My students HATED the words “EXPLAIN YOUR THINKING” in math — until they had cool choices other than writing it all out.
Websites and apps can help students explain their thinking in much more engaging ways, and in terms of refining their thinking using real-time and asynchronous feedback and even assessment, in much more effective ways. Add to that a split-grade class where the kids are doing different activities at the same time (visions of an individualized future!!), these apps can be transformational.
I’ll be introducing 4 apps in my ECOO 2014 simulation of a split-grade Gr 5-6 Math class at ECOO 2014 on November 6th. NONE of these are required to participate in the session. However downloading the app before the session will allow attendees to participate more fully! Actions are highlighted in fuscia. (-:
SesameHQ “Making Learning Visible”.
In my humble opinion, Sesame is the most awesome planning, documenting, recording, assessment app completely integrated with the Ontario Curriculum – I wish I had it when I was teaching full-time!
SesameSnap Free app – download the app
VOICETHREAD: Hear every student explain their thinking!
** This is one of the only accounts I was willing to pay for – I loved the interface for the students, and $79/year provided greater access and control of student accounts. cb
Voicethread Free app – download the app
EXPLAINEVERYTHING paid app – $2.99 app. Purchase only if you think you’ll USE it! NO teacher or student accounts are necessary. You and your students can use, import, and export whatever files you want.
More details to follow!