Thing 6: Organizing and Saving Content Online

Evernote:  I currently am using Notability to take notes and organize all of my LS student information (admissions file notes, student observations, assessment reports information, etc.)  I have really liked it and find it easy to use.  It allows for the creation of sticky notes or photos to be added to a note, annotation of pdfs, connections to dropbox and google docs, but it doesn’t allow me to save online content.  I bit the bullet and explored Evernote and find that saving online content feature is pretty sweet.  I am going to start testing it out for my teaching caseload and want to explore further how it allows for saving google docs or other information that I’d like to link to certain notes or notebooks.

Pocket:  I really liked discovering the Pocket app.  It’s so easy to use and is a great place to store articles or videos that I discover online or that people send to me but I don’t have time to read/watch at that moment.  I think I would further use it by then saving my favorites to Evernote if it was something I wanted to remember and access often or link to a particular note.  Will definitely continue to use it.  It would be an easy organizational storehouse for students to save research articles or information they find for classes.

PS.  After a few weeks of using Evernote I find myself constantly returning to my still intact Notability app.  It could be that I’m just more used to it and comfortable with it, but I really like the handwriting feature that I can use in Notability and find the overall format of it more user friendly.  In doing some comparisons online of Evernote and Notability I happened upon a new note-taking app called Notes Plus.  It seems to be a stronger and more extensive ‘Notability’ type app.  Think I’m going to bag out on my feelings that I must give Evernote it’s due and look into Notes Plus.  🙂  However, I am still loving the ease of using Pocket!

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Thing 4: Online Quizzing & Student Response Systems

Socrative:  I liked testing out Socrative.  It allows for some unique and fun ways to work with learned material and allows students a different framework for showing what they know.  I particularly liked the various types of question formats you could ask in a quiz.  I could see myself using the ‘Exit Ticket’ every so often when the kids have the laptops (we are not 1:1 until next year in grades 7 & 8) signed out.

Kahoot:  Kahoot is definitely more engaging and fun for students in terms of it’s visuals and interactive nature.  However, I didn’t like that the only option is for multiple choice questions/answers.  I’d use it with students in Learning Support to learn/review new vocabulary, review math facts/concepts, etc.

I don’t see myself using Kahoot very often as it is limiting in it’s capabilities.  Socrative would definitely be beneficial for what we do in LS and Strategy Instruction class, independent of content classes and in conjunction with core content material and learnings.

Courtney’s Kahoot Quiz:

I commented on these blogs:  Jeff and Anna P. 

Thing 3: Mind Maps, Diagrams and Flow Charts

I typically am a decent rule follower, but I just couldn’t do it for this one.  Sorry, Alicia!  I will say that I tried out both Lucid Chart and Mind Mup, but don’t like either of them.  I am a firm believer in creating Brain Frames (architectsforlearning.com) which are 6 graphic organizers that are part of the EmPOWER writing method that I have been trained in.  There are only 6 frames – and all 6 can be used for any and all types of thinking that we do.  I won’t go into too much, but the general idea is that they don’t need to be pretty and should be created by hand.  But, I figured I’d give it a try on Lucid Chart to make a brain frame and see how I liked it.  I didn’t.  It took too long; by hand I can get it done faster without having to figure out all the different aspects of the app program.  I have tried using Inspiration before with kids and let them create their brain frames on that, but they get hung up on making it look pretty by adding color and clip art.  The point for me using brain frames is to teach them how to get their thoughts down quickly without making it look pretty.  So I’m going to stick with my pencil and paper!  But thanks for offering another try for me to see if maybe this time a mapping app might work.

I commented on the following blogs:  Marie B. and Star.

Introduction

My name is Courtney Pierce and I am the Program Leader for the MS Learning Support department.  I’ve been at ISM for 3 years and have been a Special  Education teacher for the past 18 years, 15 of those in the US.

I believe technology to be very useful for students, especially those who struggle with traditional teaching methods.  I have used technology to support remediation of skills, to reinforce and new skills, and to enhance previously taught lessons from the general Ed classrooms.

My favorite place in the Philippines is also Siquijor!