What makes a good tool .... ideas to think about ....
•Engaging to students and teachers
•User friendly, easy to use
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•Free … or low cost
•Multi purpose
•Across platforms, “mobile”
•Easy to monitor student participation
•Serves a purpose … easy to integrate to curriculum
•Extends the learning … the tool is not the learning
Extends the skill … the tool is not the skill

To Click or not to Click ...Is that a Text Dependent Question?

Text Dependent Questions
  • A text-dependent question forces students to go back to the text.
  • It is a question they could not answer if they did not read, and even if they did read,
  • Students will still need to refer back to the text to answer the question

  • Studeevidence.jpgnts cite specific evidence when offering an oral or written interpretation of a text.
  • They use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking,
  • making their reasoning clear to the reader or listener, and they constructively evaluate others’ use of evidence.

Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy

Think about your practice and classroom … Would you like to find a way to …

  • Address Text Dependent Questions
  • Address Evidence

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  • Improve student learning
  • Improve Teacher Effectiveness
  • Reduce Paperwork

Have you thought about a Student Response System?

A classroom response system (sometimes called a personal response system, student response system, or audience response system) is a set of hardware and software that facilitates teaching activities such as the following.
•A teacher poses a multiple-choice question to his or her students via an overhead or computer projector.

•Each student submits an answer to the question using a handheld transmitter (a “clicker”) that beams a radio-frequency signal to a receiver attached to the teacher’s computer.

•Software on the teacher’s computer collects the students’ answers and produces a bar chart showing how many students chose each of the answer choices.

•The teacher makes “on the fly” choices in response to the bar chart by, for example, leading students in a discussion of the merits of each answer choice or asking students to discuss the question in small groups.


Socrative Video

Brought Your Own Device ?? Do you have a clicker with you? Then .... you have a personal computing device with you!

Student Response System: Socrative

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Web based: http://m.socrative.com/student/#joinRoom

external image asus-p320-android-2009.jpgAndroid Device: FREE Socrative Student App

“I”Device: FREE Student Clicker- SocrativeApp

Let's Try This Out ....external image mzl.jbvoppzs.75x75-65.jpg You are the student.Room: Ams17

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Let's create a Quiz .....

Student Response Consideration ......

Know your purpose when designing questions …
–Individual v. group activities
–Formative v. summative assessments

–Does it count ???
–How does it count ???

•Devices … BYOD, school cart, clickers($$$)

•Dry runs …
practice with colleagues/students

Learning curve …
first year “investment”

Can you think of a way you might use this tool in your classroom?

Exit Activity ..... Room Ams17
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Problem : Do you think you could use this tool in your classroom.


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