This is an activity that I always find something new and usable.
Last year I used this activity to solve the problem of students skipping the videos during Library Orientation. We used Vizia to insert questions and a “secret code” into the videos. This ensured that the students watched the videos. You can view the final results here: http://goo.gl/ucwHeG
I often need to communicate with my clubs and until now have relied on the student officers to run all communications, sharing my cell number only with the officers. I created a Remind class for my club and gave the kids the code to sign up. Many of the students have used Remind with other groups and were familiar with the app. Some of the parents also joined the Remind group so I can communicate with parents and students. Using Remind I can send messages to individual students, different groups of students or the entire group. All without them having my phone number! You have the option to enable responses from students. When students reply to your message their name shows up in the message. There is a feature to set office hours that I did not try. I love that I can use this on both my phone and my computer. I can send the kids attachments. I can enable one-way or two-way communication. All great stuff.
Along with simple texts to my clubs I sometimes need to gather information. Google forms turns out to be a simple and flexible way to do that. To test out Google forms I:
- Created a student survey of possible upcoming field trips.
- Surveyed my family on food and drink for an upcoming party.
- Created a form to use for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
Notes and observations on my experience.
- It is easy to text or email the survey link.
- Students and family members had no problem accessing the form on their smartphones.
- You need to remember a field for people to enter their names if it’s important. Otherwise you will have lots of answers with no idea who said it. Ooops!
- If you try to change a tick mark grid to tick boxes you will lose all 40 categories you have already entered. Bigger oops!
- Don’t panic. There IS an undo button in the upper right with the three dots.
- You must have wanted a checkbox grid all along.
- As you type the question Google anticipates the type of field you want….. frighteningly correctly.
- Results show up in a Google spreadsheet that you can then manipulate as needed.
- At this time I do not have a need to grade Google forms feedback but am including this video on Google forms grading for future reference.
Two more great tools I look to using frequently.