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Tech Tools I've Loved

My incorporation of tech tools in the classroom began with dissatisfaction over a physiology textbook. 2 weeks into the semester I decided we would write a textbook as a class--the result is Human Physiology which became a featured book at Wikibooks.

Next I started using Wetpaint, since it was more fun and easier than wikibooks. With my students we created a Microbiowiki, a Physiwiki, and an Anatowiki (this one has been the most popular by far). The biggest challenge with the wiki sites is figuring out how to grade student contributions. It is also a challenge to keep updating them (which I have not done in a while).

I started using Twitter this semester and am loving it (that's how I ended up here!).

I enjoy mindmapping software and think Bubbl is a lot of fun. It's not quite as versatile as some, but it is so easy for anyone to use.

This semester I'm trying some new testing ideas. It's on Blackboard, so not publicly available, but rather than 4 big tests during the semester I'm trying to break the material into 20 small tests (just 5 questions each). Each small test draws 5 questions from a bank of 30-50 questions. Students are allowed to take each test as often as they like, with their highest score counting. Each time they take it they get a new random assortment of questions. The students really like having multiple attempts to show that they have learned the material. I like knowing that the tests contribute to learning rather than acting as a punishment. However, my colleague thinks I am endangering the reputation of our program and causing grade inflation by trying this--what do you think?

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At 8:59pm on November 12, 2009, Sandra Goodrich said…
Welcome to the Educator's PLN and to the 21st Century Scientists group! I look forward to learning from and sharing with you!
 
 
 

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