'09 TechTime

September 2015

Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment

Google forms can be used as a wonderful formative assessment tool. If properly infused, this tool can transform a classroom environment where 'every child, every answer, every time' can move from philosophy to reality.
Why Google Forms?
Professional Productivity:
  • Collect large amounts of data easily!
  • Stop clogging your inbox!
  • Graph results instantly & make informed decisions!
Classroom Instruction:
  • "Every Child, Every Answer, Every Time" becomes feasible
  • Instant feedback for teachers
  • Data driven decision making on the fly
  • Graph feedback and share results with stakeholders!

If you haven't used Forms before and would like to learn more about it, contact an Instructional Coach by placing a workorder in Eduphoria or just call the HELP desk. If you are already a Forms user, then you might want to check out these 8 Google Forms Formative Assessment Tips. You can also visit the Google for Education Training Center for detailed instructions on Forms and any other Google application.

Flubaroo! A Goolge Add-on that makes grading easy!

If you use Forms in the classroom to create tests, quizzes, etc., then you'll want to try out this awesome FREE add-on tool called Flubaroo. It will help you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. It can also:
  • Compute average assignment score.
  • Compute average score per question, and flag low-scoring questions.
  • Show you a grade distribution graph.
  • Give you the option to email each student their grade, and an answer key.
  • Let you send individualized feedback to each student.
Here is a detailed video that will walk you through the creation of an assignment in Forms and then grade it using Flubaroo: Creating Self Grading Quizzes with Google Forms and the Flubaroo Add-On (18:33). For more information on just Flubaroo check out the Flubaroo Overview website.
If you'd like more assistance, contact an Instructional Coach by placing a workorder in Eduphoria or just call the HELP desk.

Google k12ahisd.net Account to Your First Class

District staff members have two district issued email accounts. First Class is the district's primary source for email (for Staff only) and Gmail is secondary (for staff and students.) As such, many staff members forget to log in and check their gmail accounts for new messages. By setting up your Gmail account with a forwarding command, you'll never miss another gmail message. Here are some instructions on "How to Forward Gmail to First Class." If you need further assistance call the HELP desk.

Our Documents - Primary Sources

Primary sources are a window into the past—unfiltered access to documents that were produced by people who lived during that period.
Our Documents is a website that has 100 milestone documents of American history. Click on (tools for educators and librarians) for various ideas on using the site.
  • Integrating Geography Activity
  • Drawing Connections Activity
  • Current Events Activity (What Is Past Is Prologue)
  • Creating a Documentary

Kathy Schrock has a great list of content specific primary source resources.

Share YouTube videos in a safe way

SafeShare.TV is a free tool that allows a teacher to share a video from YouTube without all the side thumbnails or advertisements that may not be appropriate to show in a classroom. This tool basically creates a new safe link to a YouTube video that can be shared. It also has some additional advanced features that you might find useful. To get you started check out Tutorial - Safeshare.tv Basic. If you need further assistance call the HELP desk (Ext. 4357) and ask for an Instructional Coach.

Quietube is another YouTube sharing option

QuietTube is another free tool to enhance the YouTube-watching experience. The idea is that you can watch just the video, with none of the other YouTube page elements. Go to quietube.com for simple instructions on how to begin using it. On this page there is also a short video tutorial and live example of how a video will be displayed on the webpage. If you need further assistance call the HELP desk (Ext. 4357) and ask for an Instructional Coach.

Upcoming Professional Development

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Edcampsa: FREE Professional Development

Edcamp San Antonio

What is an Edcamp?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*7 hours CPE credit from TCEA

Winston Churchill High School


Click {here} to find out more information and to register.

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The TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition brings together campus and district-level educators to explore best practices for engaging students, increasing productivity, and innovating teaching and learning through the use of technology.

TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition
February 1 - 5, 2016 | Austin, Texas | Austin Convention Center

Have a great week! We look forward to working with you! Cristie, Laura and Charlotte

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