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Plickers is a free, real-time formative assessment tool without the need for student devices. The teacher asks a question and the students hold up their unique card to designate their answer. The teacher quickly scans the room with their smart phone or iPad to gain real-time data. Check out this quick demo of how Plickers works.
Tour Builder allows teachers and students to tell a story through a tour around the world. It uses Google Earth to pull from, so students can fly in using the street view to see the location first hand. You can add images, video, text and links to the various placemarks. Check out this written tutorial and/or video tutorial for more information.
Challenge (optional, but you could win a prize)
One lucky person will be chosen at random to receive a set of laminated Plicker cards.
Google Corner: Classroom
Here are the latest updates to Google Classroom:
Teachers can now ask questions & restrict students from seeing each other’s responses.
Teachers can reuse a post.
Teachers can move a post to the top of the stream.
In the coming weeks:
Google Calendar will integrate with Classroom - every assignment you post in Classroom will create an entry on a corresponding Google Calendar, which will be a great way for parents to keep informed.
You will soon be able to insert a Google Form directly from Drive into Classroom.
Check out this Google Classroom tutorial for more information.
Google Classroom Integration Ideas
Some suggested ways to use:
- Student feedback on lessons
- Exit / Out-the-Door tickets
- Give 3 words that describe what you tool from this lesson
- What was clear? What was fuzzy?
- What will you remember about today's lesson? Who will you tell?
- Practice constructed responses
- Watch a video and give summary of information learned
- Open reflection and goal setting
Check out this resource for help and additional suggestions.
I'm not just saying this. LMS has the BEST teachers in the district. I'm tempted to claim, "universe," but I don't want to be faced with accusations of biased exaggeration, even though the claim is probably true. What makes the teachers here so impressive stems from one common understanding of two paired notions: all students deserve great teachers, and being a great teacher is hard work. As a result, we are all understandably exhausted; nevertheless, incredible movement towards building relationships with our students continues to happen everywhere. As you know, one of our most important tasks is to challenge and motivate our "kids" to take risks, but this won't happen--especially for our students who need our attention the most--if we haven't put forth the effort building the necessary trust. Those of us reading Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain have been introduced to the powerful concept of a "warm demander." Students do not learn under a state of fear or threat of embarrassment. And what's one of the best ways to build trust with students? Pull small groups and have a friendly chat. Find out what your students like, who they are, and what struggles they have encountered. Doing it in a personal way, in a more intimate setting like a small group, will pay instructional dividends for the entire year.
Although we will continue to have discussions about SGI (small group instruction) in department meetings and in PD throughout the year, please remember the resources available at our LMS SGI page. And even though I may often look busy running from place to place, I happily drop everything when I get the opportunity to directly support teachers. Helping out those who inspire me every day is a pretty good gig.