Collaboration fever: a trip through Google slides and Flipgrid.

Collaboration fever: a trip through Google slides and Flipgrid.


Hello everybody my name is Joanna
Funkhouser and I’m a physics teacher at Garland High School I’m an innovation in
instruction member with Garland ISD, I’m also a Google certified educator level
one I’m an Apple teacher. I’m really happy to have you join us for today’s
webinar with me is Mr. Kevin Cooper who teaches AP economics at Sachse High school. He’s also an innovation in instruction member. He will be answering all your
questions in the chat box. So, we all know the importance of collaboration in the
work space. Whether you’re a teacher, an engineer or any other professional you
know that learning to work with others and provide respectful and meaningful
feedback is fundamental. Today, we’re going to talk about two great ways to
encourage collaboration among your students. So, nothing better than Google
slides to generate a good environment for the students to develop
collaboration skills, those collaboration skills that they will be using in the
future; whenever they become part of the workforce. Google slides is my favorite
tool to get my students working in the same space.
I love the communication capabilities and the fact that we can develop a peer-review
system and make comments to each other’s work generating a workflow that benefits
us as teachers. Now, we don’t have to wait until they finish their assignment to
supervise and give feedback; now, you can do it as they go and that is a very powerful tool. The
second tool that we will be working with is flipgrid.
This is a website, but it’s also an app that students have available in
the self-service (for those using iPads). Students use it to create short
reflection videos and it is recognized for amplifying students voices and
opinions in addition to be fun. For example, you can do a formative
assessment on the lesson that you did recently. You can also use it to obtain
an opinion or survey from a certain topic. My favorite use is for my students
to create mini tutorials to explain physics problems to the rest of the
class but we will see that a little further ahead. In Garland High school as
well as in some other high schools in GISD, all students were provided with iPads
that they can use every day for every class. All our students have a device
available trough the year. If you have devices in your classroom, a set of
devices that you can share with some other teachers you
can’t also use these tools. These two apps for these two tools work across all
devices so you can use them on anything you have available whether they are
iPads Chromebooks or laptop computers even in their smartphones and that is
good news because even good students forget their iPads sometimes so they if
they forget their iPad for any reason they still can participate and
collaborate with the class through their cell phones the webinar today covers two
ista standards for students the emphasis during this month is creative
communicator the creative communicator standard says that a student should be
able to communicate effectively and express themselves creatively using
different tools styles formats in digital media
second standard that we will be covering is the digital citizenship students
should be understanding the right and responsibilities in opportunities of
living learning and working in an interconnected day to work so let’s
start for many people Google slides is only another presentation tool this is
our idea of Google slides what if I tell you that with Google slides you and your
students are able to collaborate in the same document in real time make comments
and give feedback to each other’s work as they go now you can catch those
mistakes and misconceptions on the fly so this is our new idea of Google slides
creating and real-time collaboration making students responsible for learning
and teaching them teaching them good citizenship in communication skills this
is also great for students that are absent from school because they can work
from home participating in the same documents so let me show you an example
of this so here’s an example that I have for collaborative class slides this is
my template this is what I use just recently for a class so the first thing
that I do to set up my collaborative document is create a Google slides deck
that is very easy if you’re doing it from your Google Drive all you have to
do is go into the new button hopefully will be here soon the new button and all
you have to do is tap or click on create a Google slides once you have created
your Google slides you can start working on it here so the first slide I used to show the
topic that we will be working on and I say class collaborative slides the
second slide is always for me a set of instructions that will guide my students
through the work so for example here I say make groups of two students add one
slide for your group you can check and change the background do not change the
layout so basically I’m telling you what are the rules of the game what they need
to do for this activity and what they need to do after they finish their
activity what I like for them to do after they finish with their work is to
make comments to each other since this was an introductory activity I wanted to
use it to start building vocabulary so I use a third slide to list the different
concepts that students should be investigating or should be doing a
little research on I have students I have groups of two students each group
is taking one of the topics I let them choose the topic that they want because
that way they are working on what they are interested on so that’s a pretty
good thing because they are having some choices when they are working something
else that I have used before is the Frayer model in this case well I divide
my slide in four sections and we have the four different sections again for a
best farriers model and they work filling up those different sections now
once I have created my slides we need to think about how to distribute this
document so for example you can create a QR code for the slide deck and show it
on the screen during your class now you have to make sure that the document is
set up so that the students have editing rights and this can be done in the
following way so you see this button here in the corner the blue button you
can always tap on the button click on button and you can have if you have not
shared this document you need to click on get a shareable link once you click
the shareable link you will be looking at this bill click right here you’re
gonna have different ways different options for sharing your document I want
to have it in such a way that everybody that can see it can edit it if you do
that then your students will be able to modify your document in collaborate okay so once you have done this you get the
the link obviously sorry so we can get this link copy the link and you can take
that link into you can take it into the QR code generator this is a pretty cool
generator it’s very simple to use all you have to do is paste your link in
this area that says website URL and immediately it will change the QR code
that is on the right you can download the QR code and place it in one of your
slides that you would show to your students so that’s one way to access to
this the second way and that is actually my favorite one is to share it through
Google classroom so if I go into whole classroom I have all my classes set up I
click in one of this classes and I can add an assignment ok once I create the
assignment I can say for example collaborative slides there we go that’s
better ok you can give your extra instructions give a due date
topic that you are going to work on and just attach the Google slides that you
will be working on so in this case is my template to the assignment and before I
assigned I have to make sure that all my students have edit rights so this is
another way to do it and it’s very simple just click the down the drop-down
menu click on students can edit the file and then you will excite it and you can
assign it to one or two or three classes at the same time I would not recommend
to do that because one of the things that we have to pay attention and we
need to be aware is that you should be creating as many slide decks as classes
you have and of course keep a clean template for you so you can use it at a
later time once you have this your students can access to the document and
start working on it let me show you one that I have done already with my
students so here are my instructions then my topics in one by one all the
students were filling up their own slide one of the main instructions after they
are filling their own slides with their little research is for them to make
comments so if you notice here in the instructions on a step number five it
says that each student need to make three constructive comments on someone
else’s slide weather is another class no not another class but another group they
should be making some comments this is a really good opportunity for you to
encourage some good citizenship skills make sure that they are doing some
comments that are respectful that are professional that are helpful and they
also can ask questions so that is something that I like to do with my
students if you notice in each one of these slides there are several comments
students that are already filling up the slides and collaborating I love to see
all their questions in sometimes it’s just amazing but they are so good and
making good comments for example here my second student has a really good
question how those distance contribute to the given equation so just really
good questions that they can use to generate more conversation to generate a
good communication and just by doing that they are learning from each other
and you have a class that is centered in the students is not centering you they
are working on their own and you’re monitoring if you notice I have a
comment right here I’m the third person so I have comments and all the slides
trying to check what the students are doing as they’re still doing it I don’t
have to wait until they are completely done and they turn it in and then I have
time to actually grade it I have the time and I have the chance to work as
they are working and that’s a very very powerful tool if you want to have a
template of this collaborative slides I have a link right here that you can
access so in this link you are going to find that collaborative class template
slides you can access copy the link put it in your browser once you are there
click file and make a copy and you have a template for you you don’t have to
start from scratch okay let’s move on into the second tool so that the second
tool that I wanted to talk about for collaboration is Google’s slice with
Flickr it yes liquid so let’s move into Flickr it
so to do that what you have to do is go into flipgrid calm and let me repeat
that because you cannot see it in my browser little space the link is
flipgrid calm once you go there you can create
a teacher login so click on teacher login once you are into the teacher
login if you already have an account you can go ahead and log in but if you don’t
you can create your own account ok so filling up this information your
name last name email some detail and you will be creating your own flipgrid
account so I’m going to log in on my own ok something important to to mention
there are two versions to flipgrid there is the classroom version which is
a paid version I mean you have to pay a amount of money for using it for the
full year now in my case I have this classroom because I went to an ED camp
so I got it for free I didn’t have to pay for it but if you want to pay for it
I mean it was really worth it I would say it’s about $5 per month maybe a
little bit more than five dollars per month so I don’t think it’s a lot of
money for what you get out of this tool now what is the difference between the
free version in the paid version well in the free version you have just the
option to one grid and the grid cont is the content is like the container to all
your topics if you have the paid version then you are able to do more grades in
this case I have two grades already set up okay so if you see here on the top
and this is just a quick tour you can’t play with it a little bit later and
discover how wonderful is this flipgrid little thing if you go into the
dashboard you will see all your stats the number of videos that you have the
new videos that you haven’t seen the number of hours of video that you have
recorded by your students if you go into the discovery you have I
yes in templates to use flipgrid my favorite places connections if you go
into connections you are able to connect to many other teachers and many other
students in the country let let’s just click here invoices for the global goals
so if I go there and scroll down I’m going to be able to visit the grid and
this grid is from somebody else in the country it’s not this not mine but you
can see the contribution from some other students so you have the opportunity to
actually participate in conversations that are far away from here your
students can hear some other opinions and things that are really worth hearing ok I’m gonna go back into my side
because what I want to show you is how to make your own grid in topics so let
me go back into my grades okay so down here you will find that create a new
grid so create a new grid is just basically following the steps you tap or
click right there and you will be putting the name of your grid this code
right here the the grid code is pretty important that grid code is how your
learners will have access to this grid so it’s very important that you keep up
with this one you will have to have a description of in purpose of your grid
something that describes what is that that you have there in many different
settings so features things if you want to receive an email every time somebody
submits an answer you have a way to customize it add pictures to your grid
etc etc so you will be creating your grid once you have created you have
created your grid what you will do would be create a topic so creating a
topic is a similar procedure you will have to tap that new topic button and
start filling up the form so topic details you have your title the date
that you’re creating your title your title your topic have an option for the
time that you want them to have available for response normally I use
between a minute in a minute in half because I mean you have to think that
later on you will have to listen to each one of those videos so after a time it
accumulates an accumulated it becomes a long a long task once you have to review
it anyways once you get at the end at the bottom you have all your settings
you can attach resources you can create your topic right away okay and once you
have created the topic the fun will start now let’s see yours really quick
there’s a little menu here on the side so the active bottom you have the
ability to have your topic active to free sit or to just make it inactive
just make it completely dead you also have a child at the the chance
to edit the topic view the videos duplicate the topic or maybe even delete
it if you don’t want it anymore anyways here’s what my students did for
the final test review last semester so this is a teachers view in the teachers
view you have a list of all the different videos that your students are
submitting but in the students view I think that’s more fun click on the code
and you will be able to see the students view okay and this is where the fun starts
so all my students what they did was recording videos of them explaining
problems and I think that’s a really really awesome way to collaborate
because they can see each other’s problems and here’s one of the the
backups I guess for flipgrid if you have the free version you will know how they
your students will not have the option to reply to the others students videos
whether with a paid version they will have the option to reply so for example
each one of these videos have being watched and replied a few times and
that’s I think where the collaboration starts when they are able to have that
communication so somebody posts a piece of work and somebody else has a response
to that piece of work anyways they will click on the plus sign you allow the use
of the microphone done that and then you can do your video hello everybody on
this little camera right here and it will start recording right away and then
you can answer your question and once you answer your question you click on
the arrow that is on the right at this point at this point you will review your
video you like it you don’t like it you can rerecord it but if you like it you
can keep going in the next step will be to take a selfie so hello and this is
what my students really really love once they have taken that selfie picture they
can decorate it with many different things that’s where they have so much
fun I know this is not really part of collaboration but as long as they have
fun I mean it is really cool when they can do things and play a little bit as
at the same time but they are that they are learning so here we go
we submit our video great oh I have to do is complete with my name my last name and it’s not necessary to put the email
if they want to do it is fine but I never request an email so they are
complete and that’s the fun of flip grade okay so let’s go back into our
presentation guys if at this point if you have any questions that you may want to
ask that would be great we have awesome people here helping us in the chat box
is there anybody okay so if there are no Abe if we don’t have any questions then
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follow us on Twitter @FunkhouserJo and @CooperEdLead, thank you.
for joining us and see you next time

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