Have you ever wondered how??? I love learning new tips and tricks. in using Google forms. I will continue to investigate other strategies for their use. These are great in all the subject areas and most grades. I love tools that increase my productivity and efficiency, as well as engage my students, give them personalized feedback, and reward their efforts with a certificate to share with their parents. I will be using google forms when sharing with colleagues and parents as it can be used as a survey too. Great way to collect and organize data. My primary focus has been in mathematics, so I have included G(Math) and both videos I recommend to those teaching mathematics especially Algebra-Calculus, you will be amazed. The videos will get you started with basics and ideas, You will not regret the time and effort you put into this one! Highly recommend.! Not to mention the possibilities for JITT , PI, Collaboration, Flip Assignments, etc.
When using the flip model, teachers can increase the use of peer instruction, and this academic collaboration increases student learning. With JITT ( Just-In-Time–Teaching) you can assess what your students know before class begins, and this adds extra accountability that helps ensure that most students are completing the flipped assignments. Last week I discussed a way to do this using zaption.com, and I also highlighted some uses of nearpod.com. Both tools are fabulous!
What else can you use to quickly assess student learning, collect the data, grade it, and give your students instant feedback? And the best part is that it’s all FREE!
Google Forms is also terrific for these purposes, and two add-ons make it perfect for the flipped middle school mathematics classroom, which is my primary focus. These add-ons are g(Math), which makes typing equations and inserting graphs a breeze, and Flubaroo, which collects the data, grades it, and allows you to email your students.
Here are two video tutorials that I found to be helpful:
g(Math) Tutorial Video
How to Create a Form and Grade it Automatically with Flubaroo's New Version
Together, Peer Instruction (PI) and JITT, combined with the flipped model, are innovative strategies that can help transform teaching from the traditional to the flipped model, with the added bonus of personalized learning. These tools provide the motivation for me to continue my journey using the TPACK Model.
I believe that these methods are the future of educational transformation, and to building 21st Century skills and learning environments that will support our students in a meaningful way.
We were assigned to make a tutorial video on a flipped classroom tool, then turn it into a Zaption lesson, so I chose to do my tutorial on Zaption itself. I love using Zaption, and I paid the extra fees to retain all the data from my lessons, and control over some of the lesson settings.
I remember doing my math homework when I was in school, and I so often wanted to know right away if I was right or wrong. The basic plan allows for this instant feedback.
Over the last twenty years, I have found it frustrating that so many students will write down anything without reading or thinking about the problem, just so they get their points and can say they did their homework. This is not genuine learning.
Now I have students coming to class the next day asking "How did you know I would make that mistake?" This is personalized learning, as the student feels you are right there with them, guiding them through their thinking. I always wished I could go home with my students and help them with their homework...now I can!! It is amazing. The students feel that personalized connection with the educator, and this is a strong motivating factor for them to try and do their best.
Student agency will be a grade next year in our school grading system. The paid Zaption plan helps allows for point scoring and grading, as well as being able to download the student data into a cvs file which you can save as an Excel or Google Sheet file for easy input to any grading system.
As a traditional teacher for twenty years, I would lecture, explain the examples, and hope my students paid attention. After all that time, I can predict where they will make mistakes, and although I try to prevent this in my lectures, students seem to find this approach boring.
Since our district is moving into the Inquiry model, students need to be curious to be successful. There is a moment in every lesson where they truly want to understand, and in mathematics this moment is crucial to their learning. This is directly related to the growth mindset in mathematics, and instant feedback has been proven to help students make cognitive connections to the material in all subjects.
In my Zaption tutorial, I would like to explain how this critical connection can be made.