2018-2019 Issue #1
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Do Nows, Chat, and Polling?! Mentimeter does it all.
Mentimeter is an online polling system that allows you to collect student comments to a prompt (through pictures, video, text, or even a sliding scale tool), to communicate with students (or have them engage with each other!) through a side chat window, and even allow students to vote on their peers' responses to the prompt. Mentimeter makes formative assessment a breeze with it simple interface and user templates. With Mentimeter you can:
- Measure the students' understanding of a lesson through a class Exit Ticket or DO NOW poll.
- Start a class discussion on character traits by having the students submit the themes they recognized from a nightly reading that turns into a class word cloud.
- Let the students evaluate their peers by voting on a post made by a classmate and then sorting the posts based on the responses.
- Get feedback for the next lesson by having students give short responses of their takeaways from a lesson.
- Informally quiz the class on their understanding by using some multiple choice questions.
How you use mentimeter is entirely up to you and your imagination. On the left, you will find a screenshot of a mentimeter poll that asked educators what they wanted their students to do with technology. As you can see, both text, pictures, and video are available options to the responders as well a chat window on the side in case someone thinks of an additional response after the poll has ended.
The First Day Of School: Teacher Edition
More Science. Less Fear
Giving elements their own personalities goes a long way toward helping students remember seemingly disconnected pieces of information. In her Periodic People activity, Ms. Denman asked the students to find common traits among a group of cartoon characters seen on the right. They then had to make a chart of these people so that there were common traits among all the people in the same row or the same column (just like the elements on the actual Periodic Table!). After they had a table they were happy with, Ms. Denman through them the curve by giving them a newly discovered Periodic Person who had to fit into their existing system. Some groups could add the new element and some had to redesign everything again.
After they understood how the different elements were connected, they discussed some traits of the different groups and how they would look if they were actual people through the Periodic Personalities graphic organizer. As you can see on the link, you might think of the Noble Gases as the snooty, English butler or the Halogens as greedy, business types. The best part of this activity is the level of differentiation Ms. Denman could give to the students. She could provide a lot of support if they were struggling or let them figure it out for themselves as an inquiry activity.
Hungry For More?
- Google Apps (Docs, Classroom, Drive, Search, Chromebooks)
- Flipped Classroom
- Blended Learning
- SGO/PDP development
- Essential Questions for lesson plans
- Virtual Reality Expeditions
- Random ideas to help shake up your classroom