Tech Tip Tuesday LKMS

Today's Focus: Visible Learning

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” --E.M. Forster

Check Out What's New in Padlet!

Padlet, a virtual bulletin board, has been around for a few years now and many teachers have found valuable ways to incorporate its usage into their daily classroom instruction. Padlet can be used in across all content areas. Text, images, videos, and links to websites can all be included in your Padlet posts. Take a look below at the awesome new upgrades to this web tool.
  • Update #1: There are many, many more wallpaper options to choose from.
  • Update #2: An "Attribution" feature has been added. This allows the author of each Padlet post to have their name automatically displayed. All teachers or students have to do is select "Login with Google" and the attribution feature in Padlet will automatically pick up the author's name and post it at the top of their Padlet post.
  • Update #3: Teachers and students can share their Padlet boards and make copies of the board for their own use.
  • Update #4: The most impressive improvement made to Padlet is the "Commenting Feature". Participants can now respond directly to the Padlet posts of their peers. Again, with the attribution feature, teachers can easily moderate student discussions. All posts can be saved as a PDF for grading purposes.

Padlet is one of the many web tools that can be used as a way to "make learning visible". Click on the button below for more ideas on how to use Padlet with your students.

Make Learning Visible

One key component to successful technology integration in the classroom is to have students make their learning visible. In order for students to really take ownership of their learning, let them show you what they know.

Questions to keep in mind as you are planning:

  • How might this task allow the student to make thinking visible?
  • How might the device be used to hear from every student in the class?
  • How might the students be able to actively share their work so they can learn from each other?

By having students make their learning visible (show what they know), teachers are helping them learn how to tackle challenging content and develop better thinking skills. With visible thinking, students should also be collaborating and learning from each other. Have students create artifacts that allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the learning target and provide an authentic audience to share their work.

The list below includes ideas that can be done both on paper or on the Chromebook.

  • One-Pager: "A one pager is a single-page response to your reading (can be used on fiction and non-fiction texts). It is a way of making a pattern of your unique understanding. It is a way to be creative and experimental. It is a way to respond imaginatively and honestly. ... The purpose of a one-pager is to own what you are reading." A One-Pager can be done on paper or tools like Google Drawing can be used for students to make their learning visible.
  • StoryboardsStoryboards are a great way to have students demonstrate their understanding of a text or idea.
  • Screencasting: Have students use the Screencastify Chrome extension to demonstrate their understanding of a math problem, present information on a topic for a Gallery Walk, practice Spanish vocabulary, etc. Using Screencastify, students can narrate over anything that is on their computer screen.
  • Socratic Seminars/Philosophical Chairs: Both of these strategies are a way for students to verbalize their thinking. Students have to show what they know through the use of textual evidence from an article or a piece of literature. This can be done during a face-to-face, verbal discussion, or teachers can moderate virtual discussions using webtools like the "Discussion" feature in Google Classroom, Verso App, Padlet, TodaysMeet, etc.

For more information on this topic, visit Holly Clark's website or watch her TED Talk.

Upcoming Dates:

  1. Virtual Book Study: "5 Myths of Technology": Earn 5 PLP points for participating in a virtual book study via Google Classroom. Each week we will discuss one of the five "myths" about technology integration in the classroom and share ideas for successful implementation. Stay tuned to your email for sign up information in the next couple of days.
  2. Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 16-24): If you haven't visited the "Ditch that Textbook" website, I highly encourage you to do so! Matt Miller, a high school Spanish teacher provides a wealth of information for teachers who are looking to "ditch the textbook" and dive into meaningful technology integration. This month, he is offering a free virtual conference with a plethora of exciting speakers including Kasey Bell and Alice Keeler (the GSuite for Education Gurus) and Dave Burgess (Author of "Teach Like a Pirate"). Click on the link above to sign up for this exciting conference.

Like What You See Here?

Check out Adobe Spark to create or have your students create visually appealing projects, newsletters, videos, memes, etc. This is another great tool to use with students for "visible learning".

For more information or training on any of the ideas shared here, please contact your friendly ITS's. Scott and Monet are happy to plan, co-teach, or collaborate with you!

Created By
Monet Baker


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