Teacher/Student Connections with Google Forms: A Google Video Featuring my Awesome New Coworker

Here’s a quick video to start out your weekend! One of the teachers in my new district, Andi Kornowski, is a second-year teacher, a rockstar with project-based learning in science, and just passed all the tests to become a Google Apps Certified Individual. Last year, she found a way to connect with students using Google Forms- and the Google team flew out to Wisconsin to highlight some of her work.

There are two things that really stuck out to me as I watched this video:

  1. Kids are different. Over the last three years in my English classes, I saw more of a deficit in students’ ability to communicate orally than with the written word. They’re so used to texting, emailing, and conversing over Facebook that they struggle when they try to have meaningful and open conversations face-to-face. I love that Andi didn’t just give up trying to forge a connection with her students. She used technology, the medium that digital natives are comfortable with, to bridge that communication barrier.
  2. Creating a Google form and sending it out to students takes minutes. However, that simple gesture was probably enough to impact some of those students for a lifetime. I know this quote is overused, but I’m going to put it out there again: Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. A lot of kids have more going on in their personal lives than they show, and sometimes they just need to know that someone out there is on their side.

Great work Andi! Check out the video below:

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