Use of electronics (including smartphones) will be frequent in this course. The class is run in a blended/flipped format. The only homework assigned will be readings and watching lectures. Some students may have unfinished class/lab work or simply require more time than available at school and thus, will have additional homework. Some activities completed online will be graded therefore it is important to establish the student’s access to computers or other devices (at school and at home) immediately.
Seesaw: a digital portfolio of student work. We will take some signficant submissions and add them to the "QRosity" board. Make sure you also add a QR reader to your phone. Students also will be utilizing the app as a platform for practicing skills and communicating content in a more effective manner for learning. Here are some ways Seesaw will make a change in how you learn:
- instructions for the entry tasks must be accessed through this super secret way
- meaningful discussion with peers, teacher, and parents
- collaboration on labs and activities with peers (share data, analyze data, understand the purpose, draw conclusions, etc.)
- demonstration of content knowledge and levels of understanding using drawing tools, photos with labeling tools, notes
- digital citizenship (appropriate content of submissions, peer review, how to receive peer review, etc.)
- submitting work (which will appear on a class feed that is closely monitored by the teacher who can approve or decline submissions)
- connecting the classroom with parents who will be able to view their student’s work and provide feedback for their student
- bring ideas "to the table"
- connect something in your "day to day" that relates to a concept you learned that day or that week (application of knowledge!)
Additional Bonus: The calendar feature. Students are able to reflect back on class activities and experiments or use the calendar to stay on track when they are absent.
Another Bonus: Submissions show up in real time. So feedback is constant from your teacher, from your peers, self-evaluation...edit features means you can always modify as you learn. Real time help from anywhere at anytime.
How: Initial Email and varying Join Code (Email Mrs. Godley for Join Code)
When: Everyday; Parent Access Required
Educreations: lectures at your leisure. In theory, students can watch and take notes on a short 5 - 10 minute lecture every night and apply what you've learned at school the next day. No more stopping to listen to your teacher instruct students on behavior and ruin your train of thought.
Bonus: you can rewind whenever you need to hear something one more time.
Additional Bonus: the lectures are stored there the whole year. Review as many times as your heart desires.
How: One Time Class Join Code (see below)
When: Every Week
One Note: a virtual storage locker for just about everything. This is another great app to take notes and add documents, links, images and videos of what you learned. No more paper trails. Are you working through a problem or concept and need some help? Teachers can see exactly what you're doing and add notes to your notes. Real time help from anywhere. There will be a class OneNote to which you will be invited to join so that we can utilize the collaboration features. Make sure you sync with your storage in the clouds so you never lose valuable information.
Bonus: Help through the app from your teacher.
Additional Bonus: No more carrying around a ginormous 3-inch 3ring binder.
How: Do an internet search for "microsoftonline" or enter this web address: https://login.microsoftonline.com/en
then your username and password boxes are to the right of the screen. Log in using your school username but add "issaquah.wednet.edu" (without the quotation marks). Watch the tutorial to understand what you are looking at but you can click directly on the OneNote button. You have access to lots of different microsoft apps. Take advantage of it!
When: Almost everyday
Go to the this video to see "how to" use One Note. The password is on Seesaw.
Socrative: synonymous with "pop quiz" or "team quiz". Notes are always allowed on quizzes. This app is also useful for our entry and exit slips, but it's a great place to know how everyone is doing on a collective level.
How: Varying Class Code
When: Once a week at the most
Plickers: anonymous to your peers, answer what you think. Mostly for feedback for the teacher to see how the class is collectively doing on that skill or concept. Don't be surprised if you are stopped in the middle of the lab and asked a question to check for understanding. Sometimes it's a gauge of where you are in the learning process. Sometimes it's an actual quick grade for a skill or concept you should have mastered by that point. Be prepared and be active in your learning.
How: Puzzle piece assigned by a random number
When: Once a week at the most
NOTE: There are always tons of fun apps and programs to use. Minecraft has even shown up as part of a project. If you have a particular game or app you think can apply to class, please share it using the "Contact" button. There's plenty of apps to bring the class to an online platform for discussion (ie. Padlet) and other apps to conduct short assessments (ie. Google Forms). We will try to go as paperless as possible in this class, but a good old "xerox" will be thrown in the mix periodically just to remind you how to use a pencil and paper (you know that thin, white, flexible material that is usually made from plant tissue ....).
The original codes expire within a week or so. Codes are not available on the website and must be requested via email .
Educreations 2018- 2019
Actively Learn 2018-2019