I'm sure that many of you have used a "clicker" type app in your classroom to increase student engagment. One of my favorite student reponse apps to use is Socrative. However, I have recently found a new one called Kahoot! Kahoot! is more of a game like interface. It even provides background music while you answer the questions. l also love that it is web based so there is no app to have to download and it works on any device. There are 3 types of questions you can ask your audience-Quiz, Discussion, and Survey. Students don't have to have to login. They simply login in at kahoot.it and type in the game pin number provided by the teachers. Teachers can also create games and share with other teachers. Be sure to watch the short tutorial below. Now, give a hoot for Kahoot!
I know what some of you are thinking. What in the world is an LMS? An LMS is a Learning Management System. Many of you may have used Blackboard or Moodle. These are examples of an LMS. However, some LMS systems can be complicated to use and may even cost ridiculous amonts of money. I want to share information about a new LMS that I have recently run across called Schoology. If you are familiar with Edmodo, then Schoolgy is very similar. It has a Facebook like interace and the beauty of both Schoology and Edmodo is that they are both FREE!!! That's a wonderful word to hear in times of major budget cuts. While I found many of the features of Schoology very similar to Edmodo, I found some things that I really liked about Schoology. One thing that I really like is that it is easy to integrate a lot of apps and sites that I use on a daily basis such as Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Remind 101. There is also a really good ipad app for Schoology that is easy to use and is a little more user friendly than the Edmodo app. I also love that I can join different professional groups so that I can connect and learn from other educators around the world. The last that I really love about Schoology is the capability of having discussions separately from posts about assignments. This is something that is not possible in Edmodo. It also has the capability of creating tests and quizzes to an entire class or indivdually to students. It also allows assignments to be graded with a rubric. It's definitely worth checking out!
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I spent most of the day today attending the EdmodoCon online conference from the comfort of my home. There were sessions on implementing Common Core standards, Project Based Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Global Read Alouds, etc. Whew! It was a good day and was simply the best professional development that I have attended all summer long! There will be an archive of those sessions that you can view at any time on the EdmodoCon w If you don't know what Edmodo is it's a social networking platform very similiar to Facebook but is strictly geared towards education. It allows teachers to create closed groups that have a special code or URL to join them. No one can view anything without being a member. That's just the very tip of the iceberg of what all a teacher can use Edmodo for. Parents can also join with a special parent code that allows them to view anything their child can view. Edmodo is available via the web on a computer but there is also an app for Ipads and Android devices. Teachers can also create polls and quizzes. My favorite feature that I've just begun to learn about is their embedded Apps. I highly suggest that you visit the Edmodo site and sign up for a teacher account TODAY!! Here are just a few ways to use Edmodo in the classroom:
1. Use it to post daily assignments. I do this every day at the end of school. This makes it very easy to update an absent student. I can also include any links, videos, handouts, etc. that they would need to. I use this format: Today in class we: Tonight's Homework: Special Reminders:
2. Create Book Clubs/Lit Circles: Use Edmodo as a place for members of Lit Circles to discuss their book ahead of the classroom discussions. I use Edmodo as part of my Summer Reading so that I can begin connecting to my new students over the summer and getting them familiar with the Edmodo format.
3. Create a Parent Group: Use Edmodo to share valuable information with parents on school functions and helpful information on how to help their child at home.
4. Daily Bellringer: Use Edmodo to post your daily bellringer activity.
Another great feature of Edmodo for teachers is that there are lots of groups for your own professional growth from Digital Citizenship to the Basal Alignment Project. They also have a wonderful support department and help files for those times when you don't know how to do something. DO NOT hesitate! Sign up for an Edmodo account today.
Ok so I was reading through some posts on a group that I'm a member of on Edmodo. Yes, Edmodo has groups for teachers too, but that's another post for another day! One teacher shared a website called GradeCam. So I decided to check it out and I'm really glad I did!
This website turns any document camera (Your Elmo) or webcam into a answer sheet scanner. The free version only allows the answer sheet to have up to 10 questions but it scans and grades them instantly! My first thought was super fast formative assessments and a great way to practice bubbling questions for those state tests!
Pros: Creating an account and setting up classes is super easy! Student accounts can quickly be created by using Excel and creating a CSV file. Then import the file into GradeCam.
Cons: It's only free for a trial period and then it's $10 a month. However, if you get others to sign up then you get 3 months free. Schools can also request a 3 month pilot
I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.