Sunday, March 2, 2014

Google Form Self Asessment? Really?

In my quest to be finding more and more ways to use google with my students, I tried something this week that I think has a ton of potential.

I have been working with my students on LOTS of what I call "academic behaviors"...from using time well to cooperating with others to asking good questions to working precisely.  There are MILLIONS of these behaviors we hope to help our students develop.

We've been having some . . .  ummmmmm.....

ISSUES

in this department, so I thought I'd try to get my students to be a little more reflective and to assess themselves in some of these areas. I will often have them give me a thumbs up/thumbs down after a work time or to write a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 on a post it, but I thought this might be kind of fun.

I created a google form with a 5 point scale with about a dozen questions I wanted students to think about.

I reviewed with the students what each one meant...gave examples...and then asked them to self-assess.  At the end of the form was an open ended question--"Is there anything else you would like me to know about you as a student right now?"  I thought I'd throw it out there and see what students said.  My results were fascinating!


First of all, I printed all the results and highlighted and areas where students gave themselves 1's and 2's.  I then checked out some of my "struggling" students to see how they ranked themselves and learned a few things.

1.  Some of my students are overestimating their performance.

2.  Most of my students really were spot-on with their assessment.

3.  I may not be being clear enough with my expectations in some areas as students' perceptions are very different than my own.

Something to work with, right?  I can certainly work to help clarify some of these things.  It's no wonder students are struggling if they aren't clear on what I expect!



Where I got the most bang for my buck, however, is that last open ended question...look at some of the comments I got.




Wow.  Talk about VALUABLE information to have...information that I'm pretty sure wouldn't come out if I didn't give them this forum.  It literally took 10 minutes start to finish...and when I do it again, I know it will go even faster.

I'd love to get a discussion going about other ways to use Google in the classroom...from editing papers with students to using forms for exit slips, let's hear what YOU are doing with Google!

9 comments:

  1. Wow, Meg! That does look very interesting! I would love to try something like this. My 3rd graders are not the fastest at typing so I could see the last question being troublesome, but it looks like you got very valuable feedback from it. Our district is a no-google district right now, but it's changing soon! For example, we cant use gmail or google docs, but they have since decided to lift that band and hopefully this week we can start using it. When that time comes, I'd love some help in possibly setting something like this up. Thanks for the great idea!

    Kelli
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    1. We start keyboarding in third and then I do a "boot camp" at the beginning of the year and it REALLY has helped. I also try to get them doing lots of lots of composing of drafts on the computer instead of copying off a paper because I think it helps with their fluency. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. We have google apps in our district, too. I have yet to really use them with my students. I teach second grade and I just haven't found the time and energy to figure it out with the little ones. I plan to next year, though! I did see someone use Flubaroo as a way to grade google forms responses.

    What I Have Learned

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    1. I haven't heard of that, Jessica...this is all new for me! Writing it down...

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  3. What a great self assessment! I gave a training this year on how to use Google Docs to do formative assessments. The kids loved it and the teachers did too. I just wish we had more than 1 hour each week in the computer room. At least my students are pretty good about doing these at home (I let them know they don't have to, since not all have internet access at home, but those who do them at home get more free time during our computer block while those who haven't completed the survey do it then). I can definitely see creating this self assessment for my class. My group this year doesn't need it (they are actually TOO self critical, which I'm blogging about later this week) but I have absolutely have classes in the past who needed this. Pinning for future reference!

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    1. I wish, wish, wish we had more lab time. We have times we can sign up for in addition to our 30 minute (that's right) weekly block--but the prime spots are hard to come by. I think we may be getting 6 Chromebooks soon which would help, but I need to learn how to manage rotating kids through them. :)

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  4. Wow! Really valuable! We just got 40 Chromebooks at my school and last week, I just introduced my kids to their google accounts (only for apps-no ail access). I'm trying to figure out how I can use this with my kids. Besides the self eval form, are you doing anything else?
    Thanks!
    Jamie

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  5. This sounds great, Meg! I have been having my students do self-assessments lately and I love them! They really do a good job assessing their performance!! I can't wait to learn more about how to use Google in my classroom! Thanks for the great idea!

    Molly

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  6. Another great resource that I will put into place for my students.

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