When I discovered how fabulous Google Forms was last spring, I managed to find multiple uses for them. I loved using the various themes and found a variety of tasks for them, but mostly for gathering information. There are a variety of templates that can be accessed through the Google Docs website, but recently, I have been using the self-check quiz templates. This is an excellent option for a paperless activity and paperless means saving money! While I love using the cool themes Google has created to use with these forms, if users are accessing these with mobile devices, it is best to forgo the themes.

Click here to access a list of various lengths of self-checking quizzes. You cannot add or subtract questions because it will not score the entries correctly. Wondering how they work? Check out Tammy Worcester's Tip of the Week #81 where she explains how it is done and provides links to the templates she has created. Now if you are using a template that includes a large amount of information, you may want to take a look at this spreadsheet formula that allows you to transpose information. Check out Tammy Worcester's Tip of the Week #104 link. 

Hope you find these templates as useful as I have! Go forth and make life and grading much easier!
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If you are a teacher looking for a fun and easy solution to use for animation projects, you have got to look at GoAnimate4Schools as a great choice. It is free to educators and is a fully functioning version of this web app. You can create custom characters and you can have multiple characters in one scene unlike some other popular choices that limit you to two characters. The more I played with this site, the more options I found. Students can record their own voices within this site and/or upload audio files to their creation. The only thing the free school version doesn't allow is the ability to download copies of your student's creations. But you can embed these videos and they are extremely easy to create. The video below is the one I created for our convocation this year.

This is a great tool for many different types of projects from writing, teaching a concept, or creating content on a particular topic. Our Spanish teacher, Lupe Mendoza is using it with his Spanish students. I love this site and highly recommend it...try it out.
GoAnimate4Schools.com: Disco Convocation by Ann Witherspoon

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate4Schools. It's free and fun!
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The new Tech App TEKS (or standards) for Texas have been released and are slated to go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year. A component of the new TEKS includes developing PLNs, or personal learning networks, for the students. As a result, I have thinking about ways to make this happen. Using Livebinder, an online notebook or binder, is the perfect solution! In our discussions on how to make this happen, we were thinking about all of the teachers within a grade level having input on setting up these binders to house all of the student's resources in one place to ensure the best possible opportunities for success. So...we are thinking we will divide up the binder into the following tabs and sub-tabs, then all of the resources will be at their fingertips. The ideas for exactly what to include are limitless and one cool feature to this website is the ability to include notes on a page you have placed a link; the biggest problem...how do you narrow it down to a manageable amount without overwhelming them?! Click here to check out the Livebinder I created for my students this year...suggestions welcome!
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