Sunday, March 15, 2015

TheatreCast #072-DocAppender Google Form Add-on for Peer Feedback and more

DocAppender Google Form add on will  automatically place  data from a google form  in a Google Doc. It just takes a few simple steps.  The key to DocAppender is you need a multiple choice, checkbox or choose from a list.  An ideal use would be the list of students in your class. Because of privacy concerns, or my example I choose three different StarWars scenes to evaluate the acting. It the multiple choice, checkbox, or choose from the list that DocAppender uses to determine which Google Doc the Google Form data gets placed into.

1. Create your Google Form
2. Create a Folder in your Google Drive for the Google Docs that the Google Form data will be place into
3. Create the Google Docs in the folder you just created.  Be sure to name the the same or very similar to your choices in the multiple choice question in the form.
4. Install the DocAppender Google Form Add-on
5. Go to AddsOn tab- Go to Doc Appender- Go to Sidebar
6. Select Target Doc Folder- Choose the folder you have placed the Google Docs you created previously

7. Choose Doc-Picker question- Probably your list of students, Starwars scene for my example.

8. Select what questions/data from your form to do you want placed into your Google Documents.

9. Select one of the 3 ways you would like your data formatted into the Google Documents
Rows in a horizontal table
Separate vertical tables
Separate bulleted lists

Rows in Horizontal Table Example

 Separate Bulleted Lists Example

Thanks so much to New Visions for Public Schools for all their hard work for teachers and creating these great tools tools for educators.  Thank you Andrew Stillman and Jesse Spevack for the creation of these great Adds-ons. Check out New Visions Cloud Lab. 

*Want students let students provide anonymous feedback but still want to know made who made what comments. Make sure you check the two boxes while creating your form. You will see who made the comments in the Google Spreadsheet connected to the form but just leave username unchecked when decided what to include in the Google Doc in DocAppender.

*Require login to view this form
*Automatically collect respondent's username

Saturday, February 7, 2015

#EdCampSTL- Gateway to Amazing Professional Development

Edcamp St. Louis recharges my teacher batteries.  Third Quarter is always the toughest time of the the year.  But after I leave edcamp St. Louis, it helps rejuvenate my focus.

My first session at Edcamp St. Louis in 2012 was Bold School which was facilities by Matt Weld. It was engaging exciting and big pictures discussion we had in the hour.  I loved that we had diverse group in the room and talk about how we can make education better.  I think sometimes we get to silo-ed with our professional development.  Sometime we need to take a moment to look at and discuss big picture ideas.

It is this collaborative and open space that keeps me coming back year after year.

If you have chance, go to one  

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Royal National Theatre YouTube Page- Theatre Gold

National Theatre Greek Theatre YouTube Playlist

I did a summer abroad program in London and Edinburgh when I was in college.  The classes focused on History and then my evenings where free to go see Theatre.  I saw over 20 plays while in London.  I feel in love with the Royal National Theatre.  I saw The Seagull there with Judi Dench, Les Parents Terribles(Indiscretions) with Jude Law and Francis de la Tour, Johnny on a Spot, and Author Miller's Broken Glass.  I admire their commitment to excellence.  The have an amazing YouTube channel which offers many videos that Theatre Teachers can use in the classrooms. Enjoy exploring this Theatre Gold

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Celebrate 2nd year anniversary of theTheatreCast Podcast

I am so thankful for Danielle Filas my TheatreCast Partner in Crime.  It has been an amazing adventure connecting with our guests and sharing our love for Theatre.  It is made me fall in love with the creative process all over again.  Through this process of producing a podcast, I have discovered the passion for being advocate for the Arts.  

Here are some episodes that can explore Show Business.  The audition process, the creative process, creating your own work and ways of making a living in the Arts. 

TheatreCast #27 -An Online Masterclass with-Caitlin Muelder

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Using PicMonkey to help students demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Plot

Using,  I created an Picture Collage of the moments that the Elements of Plot occur in the movie the Princess Bride.  It is an interactive way for students to watch a show, movie etc in order to determine the movies elements of plot.

The Processs
1. Watch Movie, TV Show, Play etc.
2. Search or Take Pictures of the Moments in the Story where the Elements of Plot occur.
3. Upload Pictures to
4. Select Collage
5. Label the pictures using the Text and Overlay features.
6. Download the collage and

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Theatre- A 21st Century Skill since the 5th Century B.C.

I recently took an online class and one of the units was on 21st Century Skills.  I started to look over the list and saw so many things that we do in the Theatre classroom.  Things we have been doing for years.  It inspired me to focus a TheatreCast episode on how Theatre incorporates these skills on a daily basis and we have been using these skills since the Greeks in 5th Century B.C.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Share your Knowledge- "I Can't I Have Rehearsal" is no longer an acceptable excuse.

The more I read about the current trends in education, the more I realize that we as Theatre Educators are experts in Project Based Learning, Maker Spaces, and creating content for an authentic audiences.  We need to help our fellow educators as they join us in a world we have inhabited for a long time.

I encourage you to present professional development about how to create project based units for the teachers in your buildings.  As Theatre teachers, we know the how to get our student up on their feet and actively engage.   Help teachers of other disciplines, bring that excitement into their classes.

We are already experts in these areas, now we must step in and share our stories, tips, our bag of tricks to help students become creative problem solvers.  "I Can't, I Have Rehearsal is no longer an acceptable excuse for not stepping out and changing the world of education.

It is a battle I fight myself everyday.   There is always a show and there is always moments to be worked on, props to find, costumes to make, programs to be typed, etc.   Take the time and make the commitment to present within your school, at a TeachMeet, an EdCamp,  or Thespian Festival.