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Using Google Forms To Give a Test And Then Grade It With Flubaroo

June11

Using Forms in Google Documents allows you to create a quiz of questions of all types–true/false, multiple choice and short answer.  Along with this feature of administering and collecting the answers for a test or quiz, you can also use the Flubaroo script to grade multiple choice and or true/false questions.

Flubaroo is a free script that you can use grade the quizzes that you administer through Google Docs. Flubaroo provides great step-by-step directions for using the script. I’ll give an quick overview of how it works. First, create your multiple choice quiz using Forms in Google Docs (get directions here). Then take the quiz yourself and have students take the quiz (you can embed it in a webpage or direct students to the URL for your form). Now instead of trying to grade the spreadsheet cells you will insert the Flubaroo script by selecting it from the “insert” menu in your spreadsheet. Once the Flubaroo script is inserted just select it and it will grade the quiz for you.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of Flubaroo.

Learners TV

May23

This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests,etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy,Astronomy, Political Science etc FREE to its visitors… This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Science Animations provide students with fun and innovative ways of learning. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will help you refine your test taking skills. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.

QR Codes Without a Camera–Use Google Chrome

May23

QR codes need to be read by camera phones or webcam and that can be a problem.  Thanks to a entry by one of my most favorite techies, Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, there is a solution to that problem.

QRreader (beta) is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to use your browser to decode QR codes. With QRreader installed when you come to a QR code on the web you can simply right-click on it to decode it. If the QR code is for a webpage, the page will open in a new tab. If the QR code is for text, it will open in a text dialogue box.

Note:  Just another reason to use Google Chrome as a browser. 🙂

 

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QR Codes & Their Uses

May23

I came across several posts by Tammy Worcester on her blog “Tip of the Week” and I will include links below:

First:  Explanation and use of QR Codes

 

Then, how to add audio to your QR Code:

 

103 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom

May22

 

Now it has an new and improved version…

 

ThingLink–Creating Interactive Images

May21

Thinglink is a neat tool for creating interactive images.  This is a free, online registration website for embeding audio, video and rich media links directly in images and share them across the web.  Bring in your images from anywhere.  You can bring images from the web by copying their URL, import from Flickr with an import tool, or upload them straight to their service from your hard drive.  You can tag  50 image uploads for free with the Basic level usage.  Additional levels are available for a small fee.  Three ways of adding images–from the web, from Flickr, or from your hard drive.  Once the photo is uploaded you can “tag” any section with description, additional links for information or video links.  Once the image is completed the image can be embedded into a blog or website for student access.  Watch this video to see how it works.

Online Convertor of ANYTHING!

May21

This conversion tool is awesome—it is free, no need for registration and it will just about convert anything—text files, audio files, video files.  Want to convert a video to a new format or download a video from the web? Do you need to convert an audio file to MP3 or WAV? No problem, Online-Convert has you covered. Need to convert a document to HTML from PDF? Online-ConVert does that too. Those are just a few of the many conversions that you can accomplish with Online-Convert. And you can do all of this without ever entering your email address, Facebook credentials, or any other form of registration.

One of the features of Online-ConVert that I really liked is found in the video conversion tool. Not only can you change the format of the video, but Online-Convert also allows you to specify the display dimensions of the video you’re converting.

Google Drive is Alive! Keep Anything–Share Anytime

May10

Google DriveGoogle’s online file storage system, is now alive. With it you can upload and access all of your files including videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs and more.

Google Docs is integrated with Google Drive so you can work on all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets, as well as share content and then add and reply to comments on any file (PDF, image, video, and so on) and receive notifications when some one else comments on a shared item. It has added some social networking features to cloud file storage. Drive will also recognize text in scanned documents. (similar to what Evernote does).

One other nice  (and big asset!) feature is that you can open all these types of files (over 30 different ones) right in your browser, even if you don’t have the original program the file was created in on your computer.

You can access your files on the web and install the Drive on your Mac or PC and your Android phone (iOS app coming soon). There is also a screen reader for blind readers.

You can also search your files easily by keyword, file type, owner and more. Not surprising that you can search like this since it is Google.

 The free account is 5GB. You can purchase more if you need it. 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or, get ready for it, 1TB for $49.99/month. That’s a lot of memory. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail storage goes up to 25GB also.

This is another great option for backing up and having cloud access to all of your files. The social sharing and commenting features and how it is integrated into Google Docs makes everything dovetailed into one area.

Here’s a video about Google Drive..Go Google Google Drive – YouTube

Get Started with Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/start#home

iPad Screenshot

April10

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This is another in our occasional iPad Basics tips series – so if you’re a veteran iPad user you’ll want to skip this as you’re very likely to already know this stuff.

This very quick tip let’s you know how to take a screenshot (an image that captures what is currently on the screen) on the iPad and iPad 2.

Press the Power (or sleep/wake) button at the top right of the iPad app and the Home button at the same time for just a quick second. When you do you’ll see the screen flash white for a moment and you’ll hear the camera shutter sound.

That’s it. Once you’ve done that, you can go to the Photos app and see your screenshot in the Camera Roll album.

You can do this when the iPad is in portrait or landscape mode, the method is always the same.

One more quick tip on putting screenshots to use on the iPad: you can open an existing photo in your Camera Roll, pinch to zoom to blow up the best portion of the image, then take a screenshot. That will create a new image in the Camera Roll. This can often be a nice way to quickly improve an existing image or just create a nice extra close-up shot.

Fotobabble

April10

New website I came across for adding voice to a photo.  This can be used on a computer, iPhone, iPad, and Android phone.  The account is FREE and it’s very user friendly.  So, what is Fotobabble?  According to their site, “its the easiest way to add voice to photos. Its free – just upload a photo, record your voice and share!” Audio recordings can be up to 60 seconds.
Fotobabble could be used in your classroom to share information about field trips, projects, reflections about learning, and much more (see list below from their site with ideas)! The final picture with recording can be embedded on your blog, shared with friends, or posted to social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter.  Easy, free, and great classroom tool to try out.

  • Home-made greeting cards
  • Talking postcards from your travels
  • Review products, songs, movies, TV shows, anything!
  • Citizen journalism: Reporting from the scene of something newsworthy
  • Provide commentary on a photo found on the web
  • Promote your brand, products or services (OR SCHOOL!)
  • Narrate the story behind a special photo
  • Adding a visual element to your poetry, drawing or music
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