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HypderDocs was created by Lisa Highfill, Sarah Landis, and Kelly Hilton. I really don't think I can do HyperDocs justice in explaining them, but for me the reason I love them is because it helps teachers be a facilitator or guide in the learning process and the students become creators. Just take my word for it watch this video, check out the website here, or search #hyperdoc on twitter. You won't be disappointed! Also, here is one that made and used in class to teach the design process to my 4th graders. Feel Free to Make a Copy if you'd like! (Template came from @KarlyMoura).
I simply create a new Slides presentation, put the directions on the first one or two slides, then share it with the class via Google Classroom or HyperDoc. A bonus to doing this is that it becomes a quick formative assessment for me so I know which students are understanding and good to go and those that could use a little extra help. Here is an example of one my students did after watching a video lesson on multiples.
What to know more about what you and your students can do with Google Slides? Matt Miller from Ditch That TextBook wrote a fantastic blog post that I refer to often. Here is 10 Google Slides Activities to Add Awesome to Classes.
Ways that I have used Google Drawings includes:
- creating digital graphic organizers
- digital poster or anchor charts
- a student choice to demonstrate their learning
- download images created and insert into a Doc or a Slides presentation.
This doesn't seem like much, but I am still learning and many times after giving a lesson or using some tech I'll realize I could have used Drawings to make the task easier.
Again Matt Miller's blog, Ditch That TextBook has two great posts on how to incorporate Google Drawings: 10 Engaging Google Drawing Activities for Classes & 15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers
If Google Drawings is new to your students, here is an activity that I created to help introduce Drawings to my 4th graders at the beginning of the year. It was a great success!
A plus to using Google Forms is that it is helping my students prepare for the technology enhanced questions that they will see on standardized testing in the spring. The different type of questions you can choose for students to answer include multiple choice, check boxes, short or paragraph text and gridded response.
Other ways I have seen or have used Google Forms used include:
- classroom library checkout system
- class party signups
- Parent/Teacher Conference forms
- Rubrics for grading
- Even choose your own adventure stories!
With that, the add-on Google Sheet Flubaroo is a must! It is the reason why Google Forms will be your best friend.
I have seen other ways to Google Sheets too but haven't used any to know how it has worked out. Again, still learning. Maybe you have a way you use Google Sheets and can share with me.
Well, that is all I have for now. I hope that if you are new to GAFE (or even if you are not) this will help you embrace the change and see the many possibilities both teachers and students have when using these apps in the classroom.
I'd really like to hear what ways you use GAFE in your classroom. Leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter @SEANJFAHEY.