Staff Tools for Remote Learning
We have had many requests on how to collect student feedback during the closure since many of our students are following different pathways for learning as well as how to share information with students. We are suggesting and supporting several tools that allow for more open ended sharing of learning using video, audio, or images. These tools also work on a variety of devices and have been in use in various pockets of the district already.
Tools to Get Student Feedback
Scoutlier by Aecern, locally based in Falmouth, is a web based tool that allows you to quickly author and create easy-to-follow activities that your students can complete independently on any device by taking or adding pictures, video, audio, as well as entering text and numerical data. You can choose to have your students share their work and collaborate with the whole class, or you can use the activity to assess individual learning. In either case, you can track all of your students' work and coach them in real-time.
When creating an account, choose sign in with Google Classroom. Scoutlier integrates well with Classroom. Using Schoology, no worries, just paste the assignment code for the Scoutlier activity you created in Schoology. To learn more and get started check it out.
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Responses can be interactive for classmates to respond or kept private for only the teacher to see.
Seesaw has been used by K-5 teachers across the district as a way to collect work samples.
Seesaw allows teachers to create class assignments, record directions, provide student feedback and send family communications. Seesaw allows students to “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, and links. The Activity Library hosts a variety of standard based activities for all grade levels, and the Help Center provides lots of support.
Seesaw’s step-by-step grade-specific Get Started Guides have everything you need to introduce Seesaw to your students.
Tools to Share information
Nearpod allows teachers to create interactive lessons by importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding Virtual Field Trips, Collaborate boards, Quizzes, Polls, and more. Nearpod integrates with Google Slides, Drive, and Classroom. It works with Schoology as well just as other Google products. Nearpod has the option to present the lesson live or to turn each presentation on “student-paced” so students can work at their own pace, at home or in the classroom.
Pear Deck integrates well with Google slides using the Pear Deck add on to create interactive “decks” of slides. Instead of just presenting information with Google Slides, students can interact and respond to the slides. You may build your own deck or find one in the Pear Deck library.
Kahoot! is an app that has been used for several year across the district and which many teachers are familiar. Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used at a variety of grade levels. Its learning games, "Kahoots", are user-generated multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. They can be done in real time or self-paced challenges.
KAMI Classroom : for Interactive PDF's
First of all, this is a great resource: If you want to JUST use Google G Suite, here is a youtube video: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WORKSHEETS FILLABLE ONLINE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ROGr_57DhI
There are many tools for annotating a PDF: Kami is free, easy to use, and allows for real time collaboration between people. Teachers may sign up with your Google (@mybps.us) account but students can skip logging in when the PDF is shared thorugh a link in Google Classroom, Schoology, or Google Meet.
Kami is a website for PDF annotation found at kamiapp.com. It is a great match for this need for many reasons: BPS have requested a full access of KAMI for remote learning. New /updated information will be forthcoming: (As soon as we receive a site license, we will provide you how to obtian your account, and upgrade with the license key.As a teacher, you can also directly share your license key with students. Those directions will be forthcoming also.
Kami Linking through a Google Classroom assignment:The quickest way to add all of your students to your license is by creating a Kamiassignment:● Create a Kami assignment and assign it to your class.● Students will need to select the assignment and Open with Kami.● Students who open their assignment with Kami will then have your teacher’slicense automatically applied to their individual accounts.MORE on KAMI and GOOGLE MEET:Watch the Video by Eric Curtis: https://youtu.be/v49gL3ZiGOw
Video Tutorial: Kami and Google Classroom workflowSo, how is Kami different from simply sending paper worksheets, and using just the KAMI extension we always have used in district?Here’s a quick explanation of a Kami classroom workflow from a teacher’s perspective:Preparing your lessons in Kami Classroom:Rather than a static document, you can prepare a Kami assignment using the full array of tools available in Kami! Insert lesson snippets, feedback, promptingquestions or out loud readings to help support students as they work through the document.
- It can be used on its own or right along side of Google Meet.
- You can sign in with your existing Google account.
- You can upload any PDF you would like to work on.
- You can then send a link to a student, colleague, or other collaborator.
- That person can access the PDF with just the link you sent, and without having to sign into anything.
- You and your participant can then write and draw on the PDF in real time.
- And it is all free!
Kami is also fully integrated with Schoology
Video Tutorial: Schoology and Kami Workflow.