Tech Professional Development, #3
Depth of Knowledge, Plickers, Edmodo, Insight Tool
Special thanks this week Autumn Wilson for bringing us so many examples of questions at the first three levels of DOK.
Also, a big thanks to Lori Holland for sharing all of her Edmodo wisdom with Mrs. Fenn--if you have questions about Edmodo, Mrs. Holland has a lot to offer!
Click the Depth of Knowledge link above to access the PowerPoint presentation from this week.
DOK offers a common language to understand "rigor," or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks (NY Department of Education). Remember that DOK connects to the ACT Aspire our 10th graders will take in the spring. See the percentage breakdowns below.
- Tailor instruction with instant feedback
- Engage ALL students in critical thinking
- Focus more on teaching, less on set-up
Watch the video tutorial below to get started with Plickers. (Tip: Skip to the 1:00 mark to bypass the introduction and get straight to the good stuff)
Students use a "Plicker" to indicate their answer choice.
Teachers create multiple choices questions that are saved to their Plickers library.
Use the Plickers app and your iPad camera to scan/read your students' responses. Watch the live feedback light up your screen!
Edmodo exists because its creators believed that "how students learn is just as important as what." The most simple way to describe Edmodo might be:
Facebook + Online Learning + Teacher Collaboration + Parent Communication = Edmodo
If you're using this with your students, let coworkers know how it's going. What works? What could be better? How have you used it? Start the conversation today!
To watch tutorials for the multiple features of Edmodo, click here.
According to the ALEX, what you will find on the Insight tool is that "The CCRS are unpacked, or dissected, identifying specific knowledge, skills, vocabulary, understandings, and evidence of student attainment for each standard."
Clicking the title above will direct you to the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) website. To access the Alabama Insight Tool:
- Login to your ALEX personal workspace OR create a personal workspace account.
- Click the button for the "Alabama Insight Tool." (Figure 1)
- Select the content area of your choice. (Figure 2)
- Set the filters to generate the best results for what you need. (Figure 3)