I’m trying to convince myself that it’s time to get to know Google Docs, and I’m using the excuse that it’s time to revamp my classroom. I’m starting my 10th year of teaching this fall and it is time. It’s easier to remain stagnant, but if humans were meant to stay the same their entire lives, I wouldn’t be buying regenerist serums by the gallon.
Anyway, I have started fiddling around with how to make Google forms with my personal account. I am going to be meeting weekly with my department members and I want to streamline the process as much as possible. Here is the final product:
I can open this form on my iPad during the meeting, fill it out, and then have the results accumulated in a spreadsheet for my convenience. I also figure out how to have the results directly emailed to me for easy sharing with the individual teachers.
It was a little tricky getting used to the format and platform, and because I’m still working the kinks out, I won’t attempt to explain the process. I’ll leave that to the experts.
It got me to thinking about how I can use Google Docs in the classroom. I am completely envious of teachers who work in a 1:1 school or where technology is more consistently accessible. What I do have control over is the use of my iPad in the classroom. I can also provide Google Docs/Forms for students to use at home if they cannot access them on their smartphones or tablets. So here is a list of uses that I intend to implement this year:
- Behavior Logs
- Individual/Group meetings with students
- Spot Checks
- This has become the nomenclature at our school to replace the term “quiz.” It will ensure me that students have read their assigned reading. Through our PLN, we have decided that the first question must always be, “Did you complete the reading assignment?” At first, we thought students would automatically respond, “yes,” but eventually as students became more comfortable, their honesty improved. It helps the teacher know if there is a comprehension problem or if it’s Christmas treeing.
- Lesson planning
- I saw a great blog posting from the Oxford University Press entitled, “10 Ways I Use Google Forms in my Tablet Classroom.” All the ideas are intriguing, but I really like the form that was created for lesson planning.
- lesson-planning form
- Rubrics – I’m still new to this usage, but I definitely plan on getting better acquainted.
Question of the Day: If you use Google Docs/Forms in the classroom, what is your favorite method? If you haven’t started, what is holding you back?