Y'all there never seems to be enough time because we all have a growing list of things that we have to do...lesson planning, grading, classroom management, testing, parent contact, team meetings, and so much more! I love time savers because they make it possible to complete all of our weekly tasks.
This year I'm working to make my classroom as paperless as possible and it is a HUGE time saver because I'm not wasting so much time at the copier. Here are three time savers that will help you tackle assignments, grading, and not having to make copies.
My class just completed their first big project of the year and I wanted to come up with a way that I could easily collect and grade them. I have five different classes and they range from having 19 to 23 students. I decided that the best way to collect the projects was to have my students fill out a Google Form.
You can send them the Google Form using Google Classroom or you can send them the link to the form. You can save time by checking the Shorten URL button to create a shorter URL for your students to copy. I've also noticed that I get several questions about some of the letters and numbers in these shortened URLs (they can get kinda confusing), so I create bit.ly links for my classrooms and I make sure to only use lowercase letters. That saves time and avoids the questions about the links. You can also create a QR code using the link and your students can scan the code with an iPad and access the Google Form quickly and easily.
The best part about using Google Forms to have your students turn in their projects is that it will save you time grading. I'll show you how.
After the students have filled out the Google Form, you will be able to view their responses. I like to quickly look at them as a whole and then I click on the green button at the top to have it create a spreadsheet to look at the responses.
This is when I can easily grade my student's projects. My students completed this assignment online, so I have a question that asks for a link to their project. I can quickly and easily view their projects from the link that they provided in the Google Form.
Then I add a column in the spreadsheet that says GRADE and COMMENTS. This will help me easily enter grades and then transfer those to my grade book.
It has been a great time saver when I need to collect multiple assignments as well. It also saves me time with grading.
My last time saver tip is to send your students reading assignments using Google Slides. It saves you time because you don't have to make copies and waste your time standing in line at the copier.
Here is a little video to show you how using Google Slides for reading assignments will save you time.