A couple of years ago I used Google Forms when I taught 3rd grade. I made a couple of Forms for my students to use and I used the Flubaroo add on to grade it. For some reason when I switched grade levels (and schools) I stopped using Google Classroom and in turn, also stopped using Google Forms. Now that I am in this program I keep telling myself that I will pick it all back up again. I just need to make the time. I think for my age group it would be best to use multiple choice questions mostly. I think it is important for students to do most of their writing with paper and pencil because they are still learning how to write and spell. I like the idea of having students use it as an exit ticket or to gain more information from them or their parents. One of the Forms I created was a Parent Questionnaire that I usually send home at the beginning of the school year. I think it would save paper to send it as a Form at the beginning of the year. It would also be helpful to me to have it all in one place in Google.
I think for my Capstone project, I might use this to gather data on my students feelings about a certain tool that I use. I could also use it to gather information about my staff and their needs and concerns. Since they could possibly be my target audience for my Capstone, I might want to gather information from them using a Form. I'm still a little unsure about how I can use Forms for my Capstone, but I do have a lot of ideas on how to use it in the classroom.
I loved the Alice Keeler link that had the keyboard shortcuts. I felt like using those shortcuts helped make the process a lot smoother. I also love how when you are writing a question it automatically tries to figure out what type of question you are writing. For example, I wrote "Rate your experience..." and it automatically changed the question to a "rating scale". I think that helps make the process of making a form smoother. I also love the "quiz" feature added to forms. I do wish they made it easier to get to. I think going into the settings to create a quiz is a little too many steps when they could just put it on the top of the Form. Maybe one day...
As I am learning, there are many ways social media can help teachers collaborate and communicate as a professional. Going on Twitter for the first time (in a long time) I am seeing the use of it. I'm still learning how to navigate around it but I was able to find the hashtags for some Twitter Chats and listen to some of them. I am not sure if I did it correctly, the one that I participated in was a video of people discussing Twitter and it's uses. Unfortunately, it was an old video and not live. I found that out after I watch the whole video. Some other ways I currently use social media is Facebook. There are so many different Facebook groups to join that are related to teaching. Some of my favorites are "Encouraging Teachers" and "Primary Techie" (which is more of a shop but I learn some neat things from her). Those are just a couple that I frequent, but if you search there are so many teacher groups to join. I also use Pinterest, which I learned is social media. Pinterest helps organize activities and lesson plans all in one place. It is also my go to place when I'm looking for ideas in my classroom. Some issues to consider are making sure what you post is appropriate. Sometimes people do not think before they post things online. We are educators but sometimes our views and opinions can get the best of us. Posting online is public and can be viewed by anyone. That is something to consider when using social media.
Since I am a second grade teacher, it is highly unlikely that I would see an inappropriate post by one of my students. But if I saw a previous student posting inappropriately I would probably have a conversation with that student about how everything they post is public and this could effect their future goals. If I was not his/her current teacher I would also let their teacher know I had this conversation with them. If they were my student I might also contact the parent to let them know what I saw online. I feel it is not my responsibility to discipline the student for actions that were not done at school but to help them see that what they post can be seen by anyone and how to act more responsible. I think if the post was worse than just curse words, as the article mentions, I might have to involve more people such as the principal or police. The word "inappropriate" can mean so many things. My first thought as a lower grade teacher is a curse word. But after talking to a colleague I realized the post could be worse. I feel parents should be monitoring their children's social media accounts, but I feel if I see my students acting inappropriately I would have to acknowledge it and make it a teachable moment, just like the article mentions.