Ms. Tjon, one of our TAG teachers here at Great Oaks, made great use of one of Round Rock's Learning Management Systems, Edmodo, during the recent testing cycle. Because she sometimes has limited time with her classes during the testing period, she set up Literature Circle groups within Edmodo that allowed her keep in touch academically with her students. Edmodo allows teachers to create student accounts, post and grade and comment on assignments. Teachers also moderate and participate in students' virtual conversations. On days when her students weren't in class, they would log in to their Edmodo accounts to read and submit work as well as converse with other classmates. Testing is over, but they continue to use the program because it's useful, fun and allows students to strengthen their technical skills as they apply acquire and apply other academic skills.
Ms. Lyle's fourth graders spent time doing independent research using the Independent Investigation Method and created personal projects to share their findings. Cody spent a lot of time learning about electricity and shared the information he gained in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation. However, this was a PowerPoint with a fun twist! Great Oaks has Mouse Mischief hardware that allows for multiple wireless computer mice to be used at once.
Cody incorporated Mini Pop Quizzes throughout his presentation that checked his classmates' understanding of the material as it progressed. At the end there was a more comprehensive test. The program provides immediate feedback as to each student or group's answer selections once everyone has responded.
Using seven mice in this activity allowed small groups of 2-3 students to talk about the material before selecting answers. Cody was impressed with their results. "They pretty much all got 100s," he told me. I suggested that he must have taught them well.
Keeping learning fun out in the Cottages!