Feb 132017
 

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To start, head to classroom.google.com and login with your @tuacahnhs.org account.

You will find pretty much everything I know about Google Classroom here on my site. This site lists all of the new features that are continually being added to Classroom.

We’ll also need to access this Media Research Assignment that takes you on a deep dive into the great features you may not know about in Google Docs. Feel free to use it with your students!

How did I make it so that you were forced to make a copy??? Here’s how:

  • Force Make a Copy: after Doc URL, replace (Doc link)/edit?usp=sharing with (Doc link)/copy
  • Google Slides in Presentation mode: replace (Doc link)/edit or /view with (Doc link)/present or /preview
  • Others? Here’s a few more.

Lastly, you may like to know more about the new Google Cast for Education Chrome app. It allows students to share their screen with you and the rest of the class!

Jan 262017
 

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Instead of purchasing expensive and dedicated student response systems from SMART or Promethean, here are some alternatives around for formative assessment in the area of web-based classroom ‘clickers.’ If you have access to iPads, Chromebooks, or even student cell phones, you can utilize some great (and FREE) web based student response and feedback systems – without the need to purchase additional single-purpose devices.

Here’s a rundown of some great options out there, and what it’s  “Killer Feature” is:

Platform: Killer Feature:
Socrative Great overall features, has Teacher and Student apps, but not required
Mentimeter Unlimited responses – great for school wide surveys
Poll Everywhere SMS/Text voting from student cell phones, free teacher accounts
Nearpod Presentation and assessment in one tool, app or web based presentations, same app for teachers and students
Kahoot “Gamified” assessment, great for review, colorful and fun
Quizizz Gamified review, without the time pressure of Kahoot
Plickers No student device needed – uses paper cards and a teacher cell phone or iPad camera
Google Forms & Flubaroo Easy to build, no additional logins for teachers or students needed

Here’s a few more new tools to investigate. More details to come!

Dec 122016
 

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We have a lot of ground to cover today, so strap in, hold on tight and let’s have some fun!

Fun Online Formative Assessment Tools (more tools like this here):

Google Docs & Drive – Review and Practice with this Christmas Research Assignment.

Google Classroom Overview

And as a bonus topic since the question came up, learn more about password management.

Oct 272016
 

Google ChromecastGoogle announced recently that they have fully integrated Google Cast (formerly known as Chromecast) into the Chrome web browser. Is this good news for teachers? If you have access to, or have a classroom set of Chromebooks, then the resounding answer is YES!

In the past, you needed a $40’ish piece of hardware that you could plug directly into a newer TV or projector which you could then send or “cast” any Chrome browser page to that device to show the video and audio. It was a great solution for the home, but it never really caught on with any teachers that I knew of – probably because the majority of teachers have, shall we say, “Vintage” projectors in their classrooms which didn’t have the proper HDMI connections.

On the iOS side, many schools have tried really hard to get Apple TV’s working. They work amazingly well in the home environment, but for some technical reasons that I’ll spare you today, they didn’t work very well in large scale school wireless networks. And, each Apple TV set you back $99.

Now, back to why this announcement is great news for teachers, especially those teachers integrating Chromebooks into their classrooms.  Google has also released a new Chrome app called Google Cast for Education. Once you install this app for your Chrome browser, your computer will act as the Chromecast device. Since Google Cast is now integrated into Chrome, any of your students with a Chromebook can now request to share their screen with you, to show you the great work they are doing, or the amazing video or page that they found while researching online.

Since your classroom computer is probably already hooked up to your classroom projector &/or interactive whiteboard, students that ‘Cast’ their screens to you will also be sharing to the entire class! No extra things to buy, no extra configurations, it just works. If you are worried about students hijacking your screen, fear not! Google has built in some pretty clever settings for this reason. No one can see your screen to share unless you have shared this privilege with them. Also, when they attempt to share their screen, depending on the user you can set it so that you must approve it before it shows on your screen, or it will just show up. They have also integrated Google Classroom so that you can invite a whole class at a time to share to your screen. It’s pretty cool!

Learn more about Google Cast for Education here:

Oct 052016
 

SAGE Assessment System LogoThe Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has released some new options for Utah Core-subject teachers for formative assessment to give them better data and to help prepare students for the SAGE Summative Assessments.

SAGE Benchmark exams are shorter than the Full- or Class-Period Interim assessments, consisting of approximately 20 questions. They are available for 3-11th grade Language Arts, Math and Science courses, focused on the individual standards/strands of the core. They are not adaptive, as the Summative and Interim assessments are, but 2-4 different versions or forms are available to enable the benchmarks to be used for pre- and post-assessments. Another great approach is to use your early Interim results as a baseline, and then assess students with the benchmark assessments as teachers complete instruction on each standard/strand.

Below are some additional documents with more information about the new SAGE Benchmark Assessments:

  • Accessing Benchmark Modules (PDF) – A quick guide to access the benchmark modules
  • Summary of Science Benchmark Module Assessments (PDF) – Tables that provide information about the content of each modular assessment for Science
  • Summary of ELA Benchmark Module Assessments (PDF) – Tables that provide information about the content of each modular assessment for ELA
  • Summary of Math Benchmark Module Assessments (PDF) – Tables that provide information about the content of each modular assessment for Math
  • AIR Ways Benchmarks District Guide  (PDF) – Provides help on using the new AIR Ways reporting system for accessing Benchmark results
  • AIR Ways Benchmarks School Guide  (PDF) – Provides help on using the new AIR Ways reporting system for accessing Benchmark results
  • AIR Ways Benchmarks Teacher Guide  (PDF) – Provides help on using the new AIR Ways reporting system for accessing Benchmark results
  • Template for Uploading Test Windows (PDF) – This is a sample excel file that can be used to upload Test Windows for an LEA or School. There is a tab with a full list of test names for each instrument showing the correct format for the upload process. Best practice, if you are electing to use test windows, is to upload a window for each instrument with the dates they will be delivered. To control the dates tests will be available in the TA interface, they must be in a window or their access will default to the full state window.