Maestra Catherine Díaz
In October, the California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA) led their Fall Professional Development entitled, “Distance Learning Webinar Series’’. The focus of this webinar was entitled, “Using Google Suite to Engage and Assess in a Flash’, with Ms. Nancy Pérez, the 2018 Teacher of the Year. The webinar included how to best implement google suite and its tools including, Google Slides and Google Forms.
The section on Google Slides taught me how to best implement the shared presentation tool for students to work on a project simultaneously. The benefit of Google Slides for me is that I am able to efficiently create Master pages, tutoring sessions, and tailor lessons for each grade level and class. It is a powerful platform that allows for tailored creativity to engage students and evaluate the progress of each one, albeit remotely.
The section on Google Forms interested me because one of the learning expectations across the grade levels in all curriculums is to teach students how to take tests in various formats (free response, multiple-choice, short answer, fill in the blank). Google Forms provides instant results to the teacher who can then share the results with each student privately, or view the responses and organize them in a bar graph, pie chart, or a spreadsheet. One can quickly see if a student understands the exam. The lesson completed on Google Forms can be turned into an assignment or a quiz. The questions may be shuffled to create another test to accommodate the different classes. It was recommended for teachers to assign a number to each student, so the test results can be posted for all to analyze the results. Google Forms is already being used in the 6th-grade classes. Lessons and assessments will continue to be developed over time with enthusiasm.