My Recent Playing w/ Forms

This past week, I read a post from Mr. Clay Reisler (iPaddiction) on creating custom banners and password protecting forms. This had me start playing around with Google Forms more. I love having the ability to customize items, so being able to have my own banner across the top of a page is an added extra, visually speaking. Password protecting a form is an easy way to make sure no one fills out, let’s say my mileage form, other than me. I love to have a form ‘Add to Home Screen’ on an iPad, through Safari, so I can quickly submit data. Here is an example below:

(Password is Password)

Here is how I set a password to a Google Form:

I just worked with a teacher who wanted to be able to have a Google Form for checking off student homework on his iPad (‘Add to Home Screen’). We designed the form to have two questions for each student; first, a ‘checkboxes’ question of all the potential homework subjects. Second question is a ‘paragraph’ style kind, where any notes could be typed in such as if a student didn’t do their math homework the teacher could state exactly what the assignment was. Now he can go into his spreadsheet, since each submission is date stamped, and then sort by question to see each time a particular student hasn’t completed their homework.

Last year, I started to reach out, through Google Forms, for feedback & suggestions. Every week I send out a Free Friday ‘App’etizer email with an app suggestion. I also included a link to a recommendation form where my teachers could submit an app which they enjoy using. After every morning share I send out a follow-up email with further information, a digital copy of their sign-in sheet for their records, and a link to a feedback form on how helpful my pd session was for them. Both of these forms get sent out at different times throughout the school year and I didn’t want to have to constantly check the Google Sheet, so setting up a notification email when something changes has been awesome! From within a Google Sheet, I go to ‘Tools’, ‘Notification rules…’, on the pop-up choose the settings you would like and click save. Tada!

App Resource Idea!

After using my new favorite tool, ThingLink, several times this summer (as you can/did read in a different post: ThingLink Teacher Challenge); I came up with an idea on how to use it with my iPad teachers.

I am asked for app recommendations all the time. I started to send out a Friday Free ‘App’etizer email suggesting a free app and how to use it in the classroom. But I wanted to be able to supply more resources for the teachers to refer to. I thought about including ThingLink and here is what I came up with:

Now teachers can visually see the app, get an idea of its layout from a screenshot and read a small description on how to use it. I hope to eventually add short video screencasts to it later… but that’s a project for another day.

Do you have an app recommendation? Add it here:

Remember Webquests? I do!

Webquests were internet adventures for students which consisted of having a webpage set up for students with resources needed to complete an activity. I have a grad course I’m teaching currently online where we explore creating a webquest using one of two web tools: Symbaloo or ThingLink. Here are two examples I have created with a brief description below.

ThingLink Webquest Description: This webquest focused on a study of presidents. There are four selected, but a student may choose another president. The task is to determine which president would be declared by a magazine ‘The Greatest President of All Time’. Resources are provided for research to back their assertion. First they fill out a Google Form for the teacher, so they know who they have selected. Then they will use BigHugeLabs to create the magazine cover. Finally they will use Google Docs to write up the article awarding this title to a president.

Symbaloo Webquest Description: This webquest focused on a study of fables. There are resources to read/listen to fables. A short screencast on what is a fable. There is a rubric provided in the form of a Google Sheet so the students can see what is going to be expected in their final part, the creation of their own fable.

Both of these examples are not perfect. Precisely they were designed with flaws, or rather areas which could be improved. I wanted my grad students to reflect on how each could be improved so they may take those thoughts into consideration when designing their own webquest. I’m looking forward to what they design.

ThingLink Video

ThingLink Video is a new web tool (sorry, no app yet) that allows a person to add ‘tags’ to a video. ThingLink has now made videos interactive. I can place tags anywhere within a video which I either upload or find from YouTube or Brightcove. A tag can last for either 5, 10 or 15 seconds. Just like with images, it can be any URL or Embed code. Below is an example I made as a resource for teachers in my district. It is an older video (iOS 6-ish) which I now have amped up with resources, etc.

Third Grade Logo Project

Today I am starting a project with a couple of 3rd grade classes. Their task is to create a logo which represents themselves. I’ll be introducing this project with this Google presentation:

We will be using a variety of apps to accomplish this project here are just a few:

Background Eraser Pro

Logo Maker and Graphics



QR Code Maker

The classroom teachers and I are breaking up this project over a couple of days. First introducing and giving some background knowledge on some logos they may already be familiar with; as well as finding a background image to use. The next day, finding one or two more images to use in the logo; as well as how to remove any background on those pictures. Finally, we will be focusing on how to put the whole logo together and publishing it to a class dropbox account. If there is time remaining, we would like to have the students create a screencast of their logo describing how it represents them. This video would be turned into a QR Code for their parents to view at Back2School night.

Here is my example logo video:
Mr. G’s Logo
I hope to add some student examples once they are completed.

Free Webinars on ThingLink

Update Here is an image for Tomorrow’s ThingLink Interactive Image Share:

This past summer, I participated in a Teacher Challenge… but that’s for another post.

Now ThingLink wants to promote all the wondrous work created through the challenge that will be used in classrooms this academic year.

“ThingLink EDU is a powerful digital learning platform that provides users with the ability to turn any image or video into a multimedia-rich interactive learning tool. Members of our rapidly growing ThingLink Community of Educators have discovered ways to use the tools for a variety of innovative uses across all content areas and grade levels. To share inspiring examples, we are pleased to introduce a unique type of webinar, known as the ThingLink Interactive Image Slam.
ThingLink Interactive Images Slams provide real educators in our community with an opportunity to share, highlight and discuss great ThingLink interactive images or video they have created and used with students of all ages. Discover the endless creative possibilities for enriching students’ enthusiasm for learning like never before through a unique webinar highlighting the work of our users and learn about how you can have a chance to grab the spotlight by signing up for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam today.”

Sign up:
September 16th at 8:00 PM EDT
Dan Gallagher, guest panelist (That’s ME!)
Ana Siqueira, guest panelist

September 18th at 7:00 PM EDT
Sue Fitzgerald, guest panelist
Jodie Johnson, guest panelist
Leslie McClenndon, guest panelist
Cheryl Hughes, guest panelist

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