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Create a Digital Assessment

Have you ever wondered if there is a way to create an assessment that will fit exactly what you have been teaching your students? Well, you are in luck!

With our Google Drive accounts we have the ability to create a form, that allows you to make your own questions and record student responses in a nice, neat spreadsheet.

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EXAMPLES

I made a few forms to relate to most subject areas. Click the assessment first, then click to see your responses.

 

Assessment Responses
Social Studies Rome Quiz Social Studies Responses
Math Google Form Math Responses
Foreign Language Google Form Foreign Language Responses
Science Google Form Science Responses
Reading Log Google Form Reading Log Responses

  Why?

 

  • You will save time Grading.
  • Integrate Technology into your lessons (STEM).
  • No Paper!
  • Instant Feedback for you and your students!
  • Easy to Re-Use in the future.
  • Create meaningful homework on knowledge of a topic.
  • Multiple forms of questioning.
  • Can help “Flip” Your classroom

 

 

How do you use it?

 

  • Login to Google Drive( drive.google.com)
  • Click Create> Form (pic right)                                                                            
  • Form will open (below)

 

Customizing your Form

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  1. Name your Assessment ( students will see this as the name of the assignment. so make it specific!)
  2. Check the appropriate Form Settings. The first two checkboxes make sure that you make the students log into google and record their name when then use their form (no more no-name papers! Actually, with their email addresses you can email them, their grades)
  3. Shuffle Question order: Re-orders questions for all students (perfect for multiple choice questions).

 

Adding Questions

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When you create your form, your first question will be created as well. You can edit the question as follows:

 

  • For Question Title you can type in the question you wish to ask.
  • For Help Text you can add additional directions or clarification for the question.
  • For Question Type you can choose between nine different types of questions (explained later).
  • If the question type needs a list of answers (such as multiple choice or checkboxes) then you can fill in the available answers.
  • To force the user to answer the question, check the Required question box (so students are unable to skip past any questions).
  • Click Done when finished.
  • Click Duplicate to make a similar question.
  • Or Add item(left) to add a new question type.
  • Can add images or videos for students to watch pre- or post assessment

 

 

Where do responses go?

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Responses go into a spreadsheet that was created alongside your Form.

Change Theme: Allows you to customize how it looks

View Responses: Shows you a spreadsheet will all student responses for quick access.

View Live Form: Allows you to see the assessment the way your students would

 

 

Sending out your form to students

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There are a few ways you can send out your form.

 

  • Click on Send Form
  • Copy Link and post it to website or classroom- or add  student email addresses (see me about making quick class lists for this option)

 

 

 

This guide is a very basic start to Google Forms. Other things you can do:

  • Send students to certain questions based on their answers ( if a students gets a question wrong, have them view related material)
  • Automatically Grade assignments with Flubaroo
  • Send each student a report of how they did with feedback
  • Insert media (pictures and video) into questions.

 

For a great resource about Google Forms, check out: this guide or come and ask me what I am talking about and I would love to help get you started.

 

Radio Show Podcasts

My thoughts on a radio show have changed. While the way I came up with will work. It is incredibly tedious. The better option and the one that I will use next time is to have them all write and print out their approved scripts. Then set up a few different computers for a podcasting station. There, they can use audacity to record and create the podcast.

iPads are great, and if I wanted to make individual recordings, this is a create solution, but I see over 350 kids a week, and this is just too much for me to pull off (and to want to do it again.) So, my quest continues to incorporate the iPads into the classroom in a daily way.

If you have ideas of how to incorporate two iPads in a class of 20+ kids. Let me know!

Make a Radio Show for your Class!

 

I am having my students create a podcast to show off a certain skill that they know about computers. This is my first time using a podcast with the iPads, so feel free to chime in if you know of a better way to go about doing this.

I have four iPads and four rows of students, so I figured that I would divide each row into groups and give them an iPad. I used two apps to get this done.

Rec Pad $2

BossJock $10

Basically, what I had the students do was use Rec Pad to record themselves reading their written script. Then I Sent it to Bossjock and ordered it into a recording.
It was a lot of work, but the payoff was a few great recordings. In hindsight, maybe I would have students investigate more about certain skills, so I wouldn’t hear so many explanations about control shortcuts, but it was a good first run around.

another thing was that Students handled their iPads a lot so the recordings came out scratchy, I would try to do a better job of having them listen to their recordings. This can be tough because if you have an hour of class time, students can do multiple re takes until they are satisfied, leaving your lesson to stretch out over weeks of time.

Overall I think that the podcast idea is a good one.  I spent a lot of time with this combination, but it came out great. Next time I would just move the files over to audacity and do it all at once. but, you live and learn, so take note, because your students will love this assignment!

 

Educational Technology Opportunities

Teaching about technology in school is my thing, but I have realized that there are plenty of other opportunities from companies and organizations outside of my school that can help get students excited about learning new things about technology and even might help propel them into a STEM field later in life. Below I will make a list of good programs or websites that are helping to put technology into the hands of K-12 Students (that I know of).

Google Ninja Program: The Ninja program is a free tutorial site that allows users to learn about specific Google products and services. This is great for teachers, parents and students who want a fun and easy way to learn about Google Apps.

Technovation, Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. This program looks really exciting, it is a free program that teaches girls how to build a sample business plan and how to code an app. No prior knowledge is necessary. It looks like it is a lot of work, but the experience and results are very compelling! First place in the Middle School category wins $5000 and a trip to Silicon Valley to pitch their app!

MIT App Inventor: App Inventor is an Android app creation software that helps using a block style way of coding to help students create an Android app!

Explore MIT App Inventor logo

Educational Technology Re-Boot

Welcome to the new evanworth.com. I hope to make this site a resource for teachers looking to dig more into technology and how to add new tech related lessons into their curriculum. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact me on here, email or twitter!

enjoy!