Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Doing more with Google Classroom, Assessments and Engagement!

As we prepared for our NEASC visit in a few months I have been working with teachers to collect information especially using rubrics for assignments and grading.  Last spring I worked with a colleague to use Doctopus and Goobric and it was rather a complicated process.

Now with Google Classroom (Doctopus + Classroom + Goobric = :) ... checkout the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0NXeDKPyls )  it works so much better! I have a half dozen teachers using this month and hope to get more on board next month.

Several Social Studies teachers attended a conference last month and came back very excited about Flipping the Classroom techniques and provide me a link to explore to explore a new app called Videonot.es it allows you to split the screen putting the video on the left and the ability to take notes on the right.  You can then share the notes or sync to Drive.  We are exploring using Screencast-o-matic however, teachers would like students to also record and provide feedback as well using  Chromebooks so I plan to test out (Screencastify) to record Google/Presentations in Spanish.

I learn so much connecting to other teachers online using Twitter and I am so grateful for all the screencasts and sharing from my PLN!  I am now excited to see several of my colleagues using Twitter and inquire about many to the techniques they are seeing at conferences and online!

During a PD session last month we did a Google/Web 2.0 Demo Slam.  After teachers seeing first-hand the success of their colleagues I have seen more teachers will to explore ways to streamline their classroom workflow and bring in new interactive tools, like Kahoot to engage students.

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