Let’s drop in to the middle of a MOOC!
Things look a little different for teachers setting up their grade books on RenWeb this year.
For those who don’t want to spend quality time with Mike learning how to use the new Gradebook in RenWeb, here is a link to a 10 minute video (https://youtu.be/LmTcmxkccLI) explaining how to get setup.
Last week we introduced you to the ISTE standards that Mike and I are using as a framework for our Tech Tuesday tips and discussions. This week, we want to dig into the Creative Communicator standard:
Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
What might that look like in your classroom?
- Flipgrid and Padlet can both be used to have students answering questions or sharing their ideas about a topic. Careful implementation can allow the class to hear from all voices, not just the students usually comfortable with speaking up to share.
- Animoto, a video software, is currently used in 8th grade short story projects. Using Animoto gives students the ability to choose images, text and sound to discuss a short story. The time limit of the segments require them to make careful decisions about what to include to express themselves fully.
What Tech Tips might apply directly to this standard?
- Students creating Little Bird Tales to share their knowledge
- Many ways of using Google Slides that can include images, videos & graphs
- Creating a website (Google Sites are very accessible to students used to working on the Google platform) to demonstrate knowledge (student portfolio, NHD projects)
- Writing, recording and editing a podcast for National Poetry Month
- Using LucidPress to create compelling fliers and posters
What would you add?
As we look forward to our year of learning and innovation, Mike and I will be working to share tech tips that will support your efforts. “Innovation” does not automatically entail the introduction or use of technology, but we hope you will consider exploring tools we share to help transform a project or unit in your class.
Many questions came up in our opening meetings about how to evaluate innovation, and we don’t have answers for you on that! However, we have been thinking about and looking for ways to help evaluate technology you might consider using. There are a number of standards-making organizations with a technology focus, but the newly released ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards seemed to mirror many of the 21st century skills discussed in meetings and found in our Core Competencies.
The standards outlined below (I am a Digital Age Learner) provide an interesting framework to decide what value the technology might add. For instance, how might the addition of a class Padlet help students enhance their skills as Global Collaborators or Creative Communicators?
What do you think of this vision of students and technology?
Teacher(s) name(s):Karen Flanagan and Mike Grant
Subject: 6th Grade Math
Specific topic being taught: Decimal Math
Learning Goal: Students should learn the basic concepts of decimal arithmetic before coming to class.
Technology used: edpuzzle.com website
Description: We worked on an action research project investigating the use of the Flipped Classroom model. One aspect of the Flipped Classroom model is the use of videos for homework to introduce topics to students so they are ready to get right to work in the classroom. We used edpuzzle.com for this purpose. Edpuzzle allowed us to use pre-existing videos from YouTube, trim the start and stop times, and add questions throughout the video to make sure the students were paying attention. The software has a class management aspect that allowed us to see if students watched the videos, how many times they watched them, and how they answered the questions.
Pros: Can Check homework status before the students even get to class and see what questions they got wrong.
Frontloading students with basic instruction helped the class time go smoothly with less repeated instruction.
Cons: It does take some time find quality videos or make your own.
It can be tough to manage when students don’t do their homework and aren’t as well prepared. They may have to watch the videos during class and miss out on in-class work.
Would you use this technology tool again? Yes, maybe weekly rather than every night.
Is there anything you would do differently next time?
Make more time to find the videos and formulate the assessment questions.