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Google Forms glitch

I’m having a problem with Google Forms, there seems to be a glitch and I’m trying to find out if there is a way around this.

I’m working with an amazing colleague who is teaching a class using a particular peripheral item. We’ve create an assessment in Google Forms and provided it to all the students in two of her classes.

In order to test to be sure the form was working properly, and also that it could be accessed via a mobile device, two “test” entries were done. There were on lines 1 and 2. I deleted lines 1 and 2 but the number of responses in “SHOW SUMMARY OF RESPONSES” under FORMS in the Excel sheet Google Forms creates and feeds data into is still showing the original number of entries (which is the total number of students who took the survey plus 2, the 2 test entries).

The data generate in SHOW SUMMARY OF RESPONSES is really handy, and now its inaccurate (by two entries). Is there a way to update the data that feeds into SHOW SUMMERY OF RESPONSES to reflect the number of rows actually in the current spreadsheet.

I already tried to copy the spreadsheet but the SHOW SUMMARY OF RESPONSES indicates that no entries have been made. My guess is that the SHOW SUMMARY is tied to the entries as they come in and now what is in the spreadsheet.

I also checked the HELP section in Google Docs and did find responses in the forum, but most did not address my issue and the one that did I couldn’t follow what the submitter was saying.

If anyone has info on how to do this, please let me know here (so others can know as well).

Its all about the number of words

I’m reading “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation will change the way the World Learns”. It’s a good book and I recommend it. I just came across the most amazing statistic.

On pg 149 the authors refer to a study by Risley and Hart. Let me quote the exact passage:

“…observed and recorded the physical and verbal interactions between a significant sampling of percent and their children in their homes for the first two and a half years of the children’s lives. They calculated that, on average, parents speak 1,500 words per hour to their infant children. But that’s the average. “Talkative” college-educated parents spoke, on average, 2,100 words to their infants per hours; whereas children in what the researchers termed “welfare families” heard their parents speak only 600 words to them per hours. Risley and Hart estimated that by age 36 months, children of talkative college-educated parents had heard their parents speak 48 million words to them. In contacts, children in welfare families had heard 13 million words.”

Wow. No, not wow.

WOW!!!

So, take this a bit further, and by the time kids go to kindergarten (about 60 months) the “talkative”: college-educated kids will have heard over 80 MILLION words and the “welfare family” kids will have head only 21 million. That’s a massive difference and appears, the surface, to be a huge advantage..

Of course, I’m not sure if the number of words spoken to the children remained consistent over time, so this is only theorizing, but even the numbers provided by the researchers is rather staggering. Also, it would depend on what :words: were spoken. I’m not an expert in child learning or psychology but I would think, based on quantity alone, hearing 4X as many words has to be an advantage.

SnapSession – Screenr

I asked via my social networks for a Web 2.0 app that was new and useful. A friends recommended I check out http://www.screenr.com. It allows you to capture your screen, in a video format, for up to 5 minutes, and then post it to Twitter.

It is so simple there is very little to blog about when it comes to how to record things. There is NO set up, there is NO account to create, well, at least not when you first start. Here, I”ll let my recording speak for itself.

http://screenr.com/4l8

So, this product gets an A for ease of start up use and recording. What happens after the video is record, well, that is another issue. I tried to indicate I wanted to save the file but not tweet it right away. that didn’t work. It still asked me to sign in using my Twitterusername and password, which I am always hesitant to do. After going back and then saying, ok , I’ll sign in, the next steps were very very confusing. I don’t know, maybe it was just me – but I’ve done a great number of theseSnapSessions and what to do after the recording was completed REALLY confused me. In the end, Screenr just wanted me to authenticate with my Twitter information, it did not post it to Twitter, which was my original request anyway.

Obviously, I finally got it figured out (hence being able to post it above), but this part of the process gets a C-, or maybe even a D+. Over all grade here would be a B- I think.

The other sucky thing, a 5 minute video, too over 8 minutes to upload to their site.

All said and done, I’m sure I’ll use Screene again. Once uploaded, its there for me to refer to by URL or embed. Unfortunately, this is YET ANOTHER embedable application that will not work in WordPress. This really sucks because this would be like the 3rd application intended for embedding that would not work.

I can see a real use, I just hope they can make the “check out” process a little easier for folks to understand. Again, like I said, maybe I just took a dopey pill today.

Moving away from Twitter

A colleague I really respect recently sent me an email with an attachment about the use of Twitter in Higher Ed. I responded to this person in a way I am sure s/he would not have expected. I ranted a bit about why I’ve increasing grown frustrated with Twitter and started to move away from it for my own personal use.

When I first got into Twitter, I checked it all the time. I had the web page open, refreshed religiously, followed on TwitterFon, and even experimented with other Twitter aggregators to try and control the content as those I was following grew in number. Many of you may remember my gyrations about this.

In the last few weeks I’ve found myself less and less interested and been thinking about it as a great deal. So when this colleague sent the email, I guess it provided me the opportunity to vent a bit. Here is what I wrote to this person.

I’ll be honest, I’ve started to move AWAY from Twitter as I am finding it less and less useful for my own needs. I have not signed into the Twitter web site in days (whereas I used to sign in each day) and I do read through things quickly, but only once, maybe twice a day, and only the last hundred entries or so (whatever shows up on Twitterfon on my iPhone.

The big thing for me is two fold. First, the noise to signal ratio is off the charts. There is far too much content and most of it is babble. I don’t feel like I can unfollow some people, because it might hurt their feelings, but some people just tweet far too much and about inconsequential things. The second, and more important thing, is that I don’t get nearly the same response as I do from Facebook. My response ratio when I send out a request is about 4 to 1 (meaning four replies on Facebook to every one on Twitter). And its not like my networks are disproportionate in size. I think people prefer to respond on FB because they are not trapped into 140 characters.

I’ve not entirely lost faith in good ole Twitter – I see it as a robust tool with a place … I just see myself moving away from it as a user on a regular basis. I’ll still post to it via Ping.fm, thought, since I do have a built in network there.

Have I given up on Twitter as a great tool for certain things? Absolutely not! Does it have some exceptional uses in education? Definitely. I’m just finding it lacking for my own use as a social networking tool.

Then again, maybe its just me.