Change Your Lesson Up With A Game!

Kubbu is an e-learning tool designed to enhance the learning process and just interject some fun!

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Some of the activities available with Kubbu include:

Match -Matching helps your student assimilate new words, meanings, concepts, synonyms, etc.

Divide – used when some notions, terms, concepts or definitions must be classified into categories or groups.

Slider – a type of a dynamic quiz. It contains three types of activities, classic single and multiple choice questions with four answers, as well as a unique “climb up” quiz
which leaves no place for mistakes.

Composer – a tool for teachers who want to introduce their own concept of a quiz. With Composer you can create quizzes with single and multiple choice questions,
true/false questions, fill-in or short answer questions. Pictures as well as sound files can be integrated to make your quizzes fully multimedia and interactive.

Crossword – with a crossword generator you can create crosswords using your own list of words.

Educators are able to sign up for a free account with the following limitations such as 15 activities per month, embedded advertisements and a watermark on all documents. A free account that opens access exponentially is $35 dollars per year. This level allows up to 100 activities per month with classes of up to 200 students.

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Your Next Students Assignment Might Come “Mission Impossible” Style

If you are a person of a “certain age”, you might remember the Mission Impossible series. No, not the one with Tom Cruise but the one with Peter Graves. The Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against ruthless, evil leader; evil organizations and big crime bosses .At the beginning of each show, the assignment was always presented with a creative tape recording that outlined the details. At the end of it, the “tape will self-destruct in five seconds” ending in a puff of smoke. What if you could make a progressive assignment for your students that incorporated elements of Mission Impossible and The Amazing Race.

Set up your outgoing voicemail message for learners to call in and listen to as a part of an activity. Wondering how you might use this? Here an example: the message could be a scenario, provide clues that learners need to use to solve a puzzle, or address a series of questions as part of an activity.

Now, I fully understand that the last thing you want is for your phone to be ringing at all hours of the day. No problem. Google Voice grants you access to a single phone number that, if desired, rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. It can also be set so that no calls are forwarded to any of your phones. The cool thing is the Google Voice is free. Give this a try today…and don’t forget “As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.”1

1. White, Patrick J (1991), The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier, New York: Avon Books.

If I Only Had A Brain! Now, You Do!!!

3D Brain is a very useful application that allows the student to view up to 29 regions of the human brain. The app allows the student to rotate the image up and down and from left to right while viewing the image from almost every possible angle.

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When desired, it is possible to get more information on the particular region of the brain that you are viewing. This includes a brief case study as well as some of the functions of the particular area. In addition, 3D Brain includes links to related medical articles that shed more light on what the current brain view is.

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By using your finger to drag across the screen, the instructor can rotate the image, displaying different regions of brain tissue. It is also possible to expand or shrink the diagram so as to gain a better view. EMT’s and paramedic students would benefit greatly from the use of the 3D Brain App for study. This is an excellent application for the classroom or lab that goes beyond the hand held model to give an, almost, MRI quality view of the brain.

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The 3D Brain app was developed by a non-profit organization called Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. At the time of the publishing of this blog, the app was available at no cost.

Infogram For Mr. Smith!! Infogram For Mr. Smith!!

Wikipedia describes an infographic as a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. In other words, a picture is worth a thousand words. Infographics make it easier to digest a large amount of information in a short period of time. Developing a very high quality infographic makes it more than thirty times likely that your student will read the material than if in text form alone.1 For an excellent example of an EMS related infographic take a look at the one below based upon stroke symptoms.

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Inforgram is an excellent website to easily develop quality infographics. This web based software provides templates, designs as well as other tools to research and develop professional and interesting looking charts and infographics. You can set up an independent account or log in from your Facebook site. The values that you embed within the infographic can be accessed from an Excel file or from the build in spreadsheet.

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Infogr.am infographics can include videos and maps along with pictures and text. Your Infogr.am projects can be embedded into your blog, website, or wiki.

1. http://www.pr2020.com/blog/the-case-for-content-marketing

Wouldn’t It Be Nice???

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had access to high tech learning management systems and bubble scanning sheets to make your life as an educator easier? Well…why not!

Mastery Connect offers assessment tools that provide a miltiple of ways to gett both formative and summative assessment results. They make grading fast, automatic and easy. Using their GradeCam(TM) Bubble sheet scanning software you can scan from your document camera…or…wait for it…your Ipad!

If you want to, you can go completely paperless and give exams that can be created on any brand of tablet or mobile device. But wait! There’s more! Using the Browser Assessment and Scoring website, you can deliver those exams through either a PC or a Mac web browser.

Sure…I hear you! What’s an exam delivery system without getting feedback on how your students are doing or if your exams are effective. They have you covered there as well. Get rapid feedback via reports on item analysis and student mastery reports. The results can then be exported to any gradebook. Scoot on over to Mastery Connect to learn more.

Do, Or Do Not. There Is No “Try”. – Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

In the educational arena, testing is a very hot topic right now. Some for…some against. Yoda would have understood the value of appropriate testing. However, testing can serve a valuable purpose in, not only identifying students who are struggling, but allowing educators to know “who” is struggling as well as “what” they are struggling in. With this post, we begin a series of three very useful tools that will allow you to develop and deploy online exams in your class. Let’s begin with Socrative!

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Socrative is a free quiz/ survey tool that can be used in place of “clicker” systems that can cost hundreds of dollars. Socrative enables the educator to create exams and quizzes via either a multiple choice or short answer format. It also includes a Space Race game that could be effective in some class populations.

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Socrative differs from Poll Everywhere in that you have the option of allowing your students to submit information anonymously or you can require them to identify themselves by name. It is compatible with Apple, Android or Microsoft tablets, phones and computers.

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One of the better features about Socrative is that students do not need to create any type of account with the software company. According to their website, “Socrative takes teachers 3 minutes to set up and takes their classes 20 seconds to load.” It typically takes me a little longer to get an exam ready to go, but with more use an educator could reach that goal. When you set up and deploy the exam, you are given a “room number” that allows them to begin the exam. As stated above, any device that allows access to the internet will work.