News from The Pit:
Do You Have a Particpation Problem?
- Only a few students raise their hands?
- The same students participate over and over?
- Students read new material at home but you can't tell what they understood?
- "Cricket" moments in class?
Three Tools (and your librarian)
Get A Kahoot!
It uses two devices: the teacher's device launches the game and the student's device enters and plays the game. This is a "live" tool - not one to share with students for use at home.
- ask questions that have a clear answer to review facts
- create a survey to gather and share student opinions
- activate thinking about last night's homework
- use as an "exit ticket" to check for understanding of the lesson
Words to the Wise:
- speed is part of the game, so winners are ranked based on how quickly they answer
- there are quizzes already created, so check those before making your own
- remember that you "launch" the game, then project the game pin for students; they go to a separate link to join the game (kahoot.it)
Use this to give everyone in your class a voice. Create a "chat" room, project it on the screen, and start asking questions. Students join the chat and answer on their phone or laptop. They can see each other's responses (and so can you).
- ask open-ended questions to survey the class's opinions
- ask questions that require students to answer from different viewpoints
- ask students to pose questions about the material
- ask questions with no right/wrong answers
- monitor understanding when students are reading a text at home. Have them post questions and comments about the reading. The teacher can monitor and follow up in the next class. (Note: Use the tool as a class first to set the tone)
Words to the Wise
- talk to students about the use of the tool (academic purposes)
- decide if you want students to use their own names or nicknames (do you want the info to be anonymous for some reason?)
- talk about digital citizenship (respect the tool, its purpose, and each other)
- if you want to archive the chat, you have to get a paid account
- you can set the parameters about when to start, close or delete the chat
- use with quiz questions to check for understanding
- use as learning support to explain tricky words
- use "audio notes" to introduce or record explanations in a video
- crop a video to show only the part you need
- see which students watched and whether they answered correctly
Words to the Wise:
- This one requires more set-up time, so choose a video that you know is effective and require students to watch/complete it.
- Search the teacher-created videos to see if there are some that fit your class. You can edit them.
See Sample videos here: