Digital Conversion Bytes

Vol. 10 - February 10, 2017

Trading Cards App: A popular app among students and teachers

Trading Cards is an app by ReadWriteThink that allows users "unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters." The following story was submitted by the 3rd grade team at Will Rogers Elementary.

One app we love to use in third grade is Trading Cards. We use this app often because it can cover many different content skills. At the beginning of the year, students read a nonfiction book on Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb and created an "Object" trading card. Students have also researched historical figures, such as Will Rogers and Martin Luther King, Jr., and worked in partner groups to show their knowledge by using the app. After completing a class read aloud, the students reflected on their favorite character and created a "Fictional Person" trading card. Students then share their creation with their parents and peers on the Seesaw app. The excitement of students taking part in their own learning is apparent when we use our iPads.

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Rubrics in Canvas make grading EASY!

The story below is by Renee Bennett & Erin Mitchell, 8th grade science teachers at Summit Middle School.

Over the past semester, we’ve had an opportunity to slowly develop and discover the ins and outs of Canvas. Though at times it has been challenging, we’ve been blessed with patient children that have been understanding to our “that will be better next times”.

Of everything Canvas has to offer, we have found that the rubric grading option has been the most helpful. We are able to create a rubric before the assignment that will not only provide an outline of expectations, but also provide immediate individualized feedback for each student. As soon as we grade the assignment, students are able to see exactly what they did correctly, and exactly what they could have done better. On top of providing a numeric score for each assignment, the rubric provides an option of commenting on each criteria or commenting on the entire assignment as a whole.

From a teacher’s standpoint, the best part about the rubric option is that it is fast and easy! When using the Canvas SpeedGrader, the student's uploaded assignment will show up on a split screen with the rubric, so viewing the assignment and filling in scores is a breeze. When students upload a Google Doc, the “crocodoc” feature allows the teacher to not only view the document, but also comment and draw on the document.

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Summit Students Working on Canvas

About the Project

Mission: Empowering all students to succeed in a

changing society.

Vision: Advancing excellence in everything we do!

Digital Conversion, simply put, is about learning and not about technology. The project will provide student mobile devices, digital content (curriculum, including textbooks), professional development, network infrastructure, and a Learning Management System. This project will provide our students with the experience, skills, confidence, and adaptability they will need to succeed in college and in the workforce.