How can I use tools “in the cloud” to easily manage and deliver feedback to my students?
I have two tools that I like to use for my classroom. They are Dropbox and Numbers.
Dropbox is nice because I have it anywhere I go that has wireless access, my computer, or my iPad. It also works at my school computer. I no longer have to remember to bring home the thumb/jump drive. I no longer have to worry about what I am going to do if I lose the aforementioned item. I no longer have to worry about what I am going to do if I break the aforementioned item. I no longer have to worry about when the aforementioned item will breathe it’s last and it’s contents lost forever. I no longer have to worry about if I will have to track down Abby and McGee from NCIS to see if they can recover my precious documents. It is all in Dropbox. Now I only have to worry about making sure I always remember my login and password. I also hope that Dropbox doesn’t one day drop off the face of this earth and take all my brains with it.
I use Dropbox to keep track of my intervention groups for reading, parent contact, and other school documents. At this time, I do not have lot of student assessments on dropbox. This is partly due to the fact that I teach first grade. A lot of the assessments are done with pencil and paper. It would be difficult to add it to the dropbox. However, I do use a shared computer drive to track absences, spelling test results, fluency numbers, and who turns in their math calendars.
Numbers is on my iPad. I have not used it a whole lot, but the little that I have used it has been useful. The beginning of the year we had a roll-in before school started. The first grade team (six teachers) came up with a list of questions that we wanted to start out the year knowing about our new students. It was very handy to document and have in one place such information as: reading level, could they count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, did they know coins up to a quarter, which of the 10 basic words could they read, were they bus or pick-up, could they write their name, and were they allowed to eat breakfast at school.
I, unfortunately, have not had time to do anything else like that on the iPad. However, for goal-setting my principal just gave me a disc where I could learn about how to be more productive using an iPad. I plan on learning from it soon.
I have tried to help people learn by: twittering something useful about Dropbox, work with my teammate on our project for the class, provide a virtual pat on the back for other people who also find all this technology overwhelming and exhausting, and research ideas for this class.