Google Forms Gets Cozy With Classroom

gClassroom add menuIn my Digital Citizenship class, I sometimes use a Google Form as an assessment tool with my students. While a Google Form cannot be embedded into Google Classroom’s Stream (soon Google, yes?), one can easily attach the link to the live form. The first time I did this I posted the Form link as an Announcement, but then couldn’t tell when students actually completed the assessment. The second time around I posted the Form link as part of an Assignment, but while students remembered to ‘Submit’ the completed Form many forgot to ‘Turn In’ the assignment in Classroom. Now, I realize that I could just open up the Form Responses spreadsheet to check for completion, but I was so hoping for a more…efficient way to spot-check completion. That’s when Google does what it does best: change.

Assignment attachment optionsLast week in the Google for Education feed on Google Plus, they announced improved integration between Classroom and Forms (click here for the post). Now you can attach a Google Form to an assignment in Classroom (i.e. forgo the paper clip option and instead choose ‘Attach Google Drive Item’).  Then, when students go to submit your Form, they will be prompted to also TURN IN the assignment in Classroom. As an added bonus, when teachers go to the Google Forms assignment in Classroom there is now a direct link to the Form Responses spreadsheet.

 

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Sometimes you just have to embrace “Living in Beta.”

Make a Prompt (Gr. K-12)

girl_thinking_TMake a Prompt is a simple web tool that allows you to poll an audience and collect data from their responses. Setup your prompt in three easy steps:

  1. Upload an image
  2. Write a prompt (i.e. finish the sentence, “Drag the red dot to…”)
  3. Give access to the link provided to your audience

The fourth step produces a link for you to access the results collected from your audiences responses. NOTE: Make sure you save both the link to the prompt and to the prompt responses as there is no way to retrieve them once you navigate away from the page.

Here is an example:

Shows a U.S. map with red dot responses

EXTENSION

  • Embed the student URL into a Google Form question as a way to enhance your list of question types. Even better, you could embed the responses URL into a Google Form and ask students to analyze the data collected. Or, you could just embed a screenshot of the responses map into your form question using the insert image tool.
  • Make a Prompt will work on an iOS device…sort of. Trying to grab the red dot from the top-left corner of the image is not as easy as you might think. Reverse-pinching the image to scale it larger before grabbing the red dot is recommended.

Google Apps: Insert Images Into Google Forms

Google Forms – Assessments that now can include images

It has been over a year since my school district integrated Google Apps for Education into our system, and since then I’ve been working to see how I can apply their tools to help enhance my computer literacy curriculum. One aspect of Google Drive (also knows as Google Docs) that I really like is their Google Forms. In addition to basic data collection, I’ve used Google Forms to conduct project assessments, pre and post quizzes, and collect feedback from students on how an assignment or unit went. However, one component that was sorely missing from Google Forms was the ability to insert images into questions…until now.

Thanks to Richard Byrne over at FreeTech4Teachers.com, I learned that images are now an available component that can be inserted into a Google Form question. This new feature opens up so many possibilites for expanding the use of the Forms, such as map screenshots for students to identify geographic features or venn diagrams for students to analyze. Anything that you can take a screenshot of is fair game. If a screenshot will not do, perhaps because the component is interactive or is a video, you could try creating a QR code that links to the component for students to access from a mobile device. The point is, if you can get it in an image then you can integrate it into your Google Form.

If you’d like to learn more, head on over to FreeTech4Teachers.com for more information and a video tutorial that shows you how easy adding images to a Google Form is. You should also check out Brent Catlett‘s blog, Cat’s Chronicles, where he provides written directions with accompanying screenshots on how the process works.

RESOURCES

Website of the Week: Cuban Missle Crisis (Gr. 6-12)

Cuban Missile Crisis – Role-play as President JFK

This simple and straight-forward site asks students to sit in the ‘big chair’ as President John F. Kennedy at the time when the United States was facing the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Students will need to consult with each of their cabinet of advisers to get their perspective on the matter by navigating the image map on the page. Students should also consult the brief put together by the CIA. Finally, based on the data they have collected students must choose from five possible actions to take.

INTEGRATE

  • Use this site to develop personalities and scripts in order to role-play the event in the classroom. Have students gather research on the major players so that they may better portray them in the simulation.
  • Ask students to hypothesize  how our current president might have handled the situation differently.

A screenshot of the main page with the 5 possible choices listed

Website of the Week: Quia Web

Quia Web –  Quintessential Instructional Archive

Quia Web is an archive of interactive tools and assessments for teachers to create and students to use to help enhance understanding and check for comprehension. Choose from up to 16 types of online activities to insert your content into and then share. Before you re-invent the wheel, check out their archive of shared activities organized into over 100 sub-categories ranging from American History to French and Greek to Speech Therapy and more. A site account (FREE) is required to create content and/or bookmark activities you’d like to save for later.

INTEGRATE

  • Many of these activities are simple and would be great for both an introduction activity as well as for review.
  • Below are screenshots from two Technology games I found on Internet Safety: Hangman and Battleship!

Hangman

Battleship!

Google Apps Tip – Digital Flash Cards with Google Docs

Digital Flash Cards w/Google Spreadsheets – A howto guide

Put together by Jessica Cam Wong, this step-by-step walk-through will show you how to create digital flash cards using a basic spreadsheet template in Google Docs. To create your digital flash cards you will need:

  • A free Google account
  • A blank Google spreadsheet
  • A set of vocabulary words with definitions entered into the spreadsheet
  • A Google “Gadget” by Seth Glickman easily obtained from the Insert menu

Each step comes with written directions and a detailed screenshot. If you are unable to locate the flash card gadget from the list the tutorial provides a direct link and alternate path to apply it to your Google spreadsheet. I’ve included a screenshot below of a flash card list I made up using a random selection of technology terms.

In addition, Jessica talks about a free flash card App. available for iOS and Android portable devices (there is a fee for the BlackBerry App.) called gflash. This app. can pull down data from your Google Docs account and create digital flash cards on your portable device.

INTEGRATE

  • Here is a quick an easy way to create assessments for students. Integrate with an interactive whiteboard to involve the whole class in the activity.
  • If your students have their own Google accounts or have accounts provided by your school, then they can create their own flash cards to help them review for upcoming quizzes and tests.

Thanks go to Jessica Cam Wong for the flash card tutorial, Sam Glickman for designing the Google Gadget, and TeachersFirst for featuring this tutorial on their “Featured Sites” weekly bulletin.