Monday, July 9, 2012

Tool #4

I created the document below on Google documents and sent it to my third grade team as well as my principal. I plan to use it to get to know more about my students in the first few weeks of school. Expectations of the third grade school year from a student perspective Hello everyone. As you work on these questions, please remember that there are no right or wrong answers. This is how you feel and each person’s feelings should be respected. It is okay to feel differently than other people, in fact, it is what makes you special, but please respect your classmates, your teachers and the Woodview community. Your responses will better help us make your learning experience enjoyable as well as productive and fulfilling. What did you do this summer? How do you think you can use what you did this summer in school? What do you hope to learn during the third grade school year? Did you know that students like to learn in different ways. For example, some like to use music or art to show what they know. Others like to write poems or short stories. Still others like to use computers to create projects that demonstrate understanding. How do you like to learn? You can choose more than one answer and you do not have to use the choices above. By understanding how you like to learn, we can tailor lesson plans to keep you interested. What type of activities do you like to do for fun? Do you play sports, sing in the choir, visit the library or some other activity? What would you like to do at recess when we use the field? What rules/behaviors do you think are important for us to be successful in the classroom? What rules/behaviors do you think are important for us to be successful while walking in line? What rules/behaviors do you think are important for us in the cafeteria? What rules/behaviors do you think are important for us during recess? Sometimes, students get to be involved with independent projects. Examples of this include book club, computer time, using i touches in the library and many more. What types of projects would you like to do? Are you interested in having your own webpage to share your thoughts with each other on the computer? What would you do if we had a class webpage? Why do you think it is important for you to share what you learn at school with your family at home? How can your family help you? Is there something you are really good at that you would like to teach the class? I have sent a Google form to my third grade teammaters that can be found at the following link: Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? Which tools are you excited about using with students? I love the Google forms as I like to create assessments with different types of questions (I don't like to use only multiple choice, choose from a list or essay questions) a combination of different questions is preferable. I also think the Google drawing will be effective for my students that may better express themselves through art rather than the written word. After exploring the public templates in Google docs, I think Google is going to be a more effective method for my students to create the school newspaper as opposed to using word. Having one document and giving access to the students allows me to see each version but does not cause confusion with different documents "floating" around.


  1. I LOVE Google Forms too! I fact I pretty much live in Google Apps all day long. Take a look at some of the 3rd party apps! For instance, kids can log into BrainPop through Google Apps, take a quiz and have their graded quiz results sent to a spreadsheet in your Google Docs! Cool, huh?

  2. PS. You will not be able to collect the user name automatically from your students. That feature cannot cross domains, so you will need to add fields for student first and last names...

  3. I love it. My students always love BrainPop and the questions are always challenging, but fair. And to be able to get a spreadsheet to assess their understanding will be great.