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Beekast – (Inter)active and digital teaching

A new experience to serve learning.

Make sure even your shiest students take the floor.

We only retain about 20% of what we listen to (when we listen…). We retain more than 80% of what we experiment! Engage your students with Beekast to maximize learning (event for those who don’t dare to raise their hand)!

Create a new learning experience to captivate your students’ attention

Start a new topic with a quiz to evaluate your students’ initial knowledge, sound out the class to start debates or try collaborative thinking with our brainstorming. An infinity of possibilities to maintain their attention at its best level.

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25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!) 

1. Reading Quiz – Hold students responsible for reading assignments by giving a simple quiz. This example is based on Fahrenheit 451 in a high school English classroom and is configured to release the quiz score immediately after submitting the quiz.

2. Image-based Technology Quiz – This quiz uses images to test basic Chromebook literacy. It is set up so that the student immediately receives their score and can see which questions they got wrong.

3. Bell ringer / Do now activity – This morning math check in activity is completed by students first thing in the morning before the start of class. The form uses data validation to provide hints if the student is struggling to get the correct answer.

4. Mood Check-in – Students will have a difficult time learning if the arrive at school filled with worry and concern. This mood check in provides a safe space for students to share their current mood and concerns with you. By using a tool like Form Postman you can configure the form to send you an email if a student indicates a negative emotion.

5. Permission slips – Field trips are fun. Permissions slips are not. This form allows parents to digitally sign permission slips. In an effort to prevent students from completing their own permission slip a parent email address is required and a notification is sent to this email address using Form Postman.

Choice eliminator is used to remove student names from the drop-down list once a parent has given their permission. This makes it easy for a teacher to identify which students do not have a permission slip on file.

6. Book report generator – Writing reflectively is a key component of the common core standards. A book report is a tremendous way to help students practice reflective, informational writing, and to also encourage them to identify elements of literature such as genre, plot, and setting. As a bonus, they can share their writing with others!

This form provides a simple way for students to share their thoughts on a book that they have read. I am using a tool called AutoCrat to take the form submissions and turn it into a nicely formatted Google Doc which can be easily printed or shared electronically.

7. Meeting Agenda Generator – For principals, department heads, and school administrators, organizing and running meetings is a lot of work. You can streamline the process of creating meeting agendas and minutes using Google Forms!

This meeting generator is completed by the meeting organizer. Using AutoCrat and FormMule, attendees are automatically notified with the meeting details and invited to add their agenda items to the agenda document. These documents are named, organized, and accessible in Google Drive.

8. Certificate Creator – Creating certificates is a pretty common tasks in education. Whether honoring students for their academic or athletic achievement or documenting professional development activity. Forms is a convenient way to generate certificates.

This simple example collects your name and email address to generate a simple certificate in Google Docs which is emailed to you as a PDF.

9. Customized Writing Assignments – Use Google Forms to generate custom research assignment based on topics that interest your students. This form asks students to answer several simple questions which are used to generate a unique research assignment based on their answers.

10. Course Evaluation – Good teachers seek feedback and constantly work to improve their course. This is the course evaluation form that I use to solicit feedback on my online courses. This form takes advantage of question branching; based on your answer to a question the form splits to ask additional follow up questions (i.e. indicating that you would like a sticker takes you to the address section).

11. Call for Speakers Form – If you help organize a conference or professional development day you can use Google Forms to collect session descriptions. This example is carefully designed to collect all of the information that is used to create the conference program with minimal editing.

12. Informal Reading Inventory – Use this form when evaluating the reading fluency of a student. Reading inventories are typically completed 2-3 times each year. This form makes it easy to collect store, and analyze collected data to observe student growth.

13. Idea / Opportunity Tracker – Record ideas when inspiration strikes! Add in your own categories and fields to make sorting and organizing your ideas easier. Use the reminder add-on for sheets to receive an email reminder of upcoming opportunities. I have this form saved as a bookmark for easy access.

14. Google Forms as a Rubric – Rubrics are the ideal method of evaluating project based learning. This Google Form makes it easy to complete an evaluation while you are reading a student paper or viewing their physical project. Use a tool like AutoCrat or FormMule to automatically send students a summary of your evaluation and comments.

15. Mock elections – Get rid of the paper ballots and hours of counting! To maintain the integrity of the election you can configure your form automatically collect email addresses (prevents students from voting as someone else), limit 1 response (prevents ballot box stuffing), and restrict voting to your school domain (prevents friends from outside of the district from voting).

16. Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up – Coordinating conferences with parents is a difficult administrative task. This Google Form collects the necessary information and displays the available time slots. By using the Choice Eliminator add-on time slots are automatically removed from the form once selected, minimizing the chance of double booking. The FormMule add-on automatically sends an email with conference information.

17. Discipline referrals – Quick action is important when dealing with student discipline issues. Google Forms provides an easy way for teachers to submit incident reports which can immediately be routed to the appropriate administrator for follow up. Because Form data is pushed to Google Sheets, administrators can add additional comments and use a tool like AutoCrat to generate a discipline referral documents.

18. Parent Volunteer sign up – Coordinating volunteers is a lot of work! Google Forms can help organize and coordinate volunteer positions. By using a tool called “choice eliminator” you can automatically remove volunteer opportunities after they have been filled.

19. Parent Contact form – The parent contact information that schools have on file is frequently incomplete or out of date. During back to school night I provide parents and opportunity to share their contact information with me so that I can keep them up to date on the progress of their student. This is also a great time to ask if the parent is interested in receiving Google Classroom updates.

20. Engagement tracker – Are your students engaged in classroom learning on a daily basis? Anecdotal observations frequently fall short when you are tracking engagement of 25 or more students. This simple form makes it easy to quickly scan your classroom and identify students who are engaged in the learning process. Over time, the summary of responses will reveal which students are regularly engaged, allowing you to identify opportunities to improve instruction and intervene with students who are frequently disengaged.

21. Behavior logs – This form was created for a school that adopted the Antecedent – Behavior – Consequence (ABC) discipline model. The form allows a teacher to make quick observations using their mobile phone which they can review, modify, and update during their planning period.

22. Parent contact tracker – This is a simple form to record conversations with parents and guardians. Veteran teachers understand the importance of documenting classroom communication to resolve conflicts and comply with IEP requirements.

23. Student progress tracker – When working on a long-term assignment such as a research paper, tracking student progress and understanding what each student is working can be challenging. Ask your students to complete this form each time they finish a component of their project. This will give you a snapshot of what students are working on.

This form has been configured to automatically collect user email address and limit to one response. After submitting the form the first time, the student will be prompted to “edit your response” rather than submitting the form a second time. This allow them to update their progress so that the form response data is accurate.

24. LIVE Reading log – Keep track of how many books and pages your class (or school) has read by taking advantage of the LIVE chart and graph feature of Google Sheets.se Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!) – Tech Learning

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How to Automatically Issue Certificates When Students Pass a Quiz in Google Forms

The quizzes setting in Google Forms makes it easy to quickly score quizzes and return quiz scores to your students. The Google Forms Add-on called Certify’em makes it possible to not only give students their grades right away, it also issues them a certificate for passing the quiz. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to use Certify’em to automatically issue certificates to students when they pass a quiz in Google Forms.

Fonte: Free Technology for Teachers: How to Automatically Issue Certificates When Students Pass a Quiz in Google Forms

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5 Alternatives to Padlet

Lino
Lino, sometime referred to as Lino.It, provides digital walls or corkboards to which you can add sticky notes that contain text, images, videos, or document attachments. Notes containing video links will play the video within your Lino wall. Images can be uploaded to your notes. And you can attach document files to your notes for other people to view. Like Padlet, Lino lets you change the background color scheme for your walls.

The best feature of Lino is the option to create private groups. You can invite people to join your group via email. Once they have joined you can create private Lino walls to which all members can make contributions.

Wakelet
Wakelet is the newest entry into this market. It offers a clean and easy-to-use user interface. On Wakelet you can create what they call collections. A collection is a set notes that you create. Your notes can include text, videos, links, and pictures. The options for adding pictures are linking to an online image, uploading an image, or using Wakelet’s Unsplash integration. Like Lino, Wakelet requires you to email invitations to your potential collaborators.

Dotstorming
Dotstorming was built for people to share ideas in the form of digital sticky notes and then vote for their favorite ideas. It works well for that purpose. Students do not need to have email addresses in order to vote on notes posted on Dotstorming. A free account allows you to have three topic boards at a time. The paid account ($5/month) gives you unlimited access. There is also a school-wide pricing plan. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to use Dotstorming.


Scrumblr
Scrumblr is a site that provides an online space to create and share sticky notes with a group. Scrumblr can be used by anyone to quickly create an online space for sharing stickies. To get started just enter a name for your space. The name you choose will be a part of the URL for your sticky note space. To add notes just click the “+” symbol in the bottom left corner of the screen. Double click to edit your existing notes.

Pinside
Pinside is a free online sticky note service. Pinside can be used to create boards of notes for yourself or boards to share with others. You can create a mix of private and shared notes within one account. Sticky notes on shared Pinside boards are designed for creating to-do lists. As each item on the the notes is completed you and or your collaborators can delete completed items.

Fonte: Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Alternatives to Padlet

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PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Fonte: PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations