Set the bar higher with collaboration.

Collaborative work and class participation provide students an opportunity to share and synthesize ideas and concepts while engaging in critical thinking skills and problem solving (Hrastinski, 2009). The perfect tool for this is Padlet. Available on any device, this platform allows students to create, share, and interact with classmates and teachers. Collaboration can occur within … Continue reading Set the bar higher with collaboration.

The Answer Pad: A student response system for formative assessment

Formative assessment provides a snapshot of student comprehension and needs, giving teachers invaluable information needed to guide their students to success. This type of assessment allows the teacher to track the achievement of each student, give them feedback along the learning process, and adjust instruction to meet each student’s immediate needs (Smith, 2007). Using technology … Continue reading The Answer Pad: A student response system for formative assessment

Formative Assessment using The Answer Pad

Formative assessment provides a snapshot of student comprehension and needs, giving teachers invaluable information needed to guide their students to success. Using technology in the classroom to obtain this information just became easier. The Answer Pad, billed as a student response system and grading solution, allows teachers to gain real-time insight into their students progress … Continue reading Formative Assessment using The Answer Pad

Quizalize: more than just quizzes!

As teachers, we strive to encourage and guide students in becoming lifelong learners, capable of seeking and using resources independently. In promoting this self-directed learning, “online quizzes provide the ongoing feedback function to help learners modify their learning behaviors” (Abney, Amin, & Kibble, 2017). Many tools are available to accomplish this, but Quizalize has piqued … Continue reading Quizalize: more than just quizzes!

Formal Assessment & Differentiated Learning

Helping students reach their potential requires formative assessment and differentiated instruction. Quizalize brings these two tasks together in one easy to use app accessible. In class or out of class, students can conveniently access this beneficial tool using any laptop, tablet, or smartphone with internet access and browser. With Quizalize, teachers can create multiple classes … Continue reading Formal Assessment & Differentiated Learning

“Serious” Video Games to Motivate

Petkov, M., & Rogers, G.E. (2011). Using gaming to motivate today’s technology-dependent students. Journal of STEM Teacher Education, 48(1),7-12.   This article addresses the subject of using video games known as “serious games” in classrooms to motivate the technology-dependent students of today. These games are meant to educate and not to entertain as the authors present this … Continue reading “Serious” Video Games to Motivate

Research Agenda Guidance for Educational Games & Simulations

Dede, C. (2011). Developing a research agenda for educational games and simulations. Computer games and instruction, pp. 233-250. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.   This article proposes five assumptions that all research agendas for educational games and simulations should be based on. These assumptions include usable knowledge, collective research, what works, treatment effects, and scalability. Each … Continue reading Research Agenda Guidance for Educational Games & Simulations