Why I love helping others

Sometimes the best ideas come from people who have no idea, and I mean that in the best way. When people are new to a website or tool they have no preconceived notions of limitations of the tool. As long as they are focused on best practice and want to utilize the tool, they unintentionally ask the probing questions that lead to great discovers and unique uses. I love being asked “how do I…?” Being able to play to answer their question helps me finds new uses for my favorite tools.

A perfect example of the quiz function in Edmodo. Being a fan if Edmodo, I accepted the quizzes as just another component, but did not truly try it out. Another teacher wanted to create a self-check change-the-point-of-view assignment that could be left for the students when there was a substitute. I was asked if that was possible within the Edmodo quiz function. I now use this.

The overall concept was relatively straight foreword – the paragraph can be entered as a single fill-in-the-blank question with multiple blanks. You just change the point value of the question to reflect the number of questions within the question. The only shift is alignment. The quiz does not allow you to bump sentences to a new line. Everything combines into a large chunk in the student view. To make it easier for the students to view (so they can pinpoint what they are changing) we used the layout in the student view, filled in the blanks with the original words/phrases and took a screenshot. They were able to reference the image as they completed the assignment. Before assigning the quiz, the answers were modified to reflect the change.

Although it sounds labor intensive, it isn’t. After the students submit their responses, they do get to see the correct answers. This is a great formative assessment. To motivate the students to do their best, I entered the grade as either PSU. Besides being the brainchild of some Penn Staters – it communicates to the students if their work was Praiseworthy, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory. The new version of Edmodo allows students to provide a reaction to the assignment – how they felt they did, if it was too challenging, too easy, etc.

Random side note: to de-emphasize grades, assignments will be referred to as learning opportunities. School is not a game to be played, and grades are not the end goal. Learning is winning.

About Lisa Butler

Middle school geography teacher, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of purposeful technology and am creative with their application. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading children's books, baking with a toddler sidekick, running around, or dreaming of traveling.
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