Thursday, January 12, 2017

Google Classroom: Assign Work to Small Groups of Students

What Can You Do With It?

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5 Options:

1. Group activities — Assign an activity to an individual group. Then, all the group members are all together in one place. You won’t have to check and double check who is in which group.

2. Providing extra practice — If some students are struggling and could use some extra work — or some suggested sites for practice — assign it just to those students.

3. Leveling activities — Differentiate an activity by creating two, three or four versions of it. A more basic version of the activity has less steps, less detail or less rigor. A more advanced version has more steps, detail or rigor. Add one or two versions in the middle and you have several levels to challenge a variety of students. Assign as needed.

4. Interest-based activities — Have some Harry Potter fans in class? Or a group that loves motocross or sports? If you can identify groups of students that have the same interest, how fun would it be to include those interests in the work they do in class?

5. Rotating activities — If you have stations or a set of activities students will do over a period of days or weeks, keep assignments simple by assigning just the one that group is working on. If students will rotate through four different activities, assign one group just activity #2 until they’re done with it. Then assign them the next one. The “reuse post” feature will make this quick and easy once you’ve assigned all of the activities once.


Here’s what it looks like (described with words and images):

1 create assignment

1. Open Google Classroom and go to a class. Click the “+” button in the bottom right corner and click, “Create assignment.

2 all students

2. You’ll notice a drop-down menu that says “All students” next to the name of the class you’re assigning to. That’s where this feature comes in … click it!

3 select students

3. If you want to assign to all students, just leave it as is. All students are selected by default. But if you want to select a smaller group of students to assign to, uncheck “All students”. Then select the students you want using the check boxes next to their names.

4 assign

4. Complete your assignment. (Don’t forget to do the instructions part. When students are absent or return back to an assignment later, they’ll be lost without them!) Then click “Assign.” (You can also schedule it or save it as a draft with the drop-down triangle button next to “Assign”.)

5 grading area

5. Your assignment is assigned to that group! When you go to grade the assignment (click on the “Done” or “Not done” area), you’ll see that only the students you assigned it to are displayed.

(Note: Any students you did not assign this assignment to will not see this assignment in Google Classroom.) 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sharing & Collaborating with Google Drive: A Guide

This guide is brought to you by Eric Curts, and features a video to walk you through the different stages of turning your classroom into a paperless environment through the features and functionalities of Google Drive and Google Docs. 

Here's a sample of Eric's Table of Contents:
How to name documents and folders
How to choose sharing options: Edit, Comment, and View
How to share a document with specific people
How to share a document as a link
How to use folders
How to create folders for your documents
How to put your documents in folders
How to share a folder
How to use folders as staff handout folders
How to use folders as student turn-in folders
How to use forms to turn in assignments
How to use comments in the grading process
How to use revision history
Use Voice Comments

Other resources

Access Eric's guide here!

University of Hawai`i Google Drive Sharing Graphic:

by Suzy Mehlhorn

Monday, May 2, 2016

Coursera: 3D Printing Specialization

This Specialization will introduce you to the magic of 3D printing. Through a series of four cohesive courses and a hands-on capstone experience, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools to turn your ideas into objects! This specialization has been developed by faculty experts from the Illinois MakerLab (the world's first 3D printing lab in a Business School) along with industry experts from both Autodesk (a leading 3D software firm) and Ultimaker (a leading 3D hardware firm).

You will obtain a rich understanding of what 3D printing is, how 3D printers work, and how this new technology is being used by both individuals and firms to revolutionize our world. In addition, you will acquire a set of tangible skills that will enable you to create digital designs that you can transform into physical objects. These skills can be used to help you launch a career in the growing field of 3D printing, be the 3D printing expert in your current firm, or make the things you need. 

Hurry, it starts on May 8!

Here at UH Mānoa, you can try out the 3D printer in the iLab (Bldg 37). Right now it's free. Check out their website and calendar here! The iLab is also available for teaching courses.

Coursera 3D Printing Specialization

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Copyright: What Teachers and Students Should Know!

From "Ditch that Textbook" featuring Kristina Peters from the Nebraska Department of Education 

Kristina Peters from the Nebraska Department of Education joins Ditch That Textbook to talk about copyright and how it applies to the classroom. Use video, audio, images or other media you didn't create? You might be using it legally and ethically ... but you might not. Hear Kristina's valuable information about licensing.
Also includes uploading videos to YouTube and how Google scans and flags inappropriate content and other violations; what may happen to your account and the possible outcome of an appeal; showing a movie in your classroom; Creative Commons searching; Google search within Google Docs; Google search filtering images by license; example of an image attribution page.

pixabay free images
Wikimedia Commons


Monday, March 28, 2016

[Mind] Mapping the Path to Plagiarism

Using mind maps is a creative and dynamic way to visually develop and manage projects, concepts and ideas - from organizing a website to office workflows and academic planning. In this example, I updated our website on plagiarism. 


Mind Mapping Ideas

Presentation Organization

Writing Processes
Website Design
Theme-Based Activities
Classroom Projects
Office Workflow
Project Management
Assessment Planning
Syllabi Development
Learning Outcomes

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fabulous "Open Source" SCALAR

From The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture*

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. Multiple authorship is supported.

Watching the Scalar video introduction will make you want to drop everything and start writing!


*Scalar is a project of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (ANVC) in association with Vectors and  IML, and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hello! My Name is Twiddla!

Twiddla is a web-based meeting playground white board. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your students or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all there, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly. And it's FREE!

How is it different from other collaboration tools? (e.g., WebEx)

  • First of all it's free.
  • Second it's available to anyone, anytime.
  • Third, there are no plug ins - all you need is your web browser.
  • Fourth, you can interact with the web (or any uploaded picture, PDF document or widget) AND mark it up at the same time.
  • Fifth, it incorporates chat and voice.
  • Read the FAQ

Click HERE to start a new meeting or, try it now in the Sandbox HERE