My high-intermediate/advanced students have told me how much they enjoy learning grammar and vocabulary with music, so I decided to develop another fill-in-the-blank listening activity for them, this time stressing the conditional tense verbs in the song, “If I Ruled the World” sung by Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, and written by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel. I believe that this song will become a favorite of many of my students who have come from war zones since it offers such calm and peace-loving ideas. This activity is another activity using Google Doc Forms. I hope you like it!
Due to limited space on this blog, there are scroll bars for you to use as read through and complete the lyrics. You may prefer to go directly to the form by clicking on this link: If I Ruled The World.
Living in Wisconsin, we have our share of cloudy days. We wait all winter for those clear blue sunny skies. But, this summer I have become a strong advocate for the clouds–rather for cloud computing. I’ve already written an article this summer about teaching my face-to-face ESL Research & Study Skills course paperlessly on Blackboard. But, also this summer I used Google Docs for maintaining my attendance records.
Now, maintaining attendance records is one of those mundane chores that is undoubtedly one of my least favorite tasks yet is an incredibly important one required for our state reports, i.e. program funding. So why the excitement about using Google Docs for the daily attendance?
I teach in multiple classrooms throughout the campus each and every day. With Docs, I don’t have to carry an attendance book with me and risk forgetting it in my office or leaving it behind in one of my many classrooms. I don’t have to worry about misplacing the book or someone else carrying it off. (Yes, it has been known to happen!) Additionally, while Microsoft Excel works equally well, the advantage of using Docs is that I don’t have to take/waste the extra class time to log in and log off of each computer each hour in order to use my desktop Excel, and I don’t have to use (and lose) a flash drive. I just sign into the website, and there are all my attendance records for all of my classes. At the end of the day, I can just as easily call my information out of the clouds and work on my record keeping at home. All without worrying about having my information accessible at whichever of the multiple computers I use each day.
One more good thing about using Docs for keeping attendance, if I’m absent, all I have to do is give my team teacher or substitute the link to my attendance list without that person needing a password or a special account. They only need to click on the link. My records are saved in the clouds, delivered to them in an instant, returned to me in a snap, and stored safe and sound in my favorite clouds. And what’s more–it’s all free! No cost to me, no cost to the students, no cost to the school. What could be better?!!!
Enjoy the trailer of “The Others,” starring Nicole Kidman in this eerie film just perfect for the Halloween season! When you finish, answer the questions by clicking on the Comprehension Quiz link below the video. Now, sit back comfortably, and let’s begin!
To check your understanding of the video, click on the Comprehension Quiz. Good luck and happy Halloween!
A Note to Teachers about Google Forms: When a student takes the quiz, the answers are put automatically on a spreadsheet in the teacher's Google Docs file. Students can be provided with a link to that spreadsheet to see how his/her answers compare to other participants' instead of receiving feedback in the form of graphs. If necessary, the quiz can be edited through Google Docs. By asking for a student's email address on the quiz, the teacher can also give personal, individual feedback which is preferable for responses to essay questions if/when a student's language development is an issue. Google Forms cannot yet be embedded in WordPress.com which is why a link to the quiz is provided. For more information: Google Docs Forms in WordPress.mp4 Google Docs Forms Tutorial