WHO: Teachers looks for additional resources in their classrooms.
HOW: This service could not be any easier! Teachers can get resources without signing up for an account. Simply open your web browser, go to https://www.oercommons.org, type your topic into the search bar, choose subject/grade level/standards (optional), and have resources, lesson plans, activities and more instantly! Accounts are free, so I highly recommend signing up for one.
WHEN: This website is a phenomenal resource while planning your upcoming lessons. In addition to your textbook (if you use one), you will find a wide variety of digital resources here.
OER Commons has put together an astonishing network of links to so many different topics. I have shared this website with a few of the teachers I work with, and they immediately bookmarked it to use in their classroom. The dropdown menu for grade level includes everything from preschool to adult education.
Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for class time worksheets. This could also be used for interactive formative assessments.
How: Teachers create an account at https://www.edueto.com/, then create an assignment, and finish with creating a class to assign the assessment to. When creating an assignment, teachers have a large variety to choose from including:
Quiz (Multiple Choice questions)
Gap Filling (Fill in the blank with one-option gap, multiple-choice gap, and open-ended gap)
Matching (Match corresponding items)
Writing (Essays, analysis, and discussion)
Sorting (Sorting items into groups)
Equations (Mathematical equations solved with multiple choice or True/False)
PicTag (Picture tagging)
Sequence (Sorting items into sequences)
Creating the assignments is simple with the easy to use interface. The option to assign the activity is given immediately after creation as well. Teachers also have options to add pictures and video to their assignments. Teachers identify correct answers while making the assignment to allow the system to automatically grade when turned in. Teachers also have the ability to set a due date when assigning to their classes. As students complete assignments, teachers are able to see data by student or the class as a whole. Each question broken down for teachers to identify content that may need revisited.
There is also a growing repository of of public assignments created by other teachers. Teachers have the option to share their new assignment they have made in this public library.
Teachers need to create classes. Students need to create accounts as well as enroll themselves with an enrollment code that is automatically generated when a class is created. No e-mail address is required for students.
The student interface is simple as well. When a student logs in, they see their classes they are enrolled in. After the student clicks on a course, they then see the assignments for that class. After the students completes an assignment, they are able to see their score, as well as a break down of each question.
When:Edueto could be used as a bell-ringer, exit ticket, in-class assignment, or quiz. It is easier to create than a worksheet as the teacher just writes questions/answers, no need to format like you would in a word processing program.
This tool is easy to use and I would recommend it for any 1:1 classroom, or any teacher that uses an LMS.
Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for classroom management.
How: Teachers create classes and student accounts. Students can create their own avatars and earn points. Teachers can use their computer or a smartphone to address student behavior in the classroom. Students will recognize the positive point and negative point sounds over time. Students will strive for positive behavior to gain points and badges.
When: Teachers can use Class Dojo throughout the entire day. The addition of the app allows teachers to address behaviors while escorting their class through the hallway, or outside at recess. Class Dojo takes the classic behavior scale on the wall and digitizes it. Teachers can also use the program for parent communication. Another option many teachers do is reward the class when they reach a certain point total.
Class Dojo is a great tool for teachers at all grade levels. While the avatars may seem geared towards younger ages, older students will enjoy the “game-like” atmosphere this adds to the classroom.
Who: Teachers and students looking to extend learning and supplement classroom content.
How:Memrise uses the freemium model. Teachers and students can sign up for a free account in which they can log in and take courses. The courses also feature “mems”. These are visual clues created by users to help remember answers. There are many different courses available, including basic languages, GRE vocabulary, and SAT/ACT vocabulary. The premium version ($9/month or $59/year at the time of this post) gives the user data to help with focus, best times, and difficult words.
When: This would work great as supplemental material for classroom assignments. Memrise would also function well as a booster for students in need of extra help. Memrise would also be great for extended lessons for students who would like to work ahead. This would also work really well for students and parents that are looking to continue learning throughout summer break-time.
About Memrise:Memrise was created around three principles: Science, Fun, and Community. The founders of the website are experts in “Brain Science”. The program engages the user with quizzes that make them feel like you are playing a game.
After trying out the course in German (a language I studied years ago in high school), I found myself engaged and wanting to do more. At this point I decided to try a course I knew nothing about, the Korean Alphabet. In less than 5 minutes, I found myself engulfed in learning a new language, even if it were simply the alphabet.
This program is great as schools are heading into summer break and would be something to recommend to your students.