H2 – Honor student access to content. H2, to me, means that I give my students multiple opportunities to review material from our class time. Also, I can give them access to other types of content that reinforces what we are learning in the classroom. ISTE Standard 2 is designing and developing digital age learning experiences and assessments. ISTE 2 and H2 work well together because I was challenged in my technology class to design a digital assessment for my Life Science students on Edmodo.
Edmodo is the internet learning community system we use at my school. I use Edmodo regularly to post lecture presentations, links to videos, assignments, and reminders to my students. I use Edmodo to communicate to students when they are gone from class and need to catch up on the work that they missed. Also, Edmodo is very helpful when some students need more interaction with content material for various reasons. On an exit ticket I use where my students self assess their learning, one of the questions is, “List 3 resources where you can go for help if you don’t understand the learning target.” One of those resources listed is normally “Edmodo” for my students.
For my technology class, I needed to seek out a resource for ISTE Standard 2. I had wanted to use Emodo more than just for communication with my students. I wondered if Edmodo had tools to use for assessment purposes. I found a blog of a teacher who raved about Edmodo quizzes and shared further resources about creating Edmodo quizzes.
This week I created a multiple choice quiz for my Life Science class who were away this week for a ski week. The quiz was a review about what we have been learning about plants. Below is a screen shot of the results that I as a teacher receive which is very helpful as it gives me a pie chart graph of each question, so I know which questions are the weakest for my students.
I hope to use Edmodo in more ways to help my students have more access to content. One way is to use a document camera to take pictures of dissections or other activities that we do in class. I could post these pictures on Edmodo so students can review what we have done but also for those who may not have been in class. One of my classmates shared a resource about using a document camera for a visual arts class, but I hope to try this for my Science class sometime in the future. Here is the link for her resource for a document camera.
In our readings for our class, Grunwald Associates (2010) did a survey for PBS and one of the trends was that there was an increase in teachers joining online professional communities (p. 9). Edmodo has an online community for Science teachers and I have joined it. Teachers post questions for the online community and all can see the questions and answers. I have used many resources that fellow teachers have posted.
PBS (2010). Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology. Retrieved from http://www-tc.pbs.org/about/media/about/cms_page_media/182/PBS-Grunwald-2011e.pdf