Hangout # 2 – 10/20/2016

In which we meet to discuss how tech is integrated in your classrooms, see some quick new Google demos, enjoy a guest speaker, and review the requirements for the final project / product, and reflective paper.

If you missed it, please watch, and add your own comments (as a comment below) letting us know what works in your classroom, and what you’re planning next.

And…. some cool things are happening already!

I shared your reaction to the new features in Google Docs with one of the co-founders of Docs, Jonathan Rochelle at Google. Here’s what happened:

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and then…

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And what’s more, Christian and Sarah connected:

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…all in a day’s learning… I am #inspired

6 thoughts on “Hangout # 2 – 10/20/2016”

  1. Sorry, that I missed the hangout the other night. I wanted to share what really works for me in my classroom. On a daily basis, we used Google classroom. I find it really useful for posting not just assignments and information, but also instructional videos. I will often record a drawing demonstration and post it in classroom so that students can access it again later. Often, if a student is absent, they’ve missed an entire class worth of drawing instruction. There’s no real textbook or Google doc for that. So, having them access it through Google classroom is amazing! Some of the other things I use, not google related, that really work for me are Remind and Plickers. I use Remind to be able to text my students class announcements and reminders about homework and tests. I also like that they can message me, during my office hours, to ask questions and even take a photo of their art projects when stuck. I’ve had students ask me what to do to fix a drawing problem by sending me a photo of it. It’s not the same as being there to show them, but I can typically tell them what to do via text. I love Plickers because it is so user friendly, and is a fast formative assessment tool. The QR codes are simple to scan. I have libraries of questions I can put in folders and add at will. When I scan the students’ cards, I can immediately see who is getting the answer wrong. Plus, I can print out a report showing a score for each student, and data on which questions were missed most, etc. what I’m struggling with now is the fact that my old and even new .avi files are not meshing with Google classroom very well. My audio and video seem not to sync and often times there’s error messages. I’ve had to learn to bypass the glitches by posting videos on YouTube or having students open videos in a new window. I plan on incorporating video into a lesson this upcoming week, if possible. I’d like to have students create a video as a project using Animoto. The stupeflix, that was introduced during this hangout, is similar. I have to check it out in more detail to see if one is better than the other. I have a vision! I hope it will work.

  2. My name is Tina. I teach 3rd grade at Ridgeview in Ashtabula. We have a set of 20 Chromebooks for our 3 third grades. So we are 1:3. I’m very jealous of the 1-1 schools, but super excited to share with two other classes this year. I played around with Google Classroom a little last year, but I’m feeling more confident this year. I’ve learned how to add my comments and return the docs to my kids. Since NEOTIE I have linked my kids to the classroom on Newsela. I think I need to rethink this choice. Newsela’s articles are a little too edgy for my kids. I had to search quite a while for appropriate Lexile levels and content. I’m going to take a look at activelylearn that I also learned about at the conference. A great classroom management tool I use is called class dojo. You can use it to track positive and negative behavior, send out class information to the parents, or message parents individually. My parents and students both love it. It also has a video series on topics such as growth mind set and empathy. I am interested in using google forms, but still need to spend some time playing around with that. I’m super excited to see that you can now make columns on google Docs. That’s one thing that I really missed from Word. The other features didn’t make me quite as happy because I would not use them as often. I’m also going to look into the Readwrite app that you talked about. Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. Sounds like you have a lot of cool stuff planned for your students. Let us know how it goes, and if we can help in any way.

  3. Looks like I missed another fun Hangout! I do apologize not being able to attend that evening, but I found your conversations and ideas/concepts shared very interesting…so thank you! As far as me and my class…since NEOTIE, I have taken the advice to assign each student their own Chromebook for our classroom. That alone has made using them so much easier as students only have to put in their password to get things started. I do agree with many who said to just ‘let students figure it out…’ and I have. However as I’m 1:24, I have that some students have no clue how to do things and others are formatting their backgrounds and taking pictures of themselves – so they have figured it out! I have figure out how to manage it now!! We’ve done some work with Googledocs and sharing of said docs, but I found it tedious for me to print all their documents myself (students don’t have printing options on the Chromebooks). Moving forward, I would like to introduce Google classroom to students and utilize more Google apps. :0)

    1. Well done! Looks like you’re on the right path. Why the need to print Google Docs? Once you start using Classroom, students can share back easily using the Assignment workflow. Let me know if you need help getting started.

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