Have a look at the new Socrative 2.0

Socrative.com may have been around for a while now, but if you haven’t had a look at it recently or tried out their Socrative 2.0, it’s definitely worth a look. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a web-based student-response system that essentially replaces ‘Clickers’. They have iOS and Android apps, but I find the new web-based interface excellent and not worth the bother of app installation and then it’s…

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Creating Awesome Online Discussions

We can use the discussion tool for so much more. With some tweaking, we can make a fairly boring tool into something that is engaging for students and increases the depth of student learning. I had the pleasure of giving a presentation called “A Tour of Blended Learning Ideas” with Maria Peraino (@marperaino) at the ‘On the Rise K-12” conference this year. Several of the ideas that Maria covered involved…

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Embedding a Blog as Your Course News Stream

What do you do for inquisitive parents who want to know what’s going on in their child’s classroom if the class is entirely locked away inside an LMS? (I’m switching to the term vLE, so I’ll start using that now). The options for parents are a little limited. The parent can be set up with an Auditor role and be able to log in and see what’s going on inside,…

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Instagram Anchor Charts

I recently came across a really cool idea through a fellow Ontario eLC, Katie Maenpaa.  A teacher in her board came up with a way to bring more of her real-world classroom into her online one with a miniscule amount of extra work. Jen Kruse, a grade 7 teacher at Holy Saviour School in Marathon, takes pictures of her classroom anchor charts with Instagram on her smartphone. After embedding the…

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Using a Quiz as a Learning Activity/Adventure

This blog post is about eLearning and Blended learning in Ontario using D2L. If none of that applies to you, well, you might as well read something else. 🙂 This post is in response to some ideas put forth by my colleague, Brandon Grasley, on his blog. That post can be found here. http://bgrasley.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/thinking-about-course-design-in-e-learning-and-blended-learning/ Brandon wants to rescue eLearning courses from the strangle-hold that the html content page has on…

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