Our First Twitter Chat was a Success!

We hosted our first Twitter chat ever this morning as a class! As part of EdCamp Global Classrooms we hosted a Twitter Chat on Creation Apps in the Elementary Classroom. You can catch the Storify here.

It was such a new experience for me and totally out of the realm of what we normally do in the classroom! It took me a very LONG time to jump into the Twitter world to begin with. I definitely was not a fan and was usually found saying, “I don’t want to know what everyone had for breakfast!” in response to anyone who asked why I wasn’t on Twitter. After probably the 10th time that one of my techy friends told me I NEEDED to be on Twitter, I decided to try it out. I made an account and followed a few education people but didn’t really have focus and so I lost interest in it very quickly. About 6 months later I was reading a blog post about how wonderful Twitter was for this person’s professional development. Sadly, I can’t remember who it was or where I read it. ūüė¶ Anyhow, I decided to give it a go one more time only this time with a more focused intent: Ed Tech.

I ONLY followed people who were Ed Tech Bloggers, Ed Tech Teachers/Coaches, and the Apps that I really liked to use in my classroom. Suddenly I saw what everyone had been talking about: the amazing personal learning community that I can create for myself! I can now say that Twitter is the SINGLE BEST thing I have done for my own professional development since I started teaching. I have learned so much from all of the amazing educators and Ed Tech gurus, I have connected with teachers and classes from all over the world, and I’ve been able to bring something into the classroom that not only engages students but connects them on a global level!

It have definitely come a long way in the world of Twitter and I feel that I have so much further to go! Today I can now say that I have successfully hosted my first Twitter chat and I can’t wait for more!

Follow my class @ereroom9  or me @hmarrs24

We are hoping to have more #room9chat in the future!


Ed Camp Global Classrooms 2016

Have you heard of Ed Camp Global? If you haven’t, you have got to check them out right now! I attended Ed Camp Global online last summer and it was by far the best thing I’ve done for my own professional development in years!! So when I heard that they were planning on doing Ed Camp Global Classrooms, I knew I just had to be involved. My classroom is going to host our VERY FIRST Twitter chat ever. We will be chatting about Creation Apps in the Elementary Classroom on Thursday, January 28th at 9am PST. You can follow the chat at #room9chat. We will be taking a closer look at the creation apps that have had the biggest impact on our learning.

Of course, we won’t be the only classroom presenting during the 48 hour ECGC2016. Check out the full schedule here. And don’t forget to jump on to our Twitter chat next Thursday!!


Grading Google Forms Quizzes with Flubaroo

A few days ago I wrote about creating quizzes for your classroom using Google Forms. You can find that blog post here. I love having the ease of distributing spelling and reading quizzes on my students iPads but the absolute BEST part is that I no longer spend hours grading those quizzes!! Every time we have a technology glitch or the network is temperamental I remember how much time and energy I’m saving myself and that makes it all worth it!

The first thing to know is that when you create a Google Form, a Google Spreadsheet is then created to collect the answers. You can then add an “Add-on” called Flubaroo for free. You can have any questions graded that are multiple choice or have one correct answer. Once students take the quiz, either take the quiz yourself or add your answers to the spreadsheet. Your answers will serve as the key. Then click on “Add-on”, then Flubaroo, then Grade Assignment. Here is a short video walking you through the steps.

Make sure that the question that asks for their name is marked as “Identifies Student”. Also, select your own answers as the key. Once done, a second page on your Sheet will be created which will show each students grade, points, and a summary of how students did on each question. You can also go to the Advanced section on Flubaroo to print out your students’ test scores and answers to send home to parents!


NCCE 2016

Yikes!! I’m getting so excited!! I seriously can’t wait for NCCE¬†2016 next month in Seattle! I’m going to be presenting a workshop on Utilizing Digital Learning Journals in the 1:1 Classroom with Seesaw: The Learning Journal. My workshop is on Friday February 26th from 10:15-12:15. Are you going to be there?? Click here to read more about my workshop and make sure to bring your own device to get the most out of our time!¬†NCCE2015 spkr button


Creating Quizzes with Google Forms

Google Forms and Flubaroo have significantly¬†changed the way that quizzes and the¬†subsequent¬†amount of grading are being done in my classroom! Last year I started having my students take their spelling and reading quizzes using Google Forms after learning about it at a tech summit. My students each have an iPad to use in the classroom so the transition was easy. Not only are Google Forms extremely easy to make, but I’m now able to keep the quizzes from year to year, reuse them, and reduce the amount of paper and copies I make! Here is a video on how to create a spelling quiz in a Google Form:

Make sure to title your quizzes with the specific unit or name so you can find it easily next time. Also, don’t forget to have your first question be their name! I forgot once and couldn’t use the quiz because I had no idea who took which quiz! Oops!

Once you have the form finished, you need to get it to your students. There are many different ways you can push it out. Each form has a unique URL so you are able to share it out any way you might share any other link. I’ve been able to use QR codes, iTunesU, and now I use Seesaw. Seesaw is by far my favorite way to send links to kids as it opens the site within Seesaw and doesn’t send them out onto the internet in Safari or Chrome. This helps keep students from accessing other websites or “accidentally” closing their quiz tab. Here is a short video on how to copy the Google Forms link and share to the Seesaw App: