Now that we’ve reached the end of the Teacher Challenge activities, it’s time to demonstrate a great way to collect and organize interactive images through the use of a Google Form as a ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box. A simple Google Forms works beautifully for collecting ThingLink images or any digital work that come with a link. It’s is a handy tool to have in any educator’s toolkit of resources.
I’ve been helping teachers learn to collect digital assignments with an In Box since 2011, when I read about the idea on the blog of John Miller. Here is the original post and tutorial I published in October of 2011, which includes a video tutorial to help teachers create the form, and also a video tutorial to help students learn to use the form. This use of tech has been very popular with teachers because it is efficient and effective way to leverage the power of tech to manage digital student work.
Create One Simple Form
After the form is created and published, students do the rest of the work as they turn in a digital assignment. They fill out the quick form and copy and paste the link into the appropriate box. An optional box for comments on the form provides students with the opportunity to speak up about the assignment. This also provides teachers with the chance to personalize the learning.
Create a More Complex Form
If you’re already using an In Box to collect digital work, you might want to explore ways to make one Google Form work harder for you. Here are some ways I’ve leveraged the power of the Google Form In Box for the Teacher Challenge.
- Add a checklist, in the form of a Grid, to an In Box to help students evaluate their own work before turning it in.
- Take advantage of the teachable moment by including tips and tutorial to provide students with resources for use after they complete any type of self-evaluation.
- Provide opportunities for students to get personal help, by adding this option to questions in the form, or creating a separate box.
The ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box
Create a Portfolio & Claim Your Badge
- Open your Digital Self ThingLink.
- Select Post
- Create a new Channel titled YourName‘s Portfolio
- Click in the box to add your Digital Self to the channel
- Open another ThingLink and add it to your Portfolio channel.