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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ZAPTION review. - Cool for Social Studies!

Hello everybody

Yesterday I found out a cool site that enables us teachers to check student's comprehension while they are watching a video.

ZAPTION is an online tool that works with videos called "tours" that become alive... yes! ALIVE!
This means that we can upload a video and add MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS, TEXT, IMAGES, and OPEN RESPONSE BOXES to the video. Students will begin watching a video and suddenly a text box will show up to their left or right part of the screen with questions about the content they are actually watching!!!

How cool is this!!!

I believe this works great as a Flipped Classroom strategy. Not only students come prepare with a background knowledge on a topic or unit, but we as teachers can test to see if they are understanding or not.

ZAPTION also has an ANALYTICS feature that enables users to analyze data from viewers.
We can see questions or sections students struggle with and focus our attention on those.

Truly a great tool for Formative Assessments, differentiation and learning styles.

Here is my recent created ZAPTION TOUR!

I shared my tour with students, so they could practice and review for our 1st Semestral Geography Exam.

Later I will let you know what they though about this new tool!



Monday, December 7, 2015

Study Habits for EXAM WEEK!

Semestral Exam weeks starts soon!!!!

It is  very important that students prepare for this important time of the quarter!

Developing healthy and good study habits help students plan, organize and review academic content better.

This video reminds students about some tips and strategies they could use to prepare for EXAM WEEK!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tutorial Videos- Mindmup + Google Docs


Working with tutorial videos is a great way to FLiP CLASSROOM and also to reinforce instructions.

When it comes to work with technology, sometimes it is hard to explain and walk students through this process.  That's why I decided to create TUTORIAL VIDEOS explaining how to use a specific tool or Google ADD ON!

I found this very helpful and students' feedback is great!! They love it, because it is easy to follow and everybody learns and follow steps at their own pace!!!!

Here are some tutorial videos I created!!

Also, MINDMUP is a great tool to work with when students have to create mental maps. The cool thing about this tool is that every document could be added to DRIVE. It is also and ADD-ON feature, which  I believe that works great!

It is truly amazing how many add-ons Google Drive has! I encourage teachers to play and try them out!

This is my TUTORIAL VIDEO FOR MINDMUP!  Hope you like it and find it useful!

Since I teach Social Studies I work A LOT with Google Docs! I really love this tool!!!
Working with the unit: ELEMENTS OF A MAP, I asked the students to add a map to their Google Doc and label it using text boxes.

Here is how to add the labels.