|Stephanie Filardo: Photo credit|
Valerie Callan Photography
Stephanie is currently a teacher in St. Louis, Missouri
This idea is brought to you by the wonderful integration of Google Docs and Google Keep. Enjoy!
Today, I'm excited to tell you about DocStickers! If you can give me 90 seconds of your time, this video is worth a watch! Otherwise, continue below.
|One of my students asked for this sticker,|
so I made it. I may have to provide grape
bubblegum with it for the full effect though!
With most of my assignments having gone digital, I still want to be able to bring this joy to my students. I've kicked this idea around for a while, but there really wasn't a seamless way to get images/digital stickers into a Doc...until the latest Google Keep update (in Docs). So while I can't bring you a way to make your student papers smell like grapes, cherries, or bubble gum, I can show you a way to bring the joy of stickers to your students' digital assignments. DocStickers was born!
|Example of a DocSticker in a student assignment. "Now you're flying!"|
Check out the Original Post for some pre-made DocStickers, templates, and tutorials for you to get started (link opens in a new window):
FREE DOC STICKERS HERE: Original DocStickers Post on i3algebra.blotspot.com
One thing I want to make VERY clear. This isn't about turning a worksheet into a digital assignment just to add a sticker to it. It isn't about creating more work for you as a teacher. It IS about helping you give feedback to students (and making your grading time a little bit cheerier). It IS about making sure we aren't just "passing back" (returning on Google Classroom) assignments without some sort of feedback. Much of the work my students do has gone digital. This was true in my math classroom, and it is a reality in my computer science classes.
There are many forms of feedback I utilize and this is a complement to written and/or verbal feedback. Can it be more than that? I hope so. The Google Keep integration lets you insert more than just images, and Keep is very much a lesser known tool despite its power for cross-device bookmarking, shared lists and notes, etc....the possibilities are seemingly endless. I look forward to sharing more ways you can utilize this tool both as a teacher and with your students.
I have high school students who remember getting stickers and stamps on their work when it was handed back. And although it may seem childish, they miss it. They miss the way it made them feel; .I want to make sure that joy doesn't go the wayside as we go paperless.
Tweet me @i3algebra #DocStickers I'd love to know what you think!
If you would like to share this idea (edcamp, tips session, etc) I'd also love to collaborate with you to help you share this idea in the greater context of student feedback.