Monday, September 17, 2012

My Dog Ate My Printer...

I've heard many excuses why students can't print their work, ranging from completely legitimate to completely silly. Here is one way I'm working around student printing woes.

Basically, you can email to your printer. You can print via any device that has email - cell phone, iPad, laptop, etc. - so students who type papers on their phones can easily submit them. Though it's heavy on the account set up at first, it's ease of use is worth it.

1. Set up a Dropbox Account

2. Set up a 'Send to Dropbox' associated with that Dropbox Account. It will give you an email - I renamed mine kkennettprintmeplease_**** Refresh your Dropbox tab, and you should now have an 'Attachments' folder in your Dropbox account.

3. Set up Google Cloud Print for the printer attached to your computer / Chrome sign in. You must be signed into Chrome on the computer that is hardwired to the printer.

4. Login to WappWolf and automate the following sequence:
      - Every time you put a file in 'Attachments'
      - Print via Google Cloud Print (choose your classroom computer option), and
      - Delete the original file (to find this, scroll to the bottom) - this is important so that student work doesn't build up in the folder.

5. Test it! Compose an email to your Send to Dropbox email and attach a file. It should:
      - go into your Attachments folder (you can watch this real-time if your Dropbox tab refreshes)
      - print out via your printer
      - delete itself from the Attachments folder

So, when students are having problems printing from home, simply have them attach their file to an email and send it to your Send to Dropbox account - within a couple of minutes it should print out!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Using Google Spreadsheet as a Online Rubric: Setting Up

This weekend, with a fresh pile of summer reading essays in hand, I began the process of setting up my students' digital writing folders.

First, I started with a Google Spreadsheet formatted of a rubric I use.

Then, I clicked 'File' --> 'Make a Copy' and titled the new copy    Last, First : Period : Rubrics

               Example: Kennett, Katrina : A : Rubrics

Yes, this requires making a copy for each of your students. But, now, through the year I will have the ability to grade within a master rubric and then 'push' the graded sheet to that student's spreadsheet. (Screencast coming soon)

- time consuming at this point in the year

- you can share the document with students with varying levels of editing permissions
- you can share / publish specific rubrics to parents, special ed, etc
- you can provide links to rubrics in emails
- you can lock specific spreadsheets if you don't want

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Submitting essay: hard copies

Today you will be finishing your final draft and submitting your entire process. Your work is due at the end of the period - I will check in with you as class goes on to help you pace your time. 

12/18/12 - Sophomores: What should you have?
- metacognitive letter
- final draft
- rough draft #2 
- rough draft #1
- outline
- thesis development 
- 20-25 quotations (or whatever your class required) 
- paper proposal paragraph / idea development

(if you have a legitimate excuse for missing any of the above, write it on a separate piece of paper and insert it in the correct order)
(also, if your journal contains any of your process, take a post-it and clearly mark where I can find your work) 

When you print your final draft, make sure the MLA formatting is as follows (see below for model): 
- single spaced header
- title centered (please, a clever title?) 
- double spaced body text
- size 12 Times New Roman font 
- 1" margins 
- titles of books in italics - Lord of the Flies, Beowulf, Things Fall Apart, etc. 

If you have any question, please ask - I'm here to help!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Setting up Senior Project Blogs

Senior Project Blogs!

By the end of today's class, you will:
- establish and format a blog for Senior Projects
- draft and publish a post on this blog
- complete various blog challenges to help you get familiar with your blog

Get Started: 

  1. choose a blog platform and sign into it or
  2. create a clear title that describes the purpose of your blog (tagline optional)
  3. format the blog's layout - change the color scheme, the main fonts, the background images, etc. 

Challenge List:

  1. write a short bio in your profile or make an 'about me' page (the about me should be direct, professional, and quick) 
  2. write your first blog post! explain why you will blog in Senior Projects and what your personal goals are for the blogging
  3. attempt any of the challenges here (from Mr. Kulowiec's workshop!)
  4. play with non-cluttering widgets (link lists, polls, twitter feed, etc) 
  5. If you have an iPhone, download the free Blogger app and post a picture of this week's goals