Saturday, May 7, 2016

Formative: "Getting a Pulse on Your Students Learning"

In many classrooms formative assessments have become an integral part of the learning process. Formative assessments help teachers “get a pulse” on their students’ learning and in return they can transform student materials to maximize achievement for the learner.  However formative assessments can be difficult to create, administer, and grade in a timely fashion without the assessments initial purpose getting lost.  This is where the true power of digital tools such as Formative can help streamline the workload for teachers.

Formative is an accessible website that allows teachers to embed preexisting, create original, or borrow materials from other educators.  Not only is this a user-friendly platform that can transform your everyday worksheet or multiple choice test into something more meaningful, but it allows teachers to see their students working live, provide instant feedback, and give real-time intervention all in one place at one time. Formative is one of many digital formative assessment tools that can empower both teachers and students in and out of the classroom.

Give Formative a try and see how it can transform your classroom. You can watch this video that will take you less than two minutes or dive on in to goformative.  

Accessing, Creating Accounts, & Enrolling Students to Formative

Creating & Assigning Assessments in Formative

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Save to Google: Two Extensions to Save Web Content

As you comb the web, more than likely you have come across images, articles, or websites that you would like to save either to reference later or use in conjunction with a slideshow, document, or spreadsheet. Google has two free excellent Chrome extensions that allow you to accomplish this: Save to Google and Save to Google Drive. While their feature sets are largely similar, each extension has its own niche use. 

Save to Google makes it a breeze to save and tag articles and websites, while Save to Google Drive enables you to download any image you find online to a specific folder in your Drive.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

How to Properly Work with Google Drive Attachments in Haiku Learning

Trying to figure out how to share files from Google Drive with students in Haiku Learning has been somewhat of an arcane art. The options provided are not always clear, and as they say "results may vary". In a recent blog post, Haiku Learning outlined the updated options for attaching Docs, Sheets, or Slides from Google Drive when working with assignments, discussions, and file blocks. You can now select additional levels of access for students including Read Only, Comment, PDF, and Collaborate. Read on to discover how to leverage these new options, and how to properly utilize files from your drive when working with your students.

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Features in Google Drive

If you haven't been looking lately, there are several new features in Google Drive that every teacher should be aware of. These include the ability to use voice typing, link sharing, and setting expiration dates for access to files in your Drive.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

We're Moving to Google Drive!

Our move to Google Drive is in full swing! Our student geniuses will begin the process of distributing "Google Drive Kits" to all classroom teachers over the next couple of weeks. Each kit contains information and links to videos on how to move your files from the P drive to Google Drive, as well as dates and times members of the technology department will be available to assist with the transfer of files.

If you would like to get a head start, watch the following video which covers the simple process of dragging and dropping files from your P drive to Google Drive: