I forgot how EXHAUSTING it is to go back to being a teacher! My legs & feet were so sore after that first day & my brain was FRIED! I did, however, get to try out some new technology ideas over the course of the week. The first day of school I always like to get the students to fill out a student information sheet. It includes some questions about their teachers, classes, and also some general questions to get to know them and their personality. This year, with the help of Julie Howe, I created my very first form in google docs.
GOOGLE DOC FORM = STUDENT SURVEY = PROS & CONSIntro: For those of you that don't know much or anything about google docs, creating a form in google docs is like creating an excel spreadsheet but SO much more! I used it to create a Student Info survey for my kids & also altered a Technology Survey created by some people in my RTTT Pilot group to give my kids too.
PROS:Instead of having 90 papers of student info, I have it organized by their names all in ONE SPREADSHEET! Amazing right?!? Yeah, it is. As AWESOME as it was, I did run into a few bumps in the road with it. It's super easy to create the survey,and then you can share it via link. So I decided to share the link to my kids on Edmodo. All they had to do was log in to edmodo, click the link, and it took them to form. It's super easy to create the survey,and then you can share it via link.
CONS: So here is where the cons started coming in. When the kids click the link, it takes them to the survey, but they see the excel version first, not the pretty easy to fill in version. To get to that, they have to go to "Form" and click "Go to live form." Unfortunately, the only way they can do that is to be logged in to the gmail account that created the survey. BUMMER! So I went ahead & gave them my gmail info (it's the one I use for school anyway) & then after they all got done with it immediately went in & changed the password (BWAHAHAHA! That's my evil laugh!).
Overall: I think it is WAY easier than having 90 papers and way easier to organize and look at it. I'm not sure if there is an easier way to distribute it to the kids but I'm willing to look into it for next semester.
IN CONCLUSION TO THIS BLOG....
I plan on rolling out my tablets for the first time in the hands of the children on Friday (cue horror movie scream!). I'm actually really excited about it and can't wait to see all the fun stuff we get to do this year. I'm hoping I can teach my kids a lot of different ways of presenting information, and wouldn't mind them teaching me a few things too!
So until Friday.....