate because the majority of articles are self-contained and do not require external resources to understand the article and its relevant background. It is a great tool for any classroom because it provides students with a variety of articles on World News, US News, Technology, Sports, and a News Bag.

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Timeline.ly Video Tutorial

I am so appreciative of feedback. Many of you have been requesting a tutorial on how to use Timeline.ly. Here you go!