Gedding the Basics

Where are you in your journey of shifting your teaching to meet the needs of  students in this fast-changing world?  Especially if like me, you’re not a techie??

As a teacher approaching the age of dinosaurs, I’ve been working really hard over the past 4 long years trying to figure out how to meet the needs of my Gr 7+8 Twenty-first Century lovelies. So why did discovering one little website this past weekend tilt my entire world sideways? I probably checked out around 30 new tools, apps, and websites this past weekend for a mobile learning course I’m doing through iTDi with ShellyTerrell.  So why did this particular website stop me in my tracks and make my head spin in a thousand different directions?

It’s called “Geddit“, and in its simplest form, it’s just a tool to help you get feedback from your students about their learning….  They’re learning something, but did they Geddit? Are they confused? Do they need help with something? …now do they Geddit?

Lots of other survey tools and forms could do the same thing and some probably already do. But Geddit has some very cool features that quickly had me envisioning all kinds of future uses that are already shifting my teaching and learning forever.

First, it’s free,  it works on any platform, and yes Virginia, there’s an app for that.

How does it work?
* Ask your students to Check-in on Geddit on any device and tell you how they’re doing.
* You get an instant response from each student on your computer screen!
* You can do this whether you’re teaching in a class or teaching online.
* It’s private and in real time, so students have an opportunity to let you know if they’re having any trouble or need help with something specific — without peer pressure forcing them to hide their need or confusion.
* By simple  COLOUR CODING ON YOUR CLASS LIST,  you have an instant visual image of the current level of understanding for each of your students in the class.
* Students can do additional Check-ins on their own to update their level of “Gedding” it – and it changes in real time on your teacher’s screen.  Can Google forms do that? (-;
And these features are just the beginning… 

So where did my mind go with all of this?  A zillion new and exciting places.

What about yours?

“Oh the Places You’ll Go! 
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting. 
So… get on your way!”
(Oh the Places You’ll Go   ~~Dr. Seuss)


Tomorrow’s Post:  Gedding a Cosmic Shift  (or two!)


About Cathy Beach

Recently retired elementary teacher and outdoor educator in rural Ontario, Canada. My Olympic Journeys may be over, but they lead me into some very exciting adventures with teachers and kids and the world of connected learning...
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