Congratulations to the winners of the laminated Plickers cards from the SABES PD Center for DL and Technology Support raffle at the CCR Conference!
The winners are:
- Shibani Das – Ascentria Care Alliance
- Leslie Baker – Webster ABE
- Nicole Harrison – Ecumenical Social Action Committee E.S.A.C.
- Kevin O’Connor – Framingham Public Schools – FAESL+
- Barbara Pisano – Somerville Public Schools – SCALE
Plickers are paper clickers. A “simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for students to have devices.”
But I want to let you all in on a secret—you are all winners when it comes to Plickers. The cards are free on the Plickers website. They don’t come laminated, but you can print them on card stock, and when they wear out, you can print them again.
How do Plickers work? You assign a card to a student to use. Printed on each card are the letters “A,” B,” ”C,” and “D” in small print. You ask a multiple-choice or true/false question, and students use the cards to give their answers. The technology integration part comes into play when you use your smartphone with the free Plicker app to scan every student’s response card with the phone’s camera. The results of the poll are then displayed using a projector for the entire class to see. You can use the Plickers app on your phone to see how many students have responded.
Plicker has a great help center to help you get started using these paper clickers. If you decide to use the Plickers cards, I recommend viewing this 30-minute video. If you want to see some teacher-created materials and ideas for using Plickers, search on Pinterest, a visual catalog of ideas.
To register, visit the SABES calendar.
Online, Self-Paced, Lightly Facilitated Courses
The following courses will be offered throughout this year. See the dates below. Choose a date when you are able to commit time to taking the course.
Get Smart: Integrating Smartphone Technology
How do you use the miraculously tiny computer in your pocket? By unlocking the full potential of a smartphone, students can become part of the tech-savvy, 21st-century workforce. This course will help you develop strategies for using smartphones and apps in your classroom. We will start with the basics, including assessing your student’s technology literacy and increasing your own mastery and comfort level with your smartphone, before moving on to deal with common obstacles (forgotten passwords, anyone?). From there, we will explore useful apps and features of the phone with classroom and work readiness applicability.
This course offers 6 professional development hours for beginners and 4 hours for those with intermediate experience. Dates:
No Books, No Problem: Free and Open Access to Learning Resources
Finding fresh, relevant, and cost-effective teaching materials for adult learners has always been challenging and time consuming, not to mention the time spent developing the lessons themselves. This course focuses on exploring, finding, and using free and open access teaching and learning materials for your classroom.
This course offers 5 professional development hours. Dates:
Computers for the Multilevel Classroom
Most classes are not formed according to students’ computer mastery, so what’s a teacher to do to integrate educational (and fun) computer activities into a multilevel class without dread? This self-paced, lightly facilitated online course offers a number of approaches that work with a variety of subjects at any level. You will leave with an activity to use with your students.
This course offers 6 professional development hours. Dates:
Stop, Think, Click—10 Commandments for Internet Safety
The Internet—and the anonymity it affords—can give online scammers, hackers, and identity thieves access to your students’ computers, personal information, finances, and more. Help your students know how to fasten their seatbelts before deciding to venture online, or at least to take these precautions to ensure a safe trip.
The course offers 5 professional development hours. Dates: