Tech Talk 8 Google Forms to upload Proctored Exams

If you have proctored exams, it can be useful to have one easy way to upload and track exam submissions – rather than just emailing the teacher.

We have used Google Forms to create an easy way to upload and have a Google Spreadsheet then to access these exams for our teachers:

Note you can also share the Google Form directly with the teacher who can subscribe to alerts when new submissions come in.

Tech Talk 7 Google Doc Templates

 

In online courses, it is nice to have an assignment format that everyone can access.  Use Google Docs, we can create an assignment and anyone with a Google account will be able to open and edit right away.

By sharing and changing the share code slightly it forces students to make their own copy of the assignment rather than opening a view only copy and then requiring the student to make a copy:

Tech Talk 6: Zoom Conferences: Online Tutorials

Check out https://zoom.us 

Give more real-time support to students in online classes when they need you!

Zoom is a free video conferencing service that is much easier than Adobe Connect or Google Hangouts.  Students don’t have to pre-install any software.

All you have to do is send out an invitation URL and anyone can join by clicking, prompting the launch of a web application.

In our online classes, we are using these zoom tutorials to build community and to support student learning by meeting in small groups or 1:1.  It has also been a useful tool for staff meetings and professional learning at multiple school sites.  Finally, it is helpful for tech troubleshooting.

As the host of a Zoom session, you can choose to share your screen, allowing anyone to annotate on top of documents you are both looking at.  This supports effective collaboration and makes student thinking visible.  The teacher or student can also request remote access to control mouse and keyboard to help with tech support.

For students who couldn’t attend the online tutorial in real-time, save and record your zoom session and publish to YouTube for asynchronous learning.

The free version of Zoom has been sufficient for my needs as an online teacher.

Check Spelling and Grammar with Grammarly

Tech Talk 5:  This tutorial focuses on how to use Google Extension Grammarly to check your spelling and grammar.  You can get this from the Chrome Web Store looking for  Grammarly.  This integrates automatically when you are logged into Google Chrome.  Grammarly doesn’t naturally work with Google Docs, but there is an easy workaround for this.

All students and staff with a loyolalearning.ca Google account automatically have Grammarly extension installed.

Annotate with OneNote

I’m very lucky and now have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!  I want to look at annotation and have used PDF Annotator in the past.

OneNote is already on my new machine and is quick and easy to annotate student work submitted from D2L.  Check out walkthrough below on what this could look like in your online course.

Of course, I would also include a feedback video to a student using SNAGIT too.

Tech Talk 2 – Read and Write Chrome Extension for Assistive Technology

I’m a bit embarrassed that I have not posted for so long.  My next share is exciting that we have purchased 400 licences for Loyola students.

We can also use Read and Write to annotate pdf files – share file with student and let them voice-type, read back and highlight.

We now have SNAPVERTER that lets you convert any PDF to make it readable.  You can even take a picture of ANY document with your phone and send it to your SNAPVERTER folder in your Google Drive to convert to readable PDF!