I am blogging about my EverFi trial run with my students. While our school is in the throes of Keystone Testing, I thought it best to take a side excursion with a lesson on Digital Citizenship; students are sometimes fried from 3-4 periods of standardized testing so why pile on. There is also a lesson on STEM Education, but I am not attempting that with my students as of yet.
Starting out with EverFi is easy, the URL for the site is www.everfi.com/login. If your school is not listed in the drop down menu while creating an account, it may take a bit of time to become verified. You could also email my contact at EverFi Alyssa Mahramus, her email is amahramus [at] everfi.com, I checked with her about publishing her email before posting it here.
Once you have your account started, the easy to use dashboard allows you to create classes, I made one class for each period, I will explain more in a bit. You can also use the dashboard to review student scores, review ands reset student information, create student accounts, access your courses, and review support materials. The entire menu is uncluttered with an easy dropdown interface. You can also preview the lessons from the students’ perspective which I find very helpful.
I actually started by creating a class for my daughter, jumping right in without previewing the resources, it was easy to maneuver through the lessons. I did preview the resources before rolling out the courses with my students at school, I wanted to be prepared for any questions they may ask.
So, I clicked on the “Classes and Codes” tab and set up one class for each period of students, I like keeping the groups organized so I can filter information during class in an easy fashion. I set up for the “Ignition” course; EverFi automatically creates a course code for the “Future Goals” STEM course if you go this route. I did find that creating a course for “Future Goals” does not seem to reciprocate for “Ignition” in the same fashion.
Armed with class codes and pre-made curriculum I was ready to rollout the courses to my students. The roll-out will be discussed in another post.
Recently I encountered the opportunity to try out EverFi, a free website/program that offer courses in Digital Citizenship and STEAM Activities. Digital Citizenship fits nicely into my curriculum, so I am giving it a try.
I started out the pilot project today with several of my classes; our school’s Winter Semi-Formal is tonight and many students had early releases to prep for the dance. I thought it best to work with start with small groups and see how things work.
Overall it was a fairly painless experience, I will post a bit later on how to set up classes and how to sign up students for the lessons.
Here is the Storify from TRETC 2016.
It has been a long time since I participated in a Saturday morning educational Twitter chat, called #satchat. I thoroughly enjoyed today’s on Digital Citizenship, I archived most of it via Storify.com. The hashtag #satchat was either continued or highjacked after our conversation, so I had to manually create the Storify today. It took almost 2 hours of work on my part…from now on, I will create my Storifys as the #satchat ends.
I am still sifting through information from PETE & C 2016 and implementing ideas into my professional self. One idea that I especially liked was from George Couros, whom I follow on Twitter and via his blog, Connected Principals.
The idea was to daily Tweet something you or your students do in your classroom, adding a hashtag so you can easily track your Tweets. I have started that process, which is not very difficult to accomplish; there should be tons of ideas that can be promoted in your day if you just pay attention to what is going on…I am using the hashtag #Sal308.
This is my first weeks’ effort archived via Storify.com.