Skip to main content

Show What You Know

Asking students to show their work is a rite of passage for teachers.  It's right up there with nagging kids to stop tapping their pencils.  Boy, being a teacher is one big power trip, and it feels so good.

Anyways, let's get focused.  Having your students demonstrate their understanding of a topic is easy if your students are using iPads.  They have the ability to write on a number of whiteboard apps with their fingers and/or a stylus.  If your students are forced to use a trackpad, it's another story.  You know how difficult it is to sign your name using a trackpad on a computer.  It's a ridiculously humbling experience.  Asking a kid to work out math problems using a trackpad on a Chromebook is absolutely cruel.  Look at this pathetic signature at the left.  I'm a grown man with decent penmanship for crying out loud!
          The fact that many of our schools are switching to Chromebooks is why I'm writing this post.  Although some of our new Chromebooks have touch screens, many do not.  Luckily for us, there is a solution!  Simply create a screencast with the Screencastify extension.  I know you're familiar with Screencastify because I wrote about it in May 2019.  Before I forget, Screencastify kicked of 2020 with some pretty cool free version features that you need to be aware of.
          Tech integration specialist, Jake Miller, created a lovely video asking students to spin it around, write it down, explain with sound. I bet you're dying to see what this means!  Watch the following video to find out.
          If you are one of the lucky ones with touch screen Chromebooks or iPads, another solution is FlipGrid. We already know that it provides students with a fabulous video response option, because I wrote about it in May 2019. That was a productive month, wasn't it? I'm sure you've read it, but here's a link just in case. FlipGrid now offers a whiteboard option, too. Check out these two videos for some FlipGrid enlightenment.
 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Google Classroom End of the Year Clean-Up

In the ever poetic words of Jim Morrison, This is the end. Beautiful friend. This is the end.  It's June 4th, and summer is on the horizon. Many of you have a routine for cleaning up your physical classroom, which is super, but you mustn't neglect your Google Classroom. Trust me, you'll thank me in August when you drag your tanned, relaxed body back to school. Below you will find a few simple steps that will help clear that cloudy qi of yours. Let's get started. Tip #1 - Return all student work Once students are finished working on an assignment, they turn it in. You then look it over, provide feedback and grade the darned thing. At that point, you should return the document back to the student. Hoarding documents isn't anything to brag about, people. Make sure you return the work. Here's why. When a student turns in an assignment, you are now the owner of that document, and the student is relegated to view only rights. Once you return the work, the studen

Chromebooks, Cast, Jamboard & Kami: The Fearsome Foursome

Do you remember back in teacher college when the professors taught us that our proximity to misbehaving students would help squash behavior problems? I do. Well, when using our classroom technology, we are typically tethered to our laptop, desktop, document camera, etc... This is a problem, but luckily there may be a solution. Tools You'll Need Google Cast for Education gives students and teachers the ability to share their screens to the classroom projector or interactive display. Cast for Edu Set Up Cast for Edu Support Article Kami is an amazing tool that gives teachers and students the functionality of an interactive board in the palm of their hands. It allows users to a nnotate a doc, slide, pdf, image, etc… Google Jamboard is a whiteboard app that can be accessed online and as an app on your tablet of choice. It's also a very expensive interactive display, but that's not what we're looking at here. Students can create a new Jamboard, share and col

From iPads to Chromebooks

The time has come for many of us in education. We're making a shift from the iPad to the Chromebook. This is a daunting, intimidating, scary as heck transition for teachers and rightly so. It's like when I finally decided to lose the mullet a few years ago. It was comfortable because I knew exactly how much Aqua Net was required to make my really short bangs stand attention, while that mudflap in the back waved in all its glory. But, I digress. My point is this. The iPad, much like the mullet, was fun while it lasted, but there's a new sheriff in town, and its name is Chromebook. Anyways, please help yourself to the Chromebook Survival Guide!