Kasey Bell, host of the Shake Up Learning Podcast, and author of 3 books including the new Blended Learning with Google, joins me to talk about making blended learning meaningful and dynamic. We hear about her 5 “beyonds” of blended learning and her tips for using choice boards in the classroom.
Dr. Desiree Alexander of EducatorAlexander.com joins the show to talk about formative assessment with videos in the classroom. Desiree and I discuss Edpuzzle, PlayPosit, Razor Arts, Nearpod, and more! Plus, I’ve got a BIG announcement to share!
When I started using Edpuzzle years ago it was, I’ll shamefully admit, to make sure my students were complying with my directions to watch a video. But I soon discovered that the questions that you can embed in those videos are really good for formative assessment and providing feedback (or feedforward as I often call it).
There are 4 different ways that you can assess your students and/or give them feedback in Edpuzzle:
Multiple-choice questions are auto-graded.
You can mark questions correct (✔️) or incorrect (✖️).
You can assign a percentage score to a response (i.e., 50% for half-correct).
You can provide typed feedback.
My secret weapon, though, is this little efficiency hack. As you’ll see in the EduGIF below, marking questions as correct using the ✔️ can be kind of time-consuming. Instead, I skip over any correct answers and, once I’ve looked at them all, I click the “Mark Ungraded as Correct” button. And voila, Edpuzzle takes it from there!
It does take a handful of seconds, or even a few minutes, to go magically mark them as correct, but I can use that time to get a sip of coffee or eat a few peanut butter M&Ms.
EdTech and Curriculum Consultant and Easy EdTech Podcast host Dr. Monica Burns joins me to identify ways that we can hear from ALL of our students. Her suggestion? Select tools that can give our learners choice and agency in how we hear from them! Tune in to hear what tools she suggests!
Why does Jake think that teachers are just like Michael Jordan? Listen to find out! This message was originally published in this Educational Duct Tape podcast episode and in this issue of my email newsletter.
Control Alt Achieve author Eric Curts joins me to talk about creative projects with Docs, Slides, and Sheets including Stop Motion Animation, Choose Your Own Adventure Activities, Emoji Learning Activities, Rebus Stories, Blackout Poetry, and Pixel Art! We also touch on Canva for Education, Adobe Spark for Education, Google Forms headers, flashcard makers like Quizlet and Flippity.net, and more!
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A while back, I shared about using EquatIO in Google Forms. I also mentioned how well it works in Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, and Drawings, as well as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Office 365 applications.
But what about elsewhere? What about Jamboard? Whiteboard.Chat? Whiteboard.fi? Gmail? You guessed it: the web toolbar didn’t work in those spots. But now it does!!!
Need to add the Quadratic Formula in your Jamboard? You can!
Need to show the Pythagorean Theorem in Whiteboard.chat? You can!
Need to show a graph of a trigonometric function in Classkick? You can!
Need to send a chemical equation to your chemistry student in Gmail? You can!
In the EduGIF below, you’ll see how you can easily copy and paste your math as images (into sites like Jamboard, Slides, and whiteboard tools) as well as how you can easily share them as links in sites that aren’t meant as image-friendly (like Classroom)!
Check out a preview of how it works in the EduGIF below! And then, below the EduGIF, you can sign up for a free teacher EquatIO account!
Dr. Natasha Rachell joins me in this episode for lots of laughs, but also to share some of her strategies for making instruction engaging. Natasha shares about student choice, choice boards, the Flipgrid Discovery Library, Microsoft Sway, Wakelet, Mentimeter, Buncee, and the awesome Minecraft Good Trouble project!
Joe Marquez delivers powerful tips for designing instructional experiences that are accessible for all learners and are pedagogically effective. He also brings it with ideas for how students can process and represent their learning in UDL-friendly ways. Tune in to hear Joe’s wisdom and our discussion that touches on Edji, Pear Deck, Nearpod, Flipgrid, the Record to Slides extension, and more!
This is a sponsored post. All opinions, however, are my own.
One of my favorite things about hosting the Educational Duct Tape podcast is how often my guests surprise me with tech tools that I’ve never heard of. One of my favorite surprises came 2 years ago (almost to the day!) when my friend Angela Wojtecki told me about Boomwriter. As with every EduDuctTape episode, I asked Angela a “teacher question” that could be answered with educational technology. The question that I asked Angela, a school librarian, was “How can we have our students create ebooks?”
She gave me 4 options, but the one that delighted me with its fresh take on the process was Boomwriter. While the tool has multiple ways that it can be used to enhance students’ experiences with writing, the one that stands out to me is their collaborative book writing activity. Imagine each of your students writing drafts for every chapter of a collaborative book, getting teacher feedback, revising reading their classmates’ chapters anonymously, and then voting to select the ones that become a part of the final text! The writing skills involved in this process are innumerable!
A few months ago, when my 4th-grade daughter told me that they were using it in her class, I could barely contain my excitement. (She marveled at me already knowing what it was 😊)
But that excitement was nothing compared to when I told her and her brothers about The Boomwriter Writing Bee. She was giddy about the competition and her big brother was impressed by the two authors who are involved (more on that below). Little bro was disappointed to be too young to participate this year, but he’ll have his chance soon enough!