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Playing with Google Forms

**UPDATE: March 18. I learned that I would not share the responses from a paragraph-type question. Unfortunately, I had someone copy and paste an entire Wikipedia article as a joke, which made the results confusing to read and also happened to be offensive and therefore flagged – or whatever it’s called when something cannot be read by the public online anymore (I had a friend show me and we couldn’t view the results unless I logged onto Google Drive). However, this was a good experience because I learned both how to remove a question from a form and how to erase all the responses and start new (unfortunately I had to erase all or none so I lost the previous responses including some great stories). Future: only have the results publicly available if the answers are not typed in freely. I could post a message for those interested in the results to contact me if necessary.**

I wanted to do some playing with Google Forms as I missed this topic when it was presented in class. This is practice for when, not if, I use them in the future for:

suitcase covered with freeform knitting and crochet

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Organizing events, trips (professional or personal… like organizing family Christmas!)

Getting to know students and parents/organizing interviews

School-wide Surveys

Tests and Quizes

3D Bar Graph Meeting

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Math and Graphing

Student created surveys and research

Collecting opinions and preferences from those who are too busy and/or too shy to speak up.

Collecting feedback on anything.

Students’ record of readings/homework/optional work.

suggestion box

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Alternative to the  “suggestions box” or “questions, concerns, ideas box” (similar to our exit slips in ETAD 470)

Orders (i.e. lunch orders, clothing orders)

Creating essay or story outlines

Peer/Self Evaluation reports

Guided Reflection Document for Staff and Students

Voting System

**Some of my ideas came from here, and there are many, many more.  

Here’s my Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18bzspof3AcGWNx-ZPVt7whGrHBF4gkNn085ltvPhNbk/viewform

Fill it out for some fun if you like and/or share it with anyone. There will be an option for you to review the results etc. after you finish. I’ve added my personal Facebook friends to complete it as well so I’m hoping for many creative answers!

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My First Podcast

For our blog assignment this week we were required to create a podcast.  This was my first so I’ll just explain how I recorded, edited, and published my podcast.

To record my voice I used the default voice recorder on my Galaxy S3 phone which I then uploaded to my brand new Evernote account. I also added the music file to Evernote by simple grabbing and dragging of the file from iTunes and dropping it on my open Evernote tab. Then I came to the school to do my podcast editing in the Mac Lab as the software is already on those computers. I used Garage Band to edit the audio tracks together, and also to edit out a few ums and ahhs, but mostly to get rid of long awkward pauses where I though about what to say next. This shortened the clip by about four minutes! One problem I encountered was that the downloaded audio track of my voice saved as a quicktime player that was only offering me to save it as a movie file. I eventually, after a brief Google session, tried importing the file into iTunes, which worked and I was from there able to import it into Garage Band. Finally, I uploaded my finished product to SoundCloud and pasted the widget code from SoundCloud into my post during HTML view (after a receiving a very timely email which helped me out!).

My podcast is on the topic of early literacy, specifically phonemic awareness in young children.

Music I used: E.T. The Bicycle Chase – of which I own the good old fashioned hard CD copy – and because I love it so much, here’s a link to the full CD by the Moscow Festival Orchestra. 

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Teaching (Distracted?) Technology Geeks

This New York Times article discusses student attention spans, and teachers’ thoughts on how technology is affecting students. It begins with a woesome tale of student disengagement, vast amounts of screen viewing time, and lower quality student work. Then the “Big D,” Distraction. However, not every insight on technology from the teacher survey was negative. Research, math and reading skills were said to  improve. The article goes on to say that labeling students as “distracted” is judgmental towards the generation.

Technology Is Not Technology if it was Invented Before You Were Born

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Quote from Sir Ken Robinson during Keynote Speech at PETE&C 2010.
“Technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born”
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I, like some of the teachers quoted in the article, still have optimism for students and teachers. Since our learners are plugged into technology to such a high extent, our teaching and connecting with these students will need to change, and likely revolve more and more around technology. Compared with you or I, these students are total technology geeks who should be teaching us. For me this means that I need to learn more about technology so that I can teach with technology, and teach students how to use it responsibly.

George Couros  took a closer look about what it means to learn with technology vs. learn about technology. It reminds me of the subtle, but significant difference between “assessment for learning” and “assessment of learning.”

Using technology to engage and teach our children is inevitable, however, there are words of caution. Kathy Cassidy , who teaches primary students imparts, “Technology should not be used to do what can be done without it.” This makes sense, however, since our tweens and teens are so into their phones and iPads, maybe we need technology to get through to them, to meet them on their level.

I was inspired by a teacher connecting with her students via Google Forms while reading George Couros’s blog. How very encouraging! Once the connection was made on a personal level, via technology, this teacher was able to better connect with the students face to face.

More teaching and learning tools from Google can be found at http://www.google.com/edu/.

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