Submitting Pen and Paper Work Digitally With a Chromebook
I’ve been back at school for over a month now, and we have officially gone 1:1. Each one of my students has her own Chromebook. No more fighting over technology carts on my hall. No more changing plans at the last second because the technology cart must be used for a “higher” purpose.
It is bliss–well, not quite bliss, but it is nice not to have to worry about having the necessary technology to implement my lessons.
But even though I started blending early (mixing digital with traditional instruction), many kinks still arise, and I still have a lot to learn. That’s what this latest series is about. Hopefully, we can all learn from my mistakes with The Blended Classroom Tips and Tricks.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging about helpful things I am (often painfully) learning along the way in my school’s 1:1 journey. So here it is:
The Blended Classroom Tips and Tricks #1: Submit Pen and Paper Work With a Chromebook
I’ve written in the past about how I intend to create a digital and paper “hybrid” (or blended) class. I think pulling a digital all or nothing is a mistake because certain things work best on paper and certain things work best digitally. And forcing a really great pen and paper assignment into the digital realm makes no sense to me. I’ve already written about it HERE. So I love it that Google Classroom offers an option to turn in pen and paper work digitally simply by snapping a picture of the completed assignment.
What I didn’t anticipate when I wrote about submitting pen and paper work digitally in Google Classroom as we merrily used our IPAD cart was doing it on Chromebooks, my county’s 1:1 device of choice.
On an IPAD, it is super simple–you click “ADD” in Google Classroom, and the IPAD gives you the option to take a picture.
The Chromebooks are not so simple. The first time I asked my students to do it, they were all hopelessly confused, and so I made a tutorial that I’m about to share with you now. Once students get used to it, it’s simple, but don’t approach it without clear guidelines for them. Hands will shoot up. Chaos will break out. Chromebooks will go flying. Trust me–I write from experience.
So here are the 11 Steps (that’s right–11) to submitting pen and paper work digitally on a Chromebook.
Download the free printable cheat sheet to share with your students, and feel free to share the film tutorial below, as well.
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