Friday, March 27, 2020

Inserting Audio Clips into Google Forms

I write this blog post with a HEAVY caveat, because on paper, this sounds like a great idea, but during the actual execution of it with over 100 Latin 3 students accessing the audio files multiple times, there were some Google issues of which I was unaware. Proceed at your own caution if you wish to do this!

Did you know that you can insert audio files into Google Forms and turn it into a listening comprehension activity? In this time of digital learning, I was looking for a way to address listening comprehension using Google Forms and came upon this. The downside of this activity is that it is a lot of work on the prep side.

Watch the following video for directions


In trying this out this week with digital learning, I uploaded 10 audio files of individual sentences from a story which we had been reviewing and had students pick the picture (I re-used pictures from my sentence/picture activity) which best matched what they had heard. NOTE - below is a just a screenshot so do not click on the audio file - yes, already a number of you have tried!)


Now here is the caveat. When students attempted to download the audio files, soon they began to see a message stating that they could not download the files. 


This appears to be a common issue among Google Form users, and unfortunately, Google Support has not done much to address this issue - I think that it has to do with too many downloads all at once so Google has set a limit. I ended up transferring the audio files to my digital learning management class page and had students listen to them that way to complete the assignment - not a true fix but it got the job done.

Observations
  1. What I like about this (when it works) is that students can listen to these audio clips as many times as they want in order to understand the message.
  2. I did this activity at the end of two weeks of doing this particular reading in a digital environment. I did not want to rush into it, since students were essentially learning and teaching themselves this particular passage on their own (even with my support). 
  3. I used pictures as answer choices, but I can see giving students different types of answers based on the audio file prompt, such as "Which is the best response to this audio question?" 
  4. I can also see having students listen to a much longer passage (2-3 minutes) and asking questions about the passage.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Picture/Sentence Matching using Google Forms

Google Forms allows users to insert pictures into both the question and answer sections, so here is how I facilitated a post-reading picture/sentence matching activity for students using a known passage. However, it will require that you find digital images to insert into your Google Form. It is very easy to do, and if you set the Google Forms as a self-grading quiz, students can immediately see their scores.

Directions
  1. Open Google Forms.
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over the "Untitled Question" section. 

     3. A picture icon should appear next to the "Untitled Question" section. Click on it to add 
         an image.

        4. A screen will appear which will now allow you to insert an image which you have 
        already uploaded onto your computer, is already in Google Drive, already has a pre- 
        existing URL, or you can do a Google search of images.

     
5. Once you upload your image, you can now write a question related to that image. 

I could definitely seeing using this with the model sentences of Cambridge Latin Course!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Inserting Videos into Google Forms

If you are wanting to incorporate videos as part of your digital lesson planning (and you've already been using EdPuzzle and want to add some variety), you can easily insert videos into a Google Forms and have students answer questions about them. Again, it is very easy to do, and if you set the Google Forms as a self-grading quiz, students can immediately see their scores.

Directions
  1. Open up a new Google Forms
  2. Push the Add Video icon. 
  3. On the screen which comes up, either do a search of a particular YouTube video or enter in its URL if you know it. NOTE - you may only use YouTube videos for this.
  4. When you finish, click on Select.
  5. You will now see your video on your Google Form. Add a title if you wish.
  6. Click on the Add Video icon to insert another video or Add Question to insert a question.
Observations
  1. Because you can only use YouTube videos, students may not be able to access it at school depending on your school's filter. My district does not allow students to view YouTube video using school Wi-fi. 
  2. My Latin 3s are currently reading Perseus et Rex Malus, and this week for their digital work, they were reading the last chapter where Perseus receives winged sandals in a dream. To cover the cultural aspect, I created a Google Forms, inserted two video clips (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and Clash of the Titans) of Perseus receiving winged sandals or some mode of transportation (Clash of the Titans has Perseus use the winged horse Pegasus), had students view them, and then asked students to answer a very short paragraph question where they were to compare/contrast the two video clips with the account in the passage.
  3. Keep the video clips short. Students do not want to watch a 10-minute clip and then have to answer questions about it. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Using Google Forms for Reading Comprehension Assessments

Allow me to put on my Instructional Technologist hat for this blog post.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across this nation, more schools are heading to an extended 100% online delivery of curriculum, as they close in an effort to contain the virus. Even if your school has a digital learning management system, for many educators, the question is "So how do I deliver digital content for 10-14 days? It is one thing to create 'busywork' for students for a snow day, but what about 2-3 weeks?" 

Over the next few blogposts, I will address ways in which one can use digital web tools and apps for online, digital learning (and hopefully for the delivery of Comprehensible Input). In this post, I will discuss how to create a reading comprehension assessment using Google Forms.

I love using Google Forms, because it has so many applications and is quite easy to use once one gets past the learning curve. However, I had always wanted to create a reading comprehension assessment using Google Forms, but I never knew how one could insert the text. Last year, I learned how to do it, and it is SO easy! Why did I not figure this out earlier?

If you are not familiar with how to set up Google Forms as a self-grading quiz, you can view the video below:


To insert a reading passage:
  1. Open Google Forms
  2. In the Untitled Form, type in your title, e.g., "Perseus et Rex Malus, Reading Comprehension Quiz"

    3. In the Form description section, add/write your reading passage. This will now allow students to see the passage when they answer questions.

      4. Now you can begin adding questions and answer choices (multiple choice, short answer, drop down menu, checkboxes, etc).

Observations
  1. I usually break up the passage over a few pages so that it is not all on one page and does not overwhelm students or force them to keep scrolling up and down to read the passage and then to answer the question (how to add sections in Google Forms).
  2. When I break up the assessment into sections, I will have 3-4 questions per section.
  3. I usually allow students to take assessment three times. Because it is a self-grading quiz, students learn which questions they missed and can receive feedback for incorrect answers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Verb/Person "Who Would Say This?" Listening Activity

Just recently, my colleague John Foulk put a twist on a listening activity which we have been using as an assessment. He took our existing "Who is This?" activity (where as the teacher you say aloud a short description of particular characters in the target language from a story, and students write down which character it is) and turned it into a "Who Would Say This?" In Latin 2, we have been reading an adapted version of the "Mercury-as-a-1-day-old-baby" myth and all of his "adventures," such as sneaking out of the house, finding and killing a turtle, creating/inventing a lyre from the turtle shell and guts, stealing Apollo's cows, etc. There were a number of characters in the story, so John created "I...." statements about the characters for students to hear and to write down who would say this.

Example
  1. Ego in agro laborabam et vidit puerum ducentem boves (I was working in the field and saw a boy leading cows)
  2. Ego feci lyram e corpore testudinis (I made a lyre from the body of a turtle)
  3. Mercurius meas boves cepit (Mercury stole my cows)
  4. Ego duxi quinquaginta boves retro ad mare (I led 50 cows backwards to the sea)
  5. Meus filius vigilabat, sed ego dormiebam (My son was awake, but I was sleeping).
  6. Ego super montes currebam (I was running over the mountains)
Observations
  1. This was a great practice of having students hear the use of the 1st-person. Although the story was primarily written in the 3rd-person, students did not have any problems hearing the 1st person and recognizing which character would say the statement.
  2. Students were very familiar with the story, so to hear sentences about characters now in the 1st person was not tricky.
  3. This activity involved higher-order thinking as students had to determine who would say the statement.
  4. This was a very easy activity to facilitate!
  5. I suppose one could change this to 2nd person and implement it that way too.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Some More Brain Breaks Again

Here are some more no-prep brain breaks which can be done in the target language:
  1. Odd/Even
    1. Tell students to stand up.
    2. Using an online dice roller, such as Random Dice, ask students to predict if they think that the roll of the die will be odds or even. If students think it will be odd, they place their hands on their heads. If they think that it will be even, they put their arms straight out.
    3. Roll the die.
    4. If students are correct, they remain standing. If they are incorrect, they are to sit down.
    5. Repeat steps #1-4 for as long as you wish.
  2. Red/Black
    1. You will need a deck of cards for this.
    2. Tell students to stand up.
    3. Ask students to predict if they think that the card which you pull from the deck is red or black. If students think it will be red, they place their hands on their heads. If they think that it will be black, they put their arms straight out.
    4. If students are correct, they remain standing. If they are incorrect, they are to sit down.
    5. Repeat steps #1-4 for as long as you wish.
  3. Odd/Even with a Deck of Cards
    1. Do Odd/Even brain break but with a deck of cards. Students will predict if the card is odd or even. This may require that you remove face cards and aces.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

All-Time Top 5

Having blogged here for a little over 6 years, I wanted to share with you the top 5 most-viewed posts on this blog since I began blogging in December 2013. I am a bit humbled that so many folks read this blog and that you feel that I have something of value to say on the topic of teaching Latin. Even more humbling is that teachers of languages other than Latin read this blog, since I always feel that as a Latin teacher, I am the one who has so much to learn from modern language teachers.

So here is the top 5 list of most-viewed posts on this blog:
  1. TPR (Total Physical Response) for the First Week of Latin 1
  2. QR Code Running Dictatio
  3. Brain Breaks
  4. The Sex Game
  5. More Thoughts on Sheltering Vocabulary