Ms. Copple tried Plickers for quick assessments and she and her kids loved them. The great thing about this tool is that the teacher is the only one that needs a device. It provides immediate information about what the students know and allows the teacher to make adjustments for just in time direct instruction for students that need some support. Students remain engaged in the lesson and the assessment activity.
Ms. Jordan has jumped right into blended learning by creating some blendspace lessons for her students. She's been using more video instruction in whole group to teach the kids how to watch with a purpose which is a skill they will need when they start to work in stations and explore learning more independently. This is a great way for her to prepare her students for a personalized learning environment. As she moves towards blending her classroom she may explore the tool, edpuzzle, which will allow her to chunk movies into small sections and assess for understanding with multiple choice and short answer assessments.
ed puzzle https://edpuzzle.com/
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Ms. Dennard's classroom is an active learning space. Last week she invited me to visit and I saw students who were fully engaged in learning new vocabulary. She used Quizlet Live to do a vocabulary review. Students were randomly divided into different groups throughout the activity which kept them moving and communicating with different people. This activity supports speaking and listening skills in her Spanish classroom and also promotes the 21st Century skills of Communication and Collaboration. The kids used their own devices to participate and they remained engaged and on topic throughout. After Quizlet Live the vocabulary work continued off line with a challenging, hands on, vocabulary matching activity. Students worked together to complete this activity with Ms. Dennard facilitating and offering just in time direct instruction when needed.
Mr. Bidwell is moving towards his goal of making resources available to his students so they can personalize their learning. He is currently using Edmodo and has connected it to his One Drive so he can easily add documents. But, he wants his kids to be able to access all resources at will so we are looking at Classroom Notebook on Office 365. This way students who want to move ahead are able to do so and students who need a little more support are able to access all resources to help them build knowledge.
Office 365 Classroom Notebook is a powerful tool that enables a teacher to provide resources and collaboration space for students. This tool cuts back on paper because students can submit assignments online. Teachers can create a calendar to support organization and students will also be able to contact the teacher using their Office 365 email.
One Note Class Notebook:
Mr. Bidwell is also going to try plickers to start gathering some immediate feedback from his students.
-Interested in ramping up his Edmodo use with students. Wanted more access to his files when he is making assignments
-I offered to come in for a class and see if I had any ideas about integrating technology beyond Edmodo. We'll touch base about this before next week.
-Interested in using QR codes to link students directly to assignments or resources.
-Next week I'll go in for her 1st and 3rd period classes and see if I have any ideas to add to what we came up with together today.
-Interested in promoting more peer collaboration on projects.
-We talked about setting us some blended stations for personalized learning since she has a variety of levels in her classroom. I'm going to visit one of her classes next week just to see if I can think of ways that this might work.
-She is interested in working with some software that would allow for videos to be segmented, assessments and discussion prompts added so students could watch independently and she could have data on their responses to what they see.
-We discussed Office 365 and she would be interested in joining a lesson for the teachers in my partner group and introducing it to her students.
-I am going to contact Webb Bridge and Crabapple Middle and see if I can visit some of their math classrooms to get some ideas of how they personalize with the one to one devices.
-Paula is very tech savvy and has used a lot of technology in her classroom.
-We talked about flipping or blending in order to support varied strategies and she is interested in using blendspace to do this. She is planning to do some research into the product and create something by the time I come next Thursday.
-Paula is very interested in using office 365 class notebooks to promote collaboration and communication with her students and within her PLC. She is working on learning more about it and I've offered to be available if she needs any help. I asked her to partner with me to design a workshop for other teachers who would like to use the tool.
Technology tools can be powerful. They can help build communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity in the classroom. Technology doesn’t have to create solitary citizens, it can help create global citizens who learn to work together for global solutions.