Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Creating a Formative Assessment on Google Forms

Google Forms

Many school districts have launched or are rolling out Google Apps for Education. The tools that this suite offers are amazing, from docs to spreadsheets, video and sites, the possibilities are endless. This post is going to touch on one of the tools called Google Forms. A form can be created and when it is submitted it generates a spreadsheet that is instantaneous. This data can be displayed visually in a graph for instant feedback.

A formative assessment is a way to check for understanding. Teachers can use this information to modify their teaching or lesson.

You can use a form as a quick quiz, ticket out, to check for understanding or in place of a worksheet. This especially works well for students that BYOD.


 In the classroom

·   Ticket out/Check Out
·   Check for understanding
·   To Replace a worksheet
·   Student or Parent Survey/Poll
·   Student Reflections
·   Student Questions for the teacher
·   Quiz/Test
·   Homework
·   Pre-Test
·   Getting to Know You
·   End of Year Feedback

For Administration

·   Parent/Teacher/Student Surveys
·   Teacher Feedback
·   Collect Information
·   PD Feedback
·   Classroom Walkthroughs
·   Discipline Reporting

How to Create a Form

  1.  Navigate to Drive
  2. Click on Create>Form
  3.  Choose a Title and a Theme
  4. Choose Your School Settings

         *For a school setting it is recommended that you check off both check boxes in order to track who responses are from and to require a login to fill out the form.
    If you are doing an external survey to parents or community, leave these boxes unchecked. 
  5. Add a Form Description
  6. Create your Question Title and Help Text
  7.  Choose the Question Type
  8. Check the box if you want the question to be required
  9.  Continue adding Question items until you are finished.
  10.  Include what you want the Confirmation Page to say
  11.  Customize actions of this form. These will change based on what you are using the form for.-Show link to submit another response-Publish and show a link to the results of this form-Allow users to edit responses after submitting
  12.  Click Send Form and there are multiple options for sharing.

a.       Web Link
b.      Embed Code (with size customization)
c.       Google+
d.      Facebook
e.      Twitter
f.        Email

Example Form

Here are some great resources if you would like to further explore forms!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer Reading for Students Entering 6th Grade

In collaboration with the 6th grade English teacher, Mr. DiSalle and the district librarian, Nanci Bell, the 5th graders have a new way to decide which books they want to read for the summer! I put together this website with links to GoodReads Reviews, Book Trailers, Author Websites and more. Students in computer class this week will have the opportunity to research the books they are interested in reading and make educated choices!

Check out the web page here.

If you have a 5th grader, they might mention Overdrive to you. OverDrive Media Console is an app that you can use on tablets, phones or even the computer to access digital books from the Beaman library. All your child needs is a library card!

Monday, May 6, 2013

SmartBoard in Kindergarten

The Kindergarten in Mrs. Morse's class has been using a SmartBoard all year.
I asked Mrs. Morse to share with us how she has been using it:

"The Smart board has been such an asset to my classroom and my teaching this year. I use it  for my daily calendar, weather, and day-count activities. Students  take turns adding a weather picture to the monthly chart, showing the day of the week, and adding a cube, long, or flat to count the days we have been in school. 

I also use the Smart Board as a center.  Depending on what we are studying, I can shop on a special website that has pre-made activities for many skills, and at every grade level. For example, while learning about the life cycle of the apple tree  I was able to download a pre-made activity that allowed students to manipulate the life cycle stages, do math activities related to counting apple seeds, and also learn a little about Johnny Appleseed. In addition to the activities I can find on the SmartExchange website, we also play learning games from websites like
Students enjoy using the Smart Board each day and it's interactive nature makes it fun and user-friendly for students of all ages and ranges of academic levels."

Thanks Mrs. Morse! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Chromebooks in the Classroom

30 Chromebooks have found their way into a high school English teacher's room. When Google Apps for Education has been deployed, Chromebooks are easily introduced.

Read what Mrs. Montuori, HS English Teacher at West Boylston Middle/High School had to say.
"In AP Language and Composition, students read three different articles on the topic of TORTURE: is it a moral imperative? After reading all three articles, students chose one on which to focus. Students conducted an analysis on their chosen article, using the acronym SMELLO (Sender/receiver relationship, Message, Evidence, Language, Logic, and Organization). Next, students assembled in small groups with each article represented in the group.

Using the Chrome Books, students collaborated to come up with the following:

I. The author/article that relied the most heavily on ETHOS, on PATHOS, on LOGOS--prove choices
II. The BEST piece of evidence in each article--provide rationale
III. At least one LOGICAL FALLACY per article--prove it

With the Chrome Books, students could access their classmates' work, take notes, and record their group responses very easily. The groups will present their findings, using the document they collaborated on.

In Comp9, students are writing a series of essays (Writing for Different Purposes) and they need to follow the writing process. The essays with which we worked were their first try at DESCRIPTIVE writing. The Chrome Books allow students to share their first drafts with me and a peer editor. I can watch students peer-edit one another's essays; also, I can respond to their peer-editing comments. Students can ask each other questions, can ask me questions, and all of this work is completed online, in real-time. While our first run with the process was a little clunky, students were excited and eager to write the next essay (which is EXPOSITORY), just so they could use the editing and share capabilities the Chrome Books provide.

I am excited to have the opportunity to expand my repertoire!"

I peeked into her class today and took a few pictures and talked to the students. One student said to me, "I really like it because when I log in, I feel like its my own personal computer." 

Why does she feel this way? For those of you wondering who have never seen the Chrome Books, to be able to use them you need to enter in a google account and they are into their account. Docs, drive, gmail, everything is right there. 

Thanks Mrs. Montuori and students! I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

projecting student collaboration

(by the way, these photos were edited in about 30 seconds each on a Chrome App "BeFunky")