We all know it is important to take time and summarize student’s learning at the end of a lesson, but if your classroom is like many the time runs short and you scramble to fit it in…or put it off for later. Here are five fantastic tools that help students summarize their learning you will not want to skip.
- Recap is a tool for collecting video responses to questions posed by the teacher (typed or video recorded). Collect student responses at the end of class and the program will generate a video called the “daily review reel” that you may share.
- Kahoot! is a student favorite and works well for group or BYOD situations. Teachers create a short quiz that is projected on the screen. Students play the game with their own device selecting the icon that matches the correct answer. Kahoot! just announced that Jumble is coming soon. In Jumble mode students will put things into the correct sequence. While you wait for this feature to become available, check out the Ghost Mode where students play against an earlier score, sounds like a pre and post test with a side of FUN!
- Relax and reflect with a video that you or a student creates during the lesson using Magisto. Grab an iPhone or iPad and take pictures of students digging into their work. Once you have up to 10 pictures and videos open the Magisto app and upload your media (this takes mere seconds) and choose a theme. Carry on with your lesson and wait for the notification that your video is ready. The video is a great way to close your lesson and walking around taking photos and videos is a great way to check-in with students. Below is an example video created with Magisto of students playing Kahoot!
- Embrace the old school Post It note with a 21st Century twist. Have students write a reflection on Post It notes (or a square piece of paper) and then instead of collecting those scraps of paper have them post them one spot (any wall or table will do) where you can take a quick shot of them through the app PostIt Plus. After you capture all the notes, you may sort/group them and share the collection.
- Use Lino, a digital cork board, for students to create sticky notes or images and post to your virtual and shareable display. The site allows you to create boards that may be shared through a URL for students to collaborate, reflect, and share ideas. The notes could be color coded for different table groups, opinions, categories, or different levels of understanding.
What is your favorite digital lesson summary? Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature your class on our blog.