Flubaroo, Apple TV vs YouTube, Blogging [issue 12]

In issue 12 of Tekiota, you will learn:

  1. How to create self-grading quiz using Flubaroo and Google Sheets.
  2. How to build YouTube playlists for your Apple TV.
  3. How Amy Strom learns then turns to share.

Create Self-Grading Quizzes with Google Sheets and Flubaroo

[icon name="fa-slideshare"] STANDARD 2: design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

It is four o’clock and you get back to your classroom after a 45 minute meeting. You still have to plan for next week, send an email to one student’s mom, and on top of it all, grade the stack of quizzes on your desk.

drowning in assessments

drowning in assessments

Don’t you wish they would grade themselves?

John Keisker in our Middle School has been using Flubaroo, an addon to Google Sheets that will grade and analyze quizzes or homework. Flubaroo seems to work best with single word, multiple choice, or true and false answers.

Flubaroo does not stop with grading however. There are also analytics showing which questions students missed and might need to review. Grades and the correct answers can then be easily emailed out to students.

While it is possible to use Flubaroo for longer, more open-ended types of questions, teachers will still have to look at those and use personal judgement to grade those.

Download Flubaroo and give it a try.

Build YouTube Playlists for your Apple TV

[icon name="fa-send"] STANDARD 1: facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity

Click on AirPlay, choose the Apple TV, type a code and voila, your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone screen is projected. The Apple TV is a pretty magical device.. when it works. To relieve some of your frustrations, it is important to understand the miracle it accomplishes, identify its limitations and look at a dead simple solution for your YouTube videos.

Apple TV in the Classroom

In a sea of network data, the Apple TV in your classroom receives a wireless stream of high quality audio and video in real time from your computer (or student computers, iPads, iPhones) and displays it on your projector. This is ideal for wireless presentations, but if you start pushing too much data (DVDs or long HD YouTube), what may work at home can start hiccuping in a room full of devices fighting for bandwidth. Leave your Apple TV or your computers on for too long, and these lagging issues can be compounded.

This is why a first line of troubleshooting is always to turn Wi-Fi off and on and restarting the Apple TV and your computer.

Directly Watch YouTube Videos on Apple TV

There is a better way to watch YouTube videos on your Apple TV than using your computer. If you think about it, when you use your laptop, you are streaming twice: once when you stream the YouTube video to your computer, and a second time when you stream your computer to the Apple TV. Instead, you can cut the middle man and use the Apple TV YouTube app to stream your YouTube videos directly. No need to connect with AirPlay, turn your Apple TV, and with the remove, navigate to the YouTube app. YouTube videos will play much better. But try looking for a specific video and you will be faced with the worst keyboard-search combination interface in existence.

Apple TV Slow Keyboard

The slowest keyboard interface in existence

Sync your YouTube Playlists on your Apple TV

The simple solution for this is to create your own YouTube playlists (need a refresher on this? look up create playlists) and login to your YouTube account in the Apple TV YouTube app. Read the detailed instructions in A Better Way to Watch YouTube on Apple TV.

Amy Learns Then Turns to Share

[icon name="fa-group"] awarded to week 1 workshop attendees
[icon name="fa-cloud-upload"] STANDARD 5: engage in professional growth and leadership

The tip of the hat this week goes to Amy Strom who, when offered a helping hand, turned around and offered to help in return. Amy ran into a road block while setting up her blog for Grade 2 parents and students. After Tom showed her how to export her pictures from Photos in order to upload them into WordPress, Amy then approached Margot and helped her to do the same. It may seem like a small gesture but it is important to recognize because together they make a big difference.

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