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Engaging Students

Published on Nov 19, 2015

Useful #edtech ideas for your class


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Technology supports good teaching

and should assist quality instruction
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Measuring Engagement

  • College study on profs using Twitter
  • Engagement doubled!
  • .5 increase in semester GPA

A study on student engagement and Twitter:

Not sure how to start?

There's help!
The Medieval Helpdesk:

Contact info:
Andrea McKay
JHS: 517-841-3705
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Change Reality

with Aurasma
Download the Aurasma app.

Basic tutorial for creating Auras can be found at bit.ly/mcpd120

Follow "AndreaMcKay" on Aurasma to view the aura attached to this slide!
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Why Love Aurasma?

  • Bloom's and Webb's
  • Free!
  • Generates excitement
  • Attach to homework
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Many possibilities

  • Book reports or textbook
  • Word walls
  • Bring characters to life
  • School or community tour
  • Yearbook or newspaper
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More Possibilities

  • Historical characters
  • Works of art
  • Résumé or business cards
  • Leadership Day
  • Posters and visuals


  • Free up to 30 users
  • Multiple classes
  • Share responses on readings
  • Poll
  • Analyze images
To create an account, go to app.gosoapbox.com

Click "Join Now"

I've used GoSoapBox to:
- poll on a topic
- poll to see how thinking changed
- analyze what was learned with discussion
- have students defend an answer
- complete review questions as a class

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Infuse learning

  • Draw responses
  • Change language
  • Correct self-paced quizzes
  • Link to videos
  • Import class lists
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Google Forms

  • Formative assessments
  • Personalize Learning
  • Assignment submission
  • Exit tickets
  • Embed on website or share links
To create a Google Form, you need to login to Google Drive.

Here's a quick tutorial on creating an assignment submission form from YouTube. This only works if their work is shared online with a link (used in Google Drive):

You can view responses in meaningful ways!

View examples at mckayappsych.weebly.com

assignment submission form

Formative assessment

Meaningful results

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything.

I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes. (John Wooden)
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