By Scott Dowling – Numeracy Resource Teacher, and Tyler Cave – Student Work Study Teacher
This is part two in a three-part series about iPad apps that encourage students to assess their own learning and capture real-time thinking in order to adapt learning to the needs in the classroom. Part one explored self-assessment with the Educreations app.
Part two: Building Comprehensive Learner Profiles with Google Forms
Collaborative inquiry facilitated by: Amy Strong, Teacher, Grade 7
One of the driving themes in education today is how much our ability to learn is shaped by our attitudes or mindsets towards learning. Simply put, if you don’t think you are capable of learning it, most likely you won’t. But, if you think you can learn it, you have a much better chance of doing so.
This notion has made educators recognize the importance of establishing positive or growth mindsets in our students and taking the time to teach not only the “what” in learning but also the “how” we learn to students. This might seem straight forward, but from a teaching perspective, gauging and tracking growth and changes in attitudes and mindsets is challenging.
With this in mind, teachers and students at Coldwater are using Google Forms to build attitude and interest surveys that allow both the teacher and students to address their mindsets towards learning. This will help them develop a learning program that is relevant to student interest. With the release of iPads into our schools, the ability to collect and analyze student attitude data is being realized in new and powerful ways.
The above surveys give not only a student by student assessment, but also automatically collate the overall attitudes and interests of the class. This data helps teachers address attitudinal shortfalls as well as engage the class in relevant conversations about their readiness to learn and celebrate growth in their mindsets and work to improve them.
The power of using a Google Form is that it works on almost any device, harnessing the vast amount of digital tools students are already bringing to school. This, coupled with the infusion of iPads in the system, is allowing students and teachers to access and use data daily to inform their learning goals and next steps in the classroom.
This post is part two of three in a series. Come back on Friday, Feb. 27, for part three about the student voice and visible thinking.