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Selectively Sharing Data of Results of Google Form

by Randy Fairfield, 10/3/17

Google Forms beautifully displays the results of a form that has been responded to! How do you selectively share the results?

One of the best uses of forms is to full up the summary of the responses and display them to the whole class once a formative assessment is completed. This can help the teacher make in-the-moment instructional decisions about where to take a lesson. Here’s where you click to pull that data up:

Another great use of Forms is to pull up the individual view and bring students back to discuss their results.

Getting the Google Form data on a Google Sheets spreadsheet can be incredibly useful as well! The image below shows how to make that happen. What’s nice about this spreadsheet is that you can take it and selectively share the data with your colleagues.

Finally, another nice view is the “view analytics” page, which can be be seen by performing the following URL switch:



What’s is fantastic about this view is that you can then copy the chart that shows the results from each individual question and paste the chart into a Google Doc or a Google Slides presentation, which you can then selectively share with your students and/or colleagues.


Advanced Google Image Searches

by Randy Fairfield, 9/15/17

Did you know you can narrow your Google image search results to better find what you’re looking for? This can be extremely helpful if you’re specifically looking for:

  • High resolution images!
  • Black and white images!
  • Transparent images!
  • Images labeled for commercial reuse!

There are kinds of fantastic ways in which you can filter your search results to meet your specific needs. This can also be a useful tool to show students and to have a discussion about intellectual property as students are often unaware they are stealing when they take a picture that has not been labeled for reuse.


Advanced Google Searches

by Randy Fairfield, 9/14/17

Did you know that you can use advanced Google Searches to narrow the results of your search by all sorts of different search parameters? Check it out!

Some of the advanced search features can also be done with shorthand. For example, the following search terms below, if typed into, would yield a website search results about the electoral college — but only with websites that have .edu domains.

electoral college site:edu

Here’s a preview of some of the many awesome filters you get when you click the link above:


Online Course: Using Edmodo and Google to Facilitate 21st Century Learning

by Randy Fairfield, 8/21/17

Edmodo recently launched some exciting new features on their platform which has served to tighten the integration with the Google Suite and has made the facilitation of online courses better than ever!

In tandem with these releases, Edmodo partnered with MisterEdTech last Spring to promote an interactive online course titled, “Using Edmodo and Google to Facilitate 21st Century Learning”. The course was so successful that it’s back by popular demand! The course will begin again on August 28, 2017, will last six weeks, and will cost $129 per participant. Everyone is welcome to participate, and 20 clock hour credits will be offered through ESD 171 for Washington State teachers for a cost of $40 extra to be paid directly to the ESD. Participants will be asked to spend 3.25 hours per week engaging in the course and will learn the baseline technological knowledge needed to integrate Edmodo and the Google Suite. The course will also focus on best practice and will ask teachers to be reflective about their pedagogical applications of these tools.

If you are interested in the course, click the “buy now” button below! After you make the payment, you will be directed to an Edmodo link that will let you join the course after you log in with your Edmodo account! You can check out the course syllabus here and/or send Randy an email at if you have any questions or have difficulty joining. Hope to see you there!


Google Classroom Promo Video and Reflection

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/17

For every three likes this video has, it also has one dislike. Why do you think that is? What do you think?

My feelings are mixed. Here are some reflective questions that I think the video begs:

  • Are you intimidated by all the devices coming into classrooms?
  • Do you feel like you should retire if you don’t “get it”?
  • What problems can devices help solve?
  • Can the use of educational technology help close the achievement gap?
  • Is it a waste of time to write on paper instead of typing something out?
  • Will students’ “beautiful thoughts just come out” because they are using Chromebooks and Google Classroom?

Beyond the video itself, I wanted to look beyond the likes and dislikes and see what people were saying about the video. I thought the negative comments about the video would be coming from teacher offended by the implied answers to some of questions begged by the video. What I found instead surprised me:

Reading stuff like that from kids really gets me thinking about a previous blog post I’d made about what kind of backwards planning needs to be done by school districts to lessen the likelihood of this unintended outcome on students when it comes to district and building technology initiatives. If this kind of planning does not take place, unfortunately, students are the ones that ultimately end up getting hurt.


Using Google Forms for Course Evaluations

by Randy Fairfield, 3/22/17

While your administrative evaluator might only be in your classroom a few times in a school year, your students are in your class every day and they know you are doing a great job! Rather than relying on a snapshot your evaluator saw of your classroom, why not let your students evaluate you? You can use the results of their feedback as a part of your ongoing evaluation conversation with your administrator, and—perhaps more importantly—the feedback you get from your students might also open your eyes about the way you are perceived in your classroom.

The student survey below is aligned with the majority of the criteria outlined with the CEL 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric for the 2016-17 school year. Scroll to the bottom of this page if you are interested in having a copy of this form!

Click this link and you will be prompted to make a copy of the Google Form above:

Even better, check out the “Share That Form” section of my website and you’ll have access to a number of different Google Forms that you are free to take a copy of for yourself.


Voice-to-Text Typing and Leaving Feedback in Google Docs

by Randy Fairfield, 3/13/17

Do you have students that struggle with handwriting and typing? Perhaps they struggle to get the ideas in their head down on the paper? Why not have them use the Voice-to-Text feature in Google Docs? Simply open up a Google Doc, click Tools, and then click Voice Typing. Game changer!

If you’re leaving a comment in Google Docs, click on the voice-to-text tool, and then say, “insert comment” followed by your comment, you will have voice-to-text in comments!


How to Turn off Recommended Content from YouTube Homepage

by Randy Fairfield, 2/25/17

I haven’t been browsing NSF content on YouTube, yet the “recommended content” showing up on the homepage of YouTube is not anything I would want my students to see. Do you have this problem too? Here is a link to the page that will guide in the simple steps you’ll want to take to adjust this setting on YouTube:


Reflections After EdTechTeam Roseville Summit Featuring Google for Education

by Randy Fairfield, 1/18/17

This past three-day weekend was one of the best weekends of my life! I had the privilege of getting to head down to Roseville, CA and present three sessions at the EdTechTeam Roseville Summit featuring Google for Education. I shared some basics on Drive, Forms, and Chrome, shared and heard some ideas about leveraging the GSuite in Schools looking to support students coming from poverty, and showed my love for the Seahawks and the LinkClump Chrome Extension in a Demo Slam. The presenters with the EdTechTeam were great too! That is, except for Dee (@deelanier), who gave away the score of the Seahawks game. Actually, Dee was pretty cool because he showed me why I should be using Google Photos (which is awesome) at the hotel, so all is forgiven, my friend! This was the fourth annual Summit in Roseville, and you could see that the educators there were open to innovation and eager to try new things in their classrooms. There has clearly been a history of high-quality professional development offered by the team as the Summit was sold out and overbooked.

First off, props to Ken Shelton as he did a fantastic job (@k_shelton) as the lead on the Summit. It’s not easy to organize and MC an amazing event like this, and Ken pulled it off with a smile—all while catering to the very particular coffee preferences of each presenter.

My favorite parts of the Summit were the Demo Slam and the Ignite T(ed)TechTeam Talks. Demo Slams are truly an adrenalin hit for tech geeks. Participants get two minutes to get up there and show off something that the audience will find useful. I love the Slams because you can learn A LOT in a very short amount of time, and they are always very entertaining as well. The Ignite T(ed)TechTeam Talks are incredible as well because they are short, sweet, and motivating! They are basically the Demo Slam equivalent of a keynote. As I type this I am realizing my preference of Demo Slams and Ignite T(ed)TechTeam Talks over full training sessions and keynotes probably means I have ADD. I’ll take a look into it…

… In any event, I think one of the things that impressed me most about the entire event was that it wasn’t just about technology. The presenters really focused on student learning and building relationships, and then backed that up by showing how all of the tools we looked at could support those outcomes. This was particularly evident in Jeff Heil’s (@jheil65) keynote about “Technology, High Expectations and the Art of Relationships”. You could hear the emphases on learning and relationships in each Ignite T(ed)TechTeam Talk as well. Each speaker knocked it out of park, including Chris Betcher (@betchaboy), Dee, Holly Clark (@HollyClarkEdu), Rushton Hurley (@rushtonh), Jim Sill (@mistersill), and Jesse Lubinsky (@jlubinsky). Besides learning some things from the content they shared, I think I learned the most by paying attention to their unique and fantastic presentation styles. Now that the event is over, I can’t wait to lead more presentations and trainings and put some of what I learned into practice.

Besides the great presentations and training sessions, the EdTechTeam also had fantastic authors like Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill) of HyperDocs, Trevor MacKenzie, (@trev_mackenzie), and Kim Meldrum (@MeldrumKim) present and leading sessions. Lisa’s grassroots idea to build a culture of collaboration with TeachersGiveTeachers was perhaps the best thing I saw at the Summit. Overall, this was a fantastic event. If there is ever an EdTechTeam Summit near you, I’d encourage you to attend! They happen pretty frequently all around the world, so make the effort to get to one of them! You are guaranteed to leave a Summit full of inspiration and new ideas.


Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

by Randy Fairfield, 1/11/17

Google Classroom just added the option today to allow teachers to differentiate assignments for students. This is a feature that teachers using Classroom have been calling for en masse, and it’s exciting to see the Google for Education team responding! Check out the details of the update here!