I did something with my sub plans recently that I would not have dreamed of doing in the past few years: I had my students type important in-class essay exams with the “portable technology” with a substitute teacher.
Chromebooks are so reliable that I took this risk. I would NEVER have left a sub with this task a month ago when we had to rely on using Office 365 on the iPads.
There were a few steps I took to help this process go more smoothly.
- I had the class (who had not yet used the Chromebooks for writing an essay) totally set up their new document the day before. We named it and shared it, so that all they would have to do is open Office 365 and start typing.
- I created step by step visual instructions on the SMART board for the next day when students would have to find their way back to the document.
I was pretty confident this would work and it did! Every single student successfully completed their document. (One exception was a student that I have in another class who was absent on the set up day; he chose to use Google Docs as that is what his other class was using to type and share with me.)
Not only that, but because students had shared their documents, I was able to mark all of their essays online before the end of Christmas break without having to travel to school to get their work.