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TechnoKids and Google Classroom

What Is Google Classroom?

TechnoKids and Google Classroom work very well together! Google Classroom is a free web service developed for schools by Google. It was designed to simplify the creation, distribution, and grading of assignments without the need for paper. Now, paired with TechnoKids Technology Projects, you’re good to go!

TechnoKids and Google Classroom

We recently set up our own Google Classroom to try it out. We quickly discovered how easily TechnoKids and Google Classroom work together. Attaching a TechnoKids PDF workbook file to a new Class assignment was very easy.  We found that along with a few instructions, students were able to answer questions electronically in the document and open a template file in a Google App like Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings. It was not difficult to attach newly created documents or additional files.

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Submitting completed assignments is also quick and easy. The teacher can review the completed work, assign a grade, and offer any comments directly to the student.

Getting Started

To use TechnoKids with Google Classroom, you will need to add a Chrome extension to your browser. This allows users to annotate the TechnoKids PDF worksheet files directly in the browser, save the changes, and submit them for grading. We suggest using either Kami or XODO extensions.

What You Need to Know

The first thing you need to do is create a Class in Google Classroom. Add your students simply by sharing a class code with the class or invite students by email. We found the former was the quickest where the student joined the class by simply typing in the code. The latter requires the student to open the email invite and click the Join link.

Next, you’ll need to upload the TechnoKids project resources to your Class Drive folder. This puts all the resources you’ll need to create assignments in one convenient spot.

Now you’re ready to create an assignment and issue it to your class. Open the first TechnoKids project assignment and read the instructions. Determine if the student needs to add answers to this document, do they need an added template file to complete the activity, or are they merely going to follow the directions to create a new document in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, or Drawings? Next, create a new assignment in your Class, attach the worksheet and any other necessary files. Set the user permission to give the student access to read or write to the file(s). Give the assignment a grade value and a due date, then place it into the TechnoKids project category.

The student opens the assignment in their Class to follow the instructions and complete the activity. The convenient Turn in option will alert the teacher when the assignment is ready for grading.

All in all, we found that our resource materials work very well with Google Classroom.

Support

If you think you still need some help getting started with TechnoKids and Google Classroom, we have put together some supportive Q&A’s here.

Watch Our Google Classroom playlist!

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TechnoKids Partners with InfinityKids Honduras

TechnoKids Inc. is pleased to partner with InfinityKids Innovation Honduras. InfinityKids provides a multi-curriculum program based on the STEM methodology. It is a group of companies focused on the development of technology skills in education. Their mission is to provide students with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills they will need to face tomorrow’s problems.

Sandra Maldonado, CEO of TechnoKids Guatemala, states “We are very happy with the addition of InfinityKids to the TechnoKids family. We believe that education and technology are the basis for progress and the countries of the Central American region need to have our population prepared to compete in a globalized world. InfinityKids will be helping to prepare the next generations to be competitive in a global environment.”

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TechnoKids technology projects were the ideal fit for InfinityKids. Both companies value a project-based approach to learning. In addition, the TechnoKids instructional materials work well with InfinityKids’ electronic platform and interactive classes.

Anael Edgardo Mejía Aguilar, from InfinityKids Partner Club spoke about the addition of TechnoKids to their curriculum, “We are more than grateful to be able to count on an innovative and creative methodology such as TechnoKids, allowing us to change the education of the Honduran student.”

The team at TechnoKids Inc. is delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Sandra and InfinityKids in teaching the skills of tomorrow… today!

To learn more about InfinityKids contact their office:

TechnoKids 25th Anniversary Celebration

Today marks the 25th anniversary of TechnoKids Inc. We are so lucky to have the most amazing customers and Associates. Thanks for using our instructional materials with your students. We love making them! Happy TechnoKids 25th Anniversary!

TechnoKids 25th anniversary

TechnoKids 25th anniversary

Throughout the years, TechnoKids has published hundreds of technology projects. We have written activities to help students create digital art, storybooks, slideshows, surveys, quizzes, timelines, budgets, biographies, web pages, posters, and more!

Project Based Learning is Meaningful

Since 1993, when the company was founded, project based learning has been the cornerstone of product development. Instead of teaching technology skills in isolation, each technology project integrates the use of desktop and web-based apps into learning experiences. For example, TechnoResearch blends research skills, report writing, and word processing skills to produce a fact card. TechnoDebate combines collaboration, critical thinking, and presentation skills to debate a controversial issue. While TechnoInvestor, teaches financial literacy and spreadsheet skills as part of a stock market simulation. The interdisciplinary approach engages learners.

At TechnoKids we want learning to be FUN. Every technology project has to be one that we would want to teach, and it MUST be something we would want to do if we were a kid. Whether it is a graphic story in TechnoToon or an interactive map in TechnoMap the activity must be an interesting way to learn. Plus, the product should look really impressive when it is finished.

Mastery of Technology Skills is Essential

Throughout the years, the focus has been on systematically teaching essential technology skills to prepare students for the future. Although any project can be taught in isolation, the product line is designed to scale in difficulty from Grades 1-9+. This allows schools to adopt a technology program that gradually develops word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, Internet, digital citizenship, desktop publishing, database, photo editing, animation, and programming skills. Each technology project, builds on the previous one.

For example, to develop word processing skills TechnoKids offers a range of projects that increase in difficulty. TechnoStories introduces basic word processing skills to primary students using templates. TechnoJournal targets essential text and picture formatting techniques for elementary students. TechnoNewsletter teaches a thorough understanding of word processing to middle school students. While, TechnoAdvertise is an in-depth exploration of advanced techniques designed to prepare high school students for college and the workplace.

Adapting to Change

Continually updating the product has fostered customer loyalty. In the beginning, TechnoKids published instructional resources for learning centers. When we began to create materials for schools, the activities were for Office 97 and Windows 98. At the time, the Internet was not readily available to most users. Over the years, the development team has kept pace with the ongoing change. Today, there are technology projects for Microsoft Office 2016, and the Office Online web-based apps. In addition, there are technology projects for Google Docs, which undergo constant updates to keep them current. As well, TechnoKids writes projects for Adobe including activities for the most current version of Photoshop and Animate.

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Looking Ahead

There is always something new and exciting happening in technology. Despite all the wonderful projects we have already published, there are still many more ideas left to create. We can’t wait to make technology projects for Sway and OneNote. As well, we talk constantly about 3D modelling and how that can be done simply. In addition, we have our sights set on more programming projects.

TechnoKids 25th Anniversary Celebration

It has been a fabulous 25 years. It is thrilling to look ahead to what comes next. We appreciate your ongoing support. Let the TechnoKids 25th anniversary celebration begin!

Google Forms Quiz NEW! TechnoTrivia

Learn How to Make a Quiz in Google Forms

Use TechnoTrivia activities to make a quiz in Google Forms. Elementary and middle school students create a trivia game. They formulate questions to test friends’ knowledge about a topic. By setting the answer key an automated system calculates points and sends quiz results.

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Learn how to make a quiz in Google Forms

Make Learning Fun

TechnoTrivia includes extension activities. Challenge your students to host a Battle of the Brains, team up to build a Trivia Game, or make a Pick your Own Ending story. As well, additional activities explain how to include a video or manually mark a short answer question. Discover how creative your students can be when using Google Forms!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Integrate Google Forms into learning. The theme of the trivia can be about a unit of study or based upon personal interest. Your students will:

  • Plan and organize ideas
  • Formulate thought-provoking questions
  • Research to fact-check information
  • Build a trivia quiz and set the answer key
  • Set a suitable point value for questions
  • Provide feedback with helpful information
  • Automatically calculate point score
  • Host a trivia event and invite respondents
  • Analyze trivia quiz responses

View a Sample Quiz Made in Google Forms

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Take the Wacky Animal Quiz

In TechnoTrivia your students learn how to formulate questions, create an answer key, and customize quiz settings. They ask a range of question types including multiple choice, checkboxes, and dropdown. A point value is applied to each question. The value can be the same for each question or increase based on the difficulty level. Feedback is added for incorrect and correct answers to offer quiz takers encouragement or additional information. Students learn how to set the quiz to automatically calculate a score and report the results.

About TechnoTrivia Technology Project

When you order TechnoTrivia, you receive a teacher guide, digital student worksheets, and customizable resources. Additional materials such as sample quizzes, assessment tools, and enrichment activities support learning. The activities are ideal for elementary or middle school students.