I can still remember the first time I tried a clicker response system. I was sitting in a presentation about a clicker system in Jonah Albertson's room, and as I learning about the small piece of plastic in my hands, I was excited by the possibilities. I could assess my students' learning on the fly with the press of a button. I could graph the responses on the screen to have my students discuss the merits of their answers. I could collect the data I needed quickly and efficiently. The world assessment and data was open before me. I can also still remember the profound disappointment I felt when I learned that the system was over $1,000, not to mention the cost of periodically replacing over 100 batteries. My excitement slipped away, but the hope of quickly and easily collecting classroom data stayed. Other options showed up over the years - PollEverywhere, Socrative, and InfuseLearning are amazing systems every teacher should know about - but they all required technology that was not immediately available. Recently, I learned about Plickers, short for paper clickers, a tool that allows you to use simple QR-style codes and a single iOS or Android device with internet access to easily and quickly collect responses from your students for free.
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One of my biggest blocks as a writer is a constant need to go back and revise my writing. As I write, I am faced with the urge to go back to change this word or tweak that phrase, but I often lose track of the revisions I've made. Add in the desire to get feedback, and the writing process can easily grind to a halt for me, just as it does for many of our students. That's where Draft, a straight-forward, online word processor available at www.draftin.com, can help. Draft focuses on revision and collaboration with quick, easy-to-use tools for tracking your writing over time and sharing it with others to get feedback. Students can use Draft to compare multiple versions of their paper to self-assess their progress, share their writing with their peers and teachers, and even use the collaborative tools to assess their revision skills.
For more information about how Draft can be used in the classroom, please click on read more below.
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.