Renewable Energy Data

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Students in elementary and middle school science classes across Poudre School District have been using Vernier Software & Technology probes and sensors. These sensors enable teachers and students to collect authentic data on computers for deep and detailed analysis. The data collected is accurate and better demonstrates to students how scientists perform and analyze similar experiments in the real world.

Students at Dunn, Bennett, and McGraw elementary schools are using GPS units to find weather investigation stations in the wilderness.  Students are collecting data and making conclusions based on that data. Rather than doing a lab that mimics being outside, studying weather, students are actually going out and collecting the data themselves.
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Middle School students at Lesher and Cache la Poudre have been investigating the factors that affect wind and solar power generation. The data they collected ranges from how the blade angle on a wind turbine can affect the energy output, to how the distance from a light source changes effectiveness of a solar panel. Teachers are making instructions interactive and easy to follow using Pear Deck, which allows for more open-ended inquiry investigations and student-driven learning.

If you are interested in checking out science probes and getting help with their use in your classroom contact the Ed Tech team. Elementary teachers it is no too late to sign up in Avatar for the Elementary Vernier training on Nov 9 (4th grade) and 10 (3rd and 5th grade).  IMG_0201 - Copy

Tech in the Classroom

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During the year, the PSD tech trainers have the pleasure of working with teachers and students in the classroom. We really enjoy spending time building and teaching engaging, tech-embedded lessons.  Here is a collection of  recent video podcasts, put together by some of the tech trainers, showing the great work they’ve done at some PSD schools.

Click the pictures to view individual videos.

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2nd grade students at Tavelli Elementary create their own Realebooks focusing on the relationship between animal adaptations and their habitat using the software program Realewriter.

 

The 6th grade Lincoln Scholars’ book club at Lincoln IB Middle School connect in a live video conference with Holly Goldberg Sloan who wrote “Counting by Sevens” using Skype and technology tools. 

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Students in Sarah Keller’s economics class at Fort Collins High School use Popplet to demonstrate their understanding of international marketing.

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As always, check our elementary, middle schools, and high schools podcast pages for other classroom ideas and updates.  You can also follow us on Twitter @TeachTechPSD and on Facebook /teachtechpsd

New Functionality Added to Google Forms

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A couple of months ago, Google added some functionality to the Forms section of Google Apps. These changes have recently been added to anyone with a Google EDU account. Users can now add images and dates/times to their forms. Check out this screencast to see the new changes!

Laptops as Clickers

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Using “clickers” or electronic response systems can be a great way to gather data and give formative assessments to students.  Until recently, schools wanting to use response systems needed to purchase expensive software and equipment.  Education software companies like Promethean, CPS, and SMART all manufacture “clicker” software and hardware.

Clicker software and hardware, in the traditional sense, can now be replaced by technology that may already exist in the classroom.  Teachers and students can now use laptops, netbooks, and smart-phones as clickers thanks to some new web tools.  Best of all, most of these web based tools are free to use.

Once such web tool can be found at Socrative.com soclogo

The front page states, “Engage the class using any device” and they mean it.

On the website, you can either be directed to a log-in for teachers or students.  The sign up process is simple and free for teachers.  Once logged in, teachers will get a room number.  They can provide that room number for students using the “student log-in” and go from there!  The whole process is very simple and user friendly.

From the teacher home page, teachers have to option to create quizzes in advance or give questions “on the fly” as a single question activity.  SQAs are a great way to gather quick, formative data on your class, take a vote, or give a “ticket out the door”.   The format of the SQA can be True/False, short answer, or multiple choice.

If teachers create a quiz ahead of time, they have the same options for question formats but with a little more functionality.  Quizzes can be multiple questions and run as student-paced or teacher-paced.  Teachers can also add image content to their questions and share their quizzes with other teachers.

One of the best functions of the quiz-based activities is that teachers can add correct answers which will, in turn, give students immediate feedback and export results to an Excel spreadsheet.

Socrative makes it easy to replace clickers with laptops, netbooks, and smart-phones making it a very user-friendly and viable option as an assessment tool.

Flubaroo to Grade a Google Form

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A few weeks ago,  we posted about using Google Forms.  Google Forms are a great way to collect information without the need for paper.  Teachers can use Google Forms to give students formative or summative assessments.  The benefit is that the information is automatically organized into a spreadsheet.  Another added benefit to Google Forms are “Scripts”.  One such script, called Flubaroo, will automatically grade a spreadsheet form for you with only a few simple inputs.

To get Flubaroo, head to a Google Form spreadsheet that’s open and navigate to Insert>Script.

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Next, you’ll want to do a search for “Flubaroo” in the search bar and click “install”

searchflubarooOnce installed, you will notice that “Flubaroo” is now a menu item.

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For Flubaroo to work, it needs a reference row or a “key”.  This can be one of the    rows in your spreadsheet.  Teachers will often take their own test so that it populates the first row of the test.  From that point forward, they have an easy way to grade the test/quiz.

After the quiz is graded, there will be a new tab at the bottom (similar to Microsoft Excel) called “Grades”.  Flubaroo automatically creates a spreadsheet with total correct/incorrect, % out of 100, and many other useful pieces of information.  If the teacher has the student input their email address as one of the row items, the teacher can immediately send the student their grade and feedback.

With a little work up front, using Google Forms with Flubaroo can save a lot of time for teachers.

Be sure to check out www.flubaroo.com for more information.

Google Fusion Tables

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Have your students create custom intensity maps with the new Google Fusion Tables.  Check out the screencast “how to” from our own Ben Johnson!

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Check out another video of Google fusion tables in action!

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“Survey Says” Use Google Forms

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Happy New Year!  This month we’re going to be looking at some of the many tools that educators have available via Google.
School administrators, party planning teams, or department heads often need feedback on a particular issue.  It can be difficult to gather all that information within meetings due to time constraints or absences.  As an easy way to gather this information, consider using Google Forms.

Head to google.com and select “Drive” from the top menu bar.  Sign in using your google account (or create one)

driveformsYou will see a blank “Untitled Form”.  You can create your questions (check the “question type” pull-down menu) and change the theme from this page.  You can also add more questions by clicking the “Add idem” button in the upper-left portion of the page.

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click the image to go to the actual form and take the survey!

As you work on your Form, you will notice a link at the bottom of your page where you can view your form as it would appear to whomever you share it with. That is the link that you can use to share the form with others (feel free to shorten it with Bit.ly or Tinyurl!)

The results will be exported as a spreadsheet which will be viewable from your Google Drive account under “My Drive”.  Here’s how it looks:

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As people take the quiz or survey, the information gets populated within the spreadsheet.  There is quite a bit you can do from here as well.  By clicking the menu “Form>Edit Form” you can go back to editing your form.  There’s also an awesome data analysis tool available by clicking “Form>Show summary of responses”.

You can also send the form via email from this page.  The form will automatically be embedded in the email, increasing the chance that it will actually be completed.

There are a myriad of other uses for Google Forms.  Many PSD teachers use Google Forms in their classrooms as an invaluable assessment tool.  Here, we have only scratched the surface so go play and see what you can discover!