For an end of semester activity, I decided to wrap up with something random and fun – a combination of closure to the classroom community we had built all semester and a throwback/head nod to the senior superlatives we do in US high schools.
The context for this activity can be anything: a one-off activity, an activity that tests specific vocabulary skills, an activity based around the grammar of superlative forms, after a series of presentations, etc. The activity is simply getting students to choose a few candidates for each question, voting on a Google Form, and then seeing the results. The form takes only a few minutes to setup and there are no formulas needed to calculate the results. Google does that for you.
I did my activity after showing a video I put together of students doing 2-minute summaries of their research papers. Watching a 30 minute video of other students simply talking could be a bit taxing on the attention system, even for the best learners, so I gave them something fun to do while watching:
While watching today’s video, choose several students who best fit the questions below. After the video, visit http://goo.gl/eqstb4 and vote for the best student for each question. Do not choose your own name.
1. Who had the best topic?
2. Who had the best pronunciation?
3. Who is most likely to be an English professor?
4. Who is most likely to be yelled at by an English professor?
5. Who is most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse?
6. Who is most likely to suggest 삼소 for a first date?
7. Who is most likely to win a fight against Batman?
8. Who is most likely to believe in Santa Claus?
For the Google Form, I simply created “Choose from a list” question types. To input the names of each student, I selected them all from my gradebook and simply pasted them into answer options on the Google Form, which automatically separates them.
After watching the video, students then visited the Google Form by either entering in the URL or scanning the QR code printed on the worksheet. After I saw that all students had finished voting, I selected “Responses -> Summary of responses” from Google Form’s toolbar.
This brings up the results of the forms, broken into a pie chart and a easy to read table. The pie chart is most useful here and clearly shows the most voted for for each question.
You could end the activity there, congratulating the winners. As a follow-up, you could get voters to explain why they voted for a particular person. You could also get winners to guess why they were voted for.
I’m sure there are lots of different ways to structure and implement this activity. It’s simple for the teacher, and fun for the students.