- Thakkar utilizes a flipped model, creating videos for students by students. She also utilizes Google Forms as an exit slip for assessment purposes. This reminds me how I would like to create more screencasts for my students and teachers. Also, I recently experimented with Google Forms for formative assessment purposes and found it to be helpful. Rather than using a form as an exit slip, though, I had students complete it near the beginning of class, and then we debriefed the results together.
- Thakkar has students create word clouds in order to identify essential ideas. An area for growth that I have identified with many research projects is that students do not spend enough time formulating topics and developing essential questions. I will add this technique to my arsenal as I develop resources to support this research phase.
- Whitehead shared Google Search Education resources, highlighting in particular the Picking the Right Search Terms lesson, which includes a link to an accompanying slide deck and How Search Works video. I need to spend time reviewing these resources so that I may start to plug in the quality and ready-to-use lessons and activities.
- Whitehead highlighted Common Sense Education: Digital Citizenship resources, including a lesson on Identifying High-Quality Sites. Common Sense Education is a site that I often turn to, but they have many resources that I haven't yet tapped into. This is a reminder for me to return to the site and review unexplored content.
- Whitehead introduced the idea of Question Lenses, providing a link to Buffy Hamilton's blog post on Formulating Research Questions with Birds of Feather Collaboration and Writable Sources. As mentioned above, I am looking for ways to help students develop research questions, and so this model stood out to me and led me to do further investigation. Below are some helpful links that I discovered:
- Looking at Our Topic Through Different Question Lenses (Buffy Hamilton)
- Moving From Our Mindmaps to More Focused Topics with Question Lenses and Musical Peer Review (Buffy Hamilton)
- The Role of Essential Questions in the Inquiry Process (Marci Zane)
- Musical Questions: Broadening and Narrowing Our EQs (Marci Zane and Cathy Stutzman)
I feel grateful to be living and working in a time when we have access to these shared resources. Thank you to all of the educators who share their best practices and experiences!