As I write this blog post, I can't seem to get the lyrics, "Getting to know you" from the musical "The King and I" out of my head. During this time of the school year, we want to get to know our students a little bit better. What better way than through a student interest survey?
By using a student interest survey, you can get to know your students on a variety of levels. Also, it can be adapted to any level of learner. Below I included a step by step video (that I use in my EDUC 204 class) that walks through how to create a student interest survey using google forms. Having the results of the student interest survey digitally, you can easily compare and view data at the click of a button. What are your must have questions for your student interest survey?
Example student interest survey
I hope that this post finds you doing well. Over the past week, I have been participating in some great educational Twitter chats. The overarching theme for the chat was...back to school. One important aspect of back to school is parent - teacher communication. I couldn't help but think back to my K-12 educator days and remember how I would keep parents in the loop by sending a positive note home.
I wanted to bring a bit of that idea back to my undergrad students. In honor of all the social media we use in class, I decided to create postcards (using Canva) to put in their mailbox on campus to show a job well done. By doing so I believe that these notes will:
I did this a little bit last semester with my I Love Lucy postcards and I always attached a little note saying " Thank you for your com"mint"ment to class, wrote a blurb about why I was sending the note, and attached a little mint (the little individually wrapped kind) to the postcard. One student commented about how much she enjoyed seeing a piece of candy and positive note. I guess you are never too old to get a positive note home!
Please feel free to use these notes. I think they would be appropriate for:
How do you foster an environment of respect and rapport in your classroom?
I wanted to let you know about this fantastic augmented reality application called Chromville (it is free on Android and IOS). I decided to check it out and I amazed with all the worksheets (coloring pages) they have available for FREE! Below are three simple science related activities for young learners to do with augmented reality.
1. Body parts
One topic I always went over with my students was parts of the body - well Chromville does so much more than just parts of the body! It goes into layers - skin, muscle, and bones. Students click on the body parts on their augmentation and it states on the app the name of the muscle, bone, or body part. This is a great way to hook the students into learning more about parts of the body. I would use this activity as an anticipatory set with a lesson on body parts. Below are some screenshots of the body activity.
2 Growing a plant
Another fun activity to do is teach students what a plant needs to grow. Well chromville has a worksheet for that too - under classroom download Lesson 1 plants. After coloring in the picture you can have students label the parts of the plant and identify what they need to make a plant grow on the side of the worksheet. This activity can get them brainstorming and thinking in groups. Next download the app and scan it with chromville (classroom category). Then play an interactive game where students select options that help or hinder plant growth. Below are some screenshots of the growing a plant activity. This can be used as an anticipatory set or closing activity. Students can discuss what made the plant grow and why and what didn't make the plant grow and why. Great way to differentiate instruction!
3. Weather / Seasons
One topic we talked a lot about in my previous classroom was weather and seasons. Chromville has a great weather worksheet under the Walt category. The activity is all about dressing him for the weather. One thing you can add to this is talk about the seasons in which the weather occurs. This in turn can lead into a calendar lesson where months and holidays are also discussed.
These activities were very simple to do simply follow the steps below:
- Print the page
- Color it
- Download the chromville app
- Open app
- Click on classroom (or Walt for weather)
- Scan the image (it will countdown from 3 once you have it scanned properly the screen will also turn green).
I hope that these activities bring some life and fun into your classroom. How do you use augmented reality in your classroom? - Leave a comment below.
Summer is coming to end - why not celebrate with some augmented reality?
Quiver (formerly ColAR) has a variety of worksheet / coloring pages to use in your classroom. But, these coloring pages are more than just coloring pages - they are augmented with the Quiver app! Want to make the pages come to life?
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