How to use a classroom blog:
Students can blog at any time on my weebly website. Student blogposts are not assigned as a grade, they are assigned as a participation reward. Students may blog for Dojo points, which they receive a prize at the end of our grading period. Students have two weeks to post a comment on the most current blog. Replies are not rewarded with points, however, I do highlight students who are actively participating during classtime.
Rules and guidelines for posting blogs in our class website:
The ADDIE model for curriculum development is a bit time consuming, yet thorough form of lesson planning. You're sure to have every detail covered for your next lesson when following the ADDIE model. If you've had many years of curriculum development and lesson planning then you may be able to speed the process up, just by practice alone.
Sure, there are simpler forms of lesson planning such as backward design (which I use most often when planning) but you can't beat ADDIE for making sure you've gone through the process. If you aren't familiar with how to plan a lesson or you are just getting your feet wet as an Instructional Designer, keep in mind that this process will take time to get the process done. You may need to redo a part or parts of the model in order to make the model flow better or to create an assessment that better suits the needs of the lesson.
In short, the ADDIE process is a bit longer process, but this method is arguably the most effective way to create engaging lessons, complete with assessments and, the most important component, reflection.
Because in the end, there's no point in creating a lesson unless you know how to create a better one!
Infuse Learning, Socrative Learning and padlet. From the experience of other teachers in the classroom and my own preference, I would most likely choose Socrative Learning. Infuse looks easier to use for teachers, however, I think the Socrative Learning is more engaging for students. The choice of games and team games are very competitive and motivate students to know the concepts they are learning for their team to have the high score.
There are so many choices for online assessment of students. The key is to first try one assessment tool which is easy to use. Another key item is to choose one part of the online assessment tool to 'test' with students. With an exit ticket, you can easily survey if students liked the assessment tool they used.
I have used Plickers as an online assessment tool with my students. I was disappointed in my results. This assessment tool was very time consuming to set up as this site does not have options to upload any documents or spreadsheets - every item must be manually typed in to the site. When I used Plickers, the app did not work at all after my second period. I had a hard time during my 2nd period scanning Plicker cards with light reflections from the cards making the scanner not able to read them easily. If Plickers application ran smoothly and was more user friendly, I would enjoy using this to assess my students as this tool gives immediate feedback on the number of students who correctly answer specific questions.