Social Studies teacher John Fogarty used the collaborative nature of Google's platform to create a small scale crowdsourcing map with his junior students. During a series of lessons about immigration and ancestry, Mr. Fogarty asked his students to contribute to a map (through Google Maps) in which we gave all student editing "rights". This shareable link was placed on the classes' Schoology pages. Students added locations to the map of their grandparents, parents (or even their own) immigration. The points were color-coded by time period (for example: immigration that occurred between 1840 and 1879 was indicated by a Light Blue marker). Students were also asked to contribute small stories and pictures where applicable. The completed map (all 5 of his classes contributed) sparked interesting class discussions about trends and commonalities.
Left: Technology Coach, Tina Bacolas, assisting Mr. Fogarty with the Google Maps introduction.
Math teacher Ariel Weissman uses a combination of our LMS, Schoology, and an iPad app called ShowMe to clone herself! Well, not exactly...but close enough!
Using this easy-to-use (and free) whiteboard-style app, this teacher records her voice (and her steps) for solving some of the toughest problems in her class (like this one on the Quadratic Formula, for example). She then posts these videos to her class page within Schoology for her students to access.
"My students love it", Weissman remarked, "and it's great for review before their assessment". While this Algebra II teacher says she has also used the app to record flipped lessons, she really likes ShowMe for review purposes and absentee students. Using a stylus (or your finger) and an iPad, her colored-coded steps are outlined, explained and can be played over and over again.
Schoology is a great compliment to this - as students can easily access these embedded resources videos for future use!
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Tina Bacolas, Supervisor of Instructional Technology