Friday, December 16, 2011
I will never stop being amazed. I gave my students a quiz today and afterwards, we went over the quiz using the gosoapbox.com program. My students were very involved and attentive. It became a competition among them to get the correct answer, which really helped with active engagement.
I tried out skrbl.com with my geometry class today in an attempt to engage them in an introductory lesson about circles. I wanted them to research and provide citations for facts about circles to hopefully gain a familiarity with the topic. They really enjoyed using the site (it is an online whiteboard where users can post information in real-time and share.) I think that the next time I try an activity like this I will have to be more precise in what I'm wanting. I will want the students to copy information into their notebooks. I think this will increase the effectiveness of this activity. I feel like a whole lot of copy and pasting went on, but not much processing.
My personal learning goal now is to spend time making my lessons more structured and interactive. I have taken my lesson for this coming Monday and turned it into a Powerpoint that I will use with my SMART Board to try to add a level of structure. We shall see how this goes!