• Balancing Digital Reflection in the Classroom (new tools each week!)

    Reflection activities in the classroom have profound educational effects, fostering metacognitive development, critical thinking, and self-assessment skills among students.

    What if we try adding digital tools to reflection activities in the classroom?
    Through the use of various digital platforms, students can document their learning journey, collaborate with peers, and receive personalized feedback.
    Using digital reflection tools enhance engagement, motivation, and transfer of learning.

    These activities not only promote digital literacy but also cultivate lifelong learning habits, empowering students to take ownership of their learning.

    I invite you to discuss the ideas on how to organize interactive, multimedia-rich reflection experiences for your students in the comments below. Please share your thoughts.

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  • πŸ“± Online Polls with Poll Everywhere
    You can use Poll Everywhere to create polls or surveys related to reflection prompts. Students can anonymously respond to the prompts, and you can display the results in real-time to facilitate discussion and reflection.

  • πŸ’» Classroom Blog or Website

    You can create a classroom blog or website using platforms like Blogger, WordPress, or Google Sites where students can publish their reflections on class activities, projects, or field trips. They can also incorporate multimedia elements to enhance their posts.

  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Virtual Collaboration with online whiteboards: ConceptBoard, Miro etc.
    You can use the whiteboards as a virtual collaboration space for students to share their reflections visually.
    They can create sticky notes, drawings, choose icons and annotations to express their thoughts and ideas collaboratively.

    Unfortunately, I have heard that Google Jamboard will be shutting down soon. Do you know of any other online whiteboard platforms that you use or recommend?

  • @Ana_moderator said in Balancing Digital Reflection in the Classroom (new tools each week!):

    Using digital reflection tools enhance engagement, motivation, and transfer of learning

    Here are a few digital learning tools that I often use in class with my students:

    1. Interactive Online Learning Platforms: Use platforms like Kahoot, Quizizz, or Socrative to create interactive quizzes and question games. These tools allow students to test their knowledge in a fun and competitive way.

    2. Online Collaborative Whiteboards: Tools like Miro or Google Jamboard enable students to collaborate in real-time on projects, share ideas, and solve problems together, fostering engagement and creativity.

    3. Interactive Videos: Create interactive videos using tools like Edpuzzle, where you can insert questions, polls, or comments throughout the video to check understanding and maintain students' attention.

    "Empowering students through engaging education, fostering environmental consciousness, and advancing scientific literacy. Committed to shaping future leaders in Life and Earth Sciences."

    1. Online Discussion Forums: Use discussion platforms like Padlet or Google Classroom to encourage peer discussions on topics covered in class. This allows students to exchange ideas, ask questions, and deepen their understanding.

    2. Online Formative Assessments: Use tools such as Formative or Quizlet to create formative assessments that allow students to receive instant feedback on their understanding and self-assess.

    3. Multimedia Projects: Encourage students to create multimedia projects (videos, presentations, podcasts, etc.) to demonstrate their understanding of taught concepts. Tools like Adobe Spark or Canva can be helpful for multimedia content creation

    "Empowering students through engaging education, fostering environmental consciousness, and advancing scientific literacy. Committed to shaping future leaders in Life and Earth Sciences."

    1. Educational Social Networks: Use educational social networks like Edmodo or Seesaw to create an online space where students can share their work, ask questions, and interact with peers and their teacher outside of class.
    2. Digital Puzzles and Treasure Hunts: Design digital puzzles or treasure hunts to be solved as a team, using tools like Breakout EDU or GooseChase. This promotes collaboration, problem-solving, and teamwork.
    3. Live Virtual Classes: Host live class sessions using platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet, where students can interact in real-time with their teacher and classmates, ask questions, and participate in discussions.
      By integrating these digital ideas and tools into our teaching, you can stimulate engagement, motivation, and transfer of learning among your students in an interactive and dynamic manner.

    "Empowering students through engaging education, fostering environmental consciousness, and advancing scientific literacy. Committed to shaping future leaders in Life and Earth Sciences."

  • @Ana_moderator

    Hi @Ana_moderator
    Hello everyone. I took this post as an assignment, and I found some interesting apps to make polls for our students. Every app has a link to a tutorial from YouTube. Hope this helps us to find better ways to promote reflection. I used to use exit tickets, but this will be great to try to close each class.

    A. Slides With Friends
    Link: https://youtu.be/l6OXGVZg45M?si=-AGCxlKoDDAeu-JH
    B. Mentimeter
    Link: https://youtu.be/vGE8PyiNTv8?si=UfiUx_IQtIpvpMqm
    C. Aha Slides
    Link: https://youtu.be/d1NwuHPi_Yo?si=--4KBkaJN4ujyZvx
    D. SurveyMonkey
    Link: https://youtu.be/l-Vfhevy7g0?si=QrtObIx-wFWXjrKC
    E. Typeform
    Link: https://youtu.be/PrUKuLAqOCg?si=XC6ywjDjnFK-PJz9
    F. Kahoot
    Link: https://youtu.be/pAfnia7-rMk?si=C77tDUN20-tZRoC0

    Best,
    Mr. Bryan

  • It seems we are compiling a nice list of tools that could be used as part of reflective activities!

    I also thought about Miro online whiteboard.

    It provides ready-made templates for classroom activities, so teachers can spend minimal time preparing.

    For example, they have a reflection template that can be used to create a space for students to evaluate the main takeaways of the lesson.

  • @Ana_moderator

    I will definitely use one of them. I'm traying to play all of them to choose my favorite according to my students' necessities πŸ€“

  • @Ana_moderator

    Hi, I found some resources to create classroom websites and blogs from scratch. Each one has a tutorial link from YouTube for our benefit. It seems interesting and challenging so I think could be great to work with small groups. Hope to be useful...

    Codemoji

    • Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation
    • Emoji-based lessons engage and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation.
    • Grades: 2–8
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjl3V2SMImA

    Lucidchart

    • Intuitive editor helps users create and share dynamic visual diagrams
    • Students and teachers can use this tool alone or collaboratively to build and share stunning, effective visuals that stretch thinking.
    • Grades: 4–12
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QcYZ2ggvyA

    Weebly

    • Easy-to-use website design tool lets teachers monitor kids' creations
    • Teacher-monitored sites and drag-and-drop elements make attractive website design safe and accessible for students.
    • Grades: 6–12
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLJvniZrSp4

    CodeHS

    • Computer science curriculum offers great feedback, fun challenges
    • Effective tools and clear lessons teach real programming, but you'll have to spend some cash to help kids master it.
    • Grades: 6–12
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9nh-Qdpvgc

    Google Sites

    • Make your own website with easy, intuitive drag-and-drop features
    • With a few clicks, students can design a basic but custom, responsive website that allows for easy collaboration with their peers.
    • Grades: 6–12
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0woNTtlcxgM

    Treehouse

    • Fun, self-paced web development and coding lessons offer high value
    • A solid learning solution for self-starting students who want to grasp the wide array of programming topics.
    • Grades: 9–12
    • Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiZTfbpmy7I

    WordPress.com

    Best,
    Mr. Bryan

  • @Ana_moderator

    Hello everyone,
    I found some online whiteboards platforms useful for us as educators and easy for our students and I took time to find tutorials for our benefit. Hope these resources are helpful and Userfriendly.

    Miro
    Miro is a visual workspace for innovation where teams of any size can dream, design, and build their future together. Simply put, we're here to help you create the next big thing by providing a powerful space where your team can collaborate seamlessly β€” even if you aren't in the same room.
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpV5gQaPxYE

    Microsoft Whiteboard
    Microsoft Whiteboard in Microsoft 365 is a collaborative digital canvas that can be leveraged for effective meetings and engaging collaboration sessions among colleagues from brainstorming and planning to learning and workshops.
    Link: https://youtu.be/EIcsIEYICVU?si=UKrA4PGOUfW0OpFv

    Stormboard
    Stormboard is a shared digital workspace designed to help high-performing teams generate more ideas, and then prioritize, organize, and refine those ideas. Making your meetings, brainstorms, and projects more productive and effective.
    Link: https://youtu.be/Y1wIpZwRAxw?si=7YgG05-l0r6G8WNG

    Explain Everything Whiteboard
    Explain Everything Whiteboard is a feature-rich digital whiteboard app for tablets and web browsers. Draw, write, add images and video, annotate and animate content. Share your whiteboard presentation either on-site or at a distance. Collaborate in real time. Record and narrate as you work to create video for sharing.
    Link: https://youtu.be/sGRmtf-PzD0?si=a9FBJ009eJIbIbu6

    Jamboard
    Jamboard is a digital whiteboard that lets you collaborate in real time using either the Jamboard device (a 55-inch digital whiteboard that works with G Suite services), web browser or mobile app.
    Link: https://youtu.be/eRG8MiLPUxk?si=DJ-0Vq7QIuLFHzKy

    Limnu
    Limnu is a collaborative online whiteboard made to be fast and simple enough to use for online meetings and video conferences. With Limnu, you can draw, plan, and think at the same time with other people.
    Link: https://youtu.be/CA7x66bu8lE?si=4LEubqFNEJWIdS7l

    Conceptboard
    Conceptboard's collaborative whiteboard allows teams of all sizes to centralize projects and communication on infinite visual boards. Add Conceptboard to your tabs and jump onto a board along with your colleagues to follow live cursors and brainstorm, present ideas, or co-create in real time.
    Link: https://youtu.be/uuFtBYxZ22g?si=wSuk5gOTrYdH3wBZ

    Whiteboard Fi
    Whiteboard fi is an instant formative assessment tool for your classroom, providing you with live feedback and an immediate overview of your students. Whiteboard fi is a simple tool that can be used instantly. Create a class and let your students join.
    Link: https://youtu.be/_JtRxnVJdN0?si=Jx-zy7w2s7YPx-3A

    Mural
    Mural is a painting applied to and made integral with the surface of a wall or ceiling. The term may properly include painting on fired tiles but ordinarily does not refer to mosaic decoration unless the mosaic forms part of the overall scheme of the painting.
    Link: https://youtu.be/99DCEjOa_MM?si=IWPI6d8k6L9uSkpg

    ClickUp
    ClickUp is an all-in-one productivity platform that works as an ideal place for teams to come together, brainstorm, plan, and collaborate on everything from process docs to product designs. While relying on a single tool for so many use cases might sound like a stretchβ€”ClickUp was built for this.
    Link: https://youtu.be/JmcVjP8m02k?si=uDnD90q1yW5UvhU1

    Ziteboard
    Ziteboard is a zoomable online whiteboard. Virtual whiteboards can extend your communication. Use it while having Skype or Zoom calls, when you are tutoring students online. This zoomable shared virtual whiteboard enables you to use ad-hoc visuals in your explanations.
    Link: https://youtu.be/p_uv5Hw_Plc?si=iq5ePL8Nf-_5j7ce

    Educreations, Inc.
    Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept.
    Link: https://youtu.be/G9l7bhK4fDs?si=-oiTjG0PbZL65Cl2

    Best,
    Mr. Bryan