Monday, September 21, 2015

Gamify Your Class

Whether you want to quickly assess your students understanding after a discussion or would like to have students perform assessments of their peer's understanding of their presentation, Kahoot can add a fun, gameshow atmosphere to your class.  Use iPads, Chromebooks, Lab computers or the students' smartphones!

So often, students give presentations, receive their grade, and that's it. But wouldn't it be great to find out if their audience actually learned anything from all of their hard work? Wouldn't student audience members pay more attention if they knew they were going to be playing a game using the information their peers shared?

Kahoot does what all of those sets of "clickers" and fancy software packages promised, but without the hassle of additional devices and almost no learning curve!

Once you've gotten an account,  you log in and choose what type of questions you want to ask.

Then when you're ready, project your quiz screen and students will see something like this.

Students would just need to go to (on ANY device with internet access) and enter the game's pin number, enter a nickname (I'd suggest 1st name or Google username) and when you (or the gamemaster) starts the game, they'll see the 4 choices on their screen.

Please let me know if you'd like to start using this in your class, I'd be happy to co-plan a lesson with you!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Weekly Tech Tips

In Classroom, when students open an assignment, their document will open in a new tab, leaving the assignment's instructions hidden on their previous tab. Alice Keeler's come up with a brilliant solution for this in the Classroom Split Chrome Extension.
Give it a try!

Go to the Chrome Web Store and add the extension. 

Once you've added it, open an assignment in Classroom and click on the extension.

You will now see your screen split into two parts. One with the assignment's instructions and the other with the copied document.
Tech Tip of the week #2 is also from Alice Keeler! It is a quick settings change that will allow you to automatically convert any Word Docs that are shared with you into Google Docs.
Step 1: Open your Google Drive
Step 2: Click on the gear icon at the upper right
Step 3: Click Settings
Step 4: Check Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format