Monday, November 24, 2014

Geometry, Cell Phones, and QR Codes

As told by +Pondarosia Collier, High School Geometry

My students were able to use their cell phones in this Geometry class by downloading a QR Code scanner. This allowed them to go through stations and work collaboratively with a partner to complete an assignment from their cell phones, by scanning the QR Code, which was a link to the assignment. Google Docs is a great place to share links. 

The first activity was over Using Parallel Lines and Transversals to name special angles and to solve for x in some instances. The next activity was used for a “Slope Scavenger Hunt” where students had to scan a QR code to access the particular problem, work it out, and to then “hunt” for the answer in another place in the hallway or classroom. This process of scanning went on until the game was over. 

My students loved this idea of using their cell phones in an educational environment and has asked when will they be able to work more with this process.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Future Entrepreneurs

Shared by +Kelly Melancon, Barbers Hill High School, Marketing Dynamics

My Marketing Dynamics class recently went through the process of creating a business plan and start-up. Students chose a business type and researched to create business plans which included an executive summary, business description, business image, marketing strategy, financial plan and all of the supporting documents.

Students utilized Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets to organize their business plans. The students learned formulas within Sheets to create the financial plans for their chosen business. Once they had created the report in Docs, they prepared a Google Slide presentation to share with the class.

We use Google Drive in my classroom because of the variety of programs it has to offer. Students can share their work with the instructor, with one another for group projects, and access their documents at home or on their cellular device.

In the photos, the students are utilizing the new projectors installed in the technology wing at the high school to present their plan to the class.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Interactive Descriptive Writing

Shared by +Cheri Hargrave, BH Elementary North, Computer

The premise of the project was to create a scary spud and write a description of the spud. Their partner class then would recreate it, coming as close to the original as possible. 

We first created our spud on  The students then typed a descriptive paragraph using Google Docs. They chose their partner and shared the descriptive paragraph with a 5th and 4th grade class at the Elementary South Campus. The students at Elementary North recreated the spud in KidPix, a graphic software, using the partner group's description.  We compared the two spooky spuds to see how accurate the descriptions were via Google Hangouts.
+Suzie Wilburn assisting in class

We asked the questions: How are the two spuds alike? How are they different? What did you leave out of your description that you should have included?  

The best descriptive writers were the ones with the most similar spuds.