Checking for Understanding in Google Classroom
Type of technology: Google Classroom
SAMR Model Rating: Modification/Augmentation
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
I have to admit, I was VERY hesitant about implementing Goggle Classroom with my third graders. I thought it was going to be a big pain to set up and implement. I am pleased to report I was very wrong!
Here are a few easy steps that I using to implement checking for understanding using Google Classroom:
After getting all of my students logged in and set up in my classroom page, I decided to start with asking a simple question.
We have been studying penguins and the Arctic, so I posted a check for understanding questions, to see the things they have learned so far.
Here is one response from a student, where I was able to respond simply because he made a deep connection with the question that was asked:
I was able to see that he grasped new vocabulary and what penguins do to feed their baby chicks!
Another type of response I received was this:
In this response, I was able to quickly reply with a follow up question: Where do they keep them? This provided an easy way to have my student look at what I asked and extend his answer.
Why have these features proved to be helpful?
Our jobs are extremely busy, and having a tool that helps keep documentation of student progress is always a bonus. It not only helps you know where each student is at right at your finger tips, but you can also show your student and their parent(s) the areas that they are excelling in and some areas of improvement.
Also, my students are fully engaged when they are answering these questions. They can’t wait for the “ding” to see if I have commented or a classmate has responded to them. We are getting better and better as the year is progressing, and their answers have become much deeper. Were they all answering the questions correctly at first? Absolutely not! We had to to a lot of trial and error, but the important thing for us all is seeing the growth in each child, and I definitely have been it!
I am looking forward to exploring Google Classroom more in the New Year!