Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Class Dojo

While some of the other resources I have shared have been geared toward reviewing content, Class Dojo is a way to use online resources to help manage your classes.

Here is why my students like Class Dojo:

  • They visually get to see themselves earning points for positive behavior in class
  • They get to create their own avatar
  • I give them rewards for earning a certain number of points


Here is why I like Class Dojo:

  • I can quickly keep up with students behavior both positive and negative.
  • I can get a visual representation of how my classes are behaving as a whole
  • I can get a visual representation of how each student in my classes are behaving
  • Students get excited to earn positive points
  • Parents can get updates about their students behavior via email 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Zondle

Another online resource that my students love is Zondle.

Zondle is a way to create online questions for your students.  I mostly use this site to help students study their vocabulary and grammar at home, since learning a foreign language requires lots of memorization.  I know other people who also use this site for in-class review and competitions.

You can either make your own question sets or find questions sets that other teachers have made.  Once you have a question set you can start playing; however, students cannot play a full set without an account.  I recommend creating classes for your students so you can take advantage of all the great teacher resources that Zondle offers.  Once you have created classes, you give your students the class code and they create their own usernames, no email required.

Here is why my students like Zondle:

  • They get to play a mini game after answering the question right
  • They get to compete with their classmates to earn the most Zollars
  • They actually take the time to study at home


Here is why I like Zondle:

  • I can see who is playing, how many times they play, and when they play
  • I can see what percentage of the material each student is getting right every time they play
  • I can see a graph of each student's scores over time for each question set
  • I can see who is making progress on each question set
  • I can see which questions students are missing the most
  • My students actually study at home
  • My student voluntarily use Zondle when we have extra class time
You can do many other things with Zondle like create online competitions to post to Edmodo, create ways for students to spend their Zollars, and even play games with people in other countries!


Interested??  Go ahead and try out this 8th grade Zondle game!

zondle - games to support learning

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kahoot!

Want a way to get your students motivated to review?  Try out Kahoot!

Kahoot! is an online program that allows you to create interactive quizzes, discussions and polls.

I personally have used the quiz function and my students love it.  What makes them love it?  The competition!  Kahoot! awards students points when they answer a question correctly.  The quicker you answer, the more points you earn.  It also lets them know how far behind/ahead they are.  Students are motivated to pick a correct answer quickly in order to beat their peers.

You'll like the fact that students get immediate feedback.  You also get to see the number of students that got a question right, so you can talk about missed question right away.

At the end of a quiz you can download the results for a more in depth look at how your students performed.

How can you use it?

  • Review a previously taught topic
  • Gauge students' prior knowledge
  • Gather opinions to start a class discussion


Monday, December 9, 2013