Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Create a Google Form for a Reading Assessment

Last week I posted several example ideas of how you can utilize Google Forms in the elementary classroom. I decided to go ahead and create an instructional video of how I went about making a form that includes a picture. This provides quite an opportunity for assessment as the students are able to view the text as well as complete the assessment all from one page. Once you are familiar with Google Forms, these assessments can be made between five to ten minutes. 

This first grader was able to complete the task within five minutes. All the data was then sent directly to the teacher's Google Drive account.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Google Forms Ideas

I have provided a few professional development opportunities on Google Forms and the possibilities it holds for your classroom. I think the real key is that you start small and pick one area where you want to apply this tool. I've been brainstorming various ideas and I think by posting them here teachers can get a good feel of ways to get started. Feel free to input data yourself.

In this example, I found a passage and took a picture of it online. I then uploaded the picture and added some multiple choice questions to the form. This example was actually used with a first grade classroom as of this morning on their iPod Touch. I sent it through email and most of the students were able to successfully click on the link, read the passage, and submit their answers independently.

Here is one I came up with just to save time. It is just an attendance and lunch check and can be cleared out each day. This could be a part of their daily routine. The info is automatically tallied as it is collected. What other daily occurrences could you use Google Forms to collect data?

Here is one that I thought would work well just for organizational purposes as well. I always needed an easy way to track where all my books were going when I taught fourth grade. Sure there are some apps out there that allow you to scan books and keep the data stored. However, you have to input your entire book collection. If you have a book collection as large as mine, this could take quite a bit of your summer vacation!

Snag-It Personified

I'm very excited for the potential that Snag-It will provide for our PC users at Wayne Center and Rome City. Techsmith provides some really good quality products for both the business realm as well as for education. My teachers will find this especially useful since many websites and resources restrict student access under the age of 13. Since this program runs directly on their laptops, this is not an issue.

For those of you that are unfamiliar, Snag-it is a full featured photo editor, annotator, and screen-casting tool. The video portion would have to be edited by an outside resource, but Techsmith offers a good quality option through Camtasia.

This week, I worked with Mrs. Ortiz's sixth graders to install the program and get students oriented with some of the basics. Students learned how to snag pictures from the internet, combine and edit pictures, and annotate them all from Snag-It. One of the skills that Mrs. Ortiz is currently covering is Personification. So I came up with the idea that students could snag pictures and combine them so that it makes a new image of taking the example of personification literally.

I thought it worked out pretty well considering the amount of features in Snag-It can sometimes be overwhelming and it was the first time they every used it. Here are some samples:

The pen flew across the page!

My watch told me the time.

The tree danced in the wind.

I can hear the wind singing a mournful song in my ear.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Color Words

Last week I posted about using Story by Disney with second grade students to create an adjective book. This week I began using Story with Kindergarten students at Rome City Elementary. After taking a look at the Kindergarten scope and sequence chart for East Noble School Corporation, I saw that color words was being covered for this week. So to help support their learning and introduce this new app, all the students created a Story on their own iPod while I demonstrated on my iPad.

To start the procedure, I sent the students images of foods the match the color words through email. (The students especially found the eggplant to be humorous for the color purple.) The students downloaded the images onto their iPod touch and we moved on to the Story app. I went through the first few steps to show them what to expect because Kindergarten kids tend to panic with their device if something is not familiar. By the time we were finished, they had imported all the pictures, added the text for each color, and even learned how to move pictures and text around the app. The last few images, they did independently minus the spelling of the words. I had the spelling of orange and purple posted.

Here is a student example. Unfortunately the iPod's auto-correct changed his name. (His name is not Fears.) I love the product of Story. I hope in the future to have the students independently utilizing this app to share their knowledge. (This example does not work through Chrome as of the date of this post.)

Video Slideshow App Ideas

This week I have been working a lot with how apps like 30 Hands and Shadow Puppet can be utilized. Last week I worked with Mrs. Erexson's second graders to take a picture of a passage in their text and record it being read aloud. This task can be used with any fluency skill. After discussing it with Mrs. Erexson, she has had the students make use of 30 hands a few more times and her comment was that she likes that she is essentially able to check-in and monitor with students that she missed during class. It gives also gives the students a sense of accountability as they need to have evidence that they are completing the task of practicing fluency. This would be extremely difficult without an app like 30 Hands.

I am providing an example, but want the view to keep in mind that this is the first time the student has ever used the application. We were more focused on getting accustomed to the app than the actual fluency skill. As the students get more familiar with the app, the focus turns more toward the skill.

Shadow Puppet will perform virtually the same task. There are a couple things I like better about Shadow Puppet like the ease of use and logical progression within the app. However, 30 Hands provides a great tool that allows the student to annotate the photos within the app itself instead of using an outside app. Both are equally useful tools.

This week I had first graders upload pictures demonstrating cause and effect. They looked at the pictures and had to come up with an idea of what caused the effect in the picture. This was also their very first time using Shadow Puppet. I will post this video in the future. At this point, the students have not been able to upload it.

This week, I began working with sixth graders on the use of Snag-It by Tech Smith on their PC laptops. This is a powerful photo editing tool as well as a screen casting tool. So much more can be done with this program than the apps I listed, but it can be utilized in a similar fashion.

So here are some ideas I have for these picture slideshow apps:
1. Practice fluency
2. Explain a math problem.
3. Demonstrate anything involving manipulatives or physical resources as evidence of what was accomplished.
4. Create step-by-step directions
5. Create a timeline
6. Demonstrate mastery of a reading comprehension strategy by taking a picture of the text and giving an explanation
7. Take pictures and provide evidence of various phonetic rules
8. Go on a geometry shape scavenger hunt
9. Make a book review
10. Record the events in a science experiment

Friday, November 15, 2013

Story, Pic Collage, Kidblog, and Snag-It

I have had a really busy week getting classes rolling with new tech skills and thinking up possibilities for teachers. I was pondering how beneficial it would be for me to share out what I've been doing this week. I am hoping it will spark some ideas for teachers as they contemplate lesson planning in the next few weeks.

This week in Mrs. Bollman's second grade class at Wayne Center Elementary we utilized Story by Disney on the iPad to create an adjective book. The students had never used Story before, but I was able to get the kids oriented with the app well enough that they were able to get started on a digital book. We worked together as a class on the first one and then I cut them loose and had them try it on their own. The activity included pictures that I sent to them through email, making a list of adjectives to describe the picture, and then a sentence using one of the adjectives. It turned out to be a fun little project. (As you can see, it can be embedded on a website as well.)

(Does not work well with Chrome.)

With Kindergarten at Rome City Elementary on the iPod touches, I worked on downloading pictures from email, imported one of the pictures into Pic Collage, and sent the project back to me through email. I have been working with Kindergarten for over a month on Pic Collage, so by this point most of the kids were independent minus the downloading of the pictures to their camera roll. Downloading the pictures was a new skill, but it was not difficult considering the number of tech skills they have acquired thus far. I am hoping that next week we were begin using Story as the focus is on color words. I provided pictures of various foods of each color. They will use the pictures and list the color words within Story. Here is a sample for this week as they practiced downloading pictures and importing them into Pic Collage.

Every week I work with first grade at Rome City Elementary on Kidblog.org. This week their focus was on cause and effect. With Ms. Doyle's class, I provided three pictures through email. They learned how to download those pictures to the camera roll, post the picture to Kidblog.org, and write what caused the effect. This was the first time the students had uploaded an image to Kidblog. We will need to do more practice as only a few students were successful in our short period of time. However, it was still a fun activity. 

On the PC laptop side of things, I wrapped up training on using Snag-It at Rome City Elementary. Mr. Martin and Mrs. Scherer plan on having the fifth-grade students screen-cast responses to math and language questions. However, it could be utilized as a full blown photo editor and annotation tool. There are endless possibilities. Today I helped to install it on the sixth grade laptops at Wayne Center Elementary. I also made some ideas for Mrs. Ortiz to match the East Noble language scope and sequence. 

 I may continue this post into next week because of the great activities of which I was able to take part. If so, I will discuss infuselearning.com, more of kidblog.org, and 30 Hands. Lots of great ideas and ways to utilize technology out there among the East Noble staff, and I'm hoping this will be a way that inspiration can spread. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pic Collage is a Great Place to Start

I know Pic Collage is an application that I've probably overused, but it is such a great place to start due to the flexibility of the app. Yesterday I worked with Mrs. Bollman's class on Pic Collage because it is a great place for teachers to go when they need students to create a quick product or even a larger project. She gave me a list of skills that they have covered recently and needed to review. So I chose to discuss plural vs. possessive nouns. I collected a few pictures for the students and emailed them out instead of having theme use the web search feature built into Pic Collage. Mainly due to time constraints for the students and they needed images for both a plural and a possesive noun. The students saved the images from their email, inserted them into Pic Collage, and wrote a sentence using the noun as plural and possessive. Here are some examples of what was accomplished. We had a great time. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kindergarten and First Grade Fun

I love working with primary grades. Everything is so exciting; everything is new. Today I worked with Kindergarten and first grade students at Rome City on different projects. We've made really good progress with using technology.

Kindergarten has been working on using Pic Collage for several weeks. I've been meeting with them once a week to get them well oriented with the app and also sending their work through an email. (Still at this point, email is the best avenue for collecting work from iOS devices on the ENSC network.) Today I put together a slideshow with multiple pictures and set it on autoplay. As the slides rolled through, the students had to find the words that started with A. They used Pic Collage to take a picture of the items, place a letter A on the item, and typed their name on it. (I used beginning sounds because most of the majority of students are able to do this skill, but may need practice from time to time because I'm primarily focusing on them getting the technology skills.) We then went through the steps to email the work to myself through Pic Collage. We are getting close to independence!



With first grade, we are continuing practice on Kidblog.org. They are now using Kidblog to share their knowledge about the main idea of books. Students were able to identify the main idea of a book and post it on Kidblog so that families can see what skills and activities the students are accomplishing in class. Ms. Ruse envisions her blog to be a great communication tool for students and families. I'm excited to see the benefits. It can really open the doors for solidifying skills between school and home. Next week, we plan on having the students perform the same task, but they will learn how to insert a picture of their book into the blog. Our time was too limited today to accomplish that task.