One issue that many teachers have encountered is that when they assign a worksheet ot return a document to students via Google Classroom the students cannot edit the doc when they open it. The best solution to the problem is to follow the steps below:
- Have the students log into the Google Docs App to open the file
- When they pull up the document they should see a pencil in a blue circle at the bottom right hand corner of their screen
- They should click the pencil to pull up the keyboard & begin editing
4. If they do not see the pencil then they need to click on the forward arrow (red box below) to pull up the keyboard and begin editing the document
Spring is right around the corner and since Pine Road has a fabulous Nature Trail to use many teachers wanted to know if there was anything on outdoor learning that I could round-up. Below are some of the best resources that I could find:
- Virginia Tech has a delightful elementary unit on Natural Resources that includes hands on activities, worksheets, puzzles, coloring pages and standards of learning.
- The Soil Science Society of America has a great resource page with lessons and hands on activities broken down by subject and grade level.
- California Academy of Science’s Natural Resources Bingo lesson plan is a fun way for students grades 2-8 to categorize common things we throw in the trash according to the resource from which they are made.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council has a great resource page for elementary lesson plans, activities, websites and videos related to Natural Resources.
- Scholastic’s Teach Now Weather Watchers website has K-3 weather related lessons & activties. Highlights include a internet field trip, weather related experiments and student created plays.
- Discovery Education’s Connect With Weather website was created with the help of The Weather Channel. Highlights include a virtual behind the scenes field trip to The Weather Channel headquarters, videos, hands on activities and a family preparedness take home activity
- The University of Oklahoma’s Storm Evader App is a free interactive way for kids to learn about weather. The app encourages students to see meteorology as a problem-solving tool by putting them in the pilot seat to navigate a plane during weather events.
- PBS Learning’s K-2 What’s the Weather? Lesson helps students learn about meteorology and weather changes, and discuss how weather affects daily life.The lesson includes worksheets, interactives and videos.
- Life Lab, a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, is a great resource for K-12 composting activities, lesson plans & videos. Highlights from this page are the worm guide, a vermicomposting activity for pre-K and how to build a soda bottle bioreactor.
- My Kids’ Adventures Getting Dirty: Five Fun Composting Projects for Kids has great activities for creating not only a compost bin but also allows explains how composting helps students’ to reduce their carbon footprint. It also has a link to The Nature Conservancy’s interactive calculator for determining their or their families carbon footprint.
- PBS Learning’s K-3 Recycling and Composting lesson helps students learn about the value renewable resources hold for our society and the broader community of living things. The lesson includes worksheets and videos for teachers to use.
- Learning to Give’s What is a Watershed? lesson plan helps students understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs through hands on activities, research and experiments.
- NJDEP Water Wash lesson illustrates watershed function, ground water contributions, flooding, and nonpoint source pollution.
- PBS and its Watershed Quest is a website explaining the concept of a quest and a one-hour lesson plan that enables students to explore their watershed and water movement using topographic maps.
- Project Wet has a website that contains fun Interactive activities and video about watershed parts (tributaries, source or headwaters, mainstem) and human impacts on watersheds (dams, pollution, runoff).
Have you ever wanted an iPad app that would allow you to download a worksheet to your students via Schoology, have them complete it using the stylus on the iPad and then send back the saved worksheet for grading? Well then the free Foxit app is the tool for you.
Creating the assignment as a teacher in in Schoology
- Enter Schoology in Teacher View
- Click on Teacher account
- Click on add an assignment
- Name the assignment, write a description, pick a due date, change the point value, decide if it is going to be graded and place it into a category (homework, classwork, etc)
- Click on file & attach your file (PDF works best)- if you are attaching a file from your google drive make sure that it is unlocked & that the sharing permissions are set as “ON- anyone at LMTSD with the link can view”
Accessing & Completing the assignment as a student
- Enter Course, click on assignment, click on view attachment, click on attachment & open worksheet
- Once the document is visible, click on the curved arrow in the upper right corner of the screen, click on open in and open the worksheet using FOXIT PDF
- It will automatically open the worksheet in FOXIT PDF
- Pick the tool from the top menu that you wish to use to write your answers
- Your user name will come up automatically when FOXIT prompts you to
identify the author
- Complete worksheet
- Click on the curved arrow in the upper right corner of the screen, click on save, choose original (student can make corrections when the document is returned) Flattened (no corrections are possible)
- Send it to your teacher by clicking on the square with the up arrow in the upper left corner of the page, click on open in (box with the up arrow), click on the Schoology app, click on submit to assignment, select course, click on the correct assignment and choose the upload button
Marking & Returning Assignment in Schoology
- Enter Schoology in Teacher View
- Click on the assignment or notification
- Click on needs grading
- Mark assignment (comment, annotate, etc)
- Assign a Grade & comments
- Click on show to student & click on submit
Below is a step by step by Terry Lindenmuth video explaining the process using a similar app Notability: