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Survey Students in Real Time

In my first post on this blog I wrote about my first EDC3100 lecture and tutorial.  We used iPads to fill in surveys and our lecturer got the results in real time.  At the time, I thought this was a fantastic way of gaining student ideas’ and knowledge quickly.  I was unsure at the time how you could implement this technique in a primary school classroom.

I came across real time survey website ‘Kahoot!‘ when reading Daniel‘s blog post.  Kahoot can be used “to create quizzes, surveys or polls related to specific topics; either asking quick questions ‘on the go’ to get feedback or opinion, or more in depth questions for formative assessment.”  To engage an entire class, Kahoot can be projected on a screen at the front classroom, while students join in through their own internet connected devices (computers, laptops, iPads, iPods etc.).

I like that teachers can instantly “get an overview of the current knowledge levels of everyone in the room for formative assessment and can adapt their teaching accordingly.”  This is a great alternative to my thumbs up/thumbs down method.  I also think students would enjoy the colourful, game oriented format.

Below is a video example of a grade five class using Kahoot which Daniel linked in his post.


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Know Your Students

I was reading Gemma‘s post about the diversity of her prac class and the importance of knowing students’ differences.  Gemma linked to the video below in her post.

One statement from the video which stood out for me was:

“Sometimes you can’t get the scores or the academics or you can’t even get through a lesson, if you don’t…have relationships developed.”

Gemma believes that “the best way in the first couple days (of prac), to get students on your side, is to remember all of their names.”  I agree with Gemma.  It can be difficult to build relationships with the students in the short time you are on prac.  However, by beginning with learning students names, the children feel like they are important to you.  From there, the students are more likely to share interests, skills, talents and learning styles.  Strong relationships in the classroom can help learning prosper.