Over this holiday break I have been working on cleaning up my “Digital Clutter” and attempting to learn new concepts. My daughter is sick, the weather is miserably cold, so we are homebound which gives me time to sit and learn when not entertaining my daughter.
I have been doing double duty, setting up study resources for my students while learning new concepts, the whole “two birds with one stone” adage. To learn a concept in a vacuum is silly, especially with other work I could be doing.
I let my classes know that they will have a test the Friday we return from break, with two study/prep days to start the post-break classes. There would be resources posted for students who want to use the holiday break to do some pre-prep work.
I glanced over my TES-Blendspace site that I use to host my students’ projects. Many teachers use it to host lessons for their students, it could make a great resource for my students. Upon downloading the app on my iPad I reviewed lessons from other teachers. They posted various forms of information, media, text, webpages, and allowed for students to respond to the information.
This format was used for my students’ review, the original Prezis were linked via the Blendspace along with webpages that contain both video and text information. Each block of information was followed by a block of teacher created text that explained what to focus on in the students’ notes or asked questions on the material previously presented. Once completed, they were posted in the Edmodo classrooms and parents and students were notified via Cel.ly that the resources were posted.
There were three of these that were created for the review, it will be interesting to gain student feedback to see how these work for them. There is a good chance that these can be used throughout lessons as a self-paced review tool moving forward, or even as a way to push out supplementary information to classes.
Time will tell…but for now it feels good to expand my repertoire and use some of the tools I already implement closer to their full potential.