I had fun using Google Forms to complete this assignment – but I also had a lot of fun getting to create an assignment around a short film starring Charlie Chaplin very early in his film career. I liked the SHEG method of teaching and the idea of challenging our views of what qualifies as a primary source. I believe this is a lesson that would be accessible to most 8th – 12th grade social studies classes.
I found Google Forms to be fairly intuitive to navigate. I saw the option to use a ranking system for questions two and four, and after a brief moment of confusion I was able to figure out how to build the “linear scale” as I wanted it to appear.
I was disappointed that it is not easier to view an embedded video from Youtube in the form. I would almost rather include a screenshot from the film accompanied by a link to the video, but I also like having the entire lesson right there on the form for students – so I’m torn.
In thinking about the classroom I am currently student teaching in, this is a type of technology I could incorporate. It is a fresh take on the typical worksheet that students are used to. I think it is also a great tool to use if you need to incorporate media into an activity either in the classroom or at home (as long as students have access in either location).
In case anyone was wondering what Sir Charles Chaplin actually looked like…
(Without the mustache)