Better Than Kahoot!?

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Hello friends,

In today’s post, I am going to break down an overview of the program/ website known as “Quizizz“. This website is a game like program that allows students (or whomever is playing) to answer questions about specific topics through their cellular or electronic devices. Now you may be thinking to yourself “Wow! This sounds an awful lot like Kahoot!” and you my friend, are correct. The only difference, is it is better!

Quizizz is a tool that creates an online interactive quiz where students have the ability to either create or view another quiz and test their knowledge on a particular content they are learning in class. Students LOVE THIS. Not only do they get to use their phones, but it gets their minds stimulated as they are looking at an interactive and visually appealing quiz rather than a white piece of paper with black words printed on it. And the music that plays along creates such an enjoyable atmosphere.

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Rather then explaining how to use each tool on the website, I found a video from the Quizizz team’s YouTube that had a fantastic walkthrough. Check it out:

5 Main Benefits to Quizizz:

  1. Students can create there own games just like Kahoot!; however they are able to take previously constructed quizzes and either add their own questions to them or pluck a few away and add it into their own. This is all done by the ease of clicking a few buttons as opposed to copying and pasting.

2. Students are not timed in their responses to the quizzes. Students do not have any amount of pressure put upon them for answering a question as the clock ticks down. This allows for critical thinking and offers the option of eliminating potential answers successfully.

3. You can track the progress in which each student answers correctly or incorrectly. Individually you can see what students missed what answers.

4. You can track the progress as a group. With statistic sent to you through the form of charts, the facilitator can visually see where the gap of knowledge lies and can then move forward in paying attention to that area.

5. Therefore, this tool can be used for both summative and formative assessment! With spreadsheets that are printable for individuals or a group as a whole, teachers are able to really narrow down where the gap of knowledge is, or can print out the quizzes and use them for marks afterwards (what an amazing tool to give yourself some breaks from marking).

Weaknesses:

  1. Can be hard to navigate for first time users. If you are using this tool as a resource for students to create a quiz for a presentation or an assignment, you absolutely need to conduct a class on HOW to use this tool.
  2. Depending on the class, they may not feed into this idea of being quizzed through an online format.
  3. This tool can only be used to quiz through multiple choice answers. No supporting facts or evidence can be made. It doesn’t give a chance for students to explain their answers.

 

Please give Quizizz a shot if you have or have not tried Kahoot! The benefits outweigh Kahoot! by extreme lengths and this is such a useful took within the classroom!

Let me know how your experience goes, or if you have tried this within the classroom already!

Thanks,

Alyssa

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Week 9 and Back to the Basics

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Hello friends!

Are we all stressed out of our minds?! It is really winding down to the last few weeks of school and EVERYTHING is due! All I want to do is sleep, procrastinate and eat. And by eating, I mean stuffing my face with all the greasiness I possibly can #comfortfood

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From my title you may think this post will be quite ironic, and in a sense it is. However, just like any learner, sometimes you get ahead of yourself or your focus leaves what you have been paying attention to. So this past week my recollection of many of the things I had learnt, seemed to just diminish. This is exactly why practice and consistency is key!

However, I don’t think having to go back to the basics is a bad thing. Sometimes a refresher is what will make your learning experience that much more heightened. And as educators we know repetition can be so very beneficial for anyone.

You’re probably wondering what basics I needed to revisit; that is chords and hand position. My hands have seemed to not remember how to switch from chord to chord with a comfort level that avoids any pain, and my memory of chords is slim to none.

So this week was simply a refresher of everything I have done. So this week I found myself looking for a resource that could help me to memorize chords effectively so I don’t run into this issue again. I really enjoyed visiting Guitar Six, which is a website that focuses on strategies to recalling skills you have learned previously and strategies to avoid forgetting. The article I read was specific to both of these aspects.

Not as exciting of a post, but I think its important to outline our “fails” within our learning journeys. I heard and acronym once that “fail” means “first attempt in learning” and that is exactly what I had experienced and the mindset I held this week!

Question for my readers: What fails have you been having?! And how are you overcoming them or overcoming the feeling of defeat?

 

Thanks,

Alyssa

 

InstaClass

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Jessi Gaja and I created a scenario to outline both perspectives that would be shared within a classroom when it comes to using a technology or social media platform within the classroom. We decided to take the roles of an “anti tech teacher” vs. a “pro tech teacher” in order to use some defense mechanisms and provide some articles so both perspectives could be evaluated. I took on the anti role, while Jessi took on the pro tech role.

Our scenario was about myself overhearing that Jessi (pro tech teacher) was planning on creating a classroom Instagram. Being an “anti tech teacher” I immediately texted Jessi with my opposing ideas in mind hoping I could change hers. We did this through recording our screen as we texted through our scenario and linked some resources to back up our opinions. Take a peek here at our text convo:

(If you would like to know how we screen recorded our iPhones using iOS 11, click here to a video that can show you.)

I found many great resources to back up the opinion of an “anti tech teacher” when it comes to Instagram, however this is the one I linked Jessi to in our text conversation.

Here was another one by Amanda Macmillan that I found super useful as well.

There is so many more valid points that each side could have made as to why Instagram would be beneficial or not within a classroom, ultimately it is up to the school board, administration and comfort of parents a students. It takes a unified agreement to make using any social media platform useful, meaningful an successful inside the classroom.

Here is Jessi’s post from this experience we created and shared together as well. She used this meme and I think I have died laughing over and over cause I feel like she says this to me all the time:

How would you go about defending utilizing Instagram or any social media platform within your classroom? Do you think many platforms could use very similar arguments to support their use?

 

Thanks for reading,

Alyssa

 

Sleuthing My Partner in Crime

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I don’t often think about cyber sleuthing myself or my fellow educators, however it seems to be a good practice for what students may find when you become a teacher. I decided to sleuth my partner in crime Jessi Gaja. We have been in many classes together and have known each other for a few years. I am not going to lie that when I first met her, I creeped her on Facebook and Instagram. I cannot exactly remember finding anything specific about her other than I knew she was in education and that she seemed like she had a pretty relaxed personality. Through knowing her for some years now, I definitely have gained a lot more knowledge about who she is as a person and through sleuthing I couldn’t really find out much more. I think this is a great thing. She is a transparent person, what you see is what you get. Here is some info I already knew, but is presented through her digital citizenship:

Facebook:

  1. Her profile is locked down like a high security facility. so anyone who is not friends with her could probably not find a single things through this platform.

Instagram:

  1. Once again locked down like a mother hiding cookies from her child by placing them in the highest location within the house.

Twitter:

  1. 5th year education student
  2. Has a religious/ Christianity theme running throughout
  3. Follows education and religious accounts
  4. Goes to the U of R
  5. Currently resides in Regina, SK
  6. Birthday September 30th

Blog:

  1. Has a University page that outlines a class and the assignments that she has for it.
  2. Has a resume page that contains  her resume used for professional applications in regards to education.
  3. Has a teaching philosophy page which outlines her motivation for being a teacher and her best practices within the classroom.

I think Jessi shares the right amount of information that makes her feel comfortable and represented at the same time. I love that she has a focus on Religion through her twitter pages because this can connect her to so many new people and school districts. Through sleuthing Jessi, you are able to get a clear picture of who she is without knowing too much.

My question is shouldn’t something like this be taught in schools? Wouldn’t this be a useful tools for students who essentially live their lives through the internet and social media platforms?