Learn a Little Something/Teach a Little Something

Kristie Bangali

EDG 902: Blending Learning: Using Technology to Shape Learning Environments

2a. Learn a Little Something. 

For this assignment I have chosen to learn more about using the Comment Bank feature inside Google Classroom. This feature allows teachers to more efficiently review student work and provide feedback. I have seen several blog posts on this feature and it has interested me as a feature that I can see truly benefiting teachers in their quest to: (1) be more efficient with time spent grading, (2) provide more meaningful feedback through the writing process, and  (3) go paperless. In particular I see English teachers and Social Studies teachers benefiting enormously from this Google Classroom feature. 

To begin bringing myself up to speed on this feature, I looked back among my bookmarked twitter posts and my several saved links that I curated on this topic in hopes that I would have time “someday” to try out this new feature -- looks like someday has arrived! The four main resources I will draw from to teach myself something are Google published resources from their support pages, as well as resources from The Tech Advocate, Kasey Bell, Richard Byrne and Alice Keeler (see works cited below). The blog post by Kasey Bell discusses four ways to give meaningful feedback. I chose this post so that teacher can generate ideas on how to use the commenting feature within Google classroom based on how others in similar content areas are using the tool as well. The application phase and the why of using the tool is really key for teachers to adopt this new strategy into their practice and the information provided in these sources will be beneficial for teachers to review.

Following this first source review, I then created a demo Google Classroom page and added myself as a student under an additional google account. Doing this allowed me to post a demo assignment to use as I walk through this process. In addition, I find that sharing both teacher and student views helps teachers understand the process better and in turn helps them explain any necessary troubleshooting needs with their students. 

Next, I read the Google Support webpage entitled Giving Feedback on Assignments, I learned some of the more pressing logistical information regarding the file types in which assignments must be uploading in order for the feedback feature to be accessible by the instructor. I learned that comments can be added only to work that is considered, and posted  as “assignments” on google classroom. The format of file types when uploading assignments can be Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, Microsoft®ï¸ Word®ï¸, Excel®ï¸, or PowerPoint®ï¸, PDF, Image files, Text files and Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEG-PS, WMV, FLV, OGG). Important to note here is that generated links to Google Docs or Slides can be uploaded; however, the commenting feature is inaccessible in this format. This will be important to share with teachers so they are well informed on how students would be posting their work. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to see that comments can be added to image, pdf and video files! This is fantastic. 

Subsequently, I decided to watch the YouTube video entitled How to Create and Use a Comment Bank in Google Classroom. I am a very visual learner and I knew this would help support my understanding of the remaining blogs posts I intended to investigate if I watched this video next. I also love that I can stop, pause and restart the video as many times as I need to understand the content. This video will be a great resource to share with teachers as part of the Teach a Little Something section of this assignment. A neat idea would be uploading this video to Edpuzzle and inserting comprehension questions along the way to ensure mastery as teachers view; this is something I will keep in mind as I begin drafting how I will teach them this content. This video walked me through how to specifically add comments to the comment bank and then how to use those comments within student work. This feature is quite easy to set up, but I was a bit disappointed that after setting up the comments, the teacher is still required to copy and paste the comment into the section of student work they intend to comment on. It would be much easier, and more efficient for teachers, to simply highlight the area of student work they want to leave a comment on and then click and drag the canned comment to the work. Perhaps this is a suggestion or upgrade that google is planning for the future (I did leave this as a suggestion for them). 

Lastly, I explored the remaining blog posts. The main takeaway I got from The Tech Advocate was a suggestion for teachers to go back into old pieces of student work to review their comments and collect their frequently used comments. It was suggested that they paste these into the comment bank to add them for future use. This is definitely a useful tip I will share. Alice Keeler’s post has some useful screenshots that I can use as resources for teachers on how to add comments to their bank as well as to student work. Lastly, Kasey Bell’s post outlines four ways to use this feature. She highlights (1) using private comments to leave more personalized message for students, (2) using the grading tool inside classroom to create a digital workflow from start to finish for students, (3) the benefits of creating “canned” comments in the bank for frequently identified errors (ex: spelling, usage/grammar, etc.), and (4) using  the Google App on an iOS or Android devices which allow you to use the marker and editing tools to directly write on student work for those teachers that prefer the more traditional way of marking up work. This would be great for all iOS or Android touch screen devices too with the joined use of a stylus.

2b. Teach a Little Something. 

For this learning experience, I have chosen to create a Tic-Tac-Toe Choice-Board that teachers others a little something about the Commenting/Feedback tool in Google Classroom.  The center box of the experience contains a Google Form that I will use to assess feedback and learning from this experience. 

 

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Works Cited


 

Bell, K. (2019). 4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom. Shake Up Learning. Retrieved 

30 September 2019, from 

https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/4-ways-to-give-meaningful-feedback-with-google-classroom/

 

Give feedback on assignments - Classroom Help. (2019). Support.google.com. Retrieved 30 

September 2019, from https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/9093530?hl=en  

 

How to Create and Use a Comment Bank in Google Classroom. (2019). YouTube. Retrieved 30 

September 2019, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZR6KSDrG8E&feature=youtu.be

 

NEW! Google Classroom Comment Bank - Teacher Tech. (2018). Teacher Tech. Retrieved 30 

September 2019, from 

https://alicekeeler.com/2018/07/28/new-google-classroom-comment-bank/  

 

Watches, 8., Kids, T., School?, A., Obsession, T., Unicorn, H., & For Effective Edtech Platforms, L. et al. 

(2018). Using the Google Classroom Comment Bank - The  Tech Edvocate. The Tech Edvocate. 

Retrieved 30 September 2019, from

 https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-the-google-classroom-comment-bank/






 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Kristie,

      You did a really great job with this. I particularly liked how rigorous you were about defining and redefining your goals and about obtaining resources to support your learning (and documenting them).

      I also really liked the learning object you designed. I don't think I have ever seen Google Drawings used this way, so thanks for teaching me something new.

      • Jennifer Rinaldo
        Jennifer Rinaldo

        Kristie,

        I appreciate how you took the time to create a Google Classroom where you could experience this process both as a teacher and as a student.  It is so important that we consider our students’ point of view when we roll out something new, especially when considering technology. After reading your post, I certainly feel confident in using the comment bank when I leave feedback on my students’ work.  The videos you linked were very helpful as they provided a visual to refer to. I also felt like I learned a little more with each video, but I also felt more and more confident in my ability to use this feature because of the repetition throughout each of the videos.  

        In regards to your Teach a Little Something, I agree with Dr. Ardito in that I have never seen a Google Drawing used in this manner.  Creating something like this would be a great Teach a Little Something project because the final result is very impressive!

        • Brianna Walter
          Brianna Walter

          Kristie,

          Wow,  you have a lot of resources that you used.  I save things all the time and forget about them, so it is awesome that you finally had an opportunity to use them.  I've seen Google Drawing used and have briefly used it once and awhile but nothing that intricate and pretty.  I love that you experienced the role of the student and the teacher.  I know you have a lot of knowledge with Google Classroom and it is awesome that there is always something new to learn.  You did an awesome job researching and developing this project.  It is clear that you learned something and have definitely shown us something.