Reflection 3

Jeopardy Rocks! 

(and is fun to play in the classroom too!)


https://www.jeopardy.rocks/

Background:

Last semester for my math methods class I was placed in a 3rd grade classroom for my pre-practicum. When it came time to teach my lesson, the students were studying multiplication and division, and touching upon fact families and practicing word problems. Because this class was filled with students of many different learning, physical,

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and behavioral disabilities, I thought for my full class lesson it would be fun to play a game with the students, that way all students would be engaged and participating. I decided to take these categories and make them into a math Jeopardy game for the students. I hand made cards with different multiplication, division, word, and fact family problems and ranked them from easiest (100 points) to hardest (400 points).

The Problem:

On the day of my lesson, I taped my math Jeopardy board up on the white board, and appointed a team captain (teams were pre-made based off where the students were sitting). After I explained the rules to the game, we were ready to play. As the game went

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on, I noticed some students were having trouble seeing the cards I made; even though I read each problem out loud so everyone heard me, I realized not everyone could see clearly, which was disadvantageous to them and ultimately to their team. I also realized that some of the students with disabilities were struggling to see and read the Jeopardy cards as well, which made it difficult for them to fully participate. I had to repeat myself a lot and remove the card from the board and scan it around the room so everyone to get a better look at it. After my lesson, I self-reflected and realized that maybe I should have used an online tool to present the game.

The Solution:

If I were to teach this lesson again, instead of making a hand made Jeopardy board, I would definitely use an online generator to facilitate problems that could arise, like the one that came up during my lesson. This would have solved the problem of the students having trouble seeing and reading the board. On the website, Jeopardy.rocks, the font is big, colorful, and engaging for the students, which is why it would have been better if i created my Jeopardy game from this site. By having the game projected on the board by using a technological tool instead of a hand made one, it would have been easier for all students to actively participate and work with their teams to find the answers to the problems. I created a board with problems similar to those I used during my lesson on this website (my game is in the link below). I wish I had found this website beforehand!

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The font and size of the writing is clear and big for optimal view. This is a picture taken from my phone from the game I created on this site..

My game can be found here:

https://www.jeopardy.rocks/multdivjeopardy

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Tool Evaluation 2

Web 2.0 Cool Tools For School

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https://cooltoolsforschool.wordpress.com/

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Home

Overview

Type of Software: resource

Primary User: mainly teachers, students

Appropriate Audience: anyone looking for a technology tool for educational purposes

Price: free

Features:

  • This site offers a numerous amount of different web 2.0 tools that are useful in the classroom to enhance, plan, organize, or assess educational subjects.
  • The tools are organized under categorized pages, i.e.) video tools, slideshow tools, mapping tools, and many more.
  • Under each categorized page, the user can find the link to the tool, an image of the tool’s logo, and a short description of what the tool does.
  • This software is in the process of creating apps for mobile devices to make it even more accessible to users.
  • This site offers tools meant directly for teachers under the teacher resources page.
  • The user can email the creator of this site if they are using a tool in their classroom that is not displayed on the website, and the creator will then put it on the website.
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The home page of this software. http://wecdsbit.blogspot.com/2012/04/cool-tools-for-schools-guest-post.html

Evaluation

Age Appropriateness: This software is appropriate for users of all ages, as long as they know how to use technology and are willing to try new technologies to enhance education. Teachers can find many different tools on this site for many different purposes such as presentations, assessments, collaboration (as seen in picture below), organizational purposes, and many more. Students, who are comfortable with technology, can use this software to find different tools that can help them complete assignments, play educational games, make presentations, take quizzes, and more.

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This is what the collaborative tools page looks like on this software. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/116530709085469098/

Ease of use: Web 2.0 Cool Tools for School is very easy to use. The website itself is eye catching and organized so that the user can find the exact tool they want to use under a certain category in the classroom. Because this software provides a direct link, picture, and description of each tool listed under the many categories offered, it is quick and easy for the user to access the tools.

Intuitive Navigation: This software is easy to navigate because it is organized and straightforward for the user. If the user knows what subject or category they need a tool for, they can easily search the sidebar and then click the link to the tool they think would be most beneficial for them.

Limitations: Although this software provides a lot of different technological tools for users, there is no way of knowing which tool is the best without comparing them all. It seems as though the lists of tools are ranked by most popular (Google is the first on most of the lists) so the user may not know if this is the best tool for them or just the easiest or most popular tool. It would be helpful if users were able to leave reviews or comments on the site so other users could read about their experiences with certain tools, and educate themselves even more on which tools are more beneficial than others.

Applications Within Education

If students are creating a presentation on a certain topic, but do not know where or how to find a tool that can help them create a presentation, they can access this software and find many different tools that can assist them. They will find an abundance of presentation tools, slideshow tools, audio tools if they want to incorporate voiceovers, and image tools. Students will find tools to help them incorporate all the essential parts of a presentation so they can do their best work.

Often times, teachers struggle to make all of their students happy. For example, if students disagree on what they want their morning work to be, the teacher can go to Web 2.0 Cool Tools for School and find tools that will help them create polls or surveys for their students. They will find tools such as Survey Monkey, Kiwk Surveys, Poll Everywhere, and more to choose from. That way, the students can have an input in part of their day, and the teacher can adjust things to make the majority of his or her classroom happy and motivated to learn.

Reflection 2

Classroom Set-Up

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Example of Classroom Set-Up

A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #61: Room (Re-)Arranging

       The first tool I am exploring is the Classroom Set-Up tool. I figured since for my first tool evaluation I evaluated a similar tool about organizing a classroom space called Classroom Architect, I could compare the two and see which one I found to be more beneficial to teachers. The site is found at: teacher.scholastic.com/tools/class_setup.

Benefits:

  • The user can change the size of the objects he or she is inserting into their classroom on this software
  • The user can label the names of their students and drag their number, i.e. student 1, student 2, etc. into the classroom so they can also assign seating.
  • The software is overall straightforward and easy to use.

Drawbacks:

  • Immediately, I noted that the user is limited to three shapes to choose from that best represent their classroom: square, tall rectangle, and wide rectangle. On Classroom Architect, the software allows you to inset the dimensions of the room to get the most accurate representation of your classroom.
  • The user cannot save different floor plans into this website, so they will either have to print the one they came up with or start from scratch and lose the design they created. It would be easier if the user could easily switch between the floor plans they created to see which one has the best layout for their classroom.
  • The option of objects the user is able to drag into their classroom is not very extensive. It is missing some important objects such as an easel, beanbags, televisions, chairs, a sink, a projector, and many other typical classroom objects.
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Many classrooms have more than just desks; there are beanbags and a lot of open floor space.

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       In regard to classroom designing, I do not think there is a relative advantage to this tool because I discovered drawbacks that outweigh the benefits. Because I know that there is more advanced software available to design your classroom that does not have some of these drawbacks, I would not use Classroom Set-up as my first choice. I did like how the teacher could label their students and incorporate them into their classroom design, however, inserting numbers that represent students could get in the way of the physical design of the room; also, there are different websites that allow you to make a seating chart alone. The drawback of not being able to have multiple floor plans available while designing your classroom makes it difficult to compare and contrast different designs and decide which one is best for your students and your classroom traffic. I also do not like the limitation of objects that Classroom Set-up offers. Classrooms are filled with many different objects that take up space in the room, and I think it is important to incorporate these essential objects when planning how to arrange your classroom. Overall, I believe there is not a relative advantage to this site and I would not use Classroom Set-up to design my future classroom; with the more effective and advanced technology available on the Internet, a teacher can get a more realistic perspective of what they’re classroom will look like when it comes to life by using these other sites.


 

SchoolTube

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http://embed.ly/provider/schooltube

       The second tool I explored is called SchoolTube, a website for appropriate, educational videos accessible for teachers to use in the classroom. It can be found here: https://www.schooltube.com/

Benefits:

  • This website is free of charge and you do not need to create an account to access it and use it. If you want to post videos, then you will need to create an account.
  • All videos are appropriate to show in an educational setting.
  • Videos for students of all ages are provided on this website.
  • There are many different categories to search for such as, academics & education, careers & tech. ed., history, music, sports, weather, and many more.
  • The home page offers different categories such as trending videos, featured schools, and also videos that correspond to different subjects like history, math, and literacy.
  • Students can upload videos for assignments, projects, assessments, etc. that the teacher can view by title search.

Drawbacks:

  • If one is not familiar with how to upload a video, uploading one to SchoolTube may be difficult for them.

Overall, SchoolTube definitely has a relative advantage, seeing as there are no obvious drawbacks to this site. It is easily accessible to teachers and students, and the videos are safe and appropriate to show in a classroom setting. Unlike sites such as YouTube or Vimeo that may have inappropriate video content or advertisements, SchoolTube is guaranteed to be safe for teacher and student use. One site says that SchoolTube offers skills such as “communication & collaboration, creativity, and tech skills” (https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/schooltube). The videos SchoolTube offers are informative, enjoyable, and very beneficial for student learning and I would definitely use this site during my teaching experience. Since there are such a wide variety of videos on this site, I could pull up a video in regard to any subject the class was focusing on during a lesson that will help further instruction and allow students to make deeper connections to the content being taught.