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Google Forms

A part of the Google suite, Google Forms is a free, basic survey creator that allows you to easily create and share a poll with multiple users and analyze the responses.

The interface is similar to other Google products. You can easily add a variety of types of  questions to your poll, including short or long text answers, multiple choice, checkboxes and dropdown boxes. Your questions can also include images or videos.

You can create your surveys from scratch, or start with one of the pre-designed templates like a blank quiz, exit ticket, course evaluation or worksheet. Google Forms also allows you to add collaborators if you’d like others to have the option of editing the form as well.

Once you’ve completed your poll, you can choose to customize its appearance by selecting a background color, adding your own images, or selecting a design theme.

To share the form with users, just click on “send” and email a link or share the link via social media.

Once your audience has responded to your Google Form survey, you can choose to analyze the results in a variety of ways. You can:

  • View or print individual responses
  • View charts of the responses
  • View the results within a spreadsheet

Advanced Features
Third-party “add-ons” can also be used with Google Forms, and can provide you with additional tools. To use them, go the add-on menu (it looks like a little puzzle piece and is on the right-hand side of the menu at the top of the screen). Note: The choice of add-ons is constantly changing; some are removed, and others are being added all the time. As of this writing, some of the available add-ons include:

  • Choice Eliminator: Gives you the capability of eliminating a choice once someone has picked it (this would be useful for scheduling discrete conference times, for instance)
  • Form Notifications: Notifies you (or anyone else) via email whenever a form is received
  • Ultradox Trigger: Helps you create unique documents or send personalized emails based on form submissions.

In Your Classroom

  • I can’t imagine a better way to survey your congregation, your staff and your parents. The spreadsheet gives you the ability to easily sort answers.
  • Try making a form that includes a video and follow-up questions within it. Then send it to your students for their response. This is a great way to get student reflections!

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

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April 17, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Classtrak

Classtrak is a free website for teachers who don’t need a whole LMS (learning management system), but would like an online resource to post home-based projects. It’s a useful tool that can help students and parents keep up.

With Classtrak, you can list home-based projects by name alongside a description of it and its due date. You can also add downloadable resources that students can use to help them complete the project, such as notes, games, etc.  No more, “I forgot” or “I lost the sheet”—students can find everything they need right inside the site, and check it whenever they need to.

To use Classtrak, sign up for a free account. Once you’re signed up, you can create a class and invite your students and their parents to join by code.
If you are interested in acquiring the resource for your whole school, you can request a demo and quote here.

In Your Classroom

  • Working on a project in class that needs extra supplies? Post a reminder in Classtrak so that students will remember to bring in what they’ll need. For example, if you are planning on creating Seder plates in class, ask each student to bring in their own sturdy plastic plate for decorating.
  • Continue the learning at home. Build on in-class lessons by creating family based activities that enhance your student’s understanding. For example, if you are learning about the Haggadah, invite students to ask each of their parents and siblings for their favorite Passover memory, and bring them in to share. Remind them about the project using Classtrak.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

April 15, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Classtools

Classtools is a free website that offers some useful tools you can use to add pizazz to your lessons.

Here are some of my favorites features on the site:

  • The SMS text generator page lets you easily create an image of a phone displaying bubbles with SMS texts of your choice. Once you save it, you can print it as a single image onto paper, or you can share a unique URL with your students for them to see your pretend text dialogue appear line by line.
  • The Fakebook page allows you to create a fake Facebook profile page.
  • The Movietext page takes the text you enter, and uses it to create a StarWars-like movie intro.
  • Fruit Machine is a random name or word generator. You enter a list of words and then click  to start a slot machine type animation that spins around and then randomly stops on a word.

In Your Classroom

  • Ask students to use the SMS text gernerator to create an imagined text conversation between two biblical characters.
  • Students can use the fakebook page to design a profile page for a historical figure or hero.
  • Use Movitext to introduce a new topic, provide writing prompts or even display students’ names at the beginning of the school year.
  • Try out Fruit Machine the next time you need to randomly select a student for a task, or organize teams.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

April 14, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

This article has some great tips for using Google extensions in the classroom.

The Chrome music lab has all sorts of fun music experiments. You can explore rhythm, melodies, soundwaves and more.

We do a lot of prototyping in the innovation studio: creating, critiquing and revising are a natural part of what happens when you’re creating for the 3D printer or Silhouette cutter. For more on design thinking in the classroom, see this article.

April 13, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Tizmos is a site that’s similar to Symbaloo, where you can create a visual landing page for your students with easy-to-use links to often-used websites.

Jewish Learning Matters is a website with tons of resources for educators. It’s a project from the Miami School of Education and Social Work. Check it out!

March 23, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Google Keep

Google Keep gives Google users an online space for note keeping, image saving, and more. You can make lists (complete with checkboxes), save images or even draw. The interface is intuitive and looks like a bulletin board with color-coded notes that you can move around with your mouse.  Google Keep also gives users the ability to:

  • add collaborators
  • set a timer to receive reminders about a note
  • send notes to Google Docs
  • read a photo of a printed document and extract the text

If you have a Google account, you have access to Google Keep.

In Your Classroom

  • Google Keep is a great way to organize research. It’s highly visual, and it makes it simple to arrange and rearrange text.
  • Want to transfer your Google Keep notes into a Google document? Just go to Tools > Keep to access your notepad and drag applicable items to the Google document..
  • Collaborating on a big project? Use Google Keep to make lists, assign tasks and set reminders.
  • Since Google Keep is on the web, it’s synced across devices, and is  accessible at school and at home.
  • Like using Google Keep? Consider installing the Chrome extension. It will making it easier to save web content such as images or text within Google Keep.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

March 20, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Google Sites

Google Sites is an application that you can use to build your own website. It has intuitive tools and options that allow you to customize your site and design it in exactly the way you want.

If you’re familiar with Google Forms, you’ll note the similarity in the tools and options right away. There’s a menu that pops up on the right, and allows you to click and easily add text, images, Google docs and forms, YouTube videos, calendars and map locations to your site. You can also select from several design themes which will assign a specific look and set of font choices to your website.

Like all other Google products, options for collaboration are built into Google Sites, and you can easily share your site with others and work together to build it.

When you’re done designing your website, click on “Publish” to get your site on the web and to see the URL. You can even preview how your site will look on phones, tablets and laptops.

In Your Classroom

  • Google Sites makes it easy for students to collaboratively create websites. It even supports multiple editors working at the same time.
  • If you have a number of Google docs to share with colleagues, consider creating a website with them posted on it. Having your materials on a website will make them easily accessible and all in one place. Just share the URL with those you would like to see the documents. Also, when you click “Publish,” be sure to check “Request public search engines to not display my site” so that your site will not appear in search engine results.
  • Create a website about your class. Post images of projects, student work, and schedules of upcoming events, and share the URL with parents.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

March 13, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Dogo is a website that supports kids and teachers “engaging positively with current events, books, and movies.”

We Are Teachers has some great Pi Day activities – and they’re not all just for math class!

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the British Library to bring the magic of Harry Potter to the classroom. This online version of a Harry Potter exhibit includes the series’ original illustrations, a history of witchcraft and wizardry, fantastical beasts, and much more. You can view over 190 items and 10 exhibits right on the Google Arts & Culture site. Step aboard the Hogwarts Express here.

March 9, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

The Librarians’ Internet Index is amazing! This is a searchable, free, curated list of websites maintained by, well, librarians. The site has links to a number of reliable databases as well.

Need some newspaper templates your students can use with Google Docs? Check these out.

Google Sheets is pretty useful, but did you know you could also use it to create flashcards, Bingo cards and more? Head over to Flippity for some great tools, demos and instructions.

March 7, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

Tes Teach

Tes Teach (formerly known as Blendspace) is a free website and app that provides tools that can help you create interactive, digital lessons. By dragging-and-dropping, you can easily combine web content with your own files into one digital presentation.

If your content can be digital, then it can be included in your lesson: YouTube videos, quizzes, website links PDFs, photos from your photo library, Dropbox files, Google Drive files—all of these and more can be assembled into a lesson using Tes Teach.

Once your lesson is complete, you can easily share your Tes Teach lessons via social media or by link. You create the lessons using your regular computer, and students can view them via computer or via personal devices by downloading the accompanying, free iOS or Android app.

Tes Teach also has a library of many lessons that have already been created by other educators, and they are there for you to access and share with your students. There are even many lessons about Jewish subjects as well.

To begin, sign up for a free account. This will give you access to the Tes Teach digital dashboard.

In Your Classroom

  • Tes Teach is a great way to share student-created videos with the class
  • Tes Teach lessons is an excellent tool for use in a flipped classroom, or for set induction lessons.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

March 6, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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