On Demand Learning App Review

30 04 2016

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Duolingo Review:

Pros: 

  • Great looking interface
  • Easy to use
  • Assesses your ability before you get started
  • Can learn multiple languages
  • Reminds you to use the app and also allows you to set the amount of time you want to dedicate a day to learning a language.
  • Engages all types of learners through, sound, spoken word, written work, visual cues, etc.
  • Separated into small chunks, nouns, phrases, verbs, tenses, etc.
  • Has incentives like trophies and there’s always a new goal, you can also see your friends scores.
  • Questions types are mixed up so keeps it interesting.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t always work at your level – but it’s usually lower level when it’s off.
  • Spoken text doesn’t always work well.
  • Spelling errors set you back (even little ones)

 

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Quizlet Review:

I got a chance to really explore it this time!!

Pros: 

  • Versatile, can make it whatever you want it to be.
  • Easy to use.
  • Infinite resources – teacher can share with other teachers.
  • Great tool for differentiated instruction, its simple setup allows for students to encounter the same material in different ways, therefor keeping their interest.
  • Simple design, own images can be included.

Cons:

  • Time consuming to make your own resources.
  • Resources included aren’t always the best quality.
  • Almost too many resources to skim through.
  • Design can be off due to user error – teacher has a lot of control over everything.

 

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Review of Algebra Genie:

Pros:

  • Lots of topics covered.
  • Built in quizzes.
  • Made by teachers
  • Great college prep questions.
  • Clean an simple layout
  • Broke down topic areas
  • Related to the curriculum
  • Allows students to stay on par with students from other countries (US/UK)

Cons:

  • Looks a little date.
  • A bit glitchy.
  • Slow at times, needless animated intros.

 

 

 

 

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How to create a Google Form

29 04 2016

Hi All, I created a tutorial in slides/youtube.  Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mKY4dwWdlcA8htFDDvpw1H0IF-ayNa8EUSPEDXWVOLw/edit#slide=id.p

And here is a link the Google form I used a sample:

https://docs.google.com/a/mytools2go.ca/forms/d/12wQvq124CwOdZoS_tc2rM2xsf8H8tEBvG8_cTdr9Bm0/edit?usp=drive_web

It’s a great tool for collecting data!  Check it out!

Side note, Google Forms is very versatile and can be used for almost any reason.  The more you use it the more ideas you will come up with.  Here are a few collect student data, survey students on their knowledge, as student journal entries, as an assignment sheet, to share online resources with areas for students to reflect or answer questions, the possibilities are endless!!

Angela





My Golden Rules for Creating an Online Learning Resource

29 04 2016

Here’s a simple list to use to ensure that you are creating a resource that people/students will want to use, be successful using and enjoy using:

  1. Everything should be broken down into easy to follow steps and sections (depending on how extensive the task is). Ex. Recipes are usually broken down into Ingredients, steps for each part so for a cake how to make the icing, how to make the filling, how to make the cake, how to cook cake and how to assemble the cake.
  2. Each step is accompanied by a visual resource (video, image, animated gif).
  3. Instructions are clear and concise visuals can be used to help– easy to understand English.
  4. Anything that can be considered dangerous or of grave importance to the task is highlighted/bolded.
  5. Visually pleasing – up to date.

Simplicity is key!  Happy creating!

Angela





Teaching my peers

29 04 2016

Here’s a video highlighting the PD I helped run with one of my Peers, Kelly (camdries), who organized the entire evening of learning.  I was also able to work the school board members at the board who are in charge of making sure ICT is available for teachers and students in the classroom and that teachers are equipped with the knowledge and skill to use these tools.    So in an effort to keep up with the rest of the board, Kelly came up with an idea to get other Occasional teachers on board with ICT in the classroom.  It was an eye opening experience.  Many occasional teachers had very little knowledge or understanding of these tools.  But they were all eager to learn!  I found it was much more difficult teaching my peers than students in general.  There were so many questions and so much they wanted to know and I only had 35-45 min to give them a good idea of what Google Docs can do.  My main goal was to get across to them what makes Google Docs better (sharing/collaborating/tracking progress) than regular word processing software and I was able to do that.  Overall, it went well and I was also able to learn about Google Classroom because it’s the one session topic I had very little experience with.  In closing, I am glad to have been a part in this day and I believe that more of these session are necessary  because I have had to use ICT everyday in the past week while being called out to work daily Occasional calls.  ICT in the classroom is here to stay!

 





Solution #8 – For a Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016

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Today, working in an ESL support room, I was able to experiment with Quizlet and see students use it in action.  I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a solution to a paper-free classroom but it could definitely help!  The neat thing about using this app for these students is that repetition is a necessity.  So the teacher was able to form a vocab list with images that were related to the word.  The students were then instantly able to interact with the images and words through flash cards, computer speaking, spelling the words out, quizzes and a few other things.  I thought it was a very effective tool for early learners as imagery is necessary for learning a new language.





Solution #7 – For the Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016

The Best Tools for the Paperless Classroom

For this post I decided to see what the best tools out there would be, I found a site that claims the following are the best tools.  Here’s the site: Daily Genius.

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*The following was taken directly from DailyGenius.com*

8 ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR YOUR PAPERLESS CLASSROOM

  • Google Drive: Use Google Drive to share documents with your students, encourage collaboration, and more. Drive is a one-stop-shop for paperless classrooms, covering nearly all of your document-sharing and collaboration needs.
  • Evernote: Use Evernote for any and all of your note-taking needs, and your students note taking needs. Create lesson plans,  digital student portfolios, content curation, classroom materials for multiple classes, and for student collaboration on projects.
  • Noteshelf: When handwritten is easier, Noteshelf should be your go-to handwriting note taking app. Use your hand or a stylus, create, share, export, and print your notebooks. Use as a personal or a collaboration tool.
  • Socrative: Socrative is a great student response system that allows you to create games, quizzes, and other learning materials. Offer feedback to your class, take polls, and more. All within the app- so no more paper!
  • ScreenChomp: ScreenChomp is a recordable whiteboard app that records your touchscreen actions and screen to share with others. Create videos for class or have students create videos for projects or sharing.
  • iAnnotate: iAnnotate has you covered for all of your PDF needs. It allows you to highlight, mark up, and note anything necessary on a PDF. At $9.99 it is more expensive than many apps, but is well worth it – its the best PDF app out there, hands down.
  • Class Dojo: Keep track of classroom behavior and offer rewards with Class Dojo. You can easily keep parents in the loop with just a few clicks!
  • Wunderlist: Everyone has a to-do list, and why would you keep you to-do list on paper when the rest of your classroom life is online? Wunderlist is a free to-do app that is simple to use and visually pleasing. Adding items, organizing lists, sharing lists, and checking items as ‘done’ are easy as pie.

It is a fairly good list because it does cover all the bases from what was discussed in my previous post, Solution #6 – which was about the Manual for a Paperless Classroom.  This site introduced me to apps I have not considered yet but would definitely be an asset to the paperless classroom!  The app the really gained my interest Evernote, because I have used this app but didn’t not consider how powerful it can be in the classroom.

 





Solution #6 – For the Paperless Classroom

11 02 2016

This site claims to have a Manual for the paperless classroom, check it out, Educators Technology.

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Here’s a break down of what you need:

  1. Have a Classroom Blog /Websites/Wiki/Portal
  2. Document sharing and storing
  3. Use web tools to increase productivity
  4. Grading online

It’s a very short post so it’s very simplified but it covers all the essentials.  There are so many tools you can possibly use or prefer to use so this page is just giving you a breakdown of the essentials. What is nice is that there are links to suggested tools that you could use for each of these essentials.  I like this site, I’m a firm believer in keeping things simple, especially when technology is involved!