On Thursday 8th November Mark Anderson came to The British International School of Abu Dhabi to deliver whole staff training on educational technology. This newsletter covers the sessions Mark lead for staff, the technology enabling tools he shared with us and a few examples from the sessions. It is worth noting that everything that was shared (bar Book Creator) was free!
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Book Creator is a great ‘wrapper’ for all the content that the students have created across a range of apps to bring together and evidence their learning.
Technology gives you a real opportunity to make learning visible in ways which make assessment easier and learning more engaging.
Within Book Creator students can embed imagery, video and audio content into their work. See an example from Mark and other educators by pressing the button below.
Quizizz provides teachers and students the chance for low-stakes assessment and retrieval practice. It’s a great way to make the most of #edtech in the classroom.
What does the theory say? Ebbinghaus’s research shows that repetitive testing builds longer term memory. If we teach a topic and wait for 60 days then we are likely to only remember 5% of that information. By using tools like Quizizz we can use low-stakes testing for retrieving information, evidences learning and finding the gaps in student knowledge. Rather than end your lesson with a Quizizz quiz, why not flip it and start your next lesson with a quiz to see how much the students can remember! At the end of your lesson the information is fresh in their minds so this tool provides an opportunity for retrieval practice in lessons.
Much like other platforms, there are already LOADS of other quizzes out there made by other teachers. The work has pretty much been done for us. You can select their whole quiz or select individual quizzes to make your own that fits what you want the students to recall.
The data that Quizizz gives us then informs our planning and lessons for the future thanks to it braking down the data on a whole class basis, individual basis and more without having to download anything.
Quik is a fantastic app to showcase all sorts of school and learning opportunities: trips, experiments, house day, flag day and more!
It’s a simple and effective tool that can turn video or imagery into a high level video that showcases learning and events or wherever your creative ideas take you! It’s like the name......Quik!
Doink Green Screen
This gives students the chance to develop oracy across the curriculum while taking them to other locations thanks to the screen putting a picture or video of another location behind them so they appear to be reporting live from any destination in the world.
Balance is hugely important when it comes to technology in the classroom, technology is not a silver bullet. We should make sure that we strike a happy medium between being a pace setter and a Luddite.
It’s the sum of the small improvements, the marginal gains, that make the big difference over a prolonged period.
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