Sept. 26, 2017 Peardeck release Vocabulary Factory to the public. Jc Lenk and I got "golden tickets" to give it a try before it's official release. First, the kids loved it! Keep that in mind.
So what is Peadeck Vocabulary?
It has student's sign as they normally would into PearDeck. However, the computer puts them on two teams: Day shift and Night shift. They are randomly placed in paris to work together. Both students need a device for it to work. Once the teacher starts the process, one students computer will ask them to write examples (or define) the term. The other students device will ask them to draw an image that represents the term.
After you have completed the task, the teacher is asked to approve or send back the work. Points are awarded to the approvals and this adds competition to the process. Once you approve/disapprove you can forward the "Deck" over to quizlet to make a study set. With a click of the button you have student created vocabulary cards to students. It is a simple and easy to use software that your students will love doing. Let me know how it works for you.
But to go deeper, what about then comparing the countries in Wolfram alpha. The images below then show what it looks like to compare these places in population, economics and much more.
The presentation will start with Peardeck (A cool google add on to use) and then work into the powerpoint below and this Hyperdoc example.
The following interactive map was made by a seventh grader. They started the map in sixth grade and over the two years of social studies they added to the map. Explore it for a while and see how the layers work and what students where able to do. Each map (120) is individualized by each student. This is just one example.
A few points about this my map. This file is saved in a students drive, so they can continue to build and layer as they move on in school (make an awesome electronic portfolio as a senior). They have added screencastify reflections to this map (helpful for me to see what they really are thinking about this software). They also begin to "See" connections between the content of 6th and 7th grade. Don't forget they can then export and upload to google earth to see all this information in a few different way. I am impressed by this and think it has a drastic effect on student learning.
Google earth was a mainstay in my classroom for several years, until we moved to Chromebooks. Student's computers would not run Google Earth, so we found other ways to explore the geographic features of the places we were learning about. We made a move to My Maps (a google map builder that saves finished maps in drive). Over the years we made individual maps for different topics: Mansa Musa Haij, Presidential Election of 2016, Greece Enduring Impacts, etc.. This year, however, we went to a 7th grade in Review. On this map we added only major event, concepts, or ideas from the year. I was thinking this would make a great review tool of the whole year.
My Maps allows you to add several things:
1. The Basics: How to use my maps
2. How to add Google docs to your my map. Think Google documents, slide shows, etc.
By Memorial day, the current 7th graders should have "finished" the map for this year. They will have add about 30 icons to the map. They will then export the my map (Export as KML) and import into the webbased new google earth. Then they can fly around the world looking, reading, watching the content they created and learned in this class for years to come.
I envision, the 8th grade teacher picking up and adding a new layer next year that covers early American History. It will be awesome to see the three years combined in google earth. What an exciting and innovative way to "See" what they learned in middle school history classes.
What are your thoughts?
Using Google Maps for Collaboration and Student Created Electronic Portfolios
9:00 in room Sagewood
Ramp Up Your Formative Assessments: 11:00 in Orange
Most of this will be done in a Peardeck. However some links we might not have time to address:
Click here for your Peardeck Takeaways.
Our little Test Assignment: https://edpuzzle.com/media/58ca6bfc2eea923e31627909
Four of my class periods are signing up today. I will run this "Trial" for the rest of the school year. I will update TFT after I collect feedback from students and provide more insightful information on the process. But so far, I think I love this product. It can do all the things we wanted to do three years ago and it makes it easy for me to manage. That is good. Cheers, Garth
Today, we will use "PEAR DECK" to run the session, but you will be all over the web.
COME BACK HERE AFTER THE SESSION AND CLICK THE LINK HERE TO GET A COPY OF ALL YOUR PEARDECK WORK.
Other tools we did not address in workshop, but worth a look: See this google doc.
Quizizz and Edpuzzle video.