Certain mobile response apps contain interactive features that teachers can use to encourage total student participation in their classes. This means all students are engaged at the same time, doing fun activities. These apps have been shown to positively change the excitement level of your students and give you instant feedback you can use to further direct instruction. The apps are also applicable to any subject matter you teach. Moreover, students can use these resources with just their cell phones—no need to set up laptops or take trips to a computer lab!
In this series of workshops, you will explore the features of mobile apps—both as a "student" and as a teacher. These apps will give you the ability to create activities that will actively engage all of your students, build classroom community, and provide you with valuable assessments to track student learning.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- ABE and ESOL teachers who aren't afraid of trying out technology with their students
Each app gives students instant feedback, and allows them to participate in activities together at the same time. They take advantage of students' cell phone technology in class with real-time activities. The three apps in this series have their own look and feel, and you may find one or more useful, depending on the types of activities each app provides.
This series offers a taste of three mobile response apps. You can sign up for any or all of the sessions.
- Session 1: Poll Everywhere. January 18, 2017, 2:00–3:00 p.m. PollEverywhere allows you to create fun, interactive, and visually appealing polls with your audience in real time. http://www.sabes.org/node/3021/
- Session 2: Kahoot. January 25, 2017, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Kahoot is an engaging app that allows you to create in-class interactive learning games using music and bright colors to gamify learning. http://www.sabes.org/event/3666
- Session 3: Socrative. February 1, 2017, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Socrative includes a variety of activity types along with a quiz feature and a grading center that records students' performance.
A final session on either February 15, 2017, or March 1, 2017, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. is required.
Each session is 3 professional development hours:
- 1-hour webinar per selected session
- 1-hour online sharing per selected session (required)
- 1-hour final webinar (required).
You will also be required to plan and implement an activity.
CCR Anchor Standards addressed:
- Speaking/Listening Anchor 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Speaking/Listening Anchor 5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
- Reading Anchor 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Use at least three features of the mobile response app chosen
- Create an activity to increase student participation in a lesson and collect data to drive instruction
- Implement the lesson and use data to evaluate the results
- Access to either a smartphone or a tablet (to complete the project)
- Access to a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone with Internet access (to attend webinar sessions)
- Basic computer skills