There is a second grade teacher at my sons' school that would like to go paperless. She has iPads in her classroom and would like to use Google Classroom to give and collect assignments. The only problem is that she has lots of pre-existing worksheets that she does not want to recreate. Has anyone discovered a way to scan or photograph a pre-existing worksheet and make it editable by students so that they can complete it and turn in using Google Classroom?
We are 1:1 with iPads and I scan any old documents as PDFs. Then, Adobe (on the computer) makes it really easy to create a "form" PDF. The student can then open the "form" up in the Adobe app (on the iPad) and fill in the boxes with text or even write with their finger or stylus.
It's not using Google Classroom but we have found it to work really well. If you want a more detailed explanation, just let me know. I gave you the summary.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, if you wouldn't mind giving me the details about how you convert the pfd into a form using Adobe, I would appreciate it. Thanks! Not sure how it will work in the Google environment, but it is definitely worth a try.
Wow! That sounds awesome. I would like the details on how to do that too. Thanks!
Google Drive gives you the option to convert Word docs by just uploading them. There have been some formatting issues I've had to clean up, but it works fairly well. I have 1:1 Chromebooks and use Classroom exclusively for assignments.
Yes I thought about that. Even found a way to convert a pdf to a Google Doc, but the teacher would like to maintain the look of the worksheet. These are second graders, so the graphics found on many of the worksheets are important to keep. I wish they were using Chromebooks instead of iPads. I find many of the Google apps and add-ons are a bit cumbersome to use on an iPad.
Hmm. Does anyone have concerns about a teacher using an iPad to have students complete worksheets?
Very interesting question. Why would we use a $500 piece of technology that gives students the ability to experience new ways of learning to do something as mundane worksheets? And are there any unforeseen consequences from students spending more time in front of the screen and not using the fine motor skills involved with writing? While I wouldn't want a teacher to used an iPad solely for worksheets, I do understand the need to have students to practice certain skills (like basic math) using worksheets if no other means of practice is available. And as long as they have the iPads, why not save a few trees by converting everything to a digital format. I also think that using pre-existing worksheet on the iPad is a way for teachers who might not be tech-savvy to transition into using the devices more and eventually creating other activities that take advantage of the technology's unique features that allow students to create examples of their learning (blogs, videos, wikis, etc.). Perhaps these worksheets can be thought of as some sort of "gateway technology." From what I observed, the 1:1 iPad initiative at the school was adopted without much thought about how the teachers would use this technology with their students. All the energy went into convincing the board that the money should be spent on the devices, and now that they have them, it seems like the teachers are left wondering what to do with them. The teacher I am helping out is keen on using the iPads effectively in her classroom and I know that the worksheets are a small part of what she would like to do with them.
First, I have several blog posts on using Google Classroom that your sons teacher might find helpful: http://alicekeeler.com/classroom
I am not a fan of worksheets, so it would be hard for me to suggest methods to use a new technology to do old things. Can you share the SAMR model with this teacher? One tool that I have used, and still use, is http://quia.com Quia has templates for games and quizzes that are really easy to make. At the very least she should provide the students immediate feedback from the Worksheet questions. This allows her to stop grading rote answers and to instead focus on higher level critical thinking activities, one on one interactions with students and interesting discussions.
Here is my Edutopia article on Playsheets: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/beyond-worksheet-playsheets-gbl-gamification-alice-keeler which lists some of the benefits of using a digital worksheet.
Thanks Alice for the great resources!