Too Good Not to Share – Bookmarks from the Week of … 12/15/2017

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Too Good Not to Share – Bookmarks from the Week of … 12/11/2017

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Too Good Not to Share – Bookmarks from 12/04-05/2017

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Looking Forward to #TIES17

I’ve been participating in the annual TIES Education Technology Conference for about 18 years, also presenting almost every year. It’s become a regular fixture of my winter planning as it’s been a great way to connect with edtech colleagues from around the region and learn about the latest and greatest of instructional technology.

This year I’m leading a preconference session Saturday, December 9, about the BBC Microbit – Meet Microbit: A Microprocessor Designed for Middle School.

On Monday, I’m presenting Too Good Not To Share, a session where I’ll share things that excite me so much that I just can’t keep my big mouth shut 🙂

On Tuesday I’m doing a poster session, Making it Real: Affordable Physical Computing for Middle School, where I’ll share my experiences with Microbits and Edisons.

I’m really excited to learn what others have to share and hoping that everyone has their presos online. My experience at TIES over the years has been that there are so many great sessions to choose from that one can’t possibly attend them all.

I hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, you can follow via Twitter using #TIES17.

Automating Reading Logs – Google Suite Style

This past summer, two of my middle school English teachers stopped by to chat about reading logs. A few years ago, they implemented a readers’/writers’ workshop model. One component of this has been to have students track their reading. They’ve tried different methods – pencil/paper, Google Form, ongoing Google Doc – but no one solution ticked all of their boxes:

  • Easy student access
  • No lost logs
  • Demonstrate ongoing reading habits
  • Keep track of what students are reading – titles, genres, quantity
  • Track student satisfaction with reading and challenge levels of texts chosen

In a nutshell, here’s the solution we came up with:

  1. We worked together to create a form that had all of the fields teachers wanted.
  2. I created a template doc that would be populated with the ongoing results of the form.
  3. I created a folder to which all of the English teachers had full access. I created a folder inside for each teacher. Then I created a folder within for each section. Inside each section folder there is:
    • A copy of the doc for each student in a section, renaming each doc with the students’ names. Teachers shared this doc with comment access to the student.
    • A copy of the form students will use for their entry
  4. I set up DocAppender on each form to add individual results for each student on their individual Google Doc.

The final result…

Each teacher has a folder for each class with the following:

  • A form that kids complete
  • The spreadsheet that results from the form – info from the entire section. We’ve discussed merging all of these at the end of the year for further exploration by faculty.
  • A Google Doc reading log for each student (shared 1:1 with each student having comment permissions to their own doc)

Note: If a student changes section, we just move the associated doc to the correct section folder and refresh the script in the form for the class left and the class joined.

Form example

Doc example

Currently, this reading log is used across our 7th and 8th grade English classes, and we’re looking at it for 6th as well. I can see a similar process working for anything kids need to track/document over time.

Please be in touch if you have questions or suggestions!