Do you spend hours managing the papers that flow through your classroom on a daily basis? Is your inbox overflowing with a hodgepodge of student papers? Do you have difficulty tracking which students have completed which assignments?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions and your students have access to technology, you may wish to consider using digital workflow in your instruction. Digital workflow allows for a paperless classroom in which teacher and students can exchange assignments and provide feedback digitally.
EDPuzzle is one of our favorite tools to ensure students are learning from video content and not simply skipping through the material without doing any thinking. To get students to interact with the content, you can add voice or text comments; create multiple choice questions to make them predict possible outcomes, or short answer questions for students to summarize their learning on the topic. Questions are inserted along the video timeline and, with a check box, you can ensure students answer the questions before they proceed.
Searching for educational content within EDPuzzle is simple and intuitive; or you can upload your own videos. Students join your online class using an access code, and then you can track their progress through your video lessons.
In our modern world, there are many resources available to teachers for instructional videos; YouTube, Khan Academy, and Vimeo all provide teachers with seemingly endless options. However, sometimes it can be very difficult to find a video that specifically meets all of your needs. Screencasting is a simple creation and communication tool that teachers can use to provide individualized instruction. Many teachers find screencasts beneficial because they capture your voice and activity on a computer screen rather than just a lecture on a video. This allows teachers to easily explain procedures and processes or show a slide deck that accompanies a class lecture. The opportunities for screencasting are endless for classroom use.
Have you ever created a Schoology test only to find that you have a couple of students who need a paper/pencil accommodation? Or maybe the test session is closed and you have a student who was absent needs to take it? One of the new features in Schoology is the ability to print assessments. Watch the video below to see how to do this: