Google Classroom in the LRHSD!

Here is a new and easy way to distribute assignments and files to your students for collaboration and assessment this year: Google Classroom.  It’s free and we are already connected in the LRHSD; you and your students log in with your LR email address and off you go!

First and foremost, it is EASY.  Log in, select teacher, then create classes with section numbers.  You can manually add students or give students the class code to join once they log in (send them to http://classroom.google.com then they can login with their 123456@lrstudents.org and password).

Once you have a classroom you have 2 choices.  Make an announcement or create an assignment.  It’s that simple.

Announcements

Announcements are simple threaded comment boxes similar to what you would see on any forum, like the Facebook news feed.  You can post text, links, videos, Drive items (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations) or attachments; then students can see it in the classroom “stream” and comment.

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Assignments

Assignments get instantly distributed to students in the class.  They can be a google drive item (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations), a youtube video, a hyperlink to another page, or an attached file.  You can also have multiple files in the same assignment.  

Drive items can be set to:

  • view only
  • make a copy for each student (to edit in their own user Drive)
  • public and anyone can view and edit.

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Once assigned, all students see it in the class forum “stream” and it gives you a number for done or not done:

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The teacher can click in to the assignment and grade.  More on this later, I’ve yet to try it with students…

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I’m also not sure if notifications go out through the Outlook Email, or through the Gmail associated with each user (Gmail is not currently turned on for LRHSD Google Apps for Education users).  I’ll be posting a follow up once I have a few assignments with students this year.  I also had a question about text message alerts, which is not a feature in Google Classroom.  My suggestion is use Wiggio or Edmodo for that.

I also checked the Google Classroom support forum and there is currently no feature to copy a “class” (with all assignments and assets) from one year to the next.  It has been requested and is most likely something we’ll see very soon.  The other thing that concerns me is once students graduate from LRHSD their user accounts are deleted.  If you have a long term portfolio need (for college/posterity) you won’t be able to use Google Classroom yet, as it is only available for Google Apps for Education users.

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Want more information? Here is more about Google Classroom.

Also check out:

A Round-up of This Summer’s Google Drive, Apps, and Maps Updates

 

 

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Adding Youtube Embedded Video in Schoolwires

There are a few steps to insert, or “embed” video into your website, depending on the website you use.  This tutorial covers how to embed in Schoolwires websites:

If you are interested in embedding video in your eboard watch this:

 

2014 Professional Development Planning

Shawnee High School Teachers have the option to join discussion groups for the following topics:

  • Basic Computing Techniques and Questions
  • Eboard Ideas
  • Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, and Presentations Ideas- Collaboration and assessment tools.
  • Build a free website using Google Sites.
  • Build a free Website using WordPress.
  • IPad Apps Discovery Group
  • Edtech tools in your classroom discussion group.
  • Share a lesson you think is awesome discussion group.
  • Digital Design and Layout Group-Photoshop, Editing Files for Presentations.
  • Flipped classroom video creation tools, delivery and assessment.
  • Join the Schoolwires Pilot Program Group.

and anyone can sign up for the group here.

We will use Wiggio for group discussion via email, or it can be set up for text messages.  The goal is to share useful information with everyone.  You can post messages to the group in Wiggio or send a group email using the group address.  Replies via email or Wiggio will be sent to the group; you can set your mail preferences when you log in to Wiggio.  If you’d like more information on using Wiggio in your classes or clubs click here:

https://bpistone.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/forgetful-students-send-them-mass-text-alerts-for-calendar-events-or-direct-mass-textsemails/

It has been very useful for Shawnee TV!

Forgetful students? Wiggio part 2 and Google Calendar Connections

So far, students really like Wiggio for out of class communication with our club/production teams.

It was really simple to get them set up (see part 1) and they are using it often, which is a good indicator.  It also has a really good app that works (the Edmodo app never worked for me with sending alerts to my groups).  Students had their account set up in under a minute and some had the app installed right away, the site has simple directions and the user interface makes sense.

I think Google Calender is perfect for clubs, and you can create (and share) multiple calendars for classes, teams or activities.  Sharing the calendar is easy- click the button next to the calendar name and “share this calendar”, then add the email address you want to have access, either as the editor or viewer.  I set my calendar to public, so anyone can view, and add my club secretary as an editor.  They add all the events and descriptions.  Here is how to set it up:

Then all you have to do is click one button to export and add the calender dates to Wiggio, and BAM! your done.  Forgetful students who sign up for your group can now get alerts from your calendar according to their preferences.  Super easy, saves a lot of time.

Time Saving Rubric Sites

I usually struggle to find useful template rubrics for my subject area ( TV Broadcasting Technology, for those of you who don’t know), but this article provided 3 awesome sites that have tons of great rubric ideas for my subject.  Perhaps you might find if useful for your classroom; please leave a comment if you do:

http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/time-saving-rubric-makers/

Forgetful students? Send them mass text alerts for calendar events or direct mass texts/emails.

I received this request:

How well do you know the EdModo website?  We want to use it more often next year for our Junior Executive HR and we were wondering if you knew how to use the full extent of its features.  Right now we use it for the text message system, but we saw there is a Calendar option and Google Docs option as well.  If you have some free time over the next week or so (or if you even have a tutorial on it somewhere) could you work with us on becoming better Edmodo users?

Edmodo is nice for mass texts, but it cannot send alerts for calendar dates.  It can export the calendar to Google Calendar or any other calendar program, but you wouldn’t need to do that. (you could just use a Google Calendar and share that with your students).

We could try Wiggio.com.  It’s simple:  You create an account with your school email address, then a group name and password.  Students go to Wiggio.com, create an account with an email address or via their Facebook account and enter the group name and password.  The group members can enter their cell phone information in their profile to receive text messages.

The group admins or members can post out to the group directly or create text and email alerts with calendar events! depending on how you configure the group.

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Here is a tutorial:

2013 Shawnee Edtech Poll Results and Questions

The polls are in!  There were a few surprises I did not anticipate- the most used technology is YouTube, with eBoard a close second.  The most important thing I’d like to promote is discussing how we use technology.  We’ll be promoting successful uses of technology in the classroom at our meetings.  The most successful collaboration we’ve had at Shawnee quickly showcased different edtech tools on the web, and we discussed how we could use it in our classrooms.

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Questions:

YouTube:

  • What is the most exciting thing about YouTube specific to your class?
  • What type of collaboration happens beyond the video?
  • Do you use a comment or public forum online?

eBoard:

  • What is successful about using eBoard?
  • Is there anything you’d like to change or do differently?

Google Docs:

  • What has been successful?

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Questions:

  • What apps are proving successful in the iPad pilot program?  Is anyone else finding use for apps?
  • The other technologies in the poll are more for communication and collaboration- what has been successful?

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Questions:

  • Do you have a need to have all the websites important to you get “fed” to you in one place?
  • Do you find different information via print, television, on the internet?  Do you share that information with your classes or colleagues?  How?