Well, just finished my first class of the semester and used three new technologies in the class! I didn’t intend to use so many but they all seemed to work for what I was trying. The first thing I used was my course trailer that I posted about last week. Students liked it (or so it appeared!). I definitely need to make the text stay on the screen longer though for ease of reading!
The second tool I used was www.nearpod.com which is an interactive presentation platform that has students go to your lesson/presentation and then you can move through it for them. I used it to link to answergarden.com which had them answer questions about how they are feeling about school right now. The answers appeared up on the big screen so students could see (not who answered what) that they may not be alone in how they are feeling, etc. The students really liked this technology but the biggest barrier was accessing the WiFi as some students couldn’t get on or the service was extremely slow unfortunately. I just had those students pair up with someone who had a device that was working.
The third tool I used was quizlet.com which is a tool that provides flash cards and games to use to study/review content. There is a section that is called quizlet.live and that was what I used today. The students entered the code and a game began! Once students were into the game, the program randomly put them into teams so they were required to move into their teams. I then started the game. Each student had a question on their device (same one for all team members) but had different answers to select from. The team had to figure out who had the right answer (in this case I used information about course assignments, etc.). When they answer, it moves to the next question! If they are right, their team moves forward on the score board and if they are wrong, they move back. Students had fun with this but did say that it was slightly confusing at first. They said once they are used to it, they will love to use it as review! What I learned was to make sure that I have the correct information on the questions/answers! I think I will definitely use this tool often for review! The students without a device or wifi just joined up with any team they wanted to.
I am excited to continue to explore with and master all of the fun things that these tools can use! I look forward to sharing my journey with you!
Cheers to a new semester!