Is your current formative assessment tool missing something? Not able to ask the types of questions that will give you useful data? Mentimeter may be just what you are looking for. Teachers can create "events" containing questions and students access the "event" online. Mentimeter creates the QR code for your event or students can go to a website and type in your unique code. Students don’t need accounts to interact with your events.
Teachers have the option of several different question formats including:
- Multiple Choice
- Scales (0-5 ranking)
- Open Ended
- 100 Points (Distribute points)
- Dual Axis (rate each choice in two dimensions)
Mentimeter offers the flexibility to hide responses or show them in real time. Results are displayed graphically and open ended questions can also be shown in a word cloud.
Check out Mentimeter examples using your LISD Google account.
What are other educators saying about Mentimeter?
A powerful use of technology is the ability to see what each of our students is “thinking”.
- Look through a window into their ideas.
- Give every student a chance to present their solution.
- Get a glimpse into skills students have mastered and what concepts need more time.
Peardeck is a web-based tool, accessible on any device, that gives you opportunities for this! Many teachers loved Infuse Learning, a web tool that has exited the market as of April. Peardeck has the capabilities of Infuse Learning - and more! The power of Peardeck starts with the ability of a teacher to share documents or presentations from Google Apps for Education quickly and easily. Students enter a simple code at www.peardeck.com to access the presentation. During the lesson, the teacher can then ask students a question - multiple choice, short answer, drawing right on top of a teacher selected image, drawing in a grid, and more. The teacher can lock responses, and then project all of the student responses to engage students in a rich conversation.
Check Peardeck out, and see the power for yourself!
**While not all features of Peardeck are available for free, the free version of Peardeck is very robust and includes all of the features listed above.**
Finding photos to use, especially photos that are licensed for use in classroom presentations, is not always easy. Enter 'Photos for Class' - a stripped down, simple search tool to find on-topic, child appropriate photos that are also licensed with a creative commons license. Let us know how it works in the comments, and don't forget to always have students cite their work and learn about the specific creative common licenses that apply to using other people's artwork.
As always, no filtering tool is 100% perfect - always choose when and how you monitor internet use depending on the age of your students or child.
Found on the amazing Tucker Tech Talk Blog! Let us know your thoughts/experience in the comments below:
Carie Krueger, a teacher at Flower Mound 9th Grade Campus, is doing a remarkable job of building and running student-centered lessons. The collection of tools and strategies are woven together in a way that not only makes the “tech integration” seamless, but also transitions the ownership of the learning to the students. After visiting her classroom one day in February 2015, I have left reflecting on how she designs the learning environment of her classroom:
Do the students feel respected/valued/part of the whole group? Yes!
Do the students make decisions about resources, environment, or use of time? Yes and she scaffolds the choices to meet the needs of individuals
Do they have ownership in their learning? Yes!
AND NOW: on to the details of this ELA (9th grade) lesson
Title: What is more important … The Journey or the Destination?
Learning Objectives: Students will be able to
- make connections to literature, current events, and the thematic ideas of journey and destination.
- use personal connections from reading to become more worldly in their general knowledge and experiences so that information can be used when writing - using personal journeys and future goals/destinations.
- Reading & Discussion: "The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and the poem’s meaning and how it connected to our theme
- Writing: students build a journal entry about what felt was more important … the journey or the destination, and why?
- Plan: students use that journal entry as a springboard to what personal journey to an end goal they have for themselves.
- Create: students synthesize their story into a video creation using iMovie's trailers. Students collect and utilize personal pictures to represent their journey. Students also utilize text by composing a condensed version of what they wrote in their journal response.
- Share: students share their story through Google Classroom.
- Feedback & Discuss: students view videos and discuss each other's journeys and goals.
"This was a very fun project … not only did it allow students to take their writing beyond paper and pencil, but it gave students the opportunity to show off their personalities and goals for themselves. It allowed us to get to know each other even better through the sharing and discussions that took place throughout the project and presentations."
What is curation to you? How can teachers and students benefit from curation? What is your favorite tool or app for curating content? These are a few of the questions we answered and built conversation around, Monday night (2/23). @PadgettCervantes moderated a great #1toxchat on Curation. Teachers, students, and support staff all joined in to share expert knowledge and innovative solutions.
For some: Twitter represents such a unique and powerful way to connect with other people throughout the district and the world that it has become the platform-of-choice for "getting diverse, innovative minds together to share and brainstorm." For others: it can be an overwhelming experience once you start to follow a large number of folks, because the feed is always moving and never ending. Some say the difference is how you filter or how you "curate" the list of folks you follow.
If you haven't been aware: nearly every Monday night at 8pm of the school year we have a LISD Twitter-based chat. If you are curious, than just search the hashtag and see what's been going on! We also try to Storify each and every chat in an attempt to making a convenient "archive" for interested folks.
#LISDchat (key learning & teaching idea focus) on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights. #LISDchat Storify Archives
#1toxchat (technology integration focus) on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights #1toxchat Storify Archives
Come and join us! You can be anywhere in the world, as long as you have an online connection to Twitter via phone/tablet/PC etc.. We are also running the #greatLISD Twitter challenge (Jan was round 1, Feb is round 2) to get those "implementation stories" online and shared. At the end of each round we try to highlight 2-3 participants as a way to honor their work in implementing new ideas and sharing it online! Check out the #greatLISD Twitter Challenge: Wall of Fame if you're curious!
Julia McCloud, a teacher at Hedrick MS, is doing a superb job of creating student-centered learning opportunities for her ELA class. Visiting on a day where the students are running through literacy stations, one can easily see the power of student choice and autonomy first hand. It is abundantly clear that students feel like their voice matters when completing learning tasks. If you are interested in the details of this one afternoon visit - read on! :)
Balanced Literacy Stations at The E.L.A. Cafe
Three days a week, students rotate through 20 minute stations designed to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Embedded with technological apps and tools, stations like, “Word Study”, “Making Connections”, “Listen to Reading”, “Art Connections”, “Blogging”, and “Book Love” don’t just make students better readers and writers, but better communicators, collaborators, critical-thinkers, and innovators as well. An abundance of choice at each station makes activities and content naturally-differentiated, ESL-accessible, and in-line with the following Strategic Design Goals:
1) Provide all learners with safe, nurturing, inclusive and flexible learning environments. (Digital Learning Environment)
2) Engage learners through the use of technological tools to access, create and share content as well as collaborate with other learners throughout the world. (Digital Learning Environment)
Here is a detailed look at the design of her "Word Study" Station.
The Frayer Model gets a face-lift in this vocabulary development activity that uses the PicCollage app, an acclaimed vocabulary resource and a lot of choice and creativity. Additionally, the use of iPads in this station appeals to tactile and visual learners, and accommodates special education students who need assistive technology.
- Students will develop their vocabulary through an independent study of descriptive words.
- Students’ understanding of target vocabulary will be immediately demonstrated in the creation of a “word poster” (work product).
- Students will demonstrate their understanding of the target vocabulary by generating a “word poster”.
- Students’ will experiment with and apply newly-acquired vocabulary in their own writing.
- Students’ work product will be used to teach other students.
- Printable InsideStory Flashcards, or a comparable resource that includes simple definitions and nonlinguistic representations for each word.
- PicCollage app
- Thesaurus app/online thesaurus
- Choose a flashcard for an unknown vocabulary word (example)
- Read the definition and look at the picture.
- To better understand the word, use an online thesaurus to explore similar and opposite-meaning words.
- Use the iPad and the PicCollage app to generate a poster about the word. Your poster should include:
- the vocabulary word
- the definition
- a synonym for the word
- an antonym for the word
- pictures from any of the LISD Image Resources (or you take pictures with the iPad)
- in-app backgrounds, colors, and fonts that enhance the word (not distract from the word)
- “Share” (save) your poster to the class PicCollage gallery and Mrs. McCloud will print it in color for display.
- Consult with your group members if necessary.
Carolyn Gallagher’s story above is one of the many great things going on in LISD. Her expertise shines as she develops and runs learning opportunities for her students.
In her classroom at Lewisville HS Harmon, ELL students (English Language Learners) were tasked with challenges like: "build a list of 3 personal goals," and "develop a creative story based on an image." Students worked alongside partners to complete the assignment and the role of technology is simply an element or a tool embedded in the process. Students actively helped one another when they came up again hurdles - whether they might be content, process, or tech based. Ms. Gallagher's kind and genuine approach to her students and the work they do helps to fill the classroom with a sense of positivity and unity. Here's a workflow graphic that puts part of the classroom experience in a visual.
Google 'My Maps' has been around for a while. In fact, the first thing I thought when it came out was - Location Based Stories! There are some great things you can do teaching through (not with) maps. Not only does it open some unique doors for student products, but it also is a natural place to collaborate.
On the iPad??
Yes! Google 'My Maps' now works with the iPad, and with GAFE (Google Apps for Education) accounts. While it is not integrated into the GAFE Drive yet, students can go straight to http://mymaps.google.com and sign in with their district ID. Maps can quickly be shared with other GAFE accounts as well.
It's a Map. What Can I Do With It?
Seriously. This stuff is WAY too cool. Here's the technical run-down:
- Drop pins and add text/online images
- Customize pin shape/color
- Draw shaded shapes
- Customize shape color
- Annotate custom shapes
- Collaborate across GAFE accounts
- Draw routes
- Choose 9 different map views (road, satellite, political, terrain, etc)
- Measure distance with a built in ruler
But, Across Subject?
Definitely. I can't wait to see the student products start to grow as more and more learners start using this tool. Here are just a few ideas, but be sure to check out this presenation that has even more: http://bit.ly/mymapsprojects
- Location Based Stories
- Landform Annotation and Analysis
- Historical Narratives
- Crime Scene Route Trace
- Political Analysis
- Geometric Comparisons
- Current Event Evaluation
- Local Tour/Guide Projects
- Novel Setting Exploration
- History of My Community
- Bird Migration