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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What is Evernote?

Evernote is a powerful cross-platform tool that allows you to take, organize and share notes. All your notes are accessible via Evernote’s website, their mobile apps and their computer programs. Evernote’s unique organizational tools help students to stay on top of their schoolwork by helping to efficiently organize notes, so they can be accessed with ease in the future.

 

Evernote’s Features and Uses

1. Notebooks

In Evernote, you can save notes to different notebooks, with the ability to move a note from one notebook to another with ease. Notebooks can be used to organize notes by topic. For example, you can save all of your favorite recipes into one notebook, and have all of your biology notes saved into a different notebook on the same account.

2. Tags

Evernote also uses tags to organize various notes, so you can search through notes in multiple notebooks based on what tags they have. This can allow you to find notes related to similar topics in different notebooks. For example, you may be looking for notes with the tag “vectors”. This tag may be attached to notes in both your physics and calculus notebooks, giving you access to more information than if you were to only check one of your notebooks for this information.

3. Reminders

You can also set reminders in Evernote for upcoming events. Reminders will appear in your notes as checklist items, so you will be reminded of these tasks every time you open Evernote. You can also set a date and time for the reminder. Since Evernote is a cross-platform tool, any device you have with the Evernote app will give you a notification, and you can also receive email notifications about this reminder.

 

Why Is Evernote Useful?

Organization: Evernote provides it’s users with many different tools to organize their notes, so each user can organize their notes in the way that it suits them best. Evernote also allows users to efficiently organize both personal and professional notes all from one account.

Collaboration: Evernote makes it easy for users to share their notes with other users, encouraging teamwork and collaboration amongst users.

Interleaving: Evernote users can easily mix notes from multiple units together in one notebook, as a way to practice interleaving, with the ability to re-organize their notes with the click of a few buttons.

 

Educational Uses of Evernote

  1. Review: Evernote allows users to access all of their notes in one place, making it easy for students to review all of their notes whenever they choose.
  2. Organization: Evernote allows students to quickly organize all of their notes so they have time for other tasks.
  3. Sharing: Evernote makes it easy for students to share note with each other, making it easy for students to catch up on missed lessons, and for students to study together.

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Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

Google Classroom is a platform that allows teachers to host online classrooms. Within these classrooms, teachers can provide feedback, handout assignments, post interactive applications, and create a google drive for the classroom. Google Classroom enables teachers to create their own functional website without the need of outside IT assistance. The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.  Students are added to the classroom by their teachers or by entering a course code. Students can post onto the classroom webpage, communicate with their peers through comments and hand assignments in electronically. Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive. Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Google Classroom creates an environment where blended learning is made possible and easy.

Features:

Google Drive – By creating a classroom, a google drive is automatically created for the class. This allows teachers to be able to share Power Points, Excel sheets, and Word documents with students. This will allow students access to all important classroom information when studying.

Google Calendar- When a student is enrolled in multiple google classrooms, the google calendar collects all the due dates and test dates from their courses, and uses the information to create a unique calendar for every student.this is particularly useful because it gives the student something tangible to see their scheduled on. Ultimately, this will help the student manage their time more effectively.

Online Assignments & Quizzes- Through google classroom, assignments can be handed in electronically and quizzes can be taken online. This reduces the amount of paper used in classrooms and reduces the changes of assignments/quizzes being lost by teachers or students.

Grading – Google classroom has a downloadable mark book for teachers which allows teachers to stay more organized and allows for backups to be made in the case that something should happen to the teacher’s copy.

Mobile Application- There’s a phone application that allows students to keep in touch with their classroom assignments and activities. No functionality is lost going from computer to phone, which allows google classroom to remain useful in different platforms.

Communication – Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won’t be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated easily. Multiple types of media from Google products such as YouTube videos and Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Google Classroom interface.

Resources for Getting Started:

 

App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/google-classroom/id924620788?mt=8

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-classroom/mfhehppjhmmnlfbbopchdfldgimhfhfk?hl=en

Links:

Resources from Google:

Google Classroom Help

Google Classroom FAQ

Google for Education Help Forum

Educator-Created Resources:

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

Remind App + Google Classroom

3 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pros & Cons

Possible Educational Uses:

  1. Teachers can prepare all of their classroom assignments and test dates in advance. This helps classroom work stay on track throughout the school year.
  2. Teachers can post activities and educational tools that can help consolidate material that was learned in class.
    • Lesson sets allows teachers to consider their students on an individual basis. Multiple apps and links can be shown that allow students to work on different skills. This forms well rounded students and puts learning at the fingertips of the students.
  3. Allows for teachers to try flipped classrooms. Lesson sets and YouTube videos in conjunction with each other allows for students to learn a lesson at home, and then complete work and answer questions in class. Google Classroom allows for teachers to customize and try out a flipped classroom. Quizzes can even be added in after completion of a lesson to check a students understanding of the material.
  4. Students can use the website to stay organized and up to date with assignments and test dates. Since Google Classroom diminishes the need for paper handouts, students are not risking losing important work because it is all online for them to access.
  5. While there is not a live chat system, students can ask questions and comment on posts on the webpage. This opens up opportunities for collaborative learning outside of allocated classroom time.
  6. Students can allow post onto the classroom’s drive, which encourages the sharing of study notes come evaluation time, once again allowing for collaborative learning to take place.

 

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Quizlet Cheat Sheet

Quizlet Overview 

Quizlet is an online study tool that allows users to create flashcards and tests, play study games, and share their information sets with others. It allows teachers to organize their revision resources in an electronic way, and the Quizlet Classroom gives them a presence with students outside of school. Using this website, students can participate in blended learning, and access studying materials made by teachers and peers from home. There are also apps available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, as well as a Chrome extension to allow the user to take full advantage of the studying features. Ultimately, Quizlet’s mission is to make learning fun and engaging for users of all ages.

Features of Quizlet 

Creating Sets

The user can create their own study set with terms and definitions, or they can save time and find a premade set using the built-in search filters. Using the auto-define feature, the user can speed up the creating process and select definitions from other people’s sets. Content from any word processor can be imported directly into the set, and pictures can also be added for a more in-depth studying experience. All study sets can be printed in various flashcard formats.

Study and Game Modes

Quizlet offers six interactive studying modes including the basic Flashcards option, Learn, Speller, Test, Scatter, and Space Race. For high school students, Flashcards, Learn, and Space are particularly helpful. Flashcards are ideal for reviewing the material or consolidating it by listening to audio. The Learn tool allows the student to enter the definition based on the term (or vice versa), and is powerful for recall practice and tracking answer accuracy. Lastly, Space Race enhances quick retrieval by testing the user’s ability to type in terms/definitions as prompts scroll across the screen.

Organizational Features

Quizlet’s self-test features (Learn, Speller, Test, Space Race) monitor the user’s progress and record frequently missed concepts. Students can then “star” these terms (or any other ones they are having difficulty with), and study them separately. As well, study sets can be grouped into folders to allow for better organization and easier searching on the web. A bookmarking feature is available to save study sets created by other people.

Classroom Feature

Using the Quizlet Classroom, teachers and students can create a fun and educative space for their classes. A teacher can have full control over the material available in the group, and create flashcards for their students to use. Alternatively, the students can also be allowed to edit the content, and share their own sets to the Classroom. Classmates can compete against one another using the Top Scores feature available for Space Race and Scatter. A teacher who already has a Google Classroom set up can also easily link it with a Quizlet class, and invite their students directly from the Google Classroom.

Sharing Sets

Quizlet encourages students to study with one another. Using the Share feature, students can share their created study sets with friends through an existing Quizlet Classroom, Google Classroom, email, or through social media websites. Most sets on Quizlet are public and can be easily found by entering in keywords. However, sets can also be changed to be password protected, or only accessible through a direct link. There is also the option of making the set visible to only the creator.

Quizlet Plus & Quizlet Teacher

For the most part, Quizlet is a free online resource. However, upgrading to Quizlet Plus allows access to powerful bonus features such as voice recordings, uploading specific images, unlimited set creation, and an ad-free Quizlet experience. There is also the option of Quizlet Teacher for teachers, which provides a Class Progress feature to monitor where students are struggling, and unlimited class creation.

 

Links 

Information and Resources from Quizlet

Testimonials of Quizlet in Education…………………………………………………………………………………………………

 https://quizlet.com/everywhere

Quizlet’s Quick Help…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

.https://quizlet.com/help  

Quick Start Guide for teachers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

https://quizlet.com/teachers

Educator-Created Resources

How to Optimize Your Quizlet Teaching Experience……………………………………………………………………….

http://billcprice.com/futureimperfect/2013/02/11-ways-to-supercharge-your-teaching-with-quizlet-com/

How Quizlet Makes Studying Fun………………………………………………………………………………………………..

http://technologytips4teachers.blogspot.ca/2012/10/quizlet-makes-studying-fun-period-added.html

 

 

Possible Educational Uses

1).Teachers can create flashcards and find previously made sets to share with students. This can reinforce content that has been taught and replace practice worksheets for test revision.

2). Students can study for assessments with peers by sharing folders personally or in a Quizlet Classroom.

3). Students can use Quizlet as a replacement for regular note-taking. They can type the key points onto flashcards and then share the set with the teacher if necessary.

4). Teachers can ensure that students are understanding the new material by testing or engaging students using the Quizlet studying modes.

5). Students can search for Quizlet sets and quiz themselves to expand their knowledge on a certain topic or subject. This incorporates Elaborative learning into the classroom.

 

By: Alyssa Dai & Winnie Shi

 

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The Ins and Out of Kahoot

What is Kahoot?

Kahoot is an online platform which can be used to create assessments such as quizzes, polls and discussions. Kahoot is interactive and engaging. One can access a Kahoot from any electronic device connected to the internet using a pin code, which can be found on the presenter’s screen. Kahoot is a customizable and fun tool that can be used in various group settings.
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The Basic Guide to Using Kahoot (Cheat Sheet: an informative guide on how to use basic Kahoot features)

To log onto the Kahoot dashboard

To join a quick round of Kahoot

How to use Kahoot effectively?

Kahoot’s Features & Uses:

Kahoot can be used as an educational review, either at the end of a lesson or on it’s own. As Kahoot is interactive and competitive, it allows students and teachers to gauge their understanding through the learning strategy of calibration. As well students who are typically too shy to answer or are not engaged will want to participate since the results are based on a user name and only highest scores are shown.

Kahoots can be used by presenters in poll mode, to reflect on how students are comprehending their lessons. Teachers can see anonymously how the class is feeling about the lesson and use it to adjust their lessons to the needs of the masses.

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Ghost mode can allow students to repeat the same assessment (possibly before and after a lesson) so students can see their progression in timing and accuracy. Teachers can also use this mode in between classes to compare similarities.

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The person who conducted the Kahoot can download the results, by doing so they can see general trends in learning as well as see who is struggling without accessing them for marks.

Kahoots are fun for all! Who doesn’t love to compete? They are also a great way to make students pay attention during presentations.

Review with Kahoot! Did you know you can do more than just make Kahoots? You can find them on the web as well! To do so just search under public Kahoots the level, category or topic and you can access thousands of Kahoots.

Kahoot encourages learning in a collaborative setting. Although students are competing many will work together and teach each other when there are gaps in their understanding.

Why is Kahoot so useful?

Kahoot uses a variety of learning strategies:

  • Generation Learning – In the age of technology learning on the web is the only way to maintain the attention of the young. By using one’s phone it prevents students from using their phone for other devices in class, keeps the audience focused and entertained and allows students to demonstrate/practice their knowledge. Additionally with thousands of Kahoots online, students can use this website as a study tool for practicing many different questions.
  • Calibration – The art of judging where you are at. As humans, we suck at this. However with the test students can see how well they would do in a mock test trial. At the end the student’s results are shown and they can compare their ranking to the rest of the class. This exercise will also help students understand where they can improve.
  • Reflection– This can be used for both the teacher and the student. The students can reflect on how they felt taking that test. Was it easy? Did it feel natural? Were there areas you struggled in? Teachers can use it to get feed back about their presentation and see what they need to improve upon.
  • Retrieval Practice – Kahoots cause students to recall the information that they have learnt and apply it to answer questions. By using a Kahoot it allows for retrieval practice to better prepare students for assessments. Additionally as Kahoot is similar to the style of a typical assessment, students can create ques to help them recall consolidated information.

 

Top 5 Educational ways to use a Kahoot:

  1. Kahoots are useful for teachers to test students prior knowledge, judging on time and results (which can be further analyzed after downloading). By starting off a lesson with a Kahoot teachers can see what skills need to be built upon and later use the same Kahoot to see how much information was absorbed
  2. Kahoot can be used before a test as an engaging form of review. This will allow students to use calibration to see which topics they need to further expand upon. Additionally it allows students to see similar questions to the ones on their test.
  3. Kahoots can be used for teachers to gather feedback. By creating a Kahoot survey teachers can get anonymous feedback, with controlled options. This feedback can be used after a lesson or unit to ask about students preferences, enjoyment, engagement, or confidence in a subject. This is useful for teachers when they offer extra help.
  4. Kahoot can be used to encourage participation. Many students too shy to participate by raising their hands can feel a sense of security when they answer online. Additionally Kahoots are fun and competitive so everyone can get involved.
  5. Kahoot can be used for student collaboration, again by assessing students in groups some students who are too shy or do not feel they need extra help can work with others to solve harder problems. These harder problems will allow the “stronger” students to practice and the students having more difficulty to learn how these problems are solved and work with others if they have any questions.

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