Google Apps for Education
We are lucky in our school board to have Google Apps for Education for both staff and students, and I have been very enthusiastic about using the apps for a variety of tasks. Recently in my AQ course, we were presented with the task of looking at curriculum from a TPACK perspective. We were given one cue card with some content we had to teach, one with a teaching style or pedagogy, and one with a technology tool. Our cards said: DRAMA (content), DESCRIPTIVE FEEDBACK (pedagogy), and GOOGLE FORMS (technology).
“Impossible!” We all said (I was working in a group of 3). And then we started thinking about it. We were all familiar with the way our students give descriptive feedback to their peers on a regular basis: the 2 stars and a wish model. Essentially, the students raise their hands after watching a performance, and give feedback that is either positive, or a wish for improvement.
I wondered what would happen if instead of having the same 3 students always raising their hands to give stars and wishes, we gave them the Chromebooks and had them type their stars and wishes online. We assumed that the students would be much more willing to comment if they didn’t have to speak about their stars and wishes in front of the whole class.
Last week, I put it to the test. A grade 3/4 class that I teach was ready to perform the dances they had been creating. I signed out the Chromebooks, and handed them out to students. I showed them how to get to the form I created.
On the form itself, the students had to select the group they wanted to comment on from a drop-down menu. Then they had to select whether they wanted to submit a star or a wish. If they selected star, they were sent to another page of the form where they typed in their comment. Likewise for the wish selection. When they were finished typing their comment, they clicked “select” and were then prompted to either close the form or submit another response (allowing them to comment more than once if they wished). I gave them no further instructions.
I was amazed by what I got from these students. Most of the students took the initiative to give both a star and a wish comment, and all students framed both their stars and wishes in positive terms. Here are some of the examples of comments from the students. These are copied word for word.
What’s more is that the students LOVED completing the form. They all wanted to say something about each group that performed. We still have some more performances to go through, so there is the potential for the novelty to wear off, but I can see them being interested for a long while.
They rembered there dance and did it at the same time
I loved the flow, so much!
You guys did amazingly awesome I love your cool movements
I like how you took it nice and slow
They had graseful movementes and I love the dance moves.
I like the costumes.
they used powerful strokes in the dance.
they cept in syince
My wish for them is to make the dance a bit more longer.
Next time be prepared for the dance and maybe you should have made your dance longer.
They should work on doing their performance faster and taking their dance more seriously
I wish they could make the hiding part more clear
My wish is for them not to be silly and not laugh when there doing the play it kind of messes the play up.
They should work on their time
My next goal is to create a form with a video of the performance embedded right beside it. This would be for the students of the group to self-evaluate. What do you think?
Recently I had the chance to share what I have learned (so far) about Google Apps for Education with some of my colleagues. It was the culminating event for the Additional Qualification course I have been taking this spring, Integrating Information and Computer Technology [in Instruction] Part 1 (#iictip1). We had the event last Wednesday, June 12, and as part of our assignment, we created a website with all of the resources we have been gathering and working on.
I am really very proud of the work I did for this course, and the friendships I made in class. Tonight is our last class, and I’m sorry to see the end. I will be signing up for Part 2 in the fall, and can’t wait to share more with you as I continue on my journey. Meanwhile, here is the link to our website and the Google Presentation I created for the event. Be sure to click on the links in the presentation as well. Enjoy!