Introduction of the Coaches Corner

Welcome to the new and exciting Coaches Corner, I will be posting updates on on what I am up to in the coaching relm and any opportunities you might like to take up for some coaching.

So far this year I have been working with the PE team in their year 12 classes around trying to improve our predicted data results. As you are probably aware for coaching to be successful their must be a level of trust and confidentialilty between coach and coachee so I cannot discuss any specifics with you all but I can say that one of the aspects that I have been looking at is student engagement in class. The level of student engagement is something that I find really interesting to look and I feel that it gives us as educators a snapshot of whether the tasks and teaching strategies we are using are having an impact on students.

This is an area that I would love to get into as many classes as possible to get a snap shot of the engagement level in your class. Please catch up with me or send me an email if you are interested in me collecting some data on engagement in any of your classes.

Whenever we do anything around engagement the important aspect is having a shared understanding of what engagement looks like in classes at Traralgon College. So, what does/should engagement look like???

Google Forms – AWESOME!

Probably THE most useful Web 2.0 app that I have used throughout the year is Google Forms.  This post is designed to help you set up your own class forms or quizes.  You can also choose to the “extra for experts” at the end to see how you can set up a quick way to automatically grade closed answer quizes and e-mail student scores, and/or how to embed thes forms in DayMap..

This application has many benefits in the classroom:

  • Probably the quickest way to collect some formal feedback, written material, student reflections… avaialble at the moment.
  • Instead of students each uploading their own file and you have to sift/collate many files or e-mails… all info is collected in a single spreadsheet.
  • You can embed these forms in DayMap!

Intoduction

Press the play button below to watch a short video on Google Docs Forms.

  • How Google Docs Forms can help you easily gather information from a large number of people without having to send and receive multiple emails.
  • How to create a form and keep track of the answers.
  • What to do with the information as it gets added to the results spreadsheet

Google Forms:

  • Can also be used too create on line quizes that can then “mark themselves” and automatically e-mail students their responses.
  • Requires a Google/G-mail Account – stongly recomend this as more and more quality applications are provided by Google (It’s a Google World?”).

Step 1: If you don’t yet have a Google Account – Create one.

Creating Class Quizes

Step 2: Have a go at creating your own quiz/questionnaire.  Follow the steps as outlined in the video below, or using the links to the cheat sheets below the video.

  • Go to your Google Account – Documents – New Form to get started.
  • Create some questions (consider including name, e-mail, class… as required).
  • Try sending your form to some colleagues to test it out and see their results in your spreadsheet.
  • Try Changing the theme.
  • Examine the results…

Cheat Sheets

Creating a Google Form

Editing Forms

Viewing Responses

Step 3 (extra): Get your Google forms to mark themselves and e-mail student results with Flubaroo.

Step 4 (extra): Embed your Google form on your DayMap class page.

Outlook 101 – Calendar

This tutorial is about creating and using your outlook calendar. I find it awesome and know that others that use it find the same. Have a play and let me know what you think. Please send me a quick email if you have a crack at this tutorial. Cheers Chris

Daymap Activity #3 – Assessment

Daymap Activity #3 – Online Assessments
Level – Intermediate.
Rationale:
Having a central location for assessments and student results enables us to give better feedback to students as well as making reporting a simpler process. At the beginning of next year, all students should have their own netbooks, which means these can be a useful tool for completing and submitting assessments. The daymap site allows us to set, record and communicate results and feedback to students.
Description:
Using the tutorial video, you will complete your own assessment task on daymap using an assessment you are already using in class or plan to use in the near future.
The Task:
1. Use the instructions in the tutorial video to create a new assessment for one of your classes.
2. Attach any necessary documents and provide a description of the task.
3. Encourage your students to submit their work online through daymap.
4. Once they have done this, view the tutorial again and miss students work and provide feedback.
5. In class, you can get students to read the feedback given.

Daymap Activity #1 – Curriculum Documentation

Daymap Activity #1 – Curriculum Documentation
Level – Basic.

Rationale:

Curriculum documentation is a starting point for further work to develop and improve our curriculum, whether within our own subjects or across the college. Documenting what we are doing allows us to be better prepared, think further ahead, teach more creatively and collaborate more effectively with our colleagues. As we all have students best interests at heart and constantly strive to improve what we are able to do for students in our classes, documenting classes allows us continually try new things and make improvements to  the existing model that we have, rather than just starting again every year. Also, as a new teacher to the school, the campus or to a new subject, it should be clear what I am expected to teach and where I can find the resources that I need.

Description:

In completing this learning activity you will use the college template to document a section of your current course and document this in the appropriate part of daymap, along with any supporting documents. Secondly, you will provide learning aids for students to access relevant to the unit.

The Task:

  1. Use the tutorial video to download a copy of the curriculum documentation template for one of the classes you teach. You can pause, move through or repeat any parts of the video as you are going.
  2. Fill out this document with the current details of your class. You might do this by cutting and pasting information from a document that you have in a different format. If not, you can simply record what you have done in your class over the past week’s.
  3. Once complete, upload this document  the staff/curriculum section of daymap.
  4. If there are any lesson plans, resources, task descriptions or assessments that are used in this unit, upload them to the relevant section.
    1. If there are any documents that students can use for the learning activities, upload them to the student section of daymap.
If in doubt about any of these processes, refer to the tutorial videos, or ask one of the session leaders.