Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WriQ - A Writing Assessment Tool

WriQ - A Google Docs Add On to Assess Writing

WriQ is a free add-on from the amazing folks at TextHelp. You may know some of the other tools available from TextHelp such as Read & Write  and Equatio

With WriQ, teachers can assess student writing.  Although WriQ isn't able to measure expression, creativity or purpose, it is able to measure things such as text maturity, sentence length, spelling, punctuation and grammar!

Here is a screen capture of one of my documents showing the results of WriQ. 

Simply go to this link to get the add-on. Then when you are viewing a piece of writing in a Google Doc, click on add-ons and WriQ. Next choose the type of genre (Narrative, Informative/Explanatory or Opinion/Argument) and then click on Score this Document.

Click on any part of the document to add, clear or adjust an error.  You can also score with a built in rubric. 

Send feedback to the student including a written note.  An image of the assessment will be inserted onto the document.  Check out my scored Google doc here.

Go to the WriQ dashboard to see all of your student's in one place and view recent activity and track student progress.

Here is a very helpful video explanation of how to use WriQ

Doesn't WriQ look like a fantastic way to assess writing? I highly recommend giving it a try!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Links and Loves

Here are two interesting reads about Generation Z and Millennials  👀
'Psychologically scarred' millennials are killing countless industries from napkins to Applebee's.  I agree with most of the items in this article. Especially department stores.  -- I heard about this article while listening to this podcast.
I truly enjoy learning about different generations and especially connecting with the generation we teach.
Here are some books I’ve read lately 📚

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  (Young Adult Fiction)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (Book 1 in a 4 book series | Recommended by a student)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline  (now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg)

I’m looking forward to reading this book recommended by a colleague.

Recently I worked with a classroom on blogging. One site that is free to use and fairly simple to create with is Weebly.  There are beautiful themes to pick from and adding a post is very easy. Students really like the drag and drop builder to create a unique blog. Weebly is typically known for creating websites, but blogging is an additional option.
I highly recommend using Weebly in the classroom.

Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy your time with friends and family. I have a fundraiser for baseball this weekend -- I'm so excited and ready for baseball weather!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative Activities from Google

Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative Activities from Google

Recently I presented a webinar on using some of Google's latest and greatest experiments and activities. I thought I would share this presentation through my blog incase anyone wants to explore some of these fabulous ideas.

During the webinar, we explored a range of activities, including some that use your voice, actions, or drawings in games and storytelling. I also showed how teachers and students can learn about concepts such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality in simple, creative ways.
Use the activities in this slideshow to engage students and enhance learning with a variety of activities and experiments that can be used across curriculum.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Links and Loves

Have you ever wanted to create curved text for a document?  This site came in very handy for me this week to create curved text for my Google docs and slides.

This is a fantastic example of what students and teachers can do with the new Google Sites.  

If you have some extra time on your hands, you might consider giving this a try.

Are you celebrating Poetry month in April? If so, you might like this site.

Recently I had the opportunity to check out a few touch screen 2 in 1  Chromebooks and this site was a great way to put them to the test. I think I’m in love with all of the possibilities!

Curricular Connection

Are you interested in augmented reality?  Just a Line App -- is a an app from Google that lets you make simple drawings in augmented reality, then share your creation with a short video. Click here to get the Google Play app.

I hope your Friday the 13th is a lucky one. Stay safe and stay positive.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Links and Loves

What's New?

It can be challenging to stay up-to-date with everything in the tech world. Here are some recent updates you might be interested in.

Activity Dashboard - You can now see who has viewed your Google Docs, Sheets and Slides with Activity Dashboard. Here is a helpful how-to video.

Padlet now has a premium and free version (Freemium)  Here is a blogpost explanation.  You can have 3 Padlet boards for free in addition to the Padlet boards you already have created before this new change.

The Google URL shortener goo.gl is being shut down. Read about it here and here.  Personally, I use Bitly for my URL shortener. I also use gg.gg occasionally.

In case you missed it, here is what happened when the Chinese Space Station hit the Earth.

Here is what I am currently reading. It was recommended by the students and I'm already feeling the impact after just a few chapters.

What are you doing this weekend? My family is going to our first of many Brewer's games. Pray for warm spring baseball weather for all of the folks stuck in the cold front, like we are in Wisconsin.