My post for June 12 (at http://emdods.blogspot.com/): Over the course of the past year, there have been multiple times when I wanted my students to begin learning new material on their own before we discussed it in class. Because reading the textbook is often a daunting proposition, and because the textbook definitions lack the clarifying commentary that a lesson provides, this required my creation of a step-by-step exploratory worksheet that gave them a brief introduction to a topic, followed by practice problems. The exploration of screen cast videos yesterday was very interesting — I absolutely see these as a very helpful tool that I will take more advantage of next year. Explain Everything was not as intuitive as I would have hoped, but its direct connection to YouTube for distribution to my students is handy. I look forward to exploring the similar features of Notability, which I think has more precise handwriting capabilities.
My other favorite tools we have learned so far are:
- PollEverywhere — potentially convenient for identifying homework problems gave students difficulty in order to cut down the amount of time I spend reviewing homework at the beginning of class
- Google Forms — fun and quick replacement for the getting-to-know-you index cards that I distributed to my students on the first day of class.