Sunday, August 26, 2012

Modified Flipped Classroom in 2nd Grade

Flipped Classroom in 2nd grade!!  I know . . . it sounds ridiculous, but I'm giving it a go.  Here is my plan:

I teach math with guided math groups.  While I am teaching one group, I will choose a team leader for my higher group.  This leader will run the Nearpod presentation for that day.  They will move through the presentation as everyone works through each slide.  This is how they will learn the standard for that day.  The presentations will include slides, videos of me teaching the standard, and quizes.

The team leader will be responsible for sharing quiz scores and giving feedback at the end of the session.  He/she will look on a checklist and will provide feedback for two people that have not been chosen.  The team leader will be responsible for providing one positive and one area they can work on based on the results of the presentation.  My students already know how the Nearpod presentations work, so I will use a few days to teach them how to run the presentation.  I will review the presentation's results, and I will use these results to guide my instruction for the next day.

Here is an example of some of the slides that the students will see for the first lesson:

These slides were created in Microsoft Publisher, and then I snipped the document and saved them as pictures.

The slide above is a video from Show Me.  I recorded the video on my iPad.  Then, I went to on my computer and downloaded the video.  I then inserted the video to my Nearpod presentation.

The first slide above is part of a quiz.  After they take the quiz, I (or the student leader) can share their results.  Every student is getting automatic feedback.

This is what the results look like from my iPad as I (or the student leader) run the presentation.  I can see everyone's results at once.

Here is one of the videos I uploaded to the presentation.  

I will begin teaching this group how to be a team leader this week, so it is going to be another week or so before I get this up and running, but I will let everyone know how it goes!!  Wish us luck!

**Unfortunately, I am only a Silver Member of Nearpod, so I don't have a way to save my presentations.  Our school is looking into getting a school account.  Then, I will be able to share my presentations with other Nearpod Gold Members.  If not, I have an AWESOME parent who volunteered to purchase a Gold membership for me!!  I know, I know. . . I am one lucky girl! :)

Flipped Classroom in 2nd grade . . . total SUCCESS!!  The kids LOVED it!  I wish I would have recorded their faces as they were working through the presentations.  Their smiles were priceless!!

1. Instead of having the student leader give feedback, I am going to have the group come together and discuss what they learned.  They will have questions to guide them.  Hopefully this will help them learn from each other as much as they learned from the presentation.

2. Once they exit out of the Nearpod Student app, their work goes away on the teacher presentation.  They can log back in and their work will reappear, but that makes it difficult for me to look through the presentations at the end of the day.  Even though I can get a report of correct answers, I like to see exactly what they wrote on the "Draw It' slides.  As soon as they meet with me, I will look through the presentation with them as a quick review and to set the stage for what we will discuss. 

3.  They didn't need very much guidance on how to run the presentations.  I showed them all one time and they took off with it!

After a week of using the modified flipped classroom during my math groups, ALL the students in this group passed the Common Core assessment at the end of the week!  Not only did they pass, but they were able to show knowledge of the standards on a third grade level!!  So proud of them!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

iPad Activity: Open House Scavenger Hunt

I searched all summer for a fun Back-to-School activity. Well. . . unfortunately I couldn't find anything!! So, I have been racking my brain to come up with something exciting for Open House.  This is when my kids will find out who their teacher will be for the year, and they will also find out that we will have 30 iPads in our classroom!!  Yay! I decided to incorporate the QR scans and create an Open House Scavenger Hunt to give the parents and kids the information needed to begin the new school year.  As the students arrived, there was an iPad and the first page of the scavenger hunt on their desk.  They were instructed to work through the scavenger hunt with the help of their parents.  Here is what I created:

  • I created the template in Microsoft Publisher.  
  • The "Just for you" QR scan was created on QR Voice (thanks to the Daring Librarian).  If you use the i-nigma app to scan the codes, it talks to you!!  I personalized these codes for each child.  They say, for example, "Welcome to second grade. Johnny, I am so excited to have you in our class."  Download the app and scan it right off the computer!! 
  • The "Shh! Don't tell" QR scan was created by a QR code generator. When they scan this code, they will learn a secret about me.  During one of our Back-to-School activities, they will be able to use this secret.
  • The scan at the bottom begins the hunt around the room where they will find important information to start the year.

  • They will find this clue on a table in the room after figuring out the clue on the first page.  
  • When they scan the QR scan at the top, it takes them to our classroom blog where they will find our supply list.
  • When they continue their hunt they will get a clue for the next stop.

  • They will find this clue on a different table after figuring out the clue from the previous spot.
  • When they scan the QR scan at the top, it asks them to check out the binder on the table.  That way they can set up their binders before the first day of school.  This is a huge time saver for me!!
  • The bottom scan gives the next clue.

  • They will find this clue at the computer table after figuring out the clue from the previous spot.
  • When they scan the QR scan at the top, it gives them my Wish List.
This activity was a huge success this year!!  The kids had a great time using the iPads.  Here is a student finishing up the scavenger hunt with her dad.

Next year, I will change a few things.  The information provided was VERY boring for my class (other than the fact about me).  Next year I will use this to engage the kids more.  I think I will have a place for the parents to go to get the necessary information and let the kids do the scavenger hunt on their own, which is what happened this year with most of the students.