Along with being a really easy to use (it integrates with G Suite for Education), and a great engagement and formative assessment tool, below are some of the specific features of Pear Deck that our teachers like. In another blog post, I’ll dive deeper into our systems processes for choosing educational technology.
Check in with students
Use the classroom climate feature to ask how students are feeling at the start of the lesson.
Start the school year off with a fun and interactive ‘vacation survey’ to find out where your new class traveled/vacationed over the summer.
Have the students respond via a Google Form, like the one shown below. Then, ask students to share new information they learned about the places they traveled. Turn their responses into an interactive map!
Then turn the Google Sheet created by the form into an interactive map in Google MyMaps.
I recently presented at the EdTechTeam GAFE Summit held in my school district, Marlboro Township Public Schools.
It was a great event! I learned valuable new instructional strategies and ways to use emerging instructional technologies. As we approach the start of the school year, I’m sharing and have attached my presentation slideshow on differentiating with Google Docs and Google Forms.
It’s a simple concept in that the teacher can share a Google Doc with a student and set him/her off on an individualized project and learning paths or provide specific links to differentiated content or activities. Additionally, if you’re using adaptive learning programs like Study Island, ST Math, or others, you can link directly to those websites and sign-in pages.
Below is a skills checklist to get yourself started and a link to my slideshow and resources.
Understand basics of Google Docs and Forms
Understand Sharing Settings of Docs and Forms
Can insert hyperlinks into a Google Doc
Understand concept of linking Docs to Docs
Insert Link Shortcut Keys (Ctrl + K)
Can utilize Google Search to find resources, texts, videos, etc. to curate information
I don’t recommend trying to make Google Form assessment that verges on the complexity of advanced adaptive learning programs. However, the flowchart I’ve provided should give you some assistance in planning a form that leads a student through a differentiated path or an adaptive type assessment.