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.