PDFlix: Providing ‘On Your Time’ PD Opportunities

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Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 6.42.02 AMOk, yes…the sound of Netflix went through my mind as I started typing. Each year, Jess Gilcreast (High School librarian), and I think of creative and different ways to provide professional development for the staff that we work with. We have tried it all, or at least seems that way. Whether it is providing ‘learning at your own time’ opportunities through Google Classroom, in person trainings, or online book chats through Twitter. We strive to keep things ‘fresh’ and continuously push the limits.

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Google Classroom Updates & Reminders Aug 2019

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Google has made some changes to Google Classroom since we last worked with the tool in June. So to help make sure that everyone was on the same page, I shared out these changes, as well as included some did you know items, in my Welcome Back Tech Training to staff last week.

New Items:

  • Where students submit their work to their teacher has been relocated on the page.
  • Unable to remove Classworks page anymore
  • New sorting features when assessing student work
  • Ability to access menus in files while assessing student work
  • Adding comments to comment bank on the fly
  • Ability to use rubrics right through Google Classroom
  • Filter topics

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Day 7 of Google 2018: Google Classroom Grading (or lack of grading)

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 8.46.41 PM.pngWe are back to Google Classroom today. Most of the teachers at Bedford High School do not report grades earned through Google Classroom on assignments. Rather, they report these grades right in our student information system, PowerSchool. With the change of Google Classroom over the summer, the back end of Google classroom has thrown a couple of teachers off. More specifically, relating to returning assignments.

There is a clear difference between returning “ungraded” and “graded” assignments if a teacher does not report individual student numerical grades in Google Classroom.

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Day 5 of Google 2018: Google Classroom Commenting/Grading

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 8.46.28 PM.pngToday’s topic pertains to Google Classroom and the new grading feature this school year. Now when you open up a file that is shared through Google Classroom, a new grading window shows up. There are some great benefits to this new feature this year.

  • Can add generic comments in a comment bank so that you don’t have to type the same thing over and over when assessing work.
  • Less opening and closing of windows as all student work can be viewed from the drop down menu on the top left corner. You are able to quickly see where students are at from this drop down as well (missing, turn in, assigned).

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Day 7 of Google: Google Classroom – Creating to Accessing Student Work

On the seventh day of Google, we will take a look at Google Classroom.

To think that teachers once collected student work via a shared document embedded in an email every time they completed something OR by filling out a Google Form to submit work. Google Classroom has been great for being that one central place where students and teachers can easily find necessary documents. But, do you know the following…

Students ‘Turning In’ Work
You probably already know that there are two ways that you can create an assignment for students to complete through Google Classroom:

1. Provide a ‘template’ for student and choosing the ‘Make a Copy for Each Student’ – this method is great so that student get their own electronic copy of a task you want them to complete. This method will automatically name the file for them (with their name in the title). Google Classroom will also provide a ‘Turn In’ button on the top right corner of the Google Doc, Slide, etc for when the student is ready to turn in the assignment. Another great piece to this is that you as the teacher can view what the student is doing with their assignment prior to the due date. This can be very beneficial for situations where you want to provide feedback prior to a due date.

2. Provide the assignment for the students but do not provide a template. At times, this makes sense to not give a template as you want students to use their own creativity/thought process to demonstrate competency. What many students will do is go to Google Drive and create a new file from there. Then when the assignment is due, they will open up Google Classroom and add their Google Document to the assignment.

BUT…did you know that there is a more efficient way to make this work? If a student is turning in an assignment to you and the final product will be a Google product, have the students create the file right from the assignment. The advantage to this process is that you as the teacher will be able to see what the student is doing with their work throughout their thought process. Also, a ‘Turn In’ button will then show up in the document. In other words, a similar situation to the one listed in the first example.

Accessing Student Work
Did you know you can access all student work for a particular assignment from a folder in your Google Drive.

  • Open up the assignment you want to access student work
  • Click on the assignment folder icon
  • Google Drive will open up in a new tab – right in the folder of student work
For some staff, they actually prefer seeing the assignments in this view.

To Do List
Don’t forget that Google Classroom can also let you know what you have left on your To Do List in regards to reviewing work (if you are a teacher) and completing tasks (if you are a student). If you are a teacher for some classrooms and a student for others, you will have two To Do Lists.

To find your To Do List, select the ‘Hamburger’ Icon on the top left corner. Then scroll down until you find your To Do List. This can be helpful in letting you know what has to be reviewed from all of your classes in one screen. As make sure that your students are aware that this feature exists for them with the tasks that they have to complete.

And that is my Spiel…