TEACHnology Today

Technology Integration Newsletter-October 20, 2015

Quia fo Assessment and Review Games

Quia for Assessment and Review Games

The video above provides a glimpse into an amazing little web 2.0 tool called Quia (My apologies for the poor audio quality, as I left my headset at home!) This tool allows you to create review games in the style of popular games like Battleship, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Jeopardy, and others using your own questions and vocabulary words. Students get skills practice in a new and exciting way. This makes them want to review key concepts, which helps them to perform better on assessments.

You can also utilize this tool for quick formative assessments or longer summative assessments. The data from these assessments are compiled for you, and questions are automatically graded. You also have the ability to ask short answer and essay questions that are graded by you. Students can view their results at the end of an assessment or at a later time. As a teacher, you have quite a bit of control over the testing conditions, which ensures test security.

Quia allows you to return tests, quizzes and quick checks for understanding much faster, and also allows you to see gaps in understanding in real time. This can help you to adjust your instruction quickly, while the learning is still in progress. As students can view their results right away, they can benefit immediately from the feedback provided and have a clear understanding of what they need to improve on. Students can then use those results to adjust and improve their learning.

If you are interested in giving Quia a try, I have a few open licenses that are up for grabs on a first come, first served basis. Please email me at jocelynn.buckentin@hutch.k12.mn.us or jocelynn.buckentin@isd423.org and I can get you the information.

Digital Citizenship Week: It's Time to Have the Talk!

This week is Digital Citizenship Week. It's a great time to take a few moments to chat with your students about responsible and respectful internet use!

Migration to Google Mail (Gmail)

As you work to familiarize yourself with Google Apps for Education, please utilize the training sites that we have developed for you. These will allow you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule to learn about the variety of tools available to you in the Google suite.

We will be covering these topics in the trainings that will be offered in each building on a rotating basis over the next few months, but you are welcome to do them on your own as time permits.

Because the tools in Google Apps for Education (GaFE) all work together in a variety of ways, you may choose to extend your training beyond Gmail and Calendar to fully take advantage of the benefits of these tools.

Each training has a short 10-minute tutorial that walks you through the major features of that tool. Following the training link, you will also find a PDF that you can print as a quick reference. I am working on creating a quick assessment piece for each tool, which is voluntary. It will allow you to quickly assess your understanding to see if you are ready for the migration. The Gmail and Calendar quizzes are found at the end of the training pages for those tools. You are welcome to take them anonymously if you wish.

Google Apps for Education for Primary Students

This blog post details how an elementary teacher utilizes Google Apps in his classroom, and how his students are intrinsically motivated to create, collaborate and share their learning through the use of Google tools.

This Week In The Classroom

Each week, I'd like to take a moment to highlight some of the incredible things happening with technology across the district.

Nesha Withers has been working diligently with her 4th grade students to integrate Chromebooks into their classroom routine. She has been utilizing Quia for learning games and skills practice, in addition to Kahoot for in-class review and Google Classroom for the organization of learning materials and links as well as assignment submission. She has also created a Multi-Media Text Set to facilitate her students' learning about immigration using Google tools including Docs and Forms. Great work Nesha!

Rochelle Drahos wanted to take her "Build a Food Plate" assignment digital with her 7th graders this year. She utilized Google Drawings to create a template of her assignment with directions, and distributed the assignment with Google Classroom to create a copy of her template for each student. Students were able to use graphic design to create their own food plate that met the standards Rochelle had laid out. Her students were deeply engaged in the activity and excited to work on this assignment with the Chromebooks. Awesome job Rochelle!

Request a Technology Integration Session Here!

Interested in integrating technology but are unsure of what to tackle first? I'd love to come and chat! We can go over your objectives for the lesson or goals for students, and I can help make a technology recommendation.

Past Editions of TEACHnology Today:

September 24, 2015: Google Calendar Added to Google Classroom—How to Share Yours, Google Chrome Extensions Explained, 4 Great Chrome Extensions—Share to Classroom, Synergyse, Read&Write, and Fluency Tutor

September 30, 2015: Failing Forward and "First Attempt In Learning," Getting Started with Technology Integration by using the TPaCK Model, "In the Classroom" highlight featuring Gloriann Heikes' 21st Century room redesign and a Twitter handle collection form so that we can build an ISD 423 Professional Learning Network!

October 19, 2015: Intro to Quia for Assessment and Review Games, Digital Citizenship Week Educator Guide, Gmail Migration Training Materials, Google Apps for Education for Elementary Students, and This Week in the Classroom with Nesha Withers and Rochelle Drahos