Mock Weekly Spelling Test – Google Forms

After some thoughtful contemplations about Google Forms in the classroom, I have created a mock spelling test using google forms to test a suggestion about using google forms for weekly spelling tests in the classroom. The link to the mock spelling test is here

When giving the test the teacher would read the words out aloud. It would have been good to add some audio to the form so that the students could work completely independently on their test. I thought about recording the words in audacity and embedding the link in a google doc although wondered if this would be too cumbersome and also contemplated saving the file as an MP4 and then could put on an ipod and play aloud to the students. Having an audio file of the words means that students doing extension words could work separately and all students could finish spelling at the same time.

Here are some negatives:  some students may only finger type and be left behind. With room chatter the audio file may not be heard. Can you think of any others to add to my list?.

What are Google Forms? How do I use them?

A topic was presented that interested me. Using Google Forms as ICT in assessment. What the …. is a google form let alone using it as an assessment tool? Off I go with my trusty google search engine.

The first part of my research took me on a journey to find out what a google form is. According to Google Drive (2013):

Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. A Google form can be connected to a Google spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is linked to the form, responses will automatically be sent to the spreadsheet. Otherwise, users can view them on the “Summary of Responses” page accessible from the Responses menu.

Here is a short video that describes Google Forms

Using my PLN I discovered Tom Barrett, a teacher from England who has incorporated  Google Forms into classroom assessment. Here is a link to his blog ’10 Google Forms for the classroom’ that outlines how he is achieving this great blend of rich ICT experiences into everyday learning and assessment.

My particular favourite is using Google Forms for the weekly spelling test. I can really see the benefit here as all results are collated in a spreadsheet and identifying misspelled words will be a whole lot faster than opening 30 student exercise books, finding the right page and individually marking each one. Using a spreadsheet the data can then be transfered into individual students spreadsheets and can provide a visual graphical analysis of results over time.

What are your thoughts and ideas?

Conflicting thoughts about unit planning

Its hard to reflect on this however, I have come across the first item in this course (EDC3100) that is causing me some pedagogical discomfort. I am finding the Unit planner template hard and confusing to use. Although seeing the situation from another perspective it is good to experience a different way to backward plan a unit of work. It just confirms my preferred pedagogical planning tools. I’ve also found that all is well and good to investigate ICT rich tools for integration into curriculum as an isolated learning activity, but planning for an entire unit (as small as this one is) is far more challenging than I ever thought.

I am looking forward to prac in a few weeks time however focusing on ICTs will be an enormous challenge for me, although I can only do my best with the resources that are available to me and my students.