Saturday, January 18, 2014

How I used Remind101 (texting students)

I have used the web site for a semester ending yesterday. I think it was a success. My biggest unscientific data is that students actually asked me to use it. I not only reminded them about a test or a quiz but little things cropped up here and there. In my last lectures/discussions of the second quarter I really wanted them to listen and not write. I assume most teachers go through this at some point. The students who could multi-task better did their thing. But many did indeed listen. What I did to get this was promising to put the Google presentation link on Remind 101. I did not put it on my web site ( though I will). Even the questions asked had a better quality.

Remind 101 is a site where students sign up with their cell # and the teacher can text a whole class (anyone on that prescribed list). The teacher has no knowledge of the student's numbers. My students felt this worked. One thing had never occurred to me but now seems obvious. As an adult I check my e-mail ruthlessly every day, even many times a day. I even check different accounts. My guys don't. Not like their texts. Their perseverance for updates in their lives is more immediate. I can post on twitter, faceboook,  an email, class web site but none of them will get through like the immediacy of a text.

With this in mind two things strike me. I have under utilized this tool. I can send out information more often, ask to bring a text book that I had forgotten to tell a class to bring, and  other reminders. But this has to be coupled with the second thought. It cannot be over used. When they see a text from me it has to be important. Something where an action has to take place. I want there always to be reaction when they see one of my texts and it matters. 

What drives us?

Hello all,

It has been awhile. I saw the following video on incentives and drive, I just wanted to share. I definitely fits into the discussion on how to get meaningful work out of our students-

Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013

This is a surveyed list. I will try to talk about some of it

Some up coming posts

I hope to talk about the following sites in the future. If any of you have a question ahead of time please nudge me. (some of you use this, I'm curious)

Some of these I have already used while others have been updated or just beginning to understand their uses. Updates soon!

New Year and 50 ideas for your class web page-

I wanted to start the new school year in a number of ways on this blog. Funny how time has flown, assignments need to be graded and other wonderful life moments need to be taken care of. So here I am. I am starting with just a quick hit that I came across this morning. The article is from Tech and learning magazine with 50 Ideas For Your Class Webpage.

Maybe you would suggest something on the list in the comments section?

Friday, August 16, 2013

ED Camp Connecticut

The new year is about to start. Slightly amazing to me. For me I am attending EDCampCT in Simsbury this morning. This the second time in three years I have signed up. It would be more but they have only been around 3 years.  I need to run off to choose a first session!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Games in Education visual

I would like to thank Dawn Leeds for the following visual for "Gamification in Education". This brings in some good questions about what we are doing. Thoughts??