USING GOOGLE FORMS TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE #ANTIWORKSHEET

 

by Nicole Stulak, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach

Google Forms are most notably used for collecting survey information. However, there is a lot of power in the branching or “go to” feature which sends students to different questions, or pages of information, based on how they respond to each question.

The branching feature offers differentiation and a creative way for students to demonstrate and apply their understanding of a concept, lesson or unit of study.

One of my favorite ways to use Google Forms in the classroom is for students to create or complete an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story. Bill Selak, from All That is EduAwesome, shared an example of how secondary students can Take A Trip to California and explore the state’s regions using Google Forms. Another example comes from Erin Klein, from ERINtegration, who used Google Forms to help students review multi-step math concepts. She created Pick A Path Math where elementary students read a story and make selections that change the outcome of their adventure while solving math problems that are integrated into the plot. Finally, Kasey Bell, from Shake Up Learning, wrote a fantastic blog post about Digital Differentiation with Google Forms that is definitely worth a read!

To learn more about how to create interactive Google Forms that offer differentiation, immediate feedback, active learning and built-in student engagement, contact your Instructional Coach to schedule a collaborative meeting.

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Make a Vocabulary Game for Your Students #antiworksheet

vocab generatorby Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

Thank you to Dawn Hand, Downingtown East English teacher, for sharing this great antiworksheet resource to generate online vocabulary games.  Although it was originally developed as a tool for ELL teachers, it can help increase student engagement in any class. The tools are very user-friendly — you can make your games in just a few minutes!

KNOW WHAT YOUR STUDENTS KNOW WITH PADLET #ANTIWORKSHEET

by Nicole Stulak, DASD Elementary Instructional Coach

Instead of handing out a worksheet, an exit ticket paper or even a post-it note, try Padlet. Padlet is an easy way to have your students demonstrate and their understanding of key concepts and utilize 21st century skills.

Padlet is a web-based tool, and FREE app, which allows students to use text, video, photos and weblinks to contribute to collaborative “boards.” Teachers can design a question or post notes to the Padlet board for students to respond to. The Padlet board can be accessed by an auto-generated QR Code or custom URL.

In addition to its existing options, Padlet now has voting and grading features, that propels Padlet to be an all-encompassing, formative assessment tool. Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers, has great resources and videos about Padlet to help you get started.

Take a look at this article from Matt Miller, 20 Useful Ways to Use Padlet in Class Now, to learn how you can use Padlet instead of a worksheet!

Have your students create an infographic to synthesize material #antiworksheet

by Khristina Hunt, Downingtown West Instructional Coach

Instead of having your students complete a worksheet, ask them to do research, synthesize multiple sources, summarize, and represent data visually in an infographic. 

For example, here is an infographic that gives the history of education. Notice how the use of visual images helps you to process the information.

Check out these options for creating an infographic below…

Canva makes it easy to create beautiful infographics

It is free and very easy to use!

  • Large library of clip art and photographs, or upload your own images
  • Download as PDF and PNG files
  • Collaborate with others

Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FZGN7BCs6k

Infogram

Infogram is an easy tool for making charts and infographics.

Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hel-Wb4x0eE

Piktochart

Piktochart also allows students to create and personalize their infographics:

Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=LdRMqJWyvik

If you’d like to learn more ways to utilize this platform or for more assistance, please contact your instructional coach.

 

Ask Students to Design Their Own Website #antiworksheet

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

If you want students to synthesize their learning and develop an important 21st-century skill, ask them to design their own website using Google Sites.  Google Sites is collaborative, so a group of students can also work on a website together.  Because Google Sites is intuitive and works similarly to other Google apps, students can spend more time focusing on the content of their sites and less time on learning how to design them.

Here is a great 8-minute tutorial on Google Sites.  Watch as Mr. Perreault walks some young students through a creation of a website.

Give Your Students Some Choices for a Digital Book Project #antiworksheet

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

If your students are reading fiction books on their own (or even as a class), throw away the worksheets and use this awesome digital book project by Caitlin Dankanich, Gifted Support Services Teacher at Uwchlan Hills Elementary School.

The project gives students 8 different ways to demonstrate their understanding of what they’ve read, including creating a character webpage or a spinoff ebook. The project includes directions for the students as well as links to the digital tools to get started.

Thank you to Caitlin for sharing!  If you have a great #antiworksheet idea, please let us know!

Have Students Collaborate in One Google Slides Review #antiworksheet

by Jen Hervada, Lionville Middle School Instructional Coach

Instead of having students fill out a worksheet when reviewing for a test….

…Ask the students to create a Google Slides Show and teach the concepts to each other.  The students collaborate inside a Google Slides Show with groups creating one or two slides to teach their content.  With the Google Slides projected on the screen in the classroom both the students and teachers can watch the collaboration in progress. The students see the others’ work and get inspired.

Here’s how:

  1. Create a blank Google Slides Show.
  2. Divide the class into groups of 2-4 students.
  3. Assign 1 or 2 slides to each group.
  4. Have the groups design their slides to teach the concept.  You can require students to include images, links, videos, etc.
  5. Project the Google Slides Show on the screen inside the classroom while groups are working.
  6. Watch the collaboration happening in real time.

In this activity, students teach their content to each other in their own words and provide examples and/or study tips on how to remember key concepts.  Students learn from each other through the collaborative process.

Click here to view a sample template for a social studies class.