Side Study FAQ

The Tool for Active Learning

Who can use Side Study?

Everyone.

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Is Side Study Free?

Practically.

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What is it?

A tool for creating activities and assignments.

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Do I Have to Use Google Classroom?

No.

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How do I use Side Study?

Make an assignment and share it with students.

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Is Side Study Paperless?

You decide.
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Can I Use Open Content?

 Definitely.

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How is Side Study Active?

It allows students to do and think.

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Can I use it to flip?

Please do.

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What Activities Can I Make?

Anything. You start with a blank page.

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What are the Unique Features?

Peer review, reports, feedback.

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How do I try it?

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Side Study FAQ


Who Can Use Side Side Study?

Side Study is a tool for every educator. From elementary to college, it can be used for any subject and type of class, whether it is big or small, face-to-face or online, low or high-tech. An educator can use Side Study in many ways to enhance their guidance and instruction. Back

Is Side Study Free?

Side Study is completely free for students and only $10 for an educator, no matter if they have 10 or 1,000 students. Side Study is so cheap because it was built leveraging all of Google’s free tools and resources. Side Study can be used to replace expensive publisher learning platforms that cost students or schools tens of thousands of dollars each year. In addition, it can be used with open content and potentially free your students or school from spending any money on books, curriculum, and learning platforms. Back

What is it?

Side Study is a tool. Specifically, it is an “add-on” for Google Docs that anybody can use. Let’s quickly discuss Google Docs and add-on’s. Google Docs is one of the many G Suite Apps. Docs is used specifically for creating documents. It works just like regular word processing software like Microsoft Word, but Docs is free and web-based. This means Docs is accessed on the internet instead of from a program on your computer. If you have a @gmail.com email address, Docs is two clicks away. If not, it just takes a couple more to set up a free Gmail account. Feel free to ask you students for help, they likely know all about it!

Docs looks just like other word processing programs. However, it is much more useful because files can be stored and shared online and it supports add-ons like Side Study to add more functionality. Add-on’s basically provide another set of tools that appear on the right side of the screen. 

Side Study consists of three add-ons. The educator first creates an activity using the Side Study Teacher Add-On. They can share the link with students or print the activity to complete by hand. When the link is shared, students use the Side Study Student Add-An to complete the activity online. Finally, the teacher uses the Side Study Teacher Report Add-On to view student progress, grade, and send feedback. Setting up Google Docs and the Side Study is a piece of cake. Back

Do I Have to Use Google Classroom?

Side Study works with or without Google Classroom. For those using Google Classroom, it has additional features like the ability to deploy assignments on your class page. If you’re not using Google Classroom, Side Study works just the same. You simply send your students a link to complete the activities or even print them like worksheets. You can email the links or post them in your current learning management system. Back

How do I use Side Study?

Add the Side Study Add-on to your Google account here. Once in Google Docs, Side Study for Teachers can be opened from the Add-on menu. It would pop-up on the right side of your screen. First, to set up the activity, options would be selected for formatting, feedback, grading, peer review, and instructions. Then, the activity could be built. You would essentially use Side Study to create a fillable form by inserting spaces that require a student answer. However, the questions are much more than a blank space because they can be customized to provide content, guidance, feedback, and assessment while being answered by the student. Answer spaces can be mixed right in with anything else in your doc like text, images, tables, or charts. Side Study even allows you to play videos!

A link for students and a report are generated when the activity is published. Students would open the link and the Side Study for Students Add-On to complete the activity. It guides students through the assignment almost as if you were sitting next to them. They can use any content and directions you provided to answer the questions, evaluate the difficulty of the questions, and can even get feedback from you and their classmates. All of their activity is sent to the teacher report to help guide your instruction.Back

Is Side Study Paperless?

Every activity can be delivered and completed digitally, but Side Study works just as well to create print activities. Students could even choose to do an activity online or by hand. Back

Can I Use Open Content?

You can pair Side Study with open content in several ways. One option is pasting open content directly into your Google Doc Side Study activity. You would simply need to add the proper attribution for the content. Then, you could add Side Study activities throughout the content to create your own free interactive book with features not found in any publisher platform. If you don’t want open content directly in the document, students could simply open another browser window to view the content while they complete the Side Study activity.

One of the issues with open content is consistency. You can use Side Study to create that consistency. Students could engage with any type of content and use the guidance you provide in the Side Study activity to look at the content in a uniform way. Whether they read, watch a video, or interact with a webpage, you can design the activity to help them create a consistent understanding. Back

How is Side Study Active?

Side Study is a tool that allows students to do and think. Their engagement is required, but in a way that is encouraging and motivational. Imagine students passively reading a book. Whether they are engaging or not is unknown. If you made a Side Study activity to go along with the reading, it would offer guidance, provide practice, ask for their thoughts and understanding, and allow you and other classmates to give feedback to their thoughts and understanding. Essentially, Side Study helps students become actively engaged with any type of content. Back

Can I Use it to Flip?

Side Study is made for flipped classrooms! If you want to use videos, that’s great. You can embed them directly into the activity and use Side Study to create guides that help students engage with the video and develop a better understanding of the content. However, using Side Study to flip with readings instead of videos is easier, more effective, and more accessible. Active learning is about students developing their own understanding by doing and thinking. Side Study can accomplish this by giving guidance, questions, and feedback while they read. Back

What Activities Can I Make?

Every user will come up with unique ideas. You start with a blank document, so almost anything can be done. However, there are some common uses. Study guides can be made for any type of content such as reading, videos, or websites. Note-taking guides can be made so students can produce a tangible reference of their understanding for use in class and studying. Side Study activities can be formatted for writing papers and reports. You can add directions and grading criteria for each section so it is always visible to students while they write. Problem sets can be created where students can explain how they solve problems and then use the drawing and equation tools to show their work. The multiple choice feature is useful for creating quizzes or checking for understanding. Professors can use it to replace their lectures to make class time more active. It’s use will only be limited by your creativity, and then you can just borrow ideas from others! Back

What are the Unique Features?

There’s so many, but the big one’s are peer review and reports. Every student response can be set to allow peer review. Once students enter their response, they can see two of their classmates’ responses to the same question. Once they see the responses, they must give feedback to their classmates before moving ahead. Feedback also shows up for the students own response. If they decide to change their answer based on the feedback, their original response is saved for the teacher to review (in case they entered a junk answer) and the new one sent out for more feedback.

Every student action and response is sent to a unique report. Different sheets of the report show student responses, peer review comments, difficulty ratings, questions to the teacher, time spent, flags, and more. The educator can enter feedback in the reports for individual students or the entire class and feedback can be fore individual questions or an entire activity. When feedback is entered, it is visible to students in their add on. Back

How do I Try It?

Get the Side Study Add-on here. Side Study has a 30-day free trial. Be sure to go through the teacher training and then give it a shot. You can create an assignments to try yourself or give them to your students. If you like it, just convert to a subscription at the end of the trial.

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