Videos are a great way to share information with students. They get awesome visuals and audio that otherwise may not be possible in a classroom environment. The issue as educators we run into though, is if the watchers actually understand what they have watched. Some of this issue can now be eliminated by using PlayPosit (www.playposit.com). PlayPosit allows you to take any YouTube video and make it into an interactive response. You can ask students simple yes/no questions, multiple choice questions, free response questions, and even host a discussion right within a video!
All the students and/or learners responses are recorded and can be graded to see how well they did. With just a few clicks you can make your own interactive video and get rocking. To see how, watch the short tutorial below or jump right in by going to www.playposit.com!
If you want to try PlayPosit as student, check out this link to learn about the Seaweed Sheep: www.playposit.com/listcode/922359/e71a4a/open/anonymous
Recently I came across this pretty neat math resource called Knowledgehook. The best way I can describe it is, is if Kahoot and Freckle Math (previously known as Front Row) had a software baby, this would be it. Knowledgehook allows teachers to push 'Missions' to students that they must complete. The questions look very similar to state standardized tests and provides them in a non-overwhelming amount. It also features a 'Gameshow' ability. Gameshow is a Kahoot styled activity that can be not only done in a competitive mode, but also in a collaborative mode. The collaborative mode promotes students taking their time to solving the problem and also gives them the ability to submit proof of how they solved the problem.
Knowledgehook provides content for grades 3-12, but younger or more advanced classes could take advantage of the 'Custom Content' feature to make it fit their needs. If you want to see Knowledgehook in action, please watch the tutorial below to see a overview of it's features.
DustBin is a great resource from Classtools.net that allows you to create an interactive educational game. You can customize it for any subject and/or topic. It is also easy enough for students from young and old to create their own. This game can also be used on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS devices.
Another bonus feature of this web based game is that it can be embedded on your own website. You can see an example of this above, well, unless you are on an iPad, because unfortunately it does not work on iPads. To see how easy it is to create a DustBin game, check out the brief tutorial below.
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