Sunday, 19 July 2020

Escape room with OneNote

Inspired by Julia Morris, Carmen Quirós, Esmeralda Salgado,Jeni Long and Sallee Clark and helped by students, staff and parents at The Ashcombe School, in June 2020 I put together an Escape room using OneNote based on a trip to Normandy.  It is my first attempt.

At a later date I may add more explanation here, but I made reference to it in a 'Show and Tell' webinar on 18th July 2020, and promised to share as soon as possible.

Here's a link to a copy of a Notebook stored in my personal OneDrive and which I believe you can put into your own OneDrive and open in the OneNote app to use or to edit.  I have replaced the Microsoft form link for recording progress with a link to a duplicate which you can import into your own Microsoft forms if you want to use it.

Here's a link to the wakelet which links to some of the games I used.

Here are links to recordings and links associated with the teachers who inspired me:
Below is a copy and paste of the 'remerciements' I wrote in the final section.  (I knew I had written about the project somewhere and could not remember where it was during my Show and Tell sesison.  Surprise surprise, I had written it in the Notebook itself ...!).

I confess that I have not done the Year 7 Rhineland trip Escape Room yet.  Being able to see my mum after three months of lockdown has somewhat changed my priorities!  I will share it when I have done it!


I am so sorry that I could not lead the Year 8 trip to Normandy this year.  So much preparation had gone into it, especially from the office staff and Voyager, the company we were using, and I know how much you were looking forward to it. 

Instead, I offer you this little adventure, which you can either do 'all at once' (I think it may take about one hour) or you may want to go at a leisurely pace and explore some of the games and links a bit more.  There's no time limit.

Thanks to The Ashcombe Community ….

Firstly, thank YOU for taking part in this mission.  Hopefully you have had some satisfaction in solving the clues and picked up a bit of French on the way, as well as remembering that you are part of a big supportive community at The Ashcombe School, where 'taking part' is the most important thing to do!

Thanks to Monsieur Robinson who has done so much to help the school have access to technology during this difficult time, including Teams and Notebook.  It is fun learning about how to use them, and through doing this I have learnt how to use templates for pages (Insert / Page templates) and - of-course - how to set passwords for pages!

Thanks to Madame Jackson for being such a good sport (and such a good Head of Year!).  And what excellent camera skills from Monsieur Ashwood!  We will also have to thank Monsieur Jacques-Antoine Motte of La Ferme de la Mimarnel  for helping to solve the mission.  (Even though his poor wizardry actually created the problem to start with …!)

Thanks so much to La Famille Frazer.  I shared my idea with them and they came back with a flood of ideas, links, musical advice and pictures.  Not only that, but they have also been my 'cobayes' and fed back on what worked and did not work.  This would not have been the same without them!

If you are interested in making your own Escape Rooms, I'd love to hear from you and perhaps we could set some more challenges for The Ashcombe Community.    I had hoped to continue our Minecraft club at a distance, but that proved not to be easy from my computer.  So perhaps this could be a replacement activity for releasing your creativity and technological curiosity!  What about helping me to create a Year 7 Rhineland Adventure?  I have a storyline in mind…!

Thanks to the world …!

Thanks to lots of teachers across the country who are sharing ideas about using technology.  I have been particularly inspired by Julia Morris, Carmen Quirós and Esmeralda Salgado who have shared their enthusiasm for Escape Rooms in webinars and on Twitter.. 

Thanks to leading Microsoft Educators Jeni Long and Sallee Clark aka Jenalee, who shared a template for this game.  I know that Escape Rooms are usually done on websites, and to be honest they can be incredibly immersive (my next challenge is to do one using  Genially or Google sites or a mixture of the two), but for this activity I deliberately wanted to combine the adventure with getting to understand how to navigate around a OneNote Book.
Let’s hope it’s worked!

Madame Myers

Saturday, 30 May 2020

GCSE AQA French Listening exam walk through

A short video to outline the format of an AQA GCSE French listening exam.

A Microsoft quiz to test understanding of the content can be duplicated here.

Le Petit Prince - an introduction

A short video introducing Le petit Prince as a prelude to Studio Higher Module 4 Contrôle reading question 1.

A Microsoft quiz relating to this video can be duplicated here.

GCSE AQA French Reading walk through

A YouTube video where I give a brief outline of the AQA French reading exam. (10 minutes)

An associated Microsoft quiz can be duplicated from this link.

Friday, 8 May 2020

GCSE AQA Languages speaking exam walk-through

I have prepared a presentation which walks pupils through the process of taking a GCSE language speaking exam.

It took a long time to prepare and record, so I would be delighted if it could be of use to others who may want to adapt it to give their own 'voice' and to match their own circumstances.
This is offered freely, so it must not be adapted for commercial purposes.

Thank you.

Here's a link to the PowerPoint presentation.
Here's a link to the script.
Here is a link to a Microsoft Quiz duplicate.
Here's the video uploaded to YouTube.

I recorded this with a Samson C03U microphone (about 10 years old).
I edited it in Camtasia.
Once you have used Camtasia, it is difficult to adapt to other recording options!  I have been spoilt.
If I were naturally more fluent it would be OK, but I'm not, and I have to edit!

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Zoom Breakout Rooms Walk-through

I have loved discovering 'Breakout Rooms' in Zoom.
The instructions are superb on the Zoom site.
To host a breakout room see this video.
To be a participant, see this page.

To help me prepare students and colleagues for the experience, I have put together a PowerPoint of screenshots from the Zoom instructions so that I can pull up a slide to demonstrate part of the process as and when needed.  I have written a script to go with the video.
I have also turned the PowerPoint into a video.
I'm not sure it is really necessary, since the instructions are so clear on the Zoom site, but making it certainly helped to fix the process into my head and made me discover more about the possibilities.

Here it is:

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Microsoft Forms and Quizzes

Thanks to all the people who have been sharing ideas about effective ways to teach at a distance from your learners.  The TiLT webinars, where wonderful MFL practitioners collected from across the globe by Joe Dale share their experience of using technology to carry out distance teaching, have been inspiring.

I confess that I positively enjoy putting together instructional videos which pupils then use asynchronously [such as this one which is a 'walk-through' a GCSE Speaking test], but really miss the live, synchronous classroom experience where you can pick up quickly from pupils' responses or body language whether they are 'getting' things and where you can ask questions to check real understanding.  You can then adapt the process accordingly.. not necessarily sticking with the planned sequence.

Microsoft Forms and quizzes to the rescue ....!

With a form, you can get quick, easy to fill in feedback after each lesson, so the pupil knows you are listening and you can take their experience into account when planning the next lesson.

With a quiz, you can get a quick snapshot of how well pupils can retrieve the learning from the lesson.

Microsoft has superb guidance on their site to take you through the steps, but it if you prefer a  home-made video, feel free to take a look at my attempt.  

By the way ... I can testify to the power of learning through creating.  I made several attempts at doing this video 'on the hoof'.. decided I needed a script to make things more efficient .. had to edit several parts when I noticed typos or child names appearing .. so by the end of this process, I think I pretty much know this inside out!!!  And there is still one minor error at 1:54.  So even if no-one looks at this video, it has taught me quite a lot!  (I have also learnt that I use the word 'so' loads!!!)

Under the video I have provided links to copies of some forms and quizzes I have done, and the script.

Script and counter

This is a video to show how you can use quizzes within Microsoft forms to check pupil engagement and understanding.  The final few slides will also touch on how to use forms for helpful feedback from pupils on how they find the lessons.
I’ll give you a possible scenario.
Here’s a task set for a Year 10 French class within Class Notebook.
They have been told to watch an instructional video .

The video is available in the Microsoft stream but also on YouTube.

Within the video I try to get engagement from the pupils, every now and then saying ’has it sunk in?’, inviting them to pause the video, read the questions, write down the answers then resume the video for the answers - so I say ‘answers coming up ‘ as a prompt for them to pause video prior to seeing answers

They can then check their answers

In this example, I repeated this exercise on 4 occasions to check understanding

So how do I know they did it?
You can ask them to share the word doc in which they wrote the answers
You can look at the Class Notebook to see if they have filled it in
Perhaps they can take a photo of the work and attach it to an email (and for this I recommend using Microsoft Office Lens, as this converts the image into a document which you can then edit)

They could have just copied your answers .. so I suppose you don't really know if they understand it.  So I suggest having another layer of retrieval practice using a self marking test
So how can you create  quiz?
You can learn by following the very clear instruction s in the link given here.
It’s worth noting that the ‘category ‘forms’ includes two elements .. forms and quizzes.
I suggest that the quiz (which gives the chance of scoring answers  is really useful for an evaluation of understanding
While the ‘form’ is useful for collecting opinions about the effectiveness of the lesson.

You need to open the ‘forms app’.
If you go to your office ‘home’ you may see the app directly at the top.
If not, click on the waffle top left which opens the apps.  Scroll down to ‘forms’
[Grrrr … I changed the position of the box at the last minute and did not move the red box, so it is highlighting the wrong icon!  Sorry!]

You can see all the thumbnails of forms and quizzes I have already created ..sadly they cannot be stored in folders yet, but hopefully that will come.  Meanwhile make sure that you name your folder i in a way which will be easy to search.

From this view, you can create two things . a form for a quiz.
Select ‘new quiz’
Add a title to your quiz .. advice: make it searchable
There is then an option to write fuller description.  Again, make the words searchable.

Note that you do not have to save as you go along .. it is all saved automatically
So, you have your title and description.
To add the first question click ‘add new’
[I say 'so' a lot]
You then choose the question type.  Any quiz can have a mixture of question types.
For this one we are going to make it extremely simple so that questions are either right or wrong and can be self-marked, so we’ll go for multi-choice
You then compose the question.
This slide shows the main elements.
So first, write the question
Then type in choices available to the students.  The default is two options, so you need to click the plus to add another
You then need to tell the program which is the correct answer .. you hover over the option and see three possibilities … delete, add a comment for if this is selected, and a tick.  Click on the tick.
Then say how many points this question is worth.  If it is a very difficult one you may want to give it more than 1 point.
Note that the correct response may be to select more than one, in which case,  select ‘multiple responses’
If they must answer this (which is usually the case) select required

If you’d like people to know why an answer is incorrect, you could add this as a message – or equally you can add praise for the correct answer
Click away to see what it looks like  so far.
It’s neat, isn’t it?
To go back to editing it or adding another question, hover over it – it goes grey and then a hand appears - then you click
The start the process again with’new’ [NB copy option saves time if the options are repeated in another question]
Add question, select the correct answer, add points, set ‘as required;
Click away to see what it looks like so far
And repeat the process
There are other question types you could have which I’ll zip through quickly here… firstly a text input [you can choose then length) – you’d have to score this manually
And well, since there is a date input option.. you could use it to practise dates I suppose!
And as always – check the caret or the ellipses for other option in microsoft
Using ranking could be turned into a word sort exercise for example
And look – if you want them to upload a file to send to you, it could happen here.  (I think this need would be superseded by the facility to do this in Teams when we get there…)
Then if you want to, you can separate out sections
So, let’s imagine you have done all your questions.  How can you edit it?
I should perhaps shave noted earlier that you can ‘copy’ a question .. that could save you repeating common options e.g sentences being identified for tenses .. you only need to do the options once..
If you no longer need the question, delete by clicking on the bin
Its easy to change the order of the questions by using the arrow up and down
And you can add a picture [I said question on the video …sorry]
When it’s all done – you can check it
What it will look like on a computer
Doesn’t it look neat on a mobile?
If you’re feeling artistic, you can change the background with colours, pictures provided, or upload your own
And you can search for them within the app
There we go…. (I have used pictures from language trips in the past)
But actually you may prefer a simple colour
It’s always worth knowing what the settings are .. usually the default ones are the most common, so you don’t have to worry too much .. but its good to know what they are
The setting here are as follows ..
The display result means that they will see their scores straight away – they don’t have to wait for you to check
You are restricting the q/aire to your school probably sensible.. but for example when I have sent a form to parents about trips, I have checked this
Usually a single attempt is what you want so that they can't just randomly click then go back and correct. 
If you haven't set an end date, then here is where you could un-check ‘accept responses’
If you want to be sure that the form has been received you could check here
So .. the quiz is done. And you are ready to share it … click on share
Here are the 3 share choices: send
Usually you will primarily want to send it to your pupils so that they can respond – so let’s look at how you can do this
Usually leave it as being within the school
There are 4 ways of sharing the link
You can get the simple web address
Which you can then insert in the notebook page ..
Here’s an example ..
They have watched a video

They have done the simple exercises
Then If you paste the simple link, the quiz appears. 
The pupils really like this idea of scrolling down one page .. no need to open's all on one page
Or you can insert in an email
The second way …You can copy the QR code – so someone with a phone can scan it and get to the link (not really relevant for a distance learning)
If you had a website you could put the code in
If it’s the only thing you are sending someone, you can click on email and it will create a ready-made message.
If you think someone else could make use of your quiz, get a different code in 'save as a template’
They can then put it in their own area and use it with their own classes
And finally, if you are working on designing a quiz with someone else, you can share to collaborate.. you can all be working on the same document at the same time
So – you've designed it – you have sent it – what next?
Go back to your form in your forms area and click on ‘responses’
At a glance you can see a summary …
Number of responses
Average score
Pie chart
Statistics – exactly how may gave which answers
You can click review to see more detail
You can review by pupil
Correct answers are green, incorrect are red
And you could give written feedback (I would not bother when you have a m/c to be honest)
and then if you want indication as to where the whole class strengths and weaknesses are, you can review by question

Here for example we can see that I didn’t explain very clearly that all skills are tested at  the same level

But they have got the idea that all 3 theses are tested in the conversation
If you had not allowed them to see scores automatically, it’s at this point that you would ‘’post scores’
But this to me is the best bit
You can export all these marks in a s/sheet
Choose where to save it
Then open it up
Then analyse – you can see
The order on which they did the test
The time started
The time finished (quite interesting that for these 6 questions it’s just about 2/3 minutes)
And if you really need it, the individual answers
So then – if some really obviously did not put effort in, you can reassign by changing the setting
I've got just 6 slides now to say how you might use forms rather than self-marking quizzes
Here’s on I have used with my Y10 .. just 6 questions give me a snapshot of how it is going
Q 1-3

And as with the quizzes, click on responses to see a snapshot

Or get more detail in the ‘results’