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Google Forms Lessons – TechnoQuestionnaire

Christa’s Top TechnoKids Pick

It was my turn to choose a favorite TechnoKids technology project this month. After lots of waffling, I finally settled on TechnoQuestionnaire, a technology project with Google Forms lessons ideal for Grades 6-12.

It was very difficult for me to pick only one. I love each technology project that TechnoKids publishes for different reasons. For example, I like the creative spark that ignites when students complete TechnoToon. The graphic stories always look fantastic when they are finished. TechnoToon is a top selling TechnoKids project, but it is not my top pick.

Another technology project that I love is TechnoBudget. The shopping spree concept is something that engages students. The activities make spreadsheets easy to understand and fun to use. TechnoBudget is a favorite of many teachers, but it is still not my top pick.

Combine Inquiry Based Learning with Google Forms

Why pick TechnoQuestionnaire? The quick answer is I love how Google Forms can be used to create meaningful learning experiences. I wish more teachers used Google Forms in their curriculum.

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Discover how Google Forms can be integrated into curriculum.

I know that many teachers are reluctant to use Google Forms, but it is one of my favorite web-based apps from Google. I like how easy it is to gather information. The variety of question types allows students to gather a range of information. In addition, the automatically generated report clearly summarizes the survey results. I like Google Forms so much that I designed a second technology project, TechnoTrivia, for elementary teachers.

One of the things I like the most about TechnoQuestionnaire is that it uses a real-world problem-solving model. The technology project applies an inquiry-based approach to learning. In the lessons, students learn how to select a research question and design a questionnaire to collect data. Afterwards, they explore data analysis techniques to interpret the findings. TechnoQuestionnaire has activities that offer a practical use of technology. The skills that students learn can be transferred to new situations.

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Google Forms Lessons Make Learning Meaningful

Have Students Become Researchers

I remember being part of the curriculum development team in charge of designing TechnoQuestionnaire a few years ago. In the beginning, I worked with several classes of Grade 7 and 8 students. I had two goals. I wanted students to understand the practical application of Google Forms. I also wanted to design a series of activities that middle and high school students would find interesting. I didn’t want them to be bored. Instead, I wanted them to appreciate the power of Google Forms and understand how they could use it in real life. It was fascinating to watch students become researchers.

When the unit came to an end, the curriculum development team created TechnoQuestionnaire. I like all the things that make it unique. I like the school spirit survey activity because it provides a concrete example of the purpose of a survey. I like the presentation of findings at the end of the project because it gives students an audience bigger than their teacher. I also like the pivot chart extension activity – because I like pivot charts.

Learn More About the Google Forms Lessons in TechnoQuestionnaire

TechnoQuestionnaire is a technology project best suited for middle and high school studnts. Check out my top pick!

Publish Books – TechnoBookmaking

Laurie’s Top TechnoKids Pick

This month’s TechnoKids top pick is from Laurie Gerard. Laurie’s favorite technology project is TechnoBookmaking. In TechnoBookmaking primary and elementary students publish books including picture books, flip flap stories, unfolding riddle books, layer book of facts, bookmarks, greeting cards, and more.

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Publish books with Microsoft Office or Google Docs.

What makes TechnoBookmaking Laurie’s all-time fav is how enthusiastic kids are about what they are making. They are having so much fun! “Kids love the end result, and are always wowed by what they have made.”

Laurie has been a valued TechnoKids team member for over twenty years. One of the things she likes the most about her job is watching the pride students feel when they see what they can do with technology. “I like seeing them smile when they pick their work up from the printer, they just beam!”

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Laurie’s top pick is TechnoBookmaking.

Another reason, Laurie loves this projects so much is because it can easily integrate into any subject area. Students can write a funny story for language arts, a fact book for science, or an unfolding riddle book for social studies. The templates can be used over and over again. This makes it a technology project that a teacher can reuse throughout the school year.

Publish Books with TechnoBookmaking

Check out Laurie’s top pick! TechnoBookmaking, is an engaging project that has kid publish books. Discover what makes it Laurie’s favorite TechnoKids project.

TechnoKids publishes a wide selection of computer lessons for kids. Other titles you may want to check out include TechnoMe. This title is ideal for an All About Me unit. You may also want to learn more about TechnoGallery. This technology project includes a collection of fun drawing activities using Google Drawings. You will be amazed at how creative your students can be with this web-based app.

Entrepreneurship Activities – TechnoEntrepreneur

Michalitsa’s Top TechnoKids Pick

Hello from Greece! This month’s TechnoKids top pick is from Michalitsa Papasotiriou. Michalitsa’s favorite technology project is TechnoEntrepreneur. In TechnoEntrepreneur, middle school students launch a restaurant venture. While learning about entrepreneurship, they develop their business concept, raise seed money, track earnings, and promote the opportunity to others.

NOTE: This title was recently replaced with TechnoRestaurateur. The activities are similar. There are project versions for Google Docs, Microsoft Office, or Office Online.

What makes TechnoEntrepreneur, Michalitsa’s favorite project is that the activities help kids to develop business skills from a young age which prepares them for real-life. She also likes that the project integrates the use of Microsoft Office into learning. The tasks, give students the opportunity to learn about Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Michalitsa states, “Besides the valuable technology skills that students acquire, they learn financial literacy and how to have better critical thinking.”

When asked to choose the activity she likes the most in TechnoEntrepreneur, Michalitsa picked the design of the restaurant floor plan. She says, “My favorite part is when students have to undertake the role of an architect and create the floor plan of their restaurant. That’s the time where the real fun begins. The students put all their creativity together and choose the colors and the textures of their restaurant. That gives them a true and authentic experience. They feel like they are going to open an actual restaurant!”

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TechnoEntrepreneur sample floor plan

TechnoKids Greece is Making a Difference

TechnoKids Greece has been part of the TechnoKids team since 1997. For more than twenty years they have been teaching essential 21st Century skills to students throughout Greece. Michalitsa Papasotiriou is the Head of Educational Projects at TechnoKids Greece. She oversees all academic material and teaching support.

Since a young age, Michalitsa has demonstrated her passion for computer sciences. She joined TechnoKids Greece as a teenage student. Later she became an instructor herself. With multiple awards of expertise from Microsoft Office and a decade of experience in the computer academics, Michalitsa has been a valuable member of our Greek TechnoKids headquarters since 2010.

Thanks Michalitsa for your top pick! It is one of our favorites too!

Teach Entrepreneurship with TechnoEntrepreneur

Check out Michalitsa’s top pick! TechnoEntrepreneur, is an engaging project that makes real world connections. Discover what makes it Michalitsa’s favorite TechnoKids project.

TechnoKids publishes a wide selection of computer lessons for kids. Other Microsoft Excel titles that emphasize financial literacy include TechnoCandy or TechnoBudget.