Looking for Student Input Use Wallwisher

Over the past year I have incorporated more student advice in the development of course work. One of the ways that I have done this is to ask for ideas and thoughts from students. I have used forums, blogs and wiki’s to attain information from students in the past about upcoming topics and assignments. Lately, I have found a simple and effective way to get student comments that students seem to enjoy called “Wallwisher”. Wallwisher is a simple virtual post it board where students can easily leave their idea or thought on a bulletin board for others to see and read. It is simple fast and my students seem to really enjoy this web tool. I have used this to get help from students in creating assignments and creating grading rubrics. The level and quality of students response has been very interesting. The rubrics and assignments that they help to create are often more complex and involved than the ones I had created previously. “Wallwisher” is a great tool to get this type of information from students quickly and is fun for them in the process.

Check it out at http://www.wallwisher.com/

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Five Project Resources My Students Love

One of my major goals for this year is to allow students to present what they have learned in class in any form in which they feel comfortable.  At the beginning of the class I provide a list of many different resources from which they can choose.  Students are also given the option of creating their own way of presenting their information, provided they first obtain teacher approval.

What I have noticed is this: Most students start with writing papers, since that is what they are use to and with which they have had the most success.  When they are starting their third or fourth projects, I have found that they are looking for new and creative ways to present their information.

Over the past semester these five resources seem to have become quite popular with my students.  (See the list below.)  When I ask why they chose this medium to use, they often state that it is because they are allowed to alter the look and feel of the project.  It seems that any resource that allows them to alter its look and apply/create a personal touch really captivates their attention; it motivates them.  Use the links below to check these resources out for yourself.  See if they may fit your needs.

Along with these tools to present and or demonstrate their knowledge,  I have had the students help create the grading rubric.   This has been very powerful in the classroom.  I have also been surprised at how much harder their rubrics seem to be than the ones I would have created.  But allowing the students to have a say in the grading criteria has been a great motivator for them.

Below is  an example of toonlet.  Toonlet is a cartoon creator that some of my students discovered and really enjoy.

Resource Links:

  1. Toonlet: http://toonlet.com
  2. Class Press: http://www.classpress.com/
  3. Xtra-Normal: http://www.xtranormal.com/
  4. Glogster: http://edu.glogster.com/
  5. Prezi: http://prezi.com

Five Resource my Kids Love!

Six Resource my Kids Love!
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