Do you have a cell phone or iPad? Do your students have limited access to online devices? Then Plickers might be for you! Plickers is a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
Setting Up Plickers is Easy!
Step 1: Teacher downloads the Plickers mobile app. It is free for both iOSand Android – find them on the App Store and on Google Play. It will work on iPads too (just make sure to search for iPhone app)!
Step 2: Print Plickers cards.
Step 3: Set up Classes on Plickers Website.
Step 4: Add Questions on the Plickers Website.
Step 5: On the mobile app, choose the question you want to use.
Step 6: Have students hold up cards with the correct answer facing right-side up. Scan the room with your phone/iPad.
Step 7: Use LiveView Tab on the Website to display results to students.
Step 8: Use Scoresheet under Reports on the Website to monitor student progress, save time on grading, and run detailed reports.
Check out this Slide Show for Help getting started or watch the video below:
How will you use Plickers in your classroom? I can’t wait to hear about it!
Here’s the handout from the Salem City Schools SPED Presentation:
iPad Apptivities for All Learners
Have you checked out the courses lately in iTunes University? The teachers at Boyne City Schools have been busy. They have created a wide variety of iTunes U Courses on subjects that are suitable for elementary schools. If you haven’t taken a look, make sure you do! These courses contain activities using video, audio, ibooks, and apps. They also include project based activities. You do need an iPad or iPod Touch to really use these courses. Here are a few of my favorite:
And I love their course for teachers and principals on Flipping Professional Development!
Take a look at the news article about students using these courses in class. But don’t worry, you don’t need your students to have their very own iPads (thought it would be SO nice if they did). These lessons would still work great with the carts we have.
Boyne City is in Michigan, so they are using Common Core Standards. That means that some of these units might work for other grade levels in Virginia than indicated.
If you are a teacher at one of my schools and would like to use any part of these courses with your students, let me know. I’ll make sure the course is loaded on the iPads at your school!
Want to have a video center using iPads and iPods and Youtube videos? Want to make sure there’s no ads or other videos included? Then use SaveShare.TV.
AND…you can even use this site in conjunction with QR Code Generator to create QR Codes that link to these safe videos. Here’s how:
1) Find the video you want to use on YouTube.
2) Copy the link into SafeShare.TV Site.
3) Copy the link you get from SafeShare to a QR Code Generator. Make sure you choose “website url” for this, not Youtube Video.
4) Download the QR code for that video to use. We use QR Code Readers such as i-nigma and Scan on the iPads and iPod Touches to scan the QR codes and watch these videos.
Try it out with the QR Code below:
A few weeks ago, a teacher came to me wanting to do a Jamestown Geocaching Activity with her students. I had been doing a lot of work on iPads, and had enjoyed some of the quick, 1 minutes video podcasts by History is Fun.org. I decided to incorporate both the iPads and Geocaching into one activity. Here’s the activity I created:
1. Download Podcasts videos to at least 6 iPod Touches/iPads from iTunes. You can find them here: Historyisfun.org Podcasts. You’ll need the following videos:
- The Voyage
- John Smith
- Representative Government
- Slavery (I used this one as a practice example)
2. Hide 6 Caches with the following labels on each cache: Jamestown Cache Labels. Mark the locations of the caches with the GPS Units.
3. Students were broken up into groups, and given a clipboard, a Jamestown Geocaching Answer Sheet, an Order Strip for 6 Caches, and an iPad with the videos (but iPod Touch would work too), a pencil, and a GPS Unit.
4. Students worked in groups to find and answer the questions using the videos. I suggest the following jobs for members the group:
- Navigator (Works GPS Unit)
- Scribe (Writes the group’s answer)
- Governor (Keeps folks on track, carries the number strips, reads the cache questions)
- Historian (Carries the iPad/iPod Touch and plays the appropriate video)
- Scout (Double checks to make sure the group is at the right cache number, Re-hides the Cache in the exact location, )
- Judge (Checks the group’s answers with the QR Codes)
5. When students were finished, they used the app, Scan, and the following Jamestown Geocaching QR Codes to check their work. A traditional Answer Key is located here if you do not have time for this part of the activity. Students re-watch the videos for the questions they’ve missed.
So far I’ve had two classes complete this activity, and they loved it! I liked using the iPads because they were big enough for the entire group to see. I found it really important to discuss reading the questions BEFORE watching the videos…and practicing with the Slavery video was very helpful.
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