Revision History in Google

RevisionDoing collaborative work in Google is simple and very efficient. Say you are working with colleagues building PBL units or common planning documents and someone remembers they deleted a big section two days ago that they really wish was still there. Or, you are just monitoring Documents/Slides/Sheets being built collaboratively between students and one student says they have been adding content but somehow it is magically disappearing. Besides, it is great to know who is doing what work. What do you do? You use Revision History to see the living history of that item. This great video below will walk you through how it works and advanced options.

Keeping Students Informed

We all know the feeling. The students show up to class, you tell them to put away everything but a pencil because it’s test time, and they groan and announce they knew nothing about the test. Right.

Your students have Google accounts. Why not add those major events to your Google Calendar and “invite” the students. This gives you two more points of documentation of the event: it sends them an email telling them it’s been added, and it adds it to their school Google Calendar. Add to the fact it’s probably on your blog in lesson plans and has been announced repeatedly in class, and you’ve covered more ground than anyone would expect.

If you create Groups in your mail Contact list ahead of time (learn how HERE), this process is made even more simple than it already is. You’d just type the name of the Group and the entire list is populated automatically.

Let the Google Gooru walk you through how easy it is to keep your students informed of major events using Google Calendar.

Common Planning Time Assistance

There always seems to be the need to meet with your team, and you end up standing in the hall between classes trying to find who is available when. Well, let Google Calendar do the work for you with the Find Available Time option. If your team keeps their calendars up to date, this will save you loads of time. Let the Google Gooru walk you through the steps.

Creating Appointment Slots on Your Google Calendar

This is a great, short tutorial from the Google Gooru on creating appointment time slots on your Google Calendar. Keep in mind, you have to be in either Week or Day view so you can select the time slots you want in order for Appointments option to be available. Also, Those picking slots have to have Google accounts themselves since it will automatically collect their name for you.

This would be excellent for any number of classroom or school based functions:

  • reserving a time slot for writer’s conference with teacher
  • reserving device cart
  • reserving computer lab
  • reserving ThinkLab (our innovative learning space)
  • tutoring or extra help
  • PBL presentation sign-up
  • and more!

Digital Storytelling in Math

Rafranz Davis is an amazing math teacher. Her passion for all kids to be successful in math is contagious, as is her passion for all math teachers to engage their students. She spends her spare time sharing great tools for use in math that will draw the kids into the lessons. Check out her video below on different tools for different devices to integrate digital storytelling into the math class. It is from this blog post. Obviously, it works in all classes, but she discusses math.

Be sure to check out her blog or follow her on Twitter, too.

Paper Slide Video + Youtube Capture App

The following is a cross posting from Shelly Hugghins’s iPod blog.

I asked my Spanish I students to review content topics by creating some paper slide videos to demonstrate their ownership of content at the end of semester one.  First, and most importantly, I explained the concept of a paper slide video, then asked them their opinions on the relevance of the activity.  After careful thought, my students felt this would be a great review method. 

We identified certain topics for review, and the students promptly began to work on their slides.  We decided to use the Youtube Capture app on our iPads to film the videos.  This choice turned out to be super easy and convenient for a few reasons:

  • Students already have Gmail accounts with Youtube channels
  • Students already have eportfolios established via our student blogs
  • Youtube Capture makes pulling clips together to create a video extremely user friendly
  • Students shoot the video inside the app, finish the editing process, send the video to upload and publish to their channel seamlessly

Of course, if you are shooting paper slide videos, there is really no need to worry about clips.  But, my Spanish II students also used this app to shoot their Christmas cookie videos, which did require them to shoot in sections or clips.

In both cases, my students rated the app very highly for these reasons:

  • Ease of use
  • Students were already familiar with Youtube
  • No need to create a new account for yet another app
  • Students could edit more easily than in iMovie if they needed to edit their cookie video
  • Processing time for the videos was very short
  • Youtube Capture + Paper slide video was a great way to review and share what they had learned

Here is an example video created by one of my Spanish I students for review of expressing a few of her likes and dislikes in Spanish:

The student feedback was so positive that I will continue to offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in this way going forward.  However, I won’t wait until the end of the semester for review.  I am going to add this as an assignment or testing choice as we move through our content.  Do you have students create paper slide videos?  If so, what apps or tools do you use to process and share your videos?  Have you or your students used the Youtube Capture app?  I would love to hear about your experiences.