Monday, July 4, 2011
Starting off the school year with Google Docs
This year, we combined our questionnaires into a single form using Google Docs. There were personal questions, academic questions, and even questions about their use of technology and social media. As soon as student were finished, we spent time together during our prep time reviewing their responses. Depending on the type of question, we could see graphic representations of the summary of their responses. For example, you can see above that Science is their overall favorite subject in school! You can view our student survey here and see the types of questions we asked. We received excellent data overall that will definitely shape our teaching this year! If you would like a copy of this form to modify and use in your classroom, email me and I'll share the document with you.
I am also relying on Google Docs more this year to communicate and collaborate with my students. I created a "plan book" document where I will be writing summaries of my lessons. It also includes the benchmark for the day and the homework.
I have also created a shared folder in Google Docs I called "Science Docs". This folder is "public on the web" so anyone can find it and view it. I provided the students the URL for this shared folder on my team's website. Within this folder, I am creating subfolders for all of my different science units such as "Properties of Matter". It is my goal to either create all documents within Google Docs itself or at least upload the files to share in these folders. This way, students will be able to view, download, and print all of my class handouts from this one location if they are out sick or lose the original copy.
Labels: Google Docs