Month: December 2016

VoiceThread: Editing Slides

Slides can be edited in VoiceThread using the slide preview. Click on the slide you wish to edit, and a preview will appear on the left-hand side of the page.

  • Rotating a Slide- Some types of files can be rotated so that they are oriented differently than they were when you imported them. If the file you have uploaded can be rotated, the top arrows will appear in the top two corners of the preview. Click these arrows to rotate the media. Video, document and PDF files cannot be rotated.
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  • Deleting a Slide- the trashcan icon is in the bottom- right corner of the preview below. You’ll be prompted to confirm your deletion. After you click yes to confirm, the slide will be deleted. Keep in mind that any comments on the slide will also be deleted. VoiceThread cannot retrieve any deleted content.
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  • Replacing a Slide– If you want to put a new image on a slide without losing the comments already recorded on it, use the replace option above the slide preview. This opens a dialogue box so you can choose a new file. This file will upload over the existing one. Once the file uploads and processes, the new image will appear on the slide. All of the comments already recorded on this slide will be preserved. screenshot-2016-12-22-at-9-33-59-am
  • Adding a Title & Link to a Slide– to add a title and active link to a slide, click the (add title & link) option below the preview. This opens a box where you can enter a title and a valid URL.
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  • When view in your VoiceThread slide others will see the title at the top of the slide. If someone clicks on the title, the URL you have entered in the links to field will open in a new tab or window. screenshot-2016-12-22-at-9-49-47-am
  • Slides imported from Flickr, Khan Academy, etc. will include the appropriate title & link to give attribution to the image source automatically.

VoiceThread: Creating a Slide

Creating a Slide

  1. Click on  Create in the top right-hand corner of the page. This will bring you to the create pagevoicethread-create-1
  2. The first thing you will need to do is to add slides to your VoiceThread. A slide can hold many different types of media (documents, images, videos & audio files) To begin adding slides, click the Upload button. creating-voicethread-2
  3. There are 5 sources that you can use (my computer, media sources, webcam photo, webcam video or URL)
    • My Computer– This option allows you to upload files from your computer into your VoiceThread. Many different types of media files can be uploaded into VoiceThread including images, presentations, audio files, documents & videos.
      • Click on My Computer to see a file manager window that allows you to locate your file(s)
      • Choose one or more of the files to upload into your VoiceThread. You can select more than one type of file at a time. After you select your file(s), you’ll see an upload progress bar followed by a processing message. Remain on this page until processing is complete.
    • Media Sources– This option allows you to import media from four different media sources
      • Once you have selected your media source, click on the media you wish to     import, and click the Import button at the top of the window
        • My VoiceThreads– import media from VoiceThreads you’ve already  created. Comments on these slides will not be included when you         import the media.
        • Flickr– Sign into your own Flickr account or browse the Creative                      Commons for images
        • Khan Academy- Choose videos on a variety of topics including math, art, history, etc.screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-3-22-00-pm
    • URL- This option allows you to import media using a URL. This will only work if you have the direct link to the file. Links to media-sharing web-sites like YouTube will not work.screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-3-35-54-pm
    • Webcam– This option allows you to take a still photograph or video using your webcam. This photograph or video will be the central media for this slide.
      • Click on the My Webcam button to select this option.
      • When using this option, you may need to click Allow on the Flash permissions box.
      • After you’ve allowed Flash to access your camera & microphone, choose photo or video. You will see a countdown, after which your photo will be taken or the video will begin filming.
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      • After the recording is complete, the image or video will process & appear as a slide in your VoiceThread.
      • After you have uploaded your media, each slide will appear on the create page in the order in which it was uploaded. You can reorder the slides by clicking and dragging a slide to a new position. The new order will be saved automatically.

Actively Learn

Actively Learn reviewed by Jessica Brown (LMHS English Teacher)

Website: http://www.activelylearn.com/

Google-compatible: YES

iPad App: NO Actively Learn does NOT have an iPad app — it is completely web-based, and accessible via any device with connectivity. Students and teachers can sign into Actively Learn through Safari or Chrome apps.

PRO: Google-compatible, easy to use, teacher-made assessment, easy to grade

With Actively Learn, teachers can upload documents and then add questions within those documents in order to assess comprehension. Questions can be multiple choice or short answer. In addition, the teacher can “poll” students or add media. This website would be best for close readings and shorter texts. After the teacher creates the assessment, students can then read the document, look up terms that they do not understand, highlight and annotate text, and answer teacher-made questions.

As the students are completing the assignment, OR after the assignment is completed, teachers can access each student’s answer. The website will display all of the answers for one question. Actively Learn will show the answers, and teachers can grade each answer as “Incomplete,” Basic,” “Proficient,” or “Advanced,” as well as add comments. In order to grade assignments, the teacher can grade per question or per individual student.

CON: I believe that there is a limit to how many documents can be uploaded

With Actively Learn, teachers can upload documents and then add questions within those documents in order to assess comprehension. Questions can be multiple choice or short answer. In addition, the teacher can “poll” students or add media. This website would be best for close readings and shorter texts. After the teacher creates the assessment, students can then read the document, look up terms that they do not understand, highlight and annotate text, and answer teacher-made questions.

As the students are completing the assignment, OR after the assignment is completed, teachers can access each student’s answer. The website will display all of the answers for one question. Actively Learn will show the answers, and teachers can grade each answer as “Incomplete,” Basic,” “Proficient,” or “Advanced,” as well as add comments. In order to grade assignments, the teacher can grade per question or per individual student.

Specific Teaching Activities:

English 11-Unit: Night

The first time I used it, students had to read Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech as a follow-up lesson to the novel, Night. As they read, they had to follow the directions listed below. The assignment was introduced in class and students had to finish for homework.
1. Answer the ‘Before Reading’ question.
2. Read, highlight and annotate the article. Highlight notable quotes and/or words. Add notes, questions, and comments. (You must have at least 5 annotations!)
3. Answer the questions at the end of the passage. Be as detailed as possible.

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English 11-Unit: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Students read Ken Kesey’s obituary as an introduction to the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. For this assignment, they had to highlight at least four lines that they found interesting and they had to answer 5 questions that I added to the assignment. The next class, we discussed his obituary and the questions out loud.

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Below is a video describing the benefits of Actively Learn and several other tutorials are available in Actively Learns website

Actively Learn Overview from Actively Learn on Vimeo.

Teacher Tech: QR Code Scavenger Hunt

Earlier this year, Health & Physical Education Teacher Colleen Maxwell  assessed her students’ prior screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-4-19-12-amknowledge in a fun & creative way using QR Codes. Below she discusses the experience:  

Utilizing QR Codes in my classroom has been awesome and a really creative way to make reviewing fun while also getting kids up and moving kinesthetically instead of the traditional review game in the classroom desk. The students are competing to get back to class in the fastest time with the most correct answers against their classmates. They really have a lot of fun!

Here is a brief description of how I used the QR code to embed my review questions for a Fitness Unit Assessment Review Scavenger Hunt:

  1. You will need to come up with your review questions. I chose 10 which covered snippits of what I wanted to see if they knew for my unit assessment. This also allowed for the perfect amount of time for the scavenger hunt throughout the school with the locations that I chose and them to return for questions to be answered before dismissal.
  2. You will need to go to the website http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ and input your questions and additionally the locations of the scavenger hunt after the prompts. For example: I had a question and then would say “go to the cafeteria for the next question.” This additionally helped my 9th grade students become comfortable at the beginning of the year with different areas of the building. Make yourself a list of the questions and locations that you chose with your corresponding answers. I also made myself a Powerpoint/ Google slideshow to use to go over answers with students when they return.
  3.  Once your codes are generated, you will print them and I suggest numbering them, putting construction paper behind and laminating so they can be taped on wall and reused each year without damage. It’s a lot of work so get the most out of it.
  4. Type a handout with instructions and 10 numbered lines for students to respond on. You will be waiting back at the door to check answers for the first to return, almost like an amazing race 🙂
  5. At the beginning of the lesson, one student in each group will need to download the free app QR reader, unless utilizing on a school device. I suggest having teams already grouped to have faster set up. 6. Once set up is given, teacher will provide first location and students are off to begin reviewing and QR reading.

Pros: All students involved, moving kinesthetically, unique review day, utilizing technology, kids love using their phones, get to know the school locations, working cooperatively, and goes with our unit theme of fitness! Cons: Students are starting to have major phone storage and date issues so may be a possibility of limitations on who can download

Cons: Students are starting to have major phone storage and date issues so may be a possibility of limitations on who can download app.

Lots of possibilities using QR codes!

Mirroring 360

Mirroring 360 is an application that allows you to wirelessly share & record your Chromebook. It is an easy way to project what is on your Chromebook with your class. Just watch the video tutorial or  follow the steps below to mirror your Chromebook with any of your classes.

  1. Click on the red circular icon to the right of your address bar to pull up thr mirroring assist menu

 

2. Find the “mirroring ID” for the PC in your room by:

  • Clicking on the hidden icons tab at the bottom right-hand side of your screen
  • Click on the “mirroring 360” icon
  • Click on “mirroring assist” and get the mirroring ID number

3. Type in the Mirroring ID number into the Mirroring ID box on your Chromebook

4. Click on Current Tab if you would like audio or desktop (no audio)

5. Click on the enter arrow

 

Mirroring 360 Tutorial