Hey, all! The end of July is upon us! After the 4th of July, something magical happens in my teacher-brain and it slowly switches from summer, naps, and Netflix, to what am I going to change for next year to enhance student learning? Planning for 2019 has officially commenced! Check out a few changes I’m making in my classes for the new school year!
Holy moly. When I stumbled upon the HyperDoc Handbook a few years ago, it was quite literally a gamechanger for me as a teacher. HyperDocs have allowed me to step back and focus on intentional lesson design using technology in a meaningful way, to enhance student learning. HyperDocs are a perfect fit for my in-class flipped classroom because I’m able to provide my students with intentional instruction through videos (assigned with Edpuzzle) AND give them opportunities to apply and assess their learning. It’s great! I’m making a change this year on my Apply page of my HyperDoc. Typically this is where my students choose a product to create that demonstrates their understanding. This year, my students will complete an ELF (evidence of learning form) for videos they complete that are tied to our learning targets. Then, they will have a quarterly “CREATE” assignment, which requires them to choose a path to show what they have learned. They can also complete a CREATE assignment for bonus points during each unit.
Check out these links for specifics –>
Foundations and Formations of Government HyperDoc
Foundations and Formations of Government Pre-Assessment and ELFs
Schoology to Google Classroom
Google has made some pretty fantastic updates to Classroom since I first started using it many years ago. Now, with the question feature, I can pose a question to my class and give students the opportunity to comment on their classmates’ posts. This allows me to use Classroom for discussion boards! WOOHOO! I’ve tried this with my online educational technology class and it is fantastic! If I don’t have to have assignments in multiple places, I won’t!
With the update to Google Forms that allows teachers to lock browsers – and the simple fact that Forms dumps data into a nice, neat spreadsheet that I can do so many things with, I’m moving my tests from Schoology to Classroom!
What changes are you making for next year?