Technology Tools Implementation Idea: Evernote

Subject Area: Sciences

Course: Biology

Topic: Any topic (e.g macromolecules, nucleic acids, etc.)

Task: Studying and reviewing concepts

Technology Tool: Evernote

Description

Students are provided with the power-point lessons for studying and the method of studying is up to the student. However, if the wrong method of studying is used, students may not be able to actually understand and retain the concepts and thus the learning cannot be transformed into deeper learning.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool

Use the Evernote tool to create your own biology notes that can be accessed anywhere with any device with the app. Since they are digital notes, the student would save a lot of time compared  to hand written notes and they can easily copy and paste important images rather than drawing it out themselves or having to print it separately. They can also easily add in new information that they learn in class and are not covered in the powerpoints and with the reminders tool they can easily take note of important questions that they stumble upon during their own time to ask in class. Furthermore, by having all of the biology notes compiled in an online notebook the student can easily find specific details by using the tag feature.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?

By generating their own notes they are taking the time to process the information and make connections to the content. Since their notes would all be easily accessible, it also allows the student to study anywhere, anytime which will make learning strategies such as spaced practice easier because their study schedule would not have to work around their location or materials they have on hand.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Evernote

Subject Area: Languages

Course:  Grade 12 French

Topic: French Culture Presentation

Task:  Taking notes on grammar lessons

Technology Tool:  Evernote

Description

Currently students in French class take notes only on paper, usually leading to messy and inconsistent work. They also have to refer to these notes later when studying for tests. With so many topics such as passe compose, l’imparfait, le conditionel passe, etc, it can be really hard to find the specific topic in your notes that you are looking to enhance your knowledge of. Also, more information is often added to topics throughout the year, therefore making all the information on one topic spread out throughout your binder.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool

Students could take notes using Evernote. Using Evernote will allow them to add tags to each note and star important notes. Using the search option, the tags menu, or the starred menu students can quickly access whichever topic they are looking to enhance their knowledge of before a test or exam.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?

Using Evernote for French note-taking would save students a LOT of time when looking for specific information. For example, something you may have written in a small corner of your paper would be easily accessible with Evernote through the search tool. It would also give you all indexes of that topic, letting you see all the information you collected on the topic throughout the semester (grammar topics are often revisited and added to).

With this time saving, students could take advantage of this and implement a learning strategy while which effective needs you to be very organized, such as interleaving. This would in turn improve their results.

Students could also opt to use this time saving for sleep which they greatly lack.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Evernote

Subject Area: Computer Science

Course: Grade 12 Computer Science

Topic: Multiple Topics (Databases, Sorting, ArrayLists, etc.)

Task: Create an exam study sheet as an overview for the exam. This sheet will include a little blurb on all the parts of the exam, providing a good review for the exam.

Technology Tool: Evernote

Description: This exam study sheet encompasses a lot of the topics covered throughout the semester. There are many topics to be covered and concepts to be reviewed, and this sheet will allow for students to easily cover all topics. Evernote would be especially useful here because students would be able to split the topics among each other, and then share a notebook in which all the exam study sheets can be consolidated. Without this program, making an exam sheet with detail would be time-consuming and a large hassle.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool: With a program like Evernote, students can create study notes together very easily, as Evernote has great collaboration functions. In this case, I would expect students to create a shared notebook, and all collaborate by creating notes for their individual parts. This not only saves time, it also allows for a deeper overview of each topic.

Another use of this technology, is the fact that Evernote allows for tags and easy searching. This means that while a student is studying for exams, he/she can easily retrieve certain topics and will allow for really easy studying. This is especially important in computer science because computer science is taught by the collection of several concepts, and so easy back-and-forth is imperative.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?:

This technology aids students with interleaving. Evernote allows for students to retrieve their notes very easily, and so being able to go back on tags and searches makes switching from topic to topic very easy. Also, the organization of notes in notebooks, again, allows for students to easily switch from topic to topic with minimal time lost in between.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Piktochart

Subject Area: English
Course: Grade 12 English
Topic: Media Studies
Task: Culminating Project
Technology Tool: Piktochart

Description: The project was to create a media campaign about a subject area that we are passionate about. There were options of posters, PSAs, podcasts, etc. The mediums that I was familiar with for poster making were only Publisher and Photoshop, both of which I had no experience with. I opted for a podcast even though I would have rather made posters.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool: Piktochart makes it easy to make stunning posters without much prior experiences. I would have used it to create infographics as my posters. I could have added the text and graphics that I envisioned, without being barred by my inability to compile things in an aesthetic manner.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning? Piktochart makes aesthetically pleasing poster making, easy. If a student uses it to make posters that they may not have been able to make otherwise, it is a great stepping stone to further progress in their poster/graphic making abilities. If students use Piktochart first, using elaboration, they can learn how to use other programs even easier by building up the basic skills they have learnt in Piktochart.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Slack

Subject Area: Social Sciences

Course:  Grade 12 Economics

Topic: Multiple Topics (simulation, supply & demand, fiscal and monetary policy, market failure, scarcity, etc.)

Task:  To create a company and participate in a simulated economic market.

Technology Tool: Slack

Description

Students must work together throughout the course of the semester in a competition to generate the greatest amount of revenue and expand their company in a simulated economy called “Will World”. Currently, there is a lot of miscommunication and ineffective methods of sharing important information.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool

Each respective company could create their own Slack accounts to manage communication between members and distribute important information in a professional and efficient manner. Using Slack, companies can organize specific tasks in different channels to ensure that there is only relevant information being shared. Work-related channels can be used to share files, pictures, formulas, and text, while the Random channel can be used to allow company members to get to know one another. Rather than having to rely on less organized and less work-specific mediums, Slack will allow for Economics students to collaborate and stay consistent throughout the simulation rounds, as well as keep records on hand of all previous important files within one channel.

Why and how would the technology tool improve the outcome of the activity?

The current assignment does not specify how students are to communicate with one another, often forcing students to speak through applications such as Facebook, or being unorganized until the day of the simulation cycle. However, by using communication techniques from Slack, students will develop stronger organizational skills as well as solidify their relationship with group members, a quality that is vital to maintain a successful campaign for the simulation. Pinning important files and messages to their respective channels will ensure that there is no miscommunication. Allowing for pictures to be taken means groups can continually keep record of that cycle’s activity sheets, important contracts, and instructions. In addition, this method of communication can be viewed through mobile, app, and website to ensure around-the-clock accessibility. Overall, Slack will increase a group’s involvement in the simulation, and will ensure that there is no confusion come the cycle day.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Piktochart

Subject Area: Social Science
Course: 
Grade 12 English
Topic: Utopian societies
Task: Explain the utopian society you created in a short presentation
Technology Tool: Piktochart

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Description
Students collaborated in groups to create a presentation outlining the main features of their imaginary utopian society and how it functioned.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool
Students usually struggle to create an informative yet engaging presentation. Piktochart is a convenient tool that provides students with pre-made templates and creative ways to illustrate ideas and statistics. My group and I could have used Piktochart to create a captivating infographic to illustrate our utopian society.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?
Using Piktochart’s presentation mode to present a topic to the class will give students a stronger understanding of the topic. This is primarily due to the informative visuals provided by Piktochart which capture the attention of students and improve their ability to recall information. Using Piktochart will allow students to practice generation and elaboration since the visuals will spark deeper thinking of the material and students will be provided with the charts, graphs, and diagrams necessary for elaboration.

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Technology Tool Implementation Idea – Desmos

Subject Area: Mathematics

Course: Data Management

Topic: Regression Analysis

Task: Lesson

Technology Tool: Desmos Graphing (Desmos Classroom Activities)

Description
Students often have difficulty grasping the concept of linear and polynomial regression. The graphing calculators are helpful, but they have small screens, and limit student interaction.

Suggested Use of Technology Tool
Desmos Graphing has interactive student lessons. After teaching a lesson about regression analysis, the students can go through the Regression Analysis Lesson on a computer. The students can follow the instructions on the screen, and complete the questions at their own pace. In the end, the students should have a better understanding of linear, polynomial and exponential regression.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?
Graphing calculators allow students to reflect on what they learned in class. However, Desmos makes it easier for students to grasp the concepts before they are comfortable with using graphing calculators. Often students are confused with using the graphing calculators themselves, that they don’t have enough time to actually test the knowledge that they learned in class. Desmos provides an easy way for students to consolidate the information, and reflect on the skills they are struggling with. Once they have understood and are able to apply the concepts, teachers can show students how to use the graphing calculator to help them answer more complex questions.

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Diigo

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What is Diigo?

Diigo is a free social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool that allows both teachers and students provide a network for sharing and discovering information. One can access a Diigo from any electronic device connected to the internet.

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Diigo’s Features and Uses:

Diigo can be used as an educational review. Diigo allows us to take personal notes, highlight important information on different websites, bookmark and save the information for further review, while adding tags to keep everything organized. In addition, you can also share your information with other people (students, group members). In addition, all information is saved online and anyone can read it from any electronic devices such as computers, cellphones, ipad and so on.

-Highlighting important information:

 

-Bookmarking websites

 

-Writing personal notes:

 

-Annotation, saving and sharing information with other people:

 

-Accessing from any electronic devices:

 

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Why is Diigo so useful?

Diigo uses a variety of learning strategies:

Spaced practice: This can be used by students to take notes for material learnt in class. Therefore, we are able to go and review the same material anytime to store it into a long-term memory.

Elaboration: Students are able to make connections between new acquired knowledge and notes written on their Diigo page.

Mnemonic (both visual and verbal):

Visual- Students can look at pictures uploaded with other information for better understanding. It is also easier to remember the information.

Verbal– Reading written information out loud from Diigo page to remember the material well.

Generation: Applying written notes in different contexts.

 

 Top 5 Educational ways to use a Diigo:

1)Taking  personal notes about class material that will later help you to get ready for assignments, tests and quizzes.

2)Sometimes students are confused about material learnt in class. However, by using Diigo, we can do more research about the same material, highlight them and save it on our Diigo page for better understanding the lesson.

3)If one of your classmates missed a day and need notes, you can help them by sharing  your notes  througth Diigo.

4)Sometimes, students lose some work, because of having many papers. However, Diigo saves all our work. Therefore, we will never be afraid to lost our notes.

5) Students are able to access from any electronic devices and this is very important, because we are not always able to use computers during , especially when we have 5 minutes before the test and we want quickly read our notes.

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Technology Tools Implementation Idea – Piktochart

Subject Area: Social Sciencemissing
Course: Law
Topic: protest for slutwalk
Task: Create a power point presentation about a protest that happened
Technology Tool: Piktochart

Description

Students picked their groups to present their topic to the whole class and connect one of the the theorists that was learned in class, mostly using pictures and less text on the PowerPoint.

Suggested use of Technology tool

Piktochart has a lot of features and lots of images to use. My group and i could have used it for the charts to illustrate a better understanding of information and statistics. Also, it is simple to use, and it could have saved us a lot of time searching for images from the internet since Piktochart has a search tool with lots of images that we could have used.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?

First of all, it can make the student faster at putting their PowerPoint together and would save them a lot of time that could be used for another subject. It will also improve not only the students  learning, but his/her classmates learning too because PowerPoint presentations from Piktochart makes them look very visual with small details that could be remembered easily. It will improve students retrieval practice because  if they were paying attention to the small details like pictures it will help students to remember of what the slide was about and extract the information from their head.

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TECHNOLOGY TOOLS IMPLEMENTATION IDEA (Pictochart)

Subject Area: Business
Course: Grade 12 Accounting
Topic: Company “Tesco”
Task: Creating a power point
Technology Tool:​ Piktochart

 Description
Grade 12 accounting students were given an assignment in pairs to do the research about different business companies and present in class. The presentation should be 10 minutes including GAPPS that each company violated.

 Suggested Use of Technology Tool
Piktochart provides many options for everyone to create power points, info graphics, reports and posters. in this specific case, Piktochart provides various types of designs, images, tables, maps and to make a presentation more interesting and attractive for audience. We can also share our projects with other group members via email.

Why and how would the technology tool improve student learning?
The current review method allows students to use Retrieval practice by extracting learnt material in front of the audience. Using Piktochart will allow students to use Retrieval practice as well as Calibration to give people a much deeper understanding about the presentation.

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