Assignment Submission with Google Forms

We’re beginning a vocabulary intensive unit in my American Government classes over Constitutional freedoms, and this academic vocabulary will most definitely be built upon during the remainder of the course.

Flippity Flashcards (1)Therefore, learning and being able to apply this vocabulary is essential!

Throughout the course of this year, I have offered (an encouraged) a vocabulary activity for my students with Flippity. (If you’re unfamiliar with Flippity, search for Flippity posts on this blog!! I’m a bit of a fan!)

One of the many great features of Flippity flashcards is that the template is a Google Spreadsheet. Why is this so important, you ask? Simply because the template saves

Flippity is also extremely easy to use…the website guides students through the process of using the template and creating the flashcards. It’s awesome :)

I’ve created a brief instructional video, showing this process, too :)

In order to make turning in this assignment extremely easy, I decided to have my students complete a simply Google Form requiring only their name and the URL of their flashcards.

The only hiccup we had in this process was that some of my students tried to submit the URL for the Google Spreadsheet where they entered the flashcard information. I think the video tutorial I created will prevent this misunderstanding in the future :)

Submitting assignment URL’s through Google Forms is super easy…probably easier than having your students attach a link to a post or assignment on Classroom. Since Classroom and Google Forms work seamlessly together now, teachers can assign the Assignment Form in Classroom, have students complete that form through Classroom, and view student responses in Classroom or in the Spreadsheet attached to the Form!

So easy!

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Students Can Play Review Games with Kahoot! Individually

Do you love Kahoot!? My students and I are definitely huge fans of this wonderfully fun, game-based formative assessment tool!

Kahoot! is tons of fun to play in the classroom, however it can also be played by students individually or with a small group.kahoot

I typically create a Kahoot! activity toward the middle of a unit, after a few instructional videos, and add to that activity for the test review. Then, I share that link with my students to encourage them to review individually or to form a study group to prepare!

The key to having students play Kahoot! activities individually is…
1. Students open a tab for
2. Share link to the review game with your students
3. Instruct students to open the link to the game in a different tab
4. Split their screen by dragging one of the tabs away from the browser
5. Position their screens so they can see both screens simultaneously

Check out this quick screencast I made about the process described above!

Kahoot screens

Kahoot is definitely a favorite activity in my classroom, and is one that really engages my students in content review because…it’s a game!

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Formative Assessment with Spiral

Teaching in a 1:1 flipped classroom provides an amazing opportunity for forspiralmative assessment. Learning what students know and where they need help is vitally important to teachers.

Fortunately, many great tools are available for teachers…and many of them are FREE!

I stumbled upon Spiral a few months ago, and I’m so glad I did.

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Create Educational Games with Tiny Tap

Wow! This morning, I stumbled upon a gold mine.

While randomly searching through Pinterest, a promoted pin popped up…I typically don’t care for promoted pins, but this one caught my eye!

Tiny Tap allows teachers to create, assign, share, and sell games and interactive lessons created via the Tiny Tap iPad (or Android tablet) app.

I’m seriously so excited about this app, I can barely type!!

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Google Forms: Pre-fill a Form for your Students

Google Forms are awesome. They just are.

The ability to link responses to a Spreadsheet and then manage that data is an indispensable tool for teachers.

A few weeks ago, I completely geeked out on Form creation…creating rubrics, self-evaluations, needs assessments, Bellringers,  and more.

What if you want students to complete the same form daily, or at least routinely. Pre-populating the form can help your students be more efficient with their form submission.

One of my favorite uses for Forms is the self-evaluation or group evaluation. After a project, assignment, test, or basically anything, I think it is extremely important to reflect upon performance…whether it be teacher or student.

Instead of creating a new self-reflection form for each assignment/activity, simply create a pre-filled form, and share that URL with your students via email or Google Classroom.

Share Pre-Filled Forms with your studentsOf course, you could share the form without the pre-filled option with your students and tell them what activity/assignment they should include. However, many students and most adults may struggle with typing the exact phrase you provide…and you may eat up valuable class time repeating yourself :)

Note: Sharing a pre-filled form URL with your students is not like creating a new form, or creating a copy of the existing form. Therefore DOING SO WILL NOT create a new spreadsheet to collect data!

See the screenshots below…sharing the pre-filled URL will save you so much time!!
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pre-filled form

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Presidential Debate Activity

Don’t you love when you’re sitting at your kitchen table on a Sunday morning, enjoying a cup of coffee (perhaps a second or third cup) when inspiration strikes?

Your heart pitter patters as the pieces of a neat project fall into place, and you frantically open a Google Doc to jot down the rough specifics.

Well friends, I experienced this wonderful feeling yesterday morning!!

My brainstorm project? Presidential Candidate Campaign Headquarters!

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Assign and Monitor Learning and Review Games with Brain Rush

I’m currently creating a presentation for an in house professional development sessBrain Rushion, and as is typical of me…I’m searching for new EdTech tools to share with my colleagues.

Well folks, I stumbled upon a gold mine for learning and review games today. Brain Rush!

Have you tried it?

Brain Rush is FREE and allows teacher to create and assign activities to their students that help cement and review knowledge. Brain Rush also has a vast library of “Brain Rushes” that teachers can assign to their students, and even play themselves!

Here’s how it works:

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Create Reading Lists with Curriculet

Earlier this school year, my colleagues and I participated in a webinar about the wonderful features of the online reading platform, Curriculet.

Curriculet includes hundreds of ebooks, both free titles and those available for rent, that are assignable to students. Teachers sign up for an account, create classes, and share simple codes with students that allow them to join the class.

To read more about creating classes with Curriculet, please read my original post here.

While participating in the webinar, I began to think about how I could encourage my students to both read independently and monitor their reading at the same time….the answer? Reading lists on Curriculet!

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