Saturday, March 7, 2015

January Blog

(January Blog)
Yay! With the help and encouragement of my colleagues, I have started Google Classroom, and I love it! I have used it a lot in a very short amount of time. It was easy to get started, and easy for the kids to figure out. Not having to go to their folders to find things is a time saver for me, and not having to make copies of everything is a time saver for them. We also used the Google Classroom to do our Spring Student Led Conference Power Points, and it was a great format to allow me to track progress and give feedback to the students along the way. I also find it very easy to provide comments to students on their work through Classroom. I am looking forward to learning more about this tool.

November Blog

(November Blog)
This month was our second attempt at taking our end of unit reading tests online. We decided to change it up a bit and try a form next to the writing, since we knew this would be PaRCC format. Personally, I think the students were naturals at going back and forth from the reading to the form and it took very little instruction on my part to direct them. As for grading, it was nice having all the responses in the same place and not have to go searching in each of their student folders. It was also apparent to me, that I continue to have a group of students who struggle taking multiple choice reading tests on the computer, and I have created a small group to work with them on this skill. I think the technology is helping all students, proficient and non-proficient, attach this test with confidence. They don’t seem to mind assessments as much when they are on the computer.